Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer: The latest scores in the European Leagues

Soccer: The latest scores in the European Leagues. 45525.jpegWhat has happened to both Milan clubs? AC Milan is ranked down at 15 and Inter at 17 after five games. Barcelona and Real Madrid look ominously likely to fight for the Spanish title, with Levante, Málaga and Valéncia also in the running, at least at the beginning of the season. The Manchester Millionaires seem set to dominate the English Premier League, along with Chelsea FC while in other leagues, famous old names re-appear.

Russia

With four games to go before the winter recess, Zenit and CSKA battle it out with Dinamo for the top three places. Dinamo (3) picked up two points on the leaders with a home win over Krasnodar (2-1). Zenit Saint Petersburg (1) was held 2-2 by Spartak Moscow (4) in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow; CSKA Moskva (2) drew 0-0 in Kuban and Lokomotiv Moskva (5) won away in Anzhi.

Russian Premier League after 26 games

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 53

2. PFC CSKA Moskva 51

3. FC Dinamo Moskva 50

4. FC Spartak Moskva 46

5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 46

England

Manchester teams United and City lead the Premier League on 19 points each after 7 games, followed by Chelsea FC (16), Newcastle United (15), Liverpool FC (13) and Tottenham Hotspur (12) with a game in hand. The top 6 teams all won: Manchester United 2 Norwich City 0; Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester City 4; Wolves 1 Newcastle United 2; Everton FC 0 Liverpool FC 2; Tottenham 2 Arsenal 1

English Premier League after 7 games

1. Manchester United 19

2. Manchester City 19

3. Chelsea FC 16

4. Newcastle United 15

5. Liverpool FC 13

6. Tottenham (6 games) 12

Spain

The home defeat by Real Betis Balompié to Levante (0-1) changed the face of the Spanish Primera Liga, placing the victor in second and relegating Betis out of the top 5. Barcelona won away at Sporting Gijón (0-1); Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol away (0-4), Valéncia beat Granada 1-0 and Málaga beat Getafe 3-2.

Spanish Primera Liga after 6 games

1. FC Barcelona 14

2. Levante UD 14

3. Real Madrid 13

4. Málaga 13

5.Valéncia 13

Italy

Whatever happened to the Milan clubs? Inter was beaten soundly at home by Napoli 0-3; AC Milan lost away at Juventus 2-0 putting the Milan clubs respectively in 17th and 15th position. Udinese beat Bologna 2-0, Cagliari got a useful 2-0 away win at Lecce and Palermo beat Siena, also by 2-0.

Italian Serie A after 5 games

1. Juventus 11

2. Udinese Calcio 11

3. SSC Napoli 10

4. US Città de Palermo 10

5. Cagliari Calcio 10

Germany

A direct clash between Hannover and Bremen in the German Bundesliga top 5 saw Werder lose 2-3 away; leaders Bayern could only get a 0-0 draw away to Hoffenheim (previously fourth), Borussia lost away to Freiburg and Schalke came away from Hamburg with a 2-1 win.

German Bundesliga after 8 games

1. FC Bayern Munchen 19

2. SV Werder Bremen 16

3. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 16

4. FC Schalke 04 15

5. Hannover 96 15

France

In France Stade Rennais dropped out of the top 5 after losing 2-0 at Lille (5). Lorient (6) is close behind on the same points as Lille after beating Valenciennes 2-0. Toulouse (4) lost 3-0 at Sochaux; Montpellier (2) drew 2-2 away at Bordeaux and the clash between PSG (1) and third-placed Lyon ended in a 2-0 win for the Parisian team, placing Olympique down a place in third.

French Ligue 1 after 9 games

1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 20

2. Montpellier Hérault 19

3. Olympique Lyonnais 17

4. Toulouse FC 17

5. LOSC Lille Métropole 16

6. FC Lorient 16

 

Portugal

FC Porto (winners 3-0 away at Académica de Coimbra), SL Benfica (home winners 4-1 against Paços de Ferreira), SC Braga (lost 1-0 away in Leiria), Sporting CP (1-0 away win in Vitória SC Guimarães and CS Marítimo (Madeira), coming from Feirense with a 2-2 draw, are the clubs which set the pace in Portugal after 7 games.

1. FC Porto 17

2. SL Benfica 17

3. SC Braga 14

4. SC Portugal 14

5. CS Marítimo 14

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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