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Juventus Beats Milan to Top Serie A; Barcelona Leads in Spain

October 02, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Juventus beat defending champion AC Milan 2-0 to take top spot in Italian soccer’s Serie A from Udinese on goals scored.

Claudio Marchisio scored in the 86th and 90th minutes for Juventus yesterday after Udinese beat Bologna 2-0. Both teams have 11 points from five games, with Juventus leading the standings because it has scored nine goals to Udinese’s seven.

Mehdi Benatia opened the scoring and Antonio Di Natale converted a second-half penalty kick for Udinese.

Napoli, Palermo and Cagliari have 10 points after wins over Inter Milan, Siena and Lecce, respectively.

In Spain, Barcelona leads Levante on goal difference after both teams won yesterday to advance to 14 points.

Barcelona won 1-0 at Sporting Gijon on a 12th-minute goal by Adriano, while Levante recorded its fourth consecutive victory, 1-0 at Real Betis on a Juanlu Gomez goal.

Gonzalo Higuain got a hat-trick and Jose Callejon added a fourth goal as Real Madrid won 4-0 at Espanyol to advance to 13 points alongside Malaga and Valencia.

Werder Bremen missed the chance to go level on points with leader Bayern Munich in Germany’s Bundesliga after a 3-2 loss at Hanover yesterday.

Marko Arnautovic, who scored for the visitors, was red- carded after 78 minutes. Mohammed Abdellaoue got all Hanover’s goals.

Bayern, which drew 0-0 at Hoffenheim two days ago, has 19 points, with Bremen and Borussia Moenchengladbach on 16.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain beat Lyon 2-0 in a meeting between the top two teams last night.

The win gives PSG a three-point advantage over Lyon, Montpellier and Toulouse, who all have 17 points. Defending champion Lille has 16 points after a 2-0 win over Rennes.

AZ Alkmaar leads FC Twente and PSV Eindhoven by four points in the Dutch standings after a 3-1 win at VVV-Venlo yesterday.

WEEKEND RESULTS Italy: Roma 3-1 Atalanta; Inter Milan 0-3 Napoli; Novara 3-3 Catania; Cesena 0-0 Chievo; Fiorentina 1-2 Lazio; Lecce 0-2 Cagliari; Palermo 2-0 Siena; Parma 3-1 Genoa; Udinese 2-0 Bologna, Juventus 2-0 AC Milan.

Spain: Osasuna 2-2 Mallorca; Racing Santander 1-1 Rayo Vallecano; Villarreal 2-2 Real Zaragoza; Valencia 1-0 Granada; Malaga 3-2 Getafe; Real Sociedad 1-2 Athletic Bilbao; Real Betis 0-1 Levante; Atletico Madrid 0-0 Sevilla, Sporting Gijon 0-1 Barcelona, Espanyol 0-4 Real Madrid.

Germany: Kaiserslautern 0-2 Stuttgart; Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Wolfsburg; Nuremberg 3-3 Mainz; Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Augsburg; Hoffenheim 0-0 Bayern Munich; Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach; Hertha Berlin 3-0 Cologne; Hanover 3-2 Werder Bremen; Hamburg 1-2 Schalke.

France: Saint-Etienne 1-1 Auxerre; Caen 1-1 Nice; Lorient 2-0 Valenciennes; Nancy 1-1 Evian; Sochaux 3-0 Toulouse; Dijon 1-1 Ajaccio; Bordeaux 2-2 Montpellier; Marseille 1-1 Brest; Lille 2- 0 Rennes. Late match: Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon.

Netherlands: Heracles 2-0 De Graafschap; FC Utrecht 3-0 RKC Waalwijk; Vitesse 1-1 Heerenveen; Roda JC 4-3 NAC Breda; VVV Venlo 1-3 AZ Alkmaar; FC Twente 2-2 Excelsior; Groningen 1-0 Ajax; Feyenoord 0-3 Den Haag; NEC Nijmegen 0-2 PSV Eindhoven.

--Editors: James Cone, Dex McLuskey.

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