Messi, Ronaldo on target

All three top teams won in La Liga, there is a change at the top of the Premier League, with Mourinho claiming that Chelsea has probably lost the race, while in Italy Napoli beat leaders Juventus but without creating any change at the top of Serie A. Bayern have already started celebrating the Bundesliga as the leagues pull into the final straight.


Russian Premier League (After 23 matches)

FC Lokomotiv Moskva is top with 48 points, now just one ahead of Zenit, followed by Moscow teams Dinamo and CSKA, both with 43. Lokomotiv was held at home by Spartak Moskva, Zenit won away at Amkar (Perm) 2-1; Dinamo won 3-1 at Tom (Tomsk) and CSKA received and beat Volga by 3-0.


La Liga (After 31 matches)

The top three winning their matches, Real put an end to a disastrous week which saw the laders slip down to third place, losing six points in two games. Atlético is top on 76 points, one more than Barcelona, while Real Madrid now has 73. Atlético went to Athletic (Bilbao) and won 2-1; Barça won the Barclona derby at Espanyol, 1-0 (Messi, penalty after 77 minutes); Real thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 with a brace of goals from Gareth Bale, and one each from Ronaldo, Carvajal and Morata.



Premiership (After 32 matches)

 Chelsea goes from top to flop, Mourinho admitting the title hopes are now dashed after a 1-0 defeat at Crystal palace. Liverpool FC took faull advantage of Chelsea's slip-up, winning at home against Tottenham Hotspur 4-0. Liverpool have 71 points, Chelsea just two points behind on 69. Manchester City, with two games in hand, are on 67 after the 1-1 draw at Arsenal.


Bundesliga (After 28 matches)

Bayern (Champions) are 23 points clear on 78 points. Borussia Dortmund has 55 and FC Schalke 04, 54. Bayrn had a 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim, Dortmund won at Stuttgart 3-2, Schalke beat Hertha 2-0.


Serie A (After 31 matches)

Napoli beat Juventus 2-0, Roma beat Sassuolo 2-0 away in Regio nell'Emilia. Joventus has 81 points, Roma 70 (with a game in hand) and Napoli has 64.


Ligue 1 (After 31 matches)

Paris Saint-Germain won 1-0 at Nice, Monaco lost 1-0 at Évian, Lille won 1-0 against Guincamp. PSG has 76 points, thirteen more than Monaco and Lille is third on 57.



Primeira Liga (After 24 matches)

FC Porto continues to suffer from the loss of João Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Lucho Gonzalez and while it is the European club with the third highest return from the sale of players this season, and fighting on three fronts (Europa League, Portuguese Cup semi-finalists with advantage over Benfica, and Portuguese League Cup semi-finalists) the title is all but lost. Benfica is top with 64 points, Sporting second on 57 and FC Porto way back in third on 49.

Benfica had a good away win over Braga, Sporting beat Guimarães in Lisbon 1-0, while FC Porto lost to their bogey team, Nacional, in Madeira, by 2-1.


Turkish League (After 27 matches)

Fenerbahçe (60 points, one game in hand) leads the Turkish league. Besiktas JK

is second with 50 and Galatasaray AS third also on 50 points.


In Azerbaijan, after 28 games the Championship is led by Qarabag with 61 points, Neftci PFK is second with 51.


In Armenia FC Ararat leads, 5 points clear, with 36 points from 19 games, ahead of FC Banants (31, game in hand) and FC Shirak (30)


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey