Weekend round up; Real get back to winning ways, Tijuana, LA Galaxy and Velez Sarsfield celebrate title victories
Published: 03.12.12 / Written by: David Gold
Real Madrid got back to winning ways in Spain as they beat local rivals Atletico 2-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.
That result leaves the champions five points behind second placed Atletico. Barcelona remain top following a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou, breaking a Spanish record for the best ever start to a La Liga season in the process.
Valencia lost 5-2 at home to Real Sociedad, leading to the sacking of their manager Mauricio Pellegrini, whilst Getafe stunned Malaga 1-0. Espanyol drew at Granada 0-0, Real Betis beat Deportivo 3-2 and Levante were held 1-1 by Celta Vigo.
There was a major shock in France as Paris St Germain suffered another defeat, this time 2-1 at lowly Nice. That result meant that Lyon were able to go clear at the top of the table after they beat Montpellier 1-0. St Etienne are third after a 0-0 draw with Ajaccio, with Marseille second after beating Brest 2-1. Bordeaux drew 2-2 with Sochaux, Lorient beat Toulouse 1-0, and Valenciennes beat Reims 1-0 to stay among the leaders.
Manchester United are now three points clear of Manchester City after they beat Reading 4-3 in a remarkable game on Saturday. City had earlier drew 1-1 at home to Everton. There is now an eight way battle for third and fourth place after Chelsea lost 3-1 at West Ham and West Brom were beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke. Tottenham are the team in form after a 3-0 win at Fulham, while Arsenal were stunned 2-0 at home by Swansea. Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0.
In Germany Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund to stay clear at the top of the table. Bayer Leverkusen beat Nuremberg 1-0 to move into second, while Schalke stay fourth after a 1-1 draw at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Eintracht Frankfurt dropped out of the top four after a 4-0 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Juventus continue to lead the way in Italy as the champions recovered from their defeat to AC Milan last week with a 3-0 victory over Turin rivals Torino in the derby. Inter Milan returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Palermo, while Napoli thrashed Pescara 5-1. AC Milan continued their recent good form with a 3-1 win at Catania, Fiorentina were held 2-2 by Sampdoria and Udinese thrashed Cagliari 4-1. Lazio beat Parma 2-1, and Roma claimed a 3-1 win at Siena.
In the US, David Beckham bade farewell to LA Galaxy in style as they beat Houston Dynamo 3-1 to retain the MLS Cup. There was also glory for Tijuana in Mexico, as they won their first ever Apertura title with a 2-0 win over Toluca, wrapping up a 4-1 aggregate victory.
In Argentina Velez Sarsfield were celebrating after they claimed the title with a 2-0 win over Union Santa Fe. Lanus lost 1-0 to River Plate but remain second, whilst Boca Juniors were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal Sarandi.
Anzhi Makhachkala beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 to go joint top with their opponents, whilst Zenit St Petersburg beat Spartak Moscow 4-2. In Ukraine Shakhtar beat Kryvbas Kryvvi Rih 2-0, and in Portugal Porto and Benfica remain out in front after winning 2- 0 against Braga and Olhanense respectively.
Galatasaray were held 1-1 by Gaziantetspor 1-1 in Turkey, with Fenerbahce drawing at Kayserispor by the same score. Ajax beat PSV 3-1 in the big game in Holland, whilst Vitesse won 3-0 against Roda JC and Twente beat Ado den Haag 2-0. Feyenoord beat Waalwijk 2-0.