Ronaldinho strikes again as Barca go two points clear

RONALDINHO grabbed his 11th league goal of the season as Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to two points after a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Saturday, while Sevilla moved into second spot after a 2-1 comeback win at home to Real Madrid.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes helped Barca avoid embarrassment against struggling Sociedad with crucial saves to preserve his side’s slender 1-0 advantage against a Sociedad side yet to win this season.

Ernesto Chevanton’s second-half scissor-kick saw Sevilla overtake opponents Real Madrid in second place by securing a 2-1 win.

Chevanton claimed the headlines with a well-executed finish after first-half strikes from recalled Real midfielder David Beckham and Sevilla striker Fredi Kanoute cancelled each other out.

Goals from Miguel Angulo, a brace from David Villa and a goal by Vicente saw Valencia to a 4-0 win over Deportivo last night.

Argentine striker Diego Milito scored his 11th goal of the season as he helped Real Zaragoza to a 2-0 win at Racing Santander that pushed them up into fourth place.

Zaragoza held on to fourth spot thanks to Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 defeat at home to an improving Espanyol.

The game of the weekend was at San Mames where centre-forward Ismael Urzaiz struck twice as struggling Athletic Bilbao hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a 4-2 victory at home to Recreativo Huelva. Athletic are now fourth from bottom with 11 points, one ahead of Real Betis who drew 1-1 at Getafe and three ahead of Gimnastic Tarragona who came from a goal down to claim their first home win of the season, 2-1 against Levante.

Real Sociedad bring up the rear with just six points from 14 games.

Inter Milan won 3-0 at Empoli on Sunday to equal its club record of eight straight wins in Serie A. Hernan Crespo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Walter Samuel scored in the second half for Inter. They lead Serie A with 39 points, followed by AS Roma with 32 and Palermo with 31.

Lazio dealt a huge blow to the Serie A title hopes of arch-rivals Roma after winning last night’s Eternal City derby in style. Cristian Ledesma opened the scoring in the 44th minute before Massimo Oddo doubled Lazio’s advantage from the penalty spot at the start of the second period. Roma’s hopes of a comeback vanished when Massimo Mutarelli made it 3-0 with 18 minutes remaining.

Catania move into fourth place with a 1-0 win over Udinese.

AC Milan continued to struggle and were held to a 0-0 draw by Torino at the San Siro. Milan striker Alberto Gilardino missed a penalty in the 79th minute. Last season’s Serie B winners Atalanta beat Messina 3-2 to move level in fifth with Livorno, while Adrian Mutu’s 80th-minute goal gave Fiorentina a 1-0 win at Chievo Verona. Cagliari drew 0-0 with Parma, as did Sampdoria and Siena. On Saturday, Palermo beat Livorno 3-0.

In France, Lyon won the big match of the weekend 3-1 against PSG. Late goals from Cris and Florent Malouda gave the champions victory.

The feelgood moment of the weekend came at Marseille where Djibril Cisse returned to action to help the hosts beat Monaco 2-1. Cisse, who broke his leg just before the World Cup, returned as a substitute and set up Mamadou Niang’s winner.

A late goal from Issam Jomaa earned Lens a 1-0 win at Toulouse and maintained their pursuit, albeit distant of Ligue 1 leaders Lyon.

Sochaux went third despite being held 0-0 at Valenciennes which was also the scoreline at the Nice-Nancy and Nantes-Le Mans games.

First-half goals from Pierre-Andre Gignac and Rafik Saifi earned Lorient a 2-0 win over Sedan while Rennes prevailed 2-1 at Bordeaux.

Auxerre came from 3-1 down to snatch a 3-3 draw at Troyes.

Werder Bremen put the disappointment of going out of the Champions League behind them on Saturday by consolidating their lead at the Bundesliga summit with a 6-2 triumph at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Naldo opened the scoring after three minutes and, after Marcus Russ had brought the hosts level and Daniel Jensen had restored Bremen’s advantage, the Brazilian defender was on target again to put Thomas Schaaf’s side 3-1 ahead. His hat-trick goal sealed the win early in the second half, but there was still more excitement to come as Sotirios Kyrgiakos struck to close the gap 10 minutes from time before Jurica Vranjes and Diego completed the rout.

Stuttgart climbed to second courtesy of a last-gasp 1-0 win over Bochum.

Schalke beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to reclaim third spot.

Bayern Munich had moved level on points with Schalke with a 2-1 win over Energie Cottbus.

Mainz grabbed a 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Hannover and Arminia Bielefeld also drew 1-1.

Hamburg earned only their 12th point of the campaign in a 0-0 draw with Nurnberg.

Wolfsburg were beaten 2-1 by Alemania Aachen.

In Holland PSV Eindhoven were the big winners yesterday even though they did not kick a ball.

Ronald Koeman’s men beat FC Groningen 2-0 on Saturday and then watched as their two nearest rivals, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, fought out a 2-2 draw yesterday.

The Amsterdam stalemate means PSV end the weekend seven points clear of AZ and eight ahead of Ajax.

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