And the winner is...Zenit!

And the winner is...Zenit!. 45800.jpegAfter a photo-finish, all of Russia's top sides drew one-one in the final day of the Championship, giving the title to Zenit Saint Petersburg, followed by four Moscow teams- CSKA, Dinamo, Spartak and Lokomotiv. Zenit celebrates the third title in the Russian Premier League (2007, 2010, 2011).

England Premier League

 In the leading group, wins for all except for Liverpool, with a home draw against Swansea 0-0. Arsenal is now in the pack, on 19 points after a 3-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea recovered from a bad run with a 1-0 away win at Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle is now third, unbeaten after 11 games, after a 2-1 home win against Everton. Tottenham continue their great run with a 3-1 win away at Fulham and both Manchester clubs got three points. United celebrated Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 years at Old Trafford with a win over Sunderland (1-0) and City went to London to take three points off QPR, winning 3-2.

English Premier League after 11 games

1. Manchester City 31

2. Manchester United 26

3. Newcastle United 25

4. Chelsea FC 22

5. Tottenham (10 games) 22

6. Liverpool FC 19

7. Arsenal 19

Russian Premier League

Five 1-1 draws among the top five sees Zenit clinch the Championship, two points ahead of CSKA Moskva. Dinamo and Spartak drew their Moscow derby 1-1 and CSKA went to Lokomotiv in the other, with the same result. Zenit meanwhile went to Krasnodar to draw 1-1 with Kuban

Russian Premier League after 30 games

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 61

2. PFC CSKA Moskva 59

3. FC Dinamo Moskva 55

4. FC Spartak Moskva 53

5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 53

Spain - Primera Liga

Real Madrid consolidates top spot in Spain benefiting from draws among the other members of the pack. Barcelona could only come away from Athletic Bilbao with a point (2-2). Real Madrid thrashed Osasuna 7-1 in Madrid (hat-trick from Ronaldo). Valencia won the local derby at Levante (2-0) being the only other club in the top six to get three points, moving ahead of their arch-rivals into third place. Sevilla drew 0-0 at Mallorca, the same result as the game between Betis and Malaga.

Spanish Primera Liga after 11 games

1. Real Madrid 28

2. FC Barcelona 25

3. Valencia CF 24  

4. Levante UD 23

5. Sevilla FC 18

6. Málaga CF 17

Italy - Serie A

Italian Serie A after 10 games

Palermo moves up into fifth place with a 3-1 home win against Bologna and Roma jumps to seventh with an away win over Novara 2-0. Top spot is claimed by Udinese (2-1 win at home against Siena), followed by Lazio (1-0 at home to Parma), AC Milan (4-0 against Catania in Milan), all taking advantage of the postponed match between Napoli and Juventus.

1. Udinese Calcio 21

2. SS Lazio 21

3. AC Milan 20

4. Juventus 19 (9 games)

5. US Città di Palermo 16

6. SSC Napoli 14

7. AS Roma 14

Germany - Bundesliga

Bayern first, followed by three teams on 23 points, five points behind (Dortmund, Bremen and Borussia).  Bayern took the points away from Augsburg with a 2-1 victory for the visitors, Dortmund thrashed Wolfsburg 5-1, Bremen got the three points with a 3-2 home victory over Koln and Borussia Moenchengladbach won away at Hertha in Berlin 2-1. Stuttgart went down 3-1 at Mainz and Hannover drew 0-0 with Schalke.

German Bundesliga after 12 games

1. FC Bayern Munchen 28

2. Borussia Dortmund 23

3. Werder Bremen 23   

4. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 23

5. FC Schalke 04 22 

6. VfB Stuttgart 19

7. Hannover 96 18

France - Ligue 1

Draws for first, second and third-placed teams PSG (1-1 at Bordeaux), Montpellier (1-1 away at St.-Etienne) and Lille (1-1 at home to Evian). Lyon lost 2-1 away at Sochaux, Toulouse lost 2-0 away at Auxerre and Rennes (1-1 at home to Valenciennes) drew. Not a win among the pack.

French Ligue 1 after 13 games

1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 30

2. Montpellier Hérault 27

3. LOSC Lille Métropole 24

4. Olympique Lyonnais 23

5. Toulouse FC 22

6. Stade Rennais 22


Portugal - Primeira Liga after 10 games

Draws for FC Porto (0-0 at Olhanense) and Benfica (1-1 at Braga), Sporting taking full advantage with a 3-1 win at home against Leiria. Maritimo (from Madeira) climbs up to fourth with a 3-2 home win over Académica (Coimbra), ahead of Sporting Clube de Braga.

1. FC Porto 24

2. SL Benfica 24

3. SC Portugal 23  

4. CS Marítimo 21

5. SC Braga 19


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



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