Atletico Cuts Barcelona’s Lead; Juventus Extends Advantage
Adrian Lopez and Koke scored for Atletico as it took advantage of Barcelona’s first league defeat of the season, 3-2 at Real Sociedad on Jan. 19. It was Atletico’s 12th straight home win in the league, matching the club record set in games bridging the 1939-40 and 1940-41 seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria each scored twice as Real Madrid cruised to a 5-0 win at Valencia. Barcelona has 55 points, with Atletico on 47 and Real on 40 in third place.
Osasuna beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 to climb two spots to 18th in the 20-team standings, with its opponent dropping into last place.
Francesco Totti put Roma ahead in the 22nd minute with a penalty kick and Rodrigo Palacio tied it for Inter in added time at the end of the first half.
Inter is in fourth place in Serie A with 39 points. Defending champion Juventus leads with 48 points, with Napoli and Lazio on 43 points.
Juventus rebounded from a two-match winless run in the league to defeat Udinese 4-0 two days ago. Napoli and Lazio drew 1-1 at Fiorentina and 2-2 at Palermo respectively.
Among yesterday’s games, AC Milan beat Bologna with two goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and bottom club Siena won 1-0 against Sampdoria.
Paris Saint-Germain moved level on points with Lyon atop Ligue 1 after a 1-0 victory at Bordeaux yesterday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got the goal two minutes before halftime.
Lyon and PSG have 42 points, one ahead of Marseille. Lyon drew 0-0 against Evian on Jan. 18, while Marseille rallied to defeat defending champion Montpellier 3-2 two days ago with an injury-time winner from Andre-Pierre Gignac.
In the first round of games since the Bundesliga’s winter break, Bayern Munich defeated last-place Greuther Fuerth 2-0 on Jan. 19 to maintain its nine-point lead.
Mario Mandzukic got both goals for Bayern, which has 45 points. The 22-time German champion this week hired former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as its next manager to replace Jupp Heynckes, who’ll retire when his contract expires after the season.
Yesterday, Hamburg tied 1-1 at Nurnberg, and Augsburg won 3-2 at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
The defending champion joins PSV on 40 points, one behind Twente. PSV suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Zwolle on Jan. 18, while Twente was held to a scoreless tie by RKC Waalwijk two days ago.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Spain: Espanyol 3-2 Real Mallorca, Granada 2-0 Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad 3-2 Barcelona, Getafe 1-1 Sevilla, Malaga 1-1 Celta Vigo, Osasuna 2-1 Dep. La Coruna, Real Valladolid v Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid 2-0 Levante, Valencia 0-5 Real Madrid. Today: Real Betis vs Athletic Bilbao. Italy: Palermo 2-2 Lazio, Juventus 4-0 Udinese, Fiorentina 1-1 Napoli, AC Milan 2-1 Bologna, Atalanta 1-1 Cagliari, Chievo 1-1 Parma, Genoa 0-2 Catania, Pescara 0-2 Torino, Siena 1-0 Sampdoria, Roma 1-1 Inter Milan. Germany: Schalke 5-4 Hanover, Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich 2-0 Greuther Furth, Hoffenheim 0-0 B. Monchengladbach, Mainz 0-0 Freiburg, Wolfsburg 2-0 Stuttgart, Werder Bremen 0-5 Borussia Dortmund, Nurnberg v Hamburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-3 Augsburg. France: Lyon 0-0 Evian, Marseille 3-2 Montpellier, AC Ajaccio 1- 1 Valenciennes, Brest 0-1 St Etienne, Lorient 3-2 Troyes, Sochaux 1-0 Reims, Toulouse 2-1 Nancy, Bastia 0-2 Rennes, Lille v Nice, Bordeaux 0-1 Paris St Germain. Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven 1-3 FC Zwolle, AZ Alkmaar 4-1 Vitesse Arnhem, FC Twente 0-0 RKC Waalwijk, Heerenveen 0-1 Heracles, NAC Breda 1-0 VVV, Ajax 3-0 Feyenoord, Groningen 0-2 FC Utrecht, Roda JC 2-0 NEC Nijmegen, Willem II 1-1 ADO Den Haag.