Weekend round up; Barcelona march on, Juventus see Serie A lead cut
Published: 14.01.13 / Written by: David Gold
Barcelona won yet again this weekend as a 3-1 win over Malaga in La Liga gave them their 18th win in 19 league matches.
Leo Messi scored the first, set up Cesc Fabregas for the second before Thiago Alcantara netted the last for Los Cules. They have yet to lose a game or fail to win an away match this season. Atletico Madrid beat Real Zaragoza 2-0, stretching a succession of home victories which goes back to last season and now numbers 16. Meanwhile Real Madrid drew 0-0 at Osasuna to continue their miserable run of form. Levante lost 2-0 to Real Betis in the battle of two outside Champions League hopefuls, whilst Valencia continue their upturn in form with a win by the same scoreline against Sevilla.
Athletic Bilbao were beaten 2-1 at home by Rayo Vallecano, Valladolid beat Real Mallorca 3-1, Espanyol defeated Celta Vigo 1-0, Real Sociedad drew 1-1 with Deportivo la Coruna and Getafe meet Granada on Monday.
In Italy Juventus were held 1-1 by Parma in a match which saw their lead cut to five points, as Lazio claimed a 2-0 win at home to Atalanta. Inter Milan won by the same score against Pescara to keep pace, and Napoli cruised to a 3-0 win over Palermo. Roma lost 1-0 at Catania, Fiorentina were beaten 3-1 by Udinese and AC Milan drew 0-0 with Sampdoria.
There was change again at the top in France as Paris St Germain were held 0-0 by lowly AJ Ajaccio. That meant Lyon’s 2-1 win over Troyes moves them top of the table. Sochaux beat the other title contender, Marseille, 3-1. Lille were held 2-2 by bottom club Nancy, and champions Montpellier beat Lorient 2-0. Nice crushed Valenciennes 5-0, whilst Rennes lost 2-0 at home to Bordeaux and St Etienne drew 2-2 with Toulouse.
In England Manchester United kept their seven point lead after beating Liverpool 2-1 in a hard fought clash at Old Trafford. Manchester City were gifted a victory at the Emirates Stadium by a howler from referee Mike Dean, who sent off Arsenal defender Lorient Koscielny in controversial circumstances early on. Chelsea surprisingly won 4-0 at Stoke to cement their grip on third spot, whilst QPR held Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 in a game which saw Harry Redknapp take on his former team. Everton and Swansea City drew 0-0.
Olympiakos beat Levadiakos 1-0 in Greece, whilst Panathinaikos continued their miserable season with a 0-0 draw at PAS Giannena. In Portugal the big game saw joint leaders Benfica and Porto draw 2-2 at the Estadio do Luz.