Malaga missed a chance to take third spot in Spanish soccer’s La Liga after drawing 1-1 with Real Sociedad. All weekend matches in Italy’s Serie A were postponed following the death of a player.
Fourth-place Malaga moves to 51 points, one behind Valencia, which lost 4-0 at Espanyol yesterday for a first defeat in four matches. Levante is another three points back with five games left.
Real Madrid maintained its four-point lead over Barcelona atop the standings before their meeting at the Camp Nou on April 21 after both teams won two days ago. Madrid defeated Sporting Gijon 3-1, while Barcelona beat Levante 2-1.
Lionel Messi got both goals for Barca, and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored once to put both players on 41 goals in La Liga this campaign, a single-season record.
Piermario Morosini, a 25-year-old midfielder on loan at Serie B club Livorno from Udinese, died two days ago after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match against Pescara. The Italian Football Federation suspended all the weekend’s remaining matches.
“He was one of Udinese’s sons,” club President Gianpaolo Pozzo said on Udinese’s website. “This is a tragedy that needs to make us think.”
Morosini’s death came less than a month after Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest during a F.A. Cup game in England. Muamba has since started walking again, manager Owen Coyle said April 5.
Borussia Dortmund holds an eight-point lead atop the Bundesliga with three matches left after second-place Bayern Munich was held to a scoreless tie by Mainz two days ago.
Dortmund, on a German league record run of 25 straight games unbeaten, won 2-1 at Ruhr rival Schalke and is on course to retain its title. Fourth-place Borussia Moenchengladbach is now one point behind Schalke following a 3-0 home win against Cologne yesterday.
Marseille won France’s League Cup for a third straight season after substitute Brandao scored in extra time to secure a 1-0 victory over Lyon two days ago.
In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain was unable to take advantage of an earlier defeat for first-place Montpellier as it drew 1-1 at Auxerre last night. Montpellier lost 2-1 at Lorient and leads PSG by two points.
Lille, last season’s champion, beat Ajaccio 4-1 and is seven points off the lead in third position.
Defending champion Ajax holds a six-point advantage over AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord in Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie following a 3-1 win against De Graafschap yesterday.
AZ lost 3-2 at PSV Eindhoven, while Feyenoord beat Excelsior 3-0 this weekend. FC Twente, PSV and Heerenveen are all one point further back.
WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: All matches postponed. Spain: Real Madrid 3-1 Sporting Gijon, Levante 1-2 Barcelona, Espanyol 4-0 Valencia, Malaga 1-1 Real Sociedad, Real Betis 1-0 Osasuna, Real Zaragoza 1-0 Granada, Villarreal 1-1 Racing Santander, Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Mallorca, Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atletico Madrid. Today: Getafe vs Sevilla. Germany: Stuttgart 4-1 Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen 3-3 Hertha Berlin, Hamburg 1-0 Hannover, Kaiserslautern 0-2 Nurnberg, Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg 1-2 Augsburg, Bayern Munich 0-0 Mainz, Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-0 Cologne, Freiburg 0-0 Hoffenheim. France: Lille 4-1 AC Ajaccio, Lorient 2-1 Montpellier, Nancy 2-2 Bordeaux, Sochaux 1-0 Dijon, St Etienne 2-1 Brest, Valenciennes 0-3 Evian, Auxerre 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain. Today: Rennes vs Nice. Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven 3-2 AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord 3-0 Excelsior, NEC Nijmegen 2-4 Heerenveen, FC Twente 2-2 NAC Breda, Groningen 0-1 Roda JC, Ajax 3-1 De Graafschap, FC Utrecht 4-2 VVV, Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 Den Haag, Heracles 1-1 RKC Waalwijk.
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