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European Weekend Review: Madrid Falls In Spain

Real Madrid are now seven points behind FC in after losing 1-0 at struggling Osasuna. In France it was a good weekend for Lille as they extended their a top Ligue 1

It was a potentially decisive weekend in the La Liga title race with Barcelona wining and failing to follow suit. Barcelona beat Hércules 3-0 on Saturday to make it a record-equalling 15th straight league win and go seven points clear at the summit. That gap remained the same on Sunday after Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at fifth-bottom Osasuna on Sunday. Third-placed are now just six points behind Madrid as Giuseppe Rossi scored the only goal on the stroke of half-time in their victory against .

Lille continue to look convincing championship material after stretching their unbeaten Ligue 1 run to 11 matches with a 1-0 derby defeat of northern neighbours Lens. Lille now have a four-point gap over who won 2-1 victors at Arles-Avignon. Lyon are another three points back after they fell 2-1 at Valenciennes.

Two of Serie A’s most in-form talents shone again as stayed four points clear of following victories for both. The Rossoneri recorded a 2-0 win at Catania on Saturday and, once again, Zlatan Ibrahimović was prominent, provoking Robinho’s opener before notching his 13th effort in 20 league outings, after Mark van Bommel had been sent off on his Serie A debut. The following day, leading scorer Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick in Napoli’s 4-0 thrashing of . Giampaolo Pazzini had a great debut for as his two goals helped the champions come from behind to beta Palermo 3-2.

got back on the winning track as they beat Wolfsburg 3-0.. The win means that Dortmund are now 11 pints clear of Bayer Leverkusen, who beat Hannover 2-0. are up to third, thanks to their 3-1 victory at , and bottom side Borussia Mönchengladbach boosted their survival prospects by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 for their second win in three games.

The returned to centre stage in and it proved a frustrating weekend for the underdogs, with recovering from falling behind at Southampton to win 2-1 and Birmingham City turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory at home against Championship side Coventry City. had Cesc Fàbregas’s late penalty winner to thank for seeing off third-division Huddersfield Town, but Notts County held 1-1 and Crawley Town ensured a non-league presence in the fifth round by winning 1-0 at Torquay United.