Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Respect for Fabrice Muamba

The Premiership was interrupted by the FA Cup quarter-finals and a tragic incident on the field, when Bolton's Fabrice Muamba fell to the ground with a heart attack. As many around England said, football is irrelevant at the moment as everyone wishes Fabrice a speedy recovery in hospital. I am sure our readers will join in this wish.

England Premier League

The match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers was abandoned in the 41st minute as Muamba crashed to the ground - his luck was that there was a cardiologist in the crowd who rushed to the field, giving the player emergency treatment which saved his life before getting him into London's top cardiac unit nearby. Fabrice Muamba is in critical condition but his cardiac situation is stable.

In the matches that went ahead in the League, Manchester United pulled four points clear, thrashing Wolves 5-0. Wolves is another club to have committed the stupidity of firing a good coach (Mick McCarthy) instead of allowing him to buy players. The only other match in the pack was Newcastle United v. Norwich (1-0)

English Premier League after 29 games 

1. Manchester United 70  
2. Manchester City 66 (28 games)
3. Tottenham  53 (28 games)
4. Arsenal 52  (28 games)
5. Chelsea FC 49  (28 games)
6. Newcastle United 47 
7. Liverpool FC 42 (28 games)

Spain - Primera Liga 

A draw for Real Madrid (1-1 at home to Málaga - the visitors equalised in virtually the last kick of the game) and a win for Barcelona (2-0 at Sevilla) narrows the distance at the top of La Liga to eight points. Valencia (3-0 at Athletic Club) and Levante (1-0 against Villarreal) won. Osasuna drew (1-1 at Zaragoza).

 

Spanish Primera Liga after 27 games  
1. Real Madrid 71
2. FC Barcelona 63
3. Valencia CF 47   
4. Levante UD 41
5. Málaga CF 41
6. CA Osasuna 39 
7. Athletic Club 37

 

Italy - Serie A 

A win for AC Milan (2-0 at Parma) and Juventus (5-0 at Fiorentina) means the gap at the top is still four points. Further down, third-placed Lazio lost (1-0 at Catania), Napoli and Udinese drew (2-2 in Udine), and Calcio Catania enter the pack at the expense of Inter Milan (goalless home draw with Atalanta).

Italian Serie A after 28 games  
1. AC Milan 60
2. Juventus 56
3. SS Lazio 48

4. SSC Napoli 47

5. Udinese Calcio 47
6. AS Roma 41 (27 games)
7. Calcio Catania 41 

 

 

Germany - Bundesliga 

Wins for the top four. Dortmund beat Bremen 1-0; Bayern thrashed Hertha in Berlin 6-0; Moenchengladbach won at Leverkusen 2-1 and Schalke went to Kaiserslautern to win 4-1.

Hannover won 4-1 against Koln - the top seven remain in the same pecking order.

German Bundesliga after 26 games  
1. Borussia Dortmund 59
2. FC Bayern Munchen 54

3. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 51 
4. FC Schalke 04 50 
5. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 40 
6. Werder Bremen 39    
7. Hannover 96 38 

 

France - Ligue 1 

Montpellier (0-1 at Nancy) failed to take advantage of a draw by PSG at Caen (2-2); Lille won 4-0 over Valenciennes. Toulouse jumps up to fourth place with a win at Rennes (1-0) and Lyon moves up to fifth with a 1-0 win at Saint-Étienne

French Ligue 1 after 28 games  
1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 59
2. Montpellier Hérault 57 
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 50
4. Toulouse FC 47
5. Olympique Lyonnais 46 
6. AS Saint-Étienne 46
7. Stade Rennais 44

Portugal - Primeira Liga 

Wins for the top three, draws for the other members of the pack, Sporting plays tonight. FC Porto went to Madeira to get a valuable 2-0 away victory at Nacional; Benfica beat Beira-Mar in Lisbon 3-1´and Braga thrashed Feirense away 4-1. Marítimo travelled to continental Portugal to draw 1-1 with Vitória FC (Setúbal) while Vitória SC (Guimarães) drew at home 2-2 with Olhanense.

Primeira Liga after 23 games 
1. FC Porto 56  
2. SL Benfica 55
3. SC Braga 55
4. CS Marítimo 42 
5. SC Portugal 41 (22 games)   
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 33 
7. SC Olhanense 28 

Russian Premier

Dinamo Moskva 1 - Zenit 5; Volga 1 - Krasnodar 2; Terek 1 - Rostov 0; Amkar 0 - Tom 0; Kuban 1 - Rubin 0; Lokomotiv Moskva 1 - Anzhi 0; Krylya Sovetov 1 - Spartak Nalchik 0;

Spartak Moskva v. CSKA Moskva to be played tonight

Russian Premier League - Accumulated after 30 games 2011-2012 and 5 games 2012-2013

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 35 games 70 points
2. PFC CSKA Moskva  34 games 61 points
3. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 35 games 60 points 
4. FC Dinamo Moskva 35 games 59 points
5. FC Spartak Moskva 34 games 59 points

6. FC Rubin Kazan 35 games 57 points

7. FC Anzhi Makhachkala 35 games 56 points

 

Photo: The hospital where Fabrice is making a recovery, hopefully a complete one

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey 
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