Milan Beats Juventus 1-0; Marseille Moves Into Tie Atop Ligue 1
Juventus missed a chance to stretch its lead atop Italy’s Serie A with a 1-0 defeat at AC Milan yesterday, while Barcelona won 4-0 on the road in Spanish soccer’s La Liga.
Brazilian striker Robinho scored from the penalty spot in the 31st minute for the home team at the San Siro Stadium in Milan last night.
“From the touchline I thought it was the right decision ,” Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “After seeing the pictures I don’t think it was a penalty.”
Defending champion Juventus has 32 points, four more than Inter Milan and Fiorentina, with Napoli another point back. Inter is at Parma today, while Cagliari hosts Napoli. Fifth- place Lazio faces Udinese on Nov. 27. AC Milan has 18 points.
Among yesterday’s other games, Fiorentina tied 2-2 at Torino, Roma beat Pescara 1-0 and Sampdoria defeated Bologna 1-0.
Barcelona kept a three-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid, which won 4-0 against the visiting Sevilla.
Defending champion Real Madrid is a further eight points back in third place after suffering a 1-0 loss at Real Betis two days ago. Benat Etxebarria got the only goal.
Lionel Messi got two goals for Barcelona against Levante to take his tally in 2012 to 82, six short of the single-year record set by German Gerd Mueller in 1972. Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas also scored for the visitor.
Also yesterday, Getafe won 2-0 at Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 with Deportivo La Coruna.
Borussia Dortmund moved into second spot in Germany’s Bundesliga after the weekend’s matches, rallying to defeat Mainz 2-1 yesterday. It trails Bayern Munich, a 5-0 winner against Hanover two days ago, by nine points.
Bayer Leverkusen defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 yesterday and is a point further back, along with Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. On Nov. 24, Schalke and Eintracht tied 1-1.
In France, Jordan Ayew scored a minute after halftime last night as Marseille beat Lille 1-0 to move level with Paris Saint-Germain atop Ligue 1.
Marseille and PSG have 26 points, one more than Saint- Etienne and Lyon, which lost 3-0 to Toulouse yesterday.
Saint-Etienne defeated Valenciennes 1-0 three days ago, while PSG beat Troyes 4-0 two days ago. Yesterday, Bordeaux also lost 1-0 at Montpellier.
Eredivisie leader PSV Eindhoven was upset 2-1 at home yesterday by Vitesse Arnhem, which is now two points back along with FC Twente -- which tied 2-2 against FC Zwolle. Fourth-place Ajax beat Roda JC 2-1.
In Russia, Spartak Moscow fired coach Unai Emery following a 5-1 home defeat to Dynamo Moscow.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Spain: Real Sociedad 0-0 Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Real Mallorca, Real Valladolid 1-0 Granada, Malaga 4-0 Valencia, Real Betis 1-0 Real Madrid, Espanyol 0-2 Getafe, Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna, Atletico Madrid 4-0 Sevilla, Levante 0-4 Barcelona. Today: Real Zaragoza v Celta Vigo. Italy: Palermo 3-1 Catania, Atalanta 0-1 Genoa, Chievo 0-0 Siena, Pescara 0-1 Roma, Sampdoria 1-0 Bologna, Torino 2-2 Fiorentina, AC Milan 1-0 Juventus. Today: Cagliari v Napoli, Parma v Inter Milan. Tuesday: Lazio v Udinese. Germany: Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 Hamburg, Bayern Munich 5-0 Hanover, Greuther Furth 0-0 Nurnberg, Mainz 1-2 Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg 1-1 Werder Bremen, Freiburg 3-0 Stuttgart, Augsburg 1-1 B. Monchengladbach, Hoffenheim 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen. France: St Etienne 1-0 Valenciennes, Paris St Germain 4-0 Troyes, Bastia 2-1 Lorient, Nancy 1-1 AC Ajaccio, Reims 0-0 Brest, Rennes 0-1 Evian, Sochaux 0-1 Nice, Montpellier 1-0 Bordeaux, Toulouse 3-0 Lyon, Marseille 1-0 Lille. Netherlands: NAC Breda 0-3 Den Haag, NEC Nijmegen 2-0 FC Utrecht, RKC Waalwijk 1-1 Groningen, VVV 1-1 Heerenveen, Willem II 2-2 Heracles, Roda JC 1-2 Ajax, AZ Alkmaar 0-2 Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven 1-2 Vitesse Arnhem, FC Twente 2-2 FC Zwolle.