Juventus extended its lead over Napoli in Italian soccer’s Serie A to nine points with a 1-0 win against Catania, while Real Madrid moved above Atletico Madrid into second place in Spain’s La Liga.
Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini scored in stoppage time for Juventus yesterday as Napoli lost 2-0 at Chievo. Defending champion Juve has 62 points to Napoli’s 53. Third-place AC Milan has 51 points after a 2-0 win at Genoa three days ago.
Napoli lost on the road as Boukary Drame’s long-range effort and a Cyril Thereau goal secured Chievo’s win. Edinson Cavani missed a second-half penalty kick for the visiting team.
In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid won 2-1 at Celta Vigo to leapfrog local rival Atletico, which lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad for its first home defeat of the season.
Two days ago, league leader Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on goals by Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi, who came on as a substitute to score in his 17th straight La Liga game.
Barcelona acting coach Jordi Roura made several changes to before the Catalan club tries to overcome a 2-0 deficit against AC Milan in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup.
Barca leads the standings with 71 points, 13 more than defending champion Real, with Atletico on 57 points.
Lyon and Marseille drew 0-0 in France’s Ligue 1 yesterday to leave Paris Saint-Germain four points clear at the top.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals for PSG two days ago as it rallied to beat Nancy 2-1 in Paris. Former England captain David Beckham came on as a substitute in the second half as PSG held on to its lead to move to 57 points. Lyon has 53 points, with Marseille on 50.
Bayern Munich stretched its lead atop Germany’s Bundesliga to 20 points two days ago with a 3-2 victory against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 at Schalke in the Ruhr derby, and Bayer Leverkusen was beaten 1-0 at Mainz.
Bayern has 66 points, defending champion Dortmund 46 and Leverkusen 45.
Ajax went top in the Dutch league yesterday with a 3-0 home win against FC Zwolle after PSV Eindhoven lost 2-1 at Heerenveen the previous day. Feyenoord won 1-0 at Roda JC. Ajax leads with 54 points, followed by PSV and Feyenoord on 53.
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