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Real Madrid Takes Spanish Lead; Dortmund, Schalke Win in Germany

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 6-2 to regain first place in Spanish soccer’s Primera Liga.

Cristiano Ronald scored a hat trick last night as Real rebounded from last week’s loss to rival Barcelona that left the teams tied in the standings. Real’s Pepe was sent off just before halftime for a second yellow card, while Sevilla’s Manu was red-carded in the 74th minute.

Defending champion Dortmund and Schalke both won to move within three points of Bayern Munich in Germany’s Bundesliga. Dortmund beat Freiburg 4-1 and Schalke routed Werder Bremen 5-0. Bayern beat Cologne 3-0 two days ago.

AC Milan beat Siena 2-0 to move one point ahead of Juventus and Udinese in Italy’s Serie A, while Montpellier tied Toulouse 1-1 to go one point up on Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1. Rangers beat Inverness 2-1 to extend its lead in the Scottish Premier League to seven points.

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