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European Weekend Roundup: Madrid And United Warm Up In Style

Real Madrid Fans 2Real Madrid and Manchester United warmed up for their showdown at Old Trafford on Tuesday with impressive wins this weekend, while Juventus took another step towards retaining theor Serie A crown.

La Liga
For the second time in a week Real Madrid beat Barcelona as both clubs seems to be going in opposite directions. After to El Clasico wins, Real Madrid will travel to Manchester full of confidence, while Barcelina are in the middle of their worst slump in years.

As for Valencia, who face PSG on Wednesday, they could only draw 2-2 with Levante, while second-placed Club Atlético Madrid drew 0-0 at Málaga to close within 11 points of Barça.

Premier League
Another week, another win for Manchester United as the runaway Premier League leaders stretched their lead atop the Premier League to 15 points. Shinji Kagawa conjured up a sublime hat-trick and Wayne Rooney added a fourth in a 4-0 demolition of Norwich City at Old Trafford.
Up into third place is Tottenham Hotspur who beat Arsenal 2-1 in the North London derby. At the bottom of the table, QPR moved to within touching distance of survival with a 2-1 win at Southampton.

Serie A
In the battle between first and second in Italy, Juventus and Napoli drew 1-1, a result that should just about end Napoli’s title ambitions.

Elsewhere, two goals from Giampaolo Pazzini helped AC Milan beat Lazio 3-0, a win which enabled Massimiliano Allegri’s team to leapfrog their opponents into third place. Inter Milan then came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Calcio Catania and join Lazio in fourth with 47 points.

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain might have had their focus on the Valencia match as they surprisingly lost 1-0 at Stade de Reims. But Lyon could not take full advantage of PSG’s slip-up as they had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Best. The gap at the summit is now down to two points while Marseille is a further three points back after they beat Troyes 2-1.

Bayern Munich’s march towards another Bundesliga crown continues unabated as they beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-0 to maintain a 17-point lead at the top. Borussia Dortmund tightened their grip on second spot, Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a commanding 3-1 home win against Hannover, while Bayer Leverkusen are one point back in third after beating Stuttgart 2-1.