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Milan Clubs Lose Serie A Matches; Real Madrid’s Game Postponed

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Nine-man AC Milan fell to its third defeat in four Serie A soccer matches this season as Inter Milan also lost. Real Madrid’s game at Rayo Vallecano was put back a day because of an electrical failure.

Milan is 15th in Italy’s top division after losing 2-1 yesterday at Udinese, which recorded its first win of the campaign. The visiting team had Cristian Zapata and Kevin Prince Boateng red carded in the second half.

“At the moment it’s just Juventus who are doing really impressive things,” Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri said in comments on his team’s website. “The other teams are not going at 90 miles an hour and there’s time to get back the positions that we’ve lost now.”

Inter suffered a 2-0 home defeat against last-place Siena, with Simone Vergassola and Francesco Valiani scoring in the final 17 minutes.

Lazio, Napoli and Sampdoria all lost their 100 percent records as Lazio was beaten 1-0 at Genoa and Napoli and Sampdoria tied. Two days ago, defending champion Juventus extended its perfect start with a 2-0 win against Chievo to lead the standings with 12 points, two more than Napoli.

Real Madrid’s game against local rival Vallecano last night was postponed because of a lack of sufficient lighting caused by an electrical failure, the team said on its website. The match was rescheduled to 7:45 p.m. local time today, the Liga de Futbol Profesional, which runs Spain’s professional soccer league, said in a statement.

Barcelona needed two goals in the closing minutes to beat Granada 2-0 two days ago and keep its perfect start through five games. Barcelona is 11 points ahead of 16th-place Madrid.

Real Mallorca is in second place with 11 points, four behind Barca, after beating Valencia 2-0 yesterday.

Bundesliga Action

Hoffenheim ended Hanover’s unbeaten start with a 3-1 win yesterday to record its first victory of the season and climb two spots to 16th in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Stuttgart tied 2-2 at Werder Bremen and slips to 17th in the 18-team league. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 in yesterday’s other game.

Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt lead the standings following wins this weekend, 2-0 at Schalke, and 2-1 at Nurnberg respectively. Borussia Dortmund’s 31-match unbeaten run ended with a 3-2 loss at Hamburg.

Morgan Amalfitano got the only goal as Ligue 1 leader Marseille notched its sixth straight win, with Lyon four points back after a 1-1 draw at Lille. Paris Saint-Germain and Lorient are six points off the lead. Defending champion Montpellier drew 1-1 at home against Saint Etienne on Sept. 21.

FC Twente stretched its lead in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie to four points with a 1-0 win against Heerenveen yesterday. Second-place Vitesse Arnhem tied Heracles 1-1 the previous day.

Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are a further two points back. Ajax tied 1-1 at Den Haag, while PSV beat Feyenoord 3-0.

Spain: Real Zaragoza 3-1 Osasuna, Celta Vigo 2-1 Getafe, Real
Betis 1-0 Espanyol, Barcelona 2-0 Granada, Real Mallorca 2-0
Valencia, Levante 2-1 Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real
Valladolid, Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Malaga. Today: Rayo Vallecano vs
Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna vs Sevilla.

Italy: Parma 1-1 Fiorentina, Juventus 2-0 Chievo, Sampdoria 1-1
Torino, Atalanta 1-0 Palermo, Bologna 1-1 Pescara, Cagliari P-P
Roma, Catania 0-0 Napoli, Inter Milan 0-2 Siena, Udinese 2-1 AC
Milan, Lazio 0-1 Genoa.

Germany: Nurnberg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt, Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-
0 Freiburg, Hamburg 3-2 Borussia Dortmund, Mainz 2-0 Augsburg,
Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg 1-1 Greuther Furth, Bayer
Leverkusen 1-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach, Hoffenheim 3-1
Hanover, Werder Bremen 2-2 Stuttgart.

France: Montpellier 1-1 St Etienne, Bastia 0-4 Paris St Germain,
Brest 2-1 Valenciennes, Lorient 1-1 Nice, Reims 2-0 Nancy,
Sochaux 3-1 Troyes, Toulouse 2-2 Rennes, Bordeaux 2-2 AC
Ajaccio, Marseille 1-0 Evian, Lille 1-1 Lyon.

Netherlands: Roda JC 0-1 Utrecht, FC Zwolle 1-2 Groningen, RKC
Waalwijk 1-1 VVV, Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 Heracles, NEC Nijmegen 0-0
Willem II, Den Haag 1-1 Ajax, FC Twente 1-0 Heerenveen, NAC
Breda 2-1 AZ Alkmaar, PSV Eindhoven 3-0 Feyenoord.

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