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Juventus Stays on Course for Title as Bayern Sets Points Record

April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Juventus stayed on course for a record-extending 29th Italian soccer league title with a 2-0 win at city rival Torino yesterday.

Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio got Juve’s goals as the defending champion maintained an 11-point lead atop the standings following the weekend games.

Napoli won 3-0 at bottom team Pescara the day before and AC Milan scored three times in the final 16 minutes to beat Catania 4-2 last night.

Juventus has 80 points, 11 more than second-placed Napoli, while Milan is third on 62 points.

Barcelona was held to a 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao two days ago in Spain as the home team’s Ander Herrera got a late leveling goal. Real Madrid won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.

Barca leads with 85 points, followed by Real (74) and Atletico (68).

In the French league, Paris Saint-Germain has a nine-point lead in the standings after a 1-0 win at Evian last night. Marseille won 1-0 at Lorient the day before and Lyon drew 1-1 with Saint-Etienne yesterday.

PSG has 73 points, followed by Marseille on 64 and Lyon on 60. Saint-Etienne is two points further back in fourth place.

Points Record

Bayern Munich, which clinched its 23rd German league championship this month, broke the Bundesliga points record with a 1-0 home win over Freiburg, even while fielding a weakened team two days ago.

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the winner as Bayern made 10 changes from the team that beat Barcelona 4-0 in the first game of its Champions League semifinal on April 23.

Bayern has 84 points, 20 ahead of Borussia Dortmund, which also rested first-choice players as it beat Dusseldorf 2-1. Dortmund on April 24 beat Real Madrid 4-1 to open its two-game Champions League semifinal.

Ajax is poised to retain its Dutch league title after a 2-0 win at NAC Breda two days ago, while PSV Eindhoven defeated Groningen 5-2.

Yesterday, Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 6-0 and Vitesse Arnhem defeated Willem II 3-1.

Ajax has 70 points, followed by PSV and Feyenoord on 66 and Vitesse on 64.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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