Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer: The latest scores in the European Leagues

Soccer: The latest scores in the European Leagues. 45639.jpegIn Italy Inter is in free-fall while AC Milan seems to be recovering. In the Premiership, City leapfrog ahead of United. Bayern, PSG and Barça set the pace in the German, French and Spanish leagues while in Russia, the title race with three games to go is set for a photo-finish with four Moscow clubs chasing hard on the heels of leader Zenit.


With three games to go before the winter stoppage, FC Zenit St. Petersburg leads with 54 points, followed by four Moscow clubs, three of them with any realistic chance of lifting the trophy, after Spartak threw away any hopes it had with a 3-0 thrashing away to Rubin Kazan. Lokomotiv keeps its hopes alive by beating Tom Tomsk 3-0, while Zenit drew at home to third-placed Dynamo Moskva 0-0 and CSKA could do no better than a 2-2 home draw with Terek Grozny.

Russian Premier League after 27 games

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 54

2. PFC CSKA Moskva 52

3. FC Dinamo Moskva 51

4. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 49

5. FC Spartak Moskva 46

6. FC Rubin Kazan 45


Manchester City this week took advantage of another draw from neighbours and archrivals United (1-1 away to Liverpool FC) by beating Aston Villa 4-1. Chelsea is still three points behind on 19 points after beating Everton 3-1. Newcastle United and Tottenham drew 2-2 in Newcastle's stadium.

English Premier League after 8 games

1. Manchester City 22

2. Manchester United 20

3. Chelsea FC 19

4. Newcastle United 16

5. Liverpool FC 14

6. Tottenham (7 games) 13


The top three teams registered victories by three-goal differences. Leader Barcelona beat Racing 3-0, the same result as the game between second-placed Levante and Málaga while Real Madrid beat Bétis 4-1. Sevilla beat Sporting Gijón 2-1 and Valencia came away from Mallorca with a 1-1 draw.

Spanish Primera Liga after 7 games

1. FC Barcelona 17

2. Levante UD 17

3. Real Madrid 16

4. Sevilla FC 15

5. Valencia CF 14

6. Málaga CF 13


In Italy, AC Milan has started a recovery with a 3-0 drubbing of Palermo, while neighbours Inter went down 2-1 at Catania, having now 4 points from 6 games - one victory, a draw and four defeats. Crisis time. Juve came away from Chievo with a point after a 0-0 draw, the same result as second-placed Udinese at Atalanta and the game between Cagliari and Siena. In the Rome derby, Lazio beat Roma 2-1 and Napoli lost all three points at home to Parma, in a 1-2 defeat.

Italian Serie A after 6 games

1. Juventus 12

2. Udinese Calcio 12

3. Cagliari Calcio 11

4. SS Lazio 11

5. SSC Napoli 10

6. US Città de Palermo 10


Bayern seems unstoppable in Germany, thrashing Hertha 4-0. Also in the pack, Dortmund jumped ahead of Werder Bremen with a 2-0 away victory. Borussia drew at home 2 2 with Bayer Leverkusen. Schalke lost ground with a 1-2 home defeat with Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart did itself a favour with a 2-0 home victory over Hoffenheim.

German Bundesliga after 9 games

1. FC Bayern Munchen 22

2. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 17

3. Borussia Dortmund 16

4. VfB Stuttgart 16

5. Werder Bremen 16

6. FC Schalke 04 15


PSG went to Ajaccio to win 3-1, reinforcing top spot, while second-placed Montpellier fought a thrilling battle with Dijon, winning 5-3Lyon keep third place after beating Nancy 3-1, while Lille got the same result away at Auxerre. Rennes beat Breton neighbours Lorient 2-0 and Toulouse got a home point (0-0) with Marseille.

French Ligue 1 after 10 games

1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 23

2. Montpellier Hérault 20

3. Olympique Lyonnais 20

4. LOSC Lille Métropole 19

5. Stade rennais 18

6. Toulouse FC 18


This weekend the Portuguese teams played in the Portuguese Cup competition. The standings and matches are as before after seven games. 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

6. A. Académica Coimbra 12


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey