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Monday, November 25, 2013

European Leagues Review: Man City Run Riot against Tottenham, Bayern Munich Rout Dortmund as Juventus Continues Winning Run

Arsenal opened a 4-point gap at the top of the English Premier League with a 2-0 defeat of Southampton at the Emirates. With Liverpool sharing a pulsating 3-3 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby earlier, Olivier Giroud capitalized on a goalkeeping error by the Saints’ custodian Artur Boruc to put the Gunners on the lead in the first half and the French international tucked in an 86th minute penalty to give them a 2-0 win. Manchester City routed Tottenham 6-0, the London sides’ heaviest defeat since the 7-1 loss to Newcastle in 1996. Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas netted a brace each while Alvaro Negredo was also on the scoresheet against Andre Villas-Boas’ side who also conceded an own goal from Sandro. Substitute Bo-Kyung Kim scored an equalizer in added time as Cardiff City ensured they shared a 2-2 draw with visiting Manchester United. Chelsea swept aside West Ham 3-0 while 10-man Sunderland lost 2-0 at Stoke.

David Villa and Raul Garcia netted a double as Atletico Madrid ran riot against Getafe at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid. Garcia opened the scoring for the Rojiblancos midway into the first half which was followed by an own goal from Getafe’s Alberto Lopo. Villa made it three just after the interval before Garcia added his second. Diego Costa’s sensational overhead kick made it 5-0 before Villa added his second and Adrian completed the rout. A Lionel Messi deprived Barcelona thumped Granada 4-0 while Real Madrid had five different players in the scoresheet in a 5-0 thumping of Almeria. Villarreal cemented their 4th place position with a 3-0 win over Levante while bottom side Real Betis lost 4-0 at Seville.

Bayern Munich won the biggest match of the Bundesliga weekend beating their number one rival Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in their own backyard. Former Dortmund favorite Mario Gotze came back to haunt his former employers netting the opener and the third either side of Arjen Robben’s second for the Bavarians. Bayer Leverkusen leapfrogged Dortmund into second place with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Hertha BSC as Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 win away at Stuttgart secured them their 4th win in a row. German international Benedikt Howedes scored an 86th minute goal to help Schalke secure a 3-3 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.


Juventus moved to the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win at Livorno. Fernando Llorente’s goal from a Paul Pogba assist just after the hour mark put the Old Lady ahead and the Spaniard assisted Carlos Tevez’s goal that put the game beyond the hosts’ reach. Napoli lost their second match in a row falling 1-0 against Parma while both Inter Milan and AC Milan drew 1-1 against Bologna and Genoa.

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