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April 26, 2011

Around the first four of the big four XI

Unlike La Liga in Spain, the Serie A in Italy and the Premier League in England, where their respective champion has pretty much been decided, the German Bundesliga is on fire after Bayern Leverkusen shortened the distance with the leader Borussia Dortmund to just five points.

By Andrew Hill

It’s just a matter of time to see Barcelona crowned for the third season in a row as La Liga champion. On round 33 they defeated Osasuna at home by 2-0, with goals from Villa and Messi. The Catalonians reached 88 points and maintain the eight-point lead against the closest contender Real Madrid that also won their game this Saturday.

Clear road for Barcelona’s third title in a row

The Whites resoundingly defeated Valencia on the road 6-3 and reached 80 points. Real Madrid’s goals were product of Benzema with one, Kaka with two and Higuian who signed a hat trick. Soldado, Jonas and Alba added some make up to the score box with one goal each for Valencia that despite the loss continues in third place with 63 points.

No.4 Villareal missed the chance to shorten distances with Valencia and continues stuck in 57 points for second week in a row. The Yellow Submarine lost in their visit to Sevilla 3-2. The goals from Marchena and Rossi where insufficient to overcome the three goals scored by Ratikic, Negredo and Romaric.

Robinho saves the day

With eight minutes to go Robinho scored the winning goal for the Serie A leaders Milan on their visit to Brescia during round 34 action. The Rossoneri have 74 points and enjoy of an eight point lead over the defending champions Inter that come in second place.

Speaking about Inter, they defeated Lazio at home by overcoming Zarate’s goal with two from Sneijder and Eto’o in the 2-1 victory. This way Inter snatches the second place from Napoli with their 66 points and Lazio remains in fourth place with 60.

Napoli lost the second place due to the defeat suffered on the road against Palermo by 2-1. After just two minutes they were up by one goal thanks to a penalty kick scored by Cavani, but the home team came from behind to win the game with goals from Balzaretti and Bovo, which leaves Napoli in third place with 65 points.

The Gunners continue their decline

With three straight games winless Arsenal has passed from fighting for the title to the third place of the English Premier League. They visited Bolton on match day 34 and were defeated in the last minute of the regular time 2-1. Sturridge gave the home team the lead, then Van Persie got the equalizer for the Gunners, but Cohen was going to score the winning goal in minute 90 that leaves the visitors with 64 points.

The defending champions Chelsea reclaimed No. 2 with their 3-0 victory at home against West Ham. It was a special night for Torres as he scored his first goal as a Blue. Lampard and Malouda added the other two to give their team three more points, for a total of 67.

And the solo leaders Manchester United reached 73 points thanks to Chicarito’s late goal that represented the 1-0 home victory against Everton.

Another team that also won by the minimum was Manchester City, as they defeated Blackburn Rovers on the road with Dzeko’s goal. This way the Citizens secure the fourth place with 59 points.

Bayern Leverkusen refuses to give up

Pride is what Bayern Leverkusen has shown throughout this season in the Bundesliga, as they have refused to give up the fight for the title despite having found themselves 12 points away from the leaders during several passages of the year. That persistence placed them just five points behind from Borussia Dortmund after 31 rounds, and with 15 more points in game they still believe in the miracle.

With goals from Kadlec and Pardo they overcame a goal from Sigurdsson to defeat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday by 2-1, victory that helped them reach 64 points.

The solo leader Borussia Dortmund suffered a setback on their visit to Borussia Monchengladbach, who defeated them by 1-0 with Idrissou’s goal, which leaves them stuck in 69 points.

With their 1-1 on the road draw against Frankfurt, Bayern Munich lost the third place to Hannover 96. Rode’s goal had them down in the score since minute 54, but a penalty kick scored by Gomez helped them save one point, for a total of 56.

And Hannover snatched the third place from them thanks to their on the road win against Freiburg by 1-3. Abdellaoue, Schlaudraff and Rausch scored the goals for the visit and Rosenthal got the discount for the home team.

About the Author
When it comes to sports, Andrew Hill is more than just a passionate fan. Despite being in the early years of his career as a journalist, which began in 2006, he has proven that he can translate that passion into truthful and objective information of interest for the sports betting industry. As of today he specializes in the coverage of European soccer and NCAA basketball for BetIAS’ website.

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