Bayern Munich extended its winning run to 10 matches to maintain a 17-point advantage atop German soccer’s Bundesliga. Atletico Madrid missed a chance to cut Barcelona’s lead in Spain down to single figures.
Mario Gomez’s 39th-minute goal clinched a 1-0 win at Hoffenheim yesterday, giving Bayern its 20th victory from 24 league games and 63 points atop the standings. Defending champion Borussia Dortmund is second with 46 points after a 3-1 win over Hanover two days ago. Bayer Leverkusen, a 2-1 winner against Stuttgart, is a point further back.
“We ground out the win,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said in comments on his club’s website. “It wasn’t brilliant, we didn’t sparkle, but three points are on offer for that too.”
Bayern is still in contention to secure three trophies this season after knocking Dortmund out of the German Cup last week. The Bavarian club, which leads Arsenal 3-1 after their Champions League round-of-16 opener, was yesterday drawn to host Wolfsburg in the semifinals on April 16 or 17.
In Italy, Inter Milan came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Catania yesterday. Ricky Alvarez got Inter’s first goal and substitute Rodrigo Palacio added two more, the winner coming in stoppage time. Inter moved even with Lazio on 47 points.
Serie A leader Juventus, which drew 1-1 at Napoli three days ago, has 59 points. Second-place Napoli has 53 and AC Milan is on 48 after a 3-0 win against Lazio.
In the Spanish league, second-place Atletico Madrid failed to take full advantage of Barcelona’s defeat at Real Madrid a day earlier by drawing 0-0 at Malaga. Two days ago, Real beat Barca for the second time in five days as Sergio Ramos’s late goal secured a 2-1 victory.
Barcelona has 68 points, Atletico Madrid 57 and Real Madrid 55. Real visits Manchester United tomorrow in the second game of their Champions League round-of-16 matchup. The first match ended 1-1.
Lyon missed the chance to go level on points with leader Paris Saint-Germain in France by drawing 1-1 at Brest yesterday.
Brest took a ninth-minute lead through Kamel Chafni. A 54th-minute own goal by Tripy Makonda tied the scores.
PSG lost 1-0 at Reims two days ago even though its opponent played the last half-hour with 10 men after Christopher Glombard was red-carded. Grzegorz Krychowiak got the 64th-minute goal and David Beckham’s introduction as a PSG substitute couldn’t turn the match around for his team.
PSG has 54 points, with Lyon on 52 and Marseille on 49 after a 2-1 win against Troyes.
In the Netherlands, Feyenoord moved to third with 50 points after a 3-0 win at NEC Nijmegen yesterday. PSV Eindhoven leads with 53 points following a 2-0 victory over VVV Venlo and Ajax is on 51 after winning 2-0 at FC Twente.