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European Football Round-Up

WITH ALEXEI DaCOSTA

Tuesday, April 22, 2014    

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Title now Liverpool's to lose

Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge came to an end on Saturday after his team Chelsea lost 2-1 to Sunderland. Chelsea began the game sluggishly and quite rightly was being held at 1-1 when a dubious penalty was given on 80 minutes, with Fabio Borini gladly slotting home. Sunderland is three points away from safety.

Liverpool has inched even closer to the title after holding off Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road. Luis Suarez became the first Red to score 30 goals in the Premier League era, while Raheem Sterling bagged a brace to outscore the home side.

Hull City 0 — Arsenal 3

Tottenham 3 — Fulham 1

Everton 2 — Manchester United 0

Messi fires Barca to difficult win

Barcelona had to come from behind to sneak past Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi's powerful free-kick on 74 minutes sealed the win after Aduriz gave Athletic the lead. Barca also has Javier Mascherano to thank for a desperate block at Mikel Rico's shot from point blank range with only a minute left.

Atletico Madrid secured a nervy 2-0 win at home against Elche on Friday. The opening goal did not come until 72 minutes, when Miranda powered home a header to make it 1-0. Diego Costa also converted a late penalty to ensure Atletico remain top.

Real Sociedad 2 — Espanyol 1

Sevilla 4 — Granada 0

Osasuna 1 — Valencia 1

Juventus on the brink of victory

Former Red Devil Paul Pogba scored the decisive goal to give Juventus an efficient 1-0 win versus Bologna. Pogba's 20 yard drive on 64 minutes gives Juve the opportunity to win the league next week, if Roma loses to AC Milan on Friday.

AS Roma restored the eight point gap between the top two, after edging Fiorentina 1-0 in Florence. Belgian Radja Nainggolan netted the only goal of the game after 26 minutes. The win also secures Roma's return to the Champions League next season.

AC Milan 3 — Livorno 0

Parma 0 — Inter 2

Udinese 1 — Napoli 1

Bayern back to winning ways

Bayern Munich warmed up for their Champions League semi-final with a 2-0 win at Braunschweig. They left it late, with Claudio Pizarro scoring the first with only 15 minutes remaining. Substitute Mario Mandzukic sealed the win with an easy finish after 86 minutes.

The European spots are far from decided, however, with Stuttgart shocking third placed Schalke 3-1 on Sunday. Relegation-threatened Stuttgart romped to a 3-0 lead through a Martin Harnik brace and Cacau after 59 minutes but Adam Szalai pulled one back for Schalke.

Nuremburg 1 — Bayer Leverkusen 4

Borrusia Dortmund 4 — Mainz 2

Hamburg 1 — Wolfsburg 3

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