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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ROUND-UP

Yakum Fitz-Henley

Tuesday, October 09, 2012    

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EPL: Chelsea were in silky form on Saturday, maintaining their place four points clear atop the league with a 4-1 win over Norwich. Manchester City are tied for second with their Manchester rivals after they earned their first clean sheet of the season in a 3-0 triumph at home to Sunderland.

Manchester United also won 3-0 at Newcastle, while Everton round out the top four despite drawing 2-2 with Wigan. Swansea versus Reading and Southampton versus Fulham also ended 2-2 while Olivier Giroud scored his first Premier League goal as Arsenal overcame West Ham 3-1.

Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham blanked Aston Villa 2-0 while West Brom beat QPR 3-2 in an exciting affair at the Hawthorns. Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield.

Double brace in El Clasico

La Liga: Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi netted braces in Real Madrid versus Barcelona as the world's biggest derby ended 2-2.

Both sides led as Real Madrid handled Barca remarkably well and went ahead through Ronaldo before Messi capitalised on a Pepe mistake in defence and then curled a sublime free kick into Iker Casillas' goal. However, Mesut Ozil played Ronaldo in five minutes later and the Portuguese tied the match.

Atletico Madrid are second as they clipped third place Malaga 2-1 by an unfortunate 90th minute own goal while Betis are in fourth, one point ahead of Real Madrid, after they beat Real Sociedad 2-0. Celta also won 2-0, beating Sevilla.

Athletic Bilbao and Levante clipped Osasuna and Valencia 1-0 respectively with Getafe also beating Zaragoza by a similar scoreline. Granada and Rayo Vallecano also eked out 2-1 wins against Mallorca and Deportivo respectively. Valladolid drew 1-1 with Espanyol.

Inter nip Milan derby

Serie A: A fourth minute Walter Samuel header was the lone goal in 10-man Inter's 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro. Inter had Japanese international Nagatomo sent off after receiving a second yellow, but held on well to climb to fourth in the table.

Juventus are still atop the table, although only by goal difference, after Claudio Marchisio's late strike gave them the 2-1 win over Siena. Napoli are still right on their tail after clipping Udinese by a similar score line. Lazio are third by goal difference after Miroslav Klose scored twice in a 3-0 win at Pescara.

Roma and Catania both blanked Atalanta and Parma respectively 2-0, while Chievo earned a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria with a late David Di Michele strike. Genoa were held 1-1 by Palermo. Otherwise, there were 1-0 wins for Fiorentina and Cagliari over Bologna and Torino respectively.

Ribery brace opens five-point gap

Bundesliga: Franck Ribery scored twice to maintain Bayern Munich's flawless start to the season as the Bavarians blanked Hoffenheim 2-0.

Eintracht Frankfurt remain second, five points back, despite losing 2-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach. Schalke are third after downing Wolfsburg 3-0 and Borussia Dortmund complete the top four even after dropping more points in a 1-1 draw at Hannover.

Both Stefan Kiessling and Vedad Ibisevic scored braces as Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Stuttgart while Freiburg were scored two stoppage time goals in their 3-0 win over Nuremburg. Augsburg also scored 3 to Werder Bremen's 1 even as Chelsea loanee Kevin De Bruyne scored yet again for Bremen.

Mainz and Hamburg both earned 1-0 wins against Dusseldorf and Greuther Furth respectively.

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