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European Weekend Review: Lille And Dortmund Both Lose

SüdtribüneThe title races in both France and Germany took another turn this weekend, while and took anther step towards winning their respective championships.

The Ligue 1 title race tightened as leaders Lille were upset 1-0 by . Luckily for Lille, there other title contenders failed to take full advantage of Lille’s defeat. were held to a 2-2 at home to Toulouse, while Rennes lost 2-0 at mid-table Stade Brest. That all suited Lyon, who leapfrogged Rennes into third by beating Lens 3-0 and now are only five points behind Lille.

Borussia Dortmund’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga is down to five points after they needed an injury-time goal from Jakub Błaszczykowski to rescue a point against Hamburg. Second place Bayer Leverkusen had to come from behind also, but they were able to beat St. Pauli 2-1. The powers that be at were less impressed with their 1-1 draw, at FC Nürnberg, and they immediately fired Louis van Gaal’s reign as they slipped to fourth.

With AC Milan last in action on Sunday, stepped up their championship bid, and responded to back-to-back defeats against their city rivals and , by winning 2-0 against Chievo Verona on Saturday. upped the ante with a 2-0 win at Bologna but Milan just about kept their heads, winning 2-1 at despite Zlatan Ibrahimović’s late dismissal. This was Ibrahimović’s first game back after serving a two-game ban from his previous red card incident.

and rung the changes as they bid to set up a semi-final meeting in the with last-eight progression in midweek, but it made little difference as both triumphed again. Josep Guardiola’s side maintained their eight-point cushion by coming from behind to beat Almería 3-1 while Madrid were impressive 3-0 victors at Athletic Bilbao. The best of the rest squared up on Sunday with third-placed thrashing fourth-place 5-0.

The top three all won in with Manchester United still in prime position for the title after their 2-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday. won 3-1 at Blackpool to stay seven points adrift with champions four further back after edging Wigan 1-0.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Peter Fuchs