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European Weekend Rewind: Man City relegates QPR; Barcelona closes on title; and more

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By AYDIN REYHAN

With the domestic leagues coming to a close, several teams continue to put a positive spin on seasons end while others approach the ever-fearful prospect of relegation.

This weekend brought to light some sour news in the EPL as Queens Park Rangers was officially relegated after a 6-0 thrashing at the Etihad by Manchester City. The team was down 2-0 at halftime which is all it took to dampen their confidence. The defense was left in shambles as Sergio Aguero was able to complete yet another hat-trick for the Blue side of Manchester. Alexander Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva were the remaining scorers.

Real Madrid was down 2-0 early on at home against Valencia. Cristiano Ronaldo saw his 45th-minute penalty saved by keeper Diego Alves who managed his 16th-ever penalty-save in his career in La Liga. Pepe and Isco would peg the reigning European champs back into the game, but some other clutch Alves saves kept this one a draw.

Here is what happened in Europe’s top five leagues this weekend:

ENGLAND

Chelsea was outplayed by Liverpool thanks to Jose Mourinho’s defensive choice of tactics as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. John Terry headed the home side in front before Steven Gerrard headed back at the brink of halftime. The Reds are six points out of a UCL spot and well behind Man United on goal-differential.

Tottenham is still in 6th (Europa League playoff spot) after they and Southampton both lost against Stoke City and Leicester City respectively. Southampton is still a point behind in seventh.

Daniel Graham and Jermain Defoe both struck at Everton for a 2-0 Sunderland win, therefore allowing the club to jump two points clear of the bottom-three.

Here is what occurred in the EPL this weekend:

Everton 0-2 Sunderland

Villa 1-0 West Ham

Hull 0-1 Burnley

Leicester 2-0 Southampton

Newcastle 1-1 West Brom

Stoke 3-0 Tottenham

Palace 1-2 Man United

Man City 6-0 QPR

Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Arsenal-Swansea (Monday)

SPAIN

Barcelona is now four points clear atop the standings after they defeated Real Sociedad, 2-0, then watched Valencia grab a point at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid. With two games remaining, Barca would have to lose once then draw another while Real would need six points to clinch the title on the final day.

Sevilla is still three points shy of fourth-placed Valencia after their 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo. That spot is the last one for any chance of Champions League soccer. They have two more games to try and overlap Valencia.

Here are the scores from La Liga this weekend:

Eibar 0-2 Espanyol

Granada 2-0 Cordoba

Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia

Bilbao 1-1 Deportivo

Levante 2-2 Atletico

Villarreal 1-0 Elche

Almeria 1-2 Malaga

Celta 1-1 Sevilla

Rayo-Getafe (Monday)

GERMANY

Augsburg managed to jump into fifth ahead of Schalke as they were 1-0 winners at champions Bayern Munich. Schalke is a point behind in 6th after they dropped all three points in a 2-0 loss at Cologne.

Borussia Dortmund is only two points out of Schalke’s Europa League spot with 45.

As of right now, no team is officially relegated to the second Bundesliga as bottom Stuttgart has 30, 17th Paderborn has 31 and Hannover also has 31. 14th Hamburg has 32 and 15th Freiburg has 31. The final two weeks will determine each club’s fate.

Here are the scores from this weekend’s edition of the Bundesliga:

Hamburg 1-1 Freiburg

Munich 0-1 Augsburg

Dortmund 2-0 Berlin

Moenchengladbach 3-0 Leverkusen

Frankfurt 3-1 Hoffenheim

Hannover 1-1 Bremen

Stuttgart 2-0 Mainz

Paderborn 1-3 Wolfsburg

Cologne 2-0 Schalke

ITALY

Hernanes scored a brace for Inter at the club he arrived from, Lazio, in a 2-1 win. Scoring once was perhaps bruising for the home fans and club, but the second,also being the winner, proved to be the knockout.

Josip Ilicic hit a brace in Fiorentina’s 3-2 win at Empoli to stay fifth, just one point ahead of Sampdoria, who grabbed all three points at Udinese in a 4-1 win.

Genoa could drop to 9th Monday as they host the side that occupies that position, Torino, in what is expected to be a tough curtain-closer for week 35.

Here are all of the scores from the Serie A games that have been played this weekend:

Juve 1-1 Cagliari

AC Milan 2-1 Roma

Chievo 2-2 Hellas Verona

Cesena 2-3 Sassuolo

Palermo 2-3 Atalanta

Udinese 1-4 Sampdoria

Empoli 2-3 Fiorentina

Parma 2-2 Napoli

Lazio 1-2 Inter

Genoa-Torino (Monday)

FRANCE

PSG is six points clear at the summit of Ligue 1 after a 6-0 thrashing over Guingamp occurred before second-placed Lyon was humbled, 3-0, at Caen. With two weeks remaining in the season, and a +7 goal-differential, PSG all but has the title in the bag.

Saint Etienne is only two points out of Monaco’s third in the standings with 63 after their 5-0 thumping over Nice.

Marseille is in fourth with the same amount of points when they left it late to complete a comeback win by a 2-1 scoreline. The goals arrived in the 79th and 87th minute courtesy of Andrew Ayew and Romain Alessandrini.

Here are the scores from Ligue 1 this weekend:

PSG 6-0 Guimgamp

Caen 3-0 Lyon

Bordeaux 2-1 Nantes

Evian 2-3 Reims

Metz 0-4 Lorient

Rennes 0-1 Bastia

Toulouse 3-2 Lille

Lens 0-1 Montpellier

Saint Etienne 5-0 Nice

Marseille 2-1 Monaco

Comments

  1. I think back to the conversation that took place on here with someone assuming Madrid had the league in the bag, and that Ronaldo should accumulate another card to get a suspension and be out against an inferior opponent.

    Since then: Barca has claimed the league lead and Madrid have dropped several points to inferior opponents. This is why you don’t take matches off or league matches for granted.

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    • Yes, I remember that conversation too. Meanwhile, has Ronaldo ever received another yellow? Not that him playing has prevented Barca from basically wrapping up the title. I believe this was also the same guy who defended RM fans attacking players cars as they drove out of practice and said people who criticized those fans didn’t understand RM fan culture.

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      • I don’t recall him receiving that yellow card accumulation in question, to be honest….and yes, that was the poster that qualified his knowledge and our lack of knowledge because he’s a fan of Madrid and understood the culture of vandalizing Bale’s vehicle along with justifying idle threats against him.

        Coincidentally, I haven’t seen that poster in several weeks.

    • Unless he was talking about the game they won 9-1. Then he would have been right. Although Ronaldo got 5, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was more motivated for the minnow than the bigger teams.

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