Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-0 to stay unbeaten in Italian soccer’s Serie A and keep within four points of leader AC Milan. Malaga won 2-1 at Espanyol to pull even on points with third-place Valencia in Spain.
Martin Caceres and Alessandro Del Piero scored second-half goals in Turin last night as Juventus extended its unbeaten run to 30 straight league games stretching back to last season to tie the club record.
Juventus moved to 59 points through 29 games. AC Milan has 63 points after defeating Roma 2-1 two days ago, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring both goals to take his Serie A total to 22 this season.
“We needed to win, regardless of Milan’s result,” Juventus manager Antonio Conte told his team’s website. “The title is in their hands, and we’ll need to be clever and take advantage of every chance.”
Mobido Diakite’s late goal gave third-place Lazio a 1-0 win against Cagliari yesterday to boost the Rome club’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League. It leads Napoli and Udinese by three points after both were held to draws, 2-2 against Catania and 1-1 at Palermo respectively.
Malaga took advantage of Valencia’s 3-1 loss at Getafe two days ago to join it on 47 points in La Liga. Real Madrid and Barcelona both won on March 24 to continue their domination in Spain. Madrid holds a six-point lead over Barca, with a 22-point gap to the next two teams.
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Martin Demichelis scored in a second half comeback for Malaga at Espanyol. Levante missed an opportunity to keep pace with Malaga as it lost 2-0 at home against Osasuna.
German Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund routed Cologne 6-1 yesterday to maintain its five-point lead over Bayern Munich. Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa got two of the goals.
Bayern beat Hanover 2-1 two days ago, while third-place Schalke, which is four points further back, won 2-0 against Bayer Leverkusen.
Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to regain top spot from Montpellier in France’s Ligue 1 last night after a 1-1 draw against mid-table Bordeaux. PSG and Montpellier have 60 points through 29 games.
Montpellier beat St. Etienne 1-0 two days ago, while third-place Lille, the defending champion, is a further seven points back after a 3-0 win at Evian.
AZ Alkmaar and Ajax both won in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie yesterday, one day after FC Twente was held to a 1-1 tie by Den Haag which drops it to third place.
Alkmaar beat RKC Waalwijk 1-0 and maintains a one-point advantage over defending champion Ajax, which defeated PSV Eindhoven 2-0.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: AC Milan 2-1 Roma, Palermo 1-1 Udinese, Atalanta 2-0 Bologna, Cesena 2-2 Parma, Chievo 1-1 Siena, Genoa 2-2 Fiorentina, Lazio 1-0 Cagliari, Napoli 2-2 Catania, Novara 0-0 Lecce, Juventus 2-0 Inter Milan. Spain: Real Mallorca 0-2 Barcelona, Real Madrid 5-1 Real Sociedad, Getafe 3-1 Valencia, Real Zaragoza 1-0 Atletico Madrid, Espanyol 1-2 Malaga, Levante 0-2 Osasuna, Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Sporting Gijon, Rayo Vallecano 0-2 Villarreal, Real Betis 1-1 Racing Santander. Today: Granada vs Sevilla. Germany: Wolfsburg 2-1 Hamburg, Bayern Munich 2-1 Hannover, B. Moenchengladbach 1-2 Hoffenheim, Mainz 1-3 Hertha Berlin, Freiburg 2-0 Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen 1-1 Augsburg, Schalke 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart 1-0 Nurnberg, Cologne 1-6 Borussia Dortmund. France: Ajaccio 1-1 Lorient, Brest 0-1 Nancy, Evian 0-3 Lille, Lyon 2-1 Sochaux, Montpellier 1-0 St. Etienne, Nice 1-1 Marseille, Valenciennes 1-0 Rennes, Dijon 2-0 Caen, Toulouse 1-0 Auxerre, Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Bordeaux. Netherlands: Excelsior 0-1 Groningen, Roda JC 3-1 Vitesse Arnhem, Heerenveen 4-1 VVV, NAC Breda 1-1 NEC Nijmegen, Den Haag 1-1 FC Twente, AZ Alkmaar 1-0 RKC Waalwijk, De Graafschap 0-3 Feyenoord, Heracles 3-1 Utrecht, Ajax 2-0 PSV Eindhoven.