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Europe Weekend Review: Only One Title Race Left And That Is In France

Newly-named Paris St Germain soccer coach Ancelotti and sport director Leonardo pose with a club shirt during a news conference at Parc des Princes stadium in ParisWe have barely passed the middle of March and already the title races in , , and Germany are all over. The only major league in Europe that still has a competitive title race is in France where only have a five point gap.

Here is a look at this weekend’s action across Europe:

France
increased their Ligue 1 cushion by one point to five, but it should be seven as PSG let a two-goal lead slip against Saint-Étienne and ended up drawing 2-2 with the side in fourth. PSG lead increased because second-placed Olympique Lyonnais suffered a shock 4-1 loss to Bastia, while Olympique de , two points further back than Lyon, were held to a goalless draw at home against Ajaccio.

England
Wayne Rooney’s first-half strike saw Man United beat Reading 1-0 at Old Trafford. The win allowed United to stretch their lead to 15 points following Manchester City’s 2-0 loss at earlier in the day. As for , they moved third with a 2-0 triumph against United, Frank Lampard plundering his 200th goal for the Blues, while slipped to fourth following a 1-0 home loss to Fulham.

Germany
Bayern maintained their near-unassailable 20-point lead atop the Bundesliga standings with a 2-1 win at third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Second-placed bounced back from last week’s Revierderby loss to , meanwhile, by sweeping aside Freiburg 5-1 thanks in part to a pair of goals from prolific striker Robert Lewandowski.

Italy
beat Bologna 2-0 to maintain their nine points lead over at the Serie A summit. As for Napoli, they downed BC 3-2 courtesy of a late Goran Pandev strike, while Mario Balotelli scored twice as third-placed beat bottom club Palermo 2-0, and edged 3-2.

Spain
There was no change among the top three as swept aside Rayo Vallecano 3-1 to remain 13 points ahead of and 14 clear of Atlético Madrid. José Mourinho’s men twice came from behind to defeat Mallorca 5-2, before Diego Costa’s double helped Atlético win 2-0 at Osasuna on Sunday. The fourth and final UEFA qualifying berth is now occupied by , meanwhile, after they made it ten games unbeaten by overcoming Real Valladolid 4-1.

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