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March 8, 2011

Around the first four of the big four IV

Barcelona wins thanks to Keita, Milan upsets Juventus on the road, Manchester United suffers second setback in a row, and Borussia Dortmund wins third in a row.

By Andrew Hill

Keita scores the winning goal

Contrary to what many expected from Barcelona against Zaragoza, the team won the home game 1-0 thanks to a lonely goal from Keita in the last minutes of the first half. The blowout victory that fans were awaiting for did not take place as Zaragoza’s defensive unit played a great game and prevented a crushing defeat on match day 27 in La Liga. But that goal was sufficient for Barcelona to continue atop in the standings with 74 points.

Barcelona continues atop in the standings.

With their road victory by 1-3 against Racing, Real Madrid remains seven points away from the leader Barcelona. With Ronaldo absent due to an injury, Adebayor once and Benzema twice scored the goals for the Whites, which made Kennedy’s goal for Racing useless. With this result Real Madrid has 67 points.

No. 3 Valencia also took a 1-2 road victory against Mallorca. The Che team came from behind to overcome a goal from Ramis with two from Pablo. With this result they increased the distance regarding No. 4 Villareal to four points, since the Yellow Submarine suffered a setback in their visit to Atletico. Rossi’s goal was not sufficient to defeat the Colchoneros, as Reyes, Aguero, and Forlan scored one each for the home team’s win. This leaves Valencia with 54 points and Virrareal stocked in with 50.

Milan walks away triumphant from Turin

In match day 28 the Serie A leader, Milan, had a difficult road trip to Turin, where Juventus was awaiting for them anxiously in the pursuit of a win that would serve them as a boost to climb back to the top seats in the standings, as they are seventh. But just one goal from Gattuso was enough to end with their aspirations and help Milan maintain the five-point advantage over the defending champion Inter that is second with 56 points.

Milan maintains the five-point advantage over Inter.

Inter defeated Genova by 5-2 at home in a game where they started down in the score after Palacio put in one for the visitors, with five minutes to go in the first half. After halftime Pazzini, Eto’o twice, Pandev and Nagamoto turned things around for Inter, and the defending champions where now up by 5-1. The score was going to suffer one more change as Boselli scored the final 5-2.

Third place with 53 points Napoli was unable to defeat Brescia at home and tied 0-0. While fourth place Lazio ran with better luck and won at home by 2-0 against Palermo. Two goals from Sculli in the first half were enough for them to reach 51 points and reduce the distance with Napoli to only two points.

Borussia Dortmund takes no days off

Despite enjoying a 12 point lead in regards to the No. 2 Bayern Leverkusen, the Bundesliga solo leaders Borussia Dortmund don’t have time to relax, and they proved it once again in match day 25 with a 1-0 home win over Colonia. Lewandowski scored the winning goal with one minute to go before halftime and his team reached 61 points.

The leaders don’t have time to relax.

Their escort Bayern Leverkusen didn’t struggle to defeat Wolfsburg by 3-0 with one goal in the first half from Bender, and after halftime Augusto and Kießling sealed the victory with one goal each. This way they have 49 points and hold on to the No. 2 for one more week.

No.2 Hannover 96 left Bayern Munich in a really bad situation, as with their 3-1 victory at home they relegated the defending champions to the fifth place in the standings. Abdellaoue opened the score in the first half for the home team, and Raush added one more in the second half. A few minutes later Robben put things 2-1, but Pinto buried their hopes of tying the game by scoring the definite 3-1. With this victory Hannover 96 has 47 points and Bayern Munich loses their fourth place to Mainz 05.

If Mainz 05 wouldn’t have defeated Hamburg on the road, the defending champions would still be No. 4, but they did by 2-4 to reach 43 points, one more than Bayern Munich. Jensen gave the Hamburg the lead in the first half, but after halftime a goal from Schurrle along with an own goal from Kacar changed things around for the visitors that were now up 2-1. The home team tied the game through Petric, but in the final eight minutes of the match Schurrle and Heller scored one goal each, making the come from behind win possible.

Manchester United has lost its way

Losing the reposition game against Chelsea by 2-1 on Tuesday was just a sign of what was awaiting for the Premier League leader Manchester United in the weekend. For match day 29 they travelled to Liverpool, where they were going to suffer their second loss in a row, and third in the season. Three goals from Kuyt upset the Red Devils that were only able to score in injury time through Hernandez for the final 3-1 on the road. Despite this setback they are still No. 1 with 60 points.

Arsenal missed the chance to get even closer to the leaders by tying 0-0 at home against Sunderland. The Gunners are second with 57 points, but have one pending game.

That chance missed by Arsenal was taken by Manchester City with a 1-0 home win over Wigan Athletic to get three points closer to the top of the standings, thanks to Silva’s goal. The Citizens continue to own the third place in the standings with 53 points.

The Blues are not planning in giving their title away so easily.

With their 1-3 road win against Blackpool, the defending champions Chelsea snatched the fourth place from Tottenham Hotspur, that were only able to tie to three in their visit to the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Two goals from Lampard and one from Terry gave the Blues the victory, and Puncheon scored the consolation goal for the home team. Still with one pending game and currently with 51 points the Blues are not planning in giving their title away so easily.

About the Author
Andrew Hill has been a prominent writer on sports news and the sports betting industry for many exceptional sports web sites. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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