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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 Spain, England, Italy and Germany are all over. The only major league in Europe that still has a competitive title race is in France where Paris Saint-Germain only have a five point gap.

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

PSG 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 Marseille, two points further back than Lyon, were held to a goalless draw at home against Ajaccio.

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 Everton earlier in the day. As for Chelsea, they moved third with a 2-0 triumph against West Ham United, Frank Lampard plundering his 200th goal for the Blues, while Tottenham Hotspur slipped to fourth following a 1-0 home loss to Fulham.

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 Borussia Dortmund bounced back from last week’s Revierderby loss to Schalke, meanwhile, by sweeping aside Freiburg 5-1 thanks in part to a pair of goals from prolific striker Robert Lewandowski.

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

There was no change among the top three as Barcelona swept aside Rayo Vallecano 3-1 to remain 13 points ahead of Real Madrid 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 Champions League qualifying berth is now occupied by Real Sociedad, meanwhile, after they made it ten games unbeaten by overcoming Real Valladolid 4-1.