In Spain Barcelona were built with a difficult time to defeat Athletic, Pato gives Milan the winning goal in Italy, Borussia Dortmund mantains their ten point lead in Germany, as well as in England Manchester City was upset in your house by Everton. Once again Messi saves the afternoon No.2 Real Madrid played on Saturday in the home against No.17 Levante for match day 24 in Spain. Decided to win and hit the sack only two points faraway from Barcelona that have to play on Sunday, the Whites opened the score early, at minute 6 through Karim Benzema, and a few minutes before halftime Ricardo Carvalho scored the definite 2-0. With this triumph Real Madrid reached 60 points in La Liga.
With the pressure in the victory their closest contender that has been now only two points away, the leaders Barcelona received No.5 Athletic in need of a victory. The defending champions also wanted to overcome the setback from yesterday, whenever they tied to one on the road versus Sporting. With only three minutes of game David Villa put things 1-0 along with the score wasn't gonna change before the second half, when Sergio Busquets committed a problem on Fernando Lorrente which was scored by Andoni Iraola evening the effect.
Unable to break through Athletic's defense the Barcelona fans present in the Camp Nou did start to worry about another draw, but Lionel Messi -who else otherwise him?- connected a cross ball from Daniel Alves with 13 minutes to visit, and gave Barcelona the winning goal. The victory helps them keep their five-point lead over Real Madrid and reach 65 points. No.3 Valencia couldn't make the best of their residence field advantage and tied with no goals versus Sporting, leaving two important points behind. The good news for them was that No.4 Villareal missed the chance reclaim another invest the standings by tying to 1 in your house against Malaga. This way Valencia has 48 points and Villareal 46.
Key win for Milan at Verona Match day 26 was obviously a positive one for the Top 4 in Italy, because they were all able to win their respective games. No.4 Lazio defeated last place Bari in the home by 1-0 with Anderson Hernanes' goal in minute 6, and secured your fourth place with 48 points. Just one goal was enough for No.3 Inter to succeed in 50 points. At minute 7 Andrea Ranocchia scored the lonely goal that the defending champions defeated at home No.9 Cagliari. No.2 Napoli continued with all the pattern of winning in the home by the minimum because of a target from Juan Camilo Zuniga inside the first half. The Azzurri have 52 points, three less than the leaders Milan that had a rough period in Verona against No.13 Chievo. A goal from Gelson Fernandes in minute 61 from the second half changed the outlook to get a Milan that's winning before this, because of goal from Robinho inside first half.
Immediately Coach Massimiliano Allegri chose to substitute Antonio Cassano for Alexandre Pato and his awesome decision was accurate, much like eight minutes before the end Pato scored the winning goal. With 55 points Milan continue as the solo leaders in the Serie A. Borussia Dortmund don't give rivals an opportunity The leaders didn't suffer setbacks to defeat No. 13 St. Pauli in your house by 2-0, and keep the ten-point lead over Bayern Leverkusen. A goal from striker Lucas Barrios in minute 39 and an own goal by unfortunate Ralph Gunesch were enough for Borussia Dortmund to hold leading the Bundesliga with 55 points after 23 rounds.
Second place Bayer Leverkusen are simply focused in winning as they hope that Borussia Dortmund leaves some points on how that enable these to slow up the ten point distance inside the standings. And they didn't lose their focus last week defeating second-bottom Stuttgart at home by 4-2. Stefan Kiessling opened the score at minute 7, nine minutes later Shinji Okazaki got the equalizer for Suttgart, sufficient reason for four minutes before halftime Gonzalo Castro gave the home team the lead. In the other half Zdravko Kuzmanovic tied the game to the visitors, and with only nine minutes left Stefan Reinartz scored the winning goal for Leverkusen.
Later in the last minute of game Kiessling scored his second goal of the match to seal the victory and reach 45 points. Bayern Munich secured their third place having a road win against No.5 Mainz 05 by 1-3. Bastian Schweinsteiger inside first half, and Thomas Mueller in addition to Mario Gomez in the second one scored the goals for that defending champions (42 points). Sami Allagui would shorten distances for the home team with six minutes to travel before the end. Fourth place Hannover 96 had no problems to defeat third-bottom Kaiserslautern in your own home by 3-0, as a result of the goals from Jan Schlaudraff and Mohammed Abdellaoue inside the first half and Schlaudraff again in the other half. With that victory they now have 41 points.
The Citizens' risked their third place The first 19 minutes with the game were enough for Everton to defeat third place Manchester City traveling. Tim Cahill at minute 4 and Leighton Baines at 19 frustrated the Citizens that were only able to score using an own goal from Phil Jagielka within the second half. This setback compromised their third put in place the Premier League standings, for their closest rival, Tottenham Hotspur, was playing round 27 until Tuesday on the highway versus No. 15 Blackpool. If the Spurs won they'd reach 50 points, an additional compared to the Citizens. Luckily for Manchester City Tottenham lost 3-1 to Blackpool with goals from Charlie Adam -through a problem kick- and DJ Campbell -connecting a cross- in the first half to the Seasiders.
In the second half Brett Ormerod put things 3-0 to the home team and Roman Pavyluchenko left things 3-1. With this loss the Spurs remain with 47 points. Second place Arsenal still haven't played round 27, they'll do this on Wednesday whenever they receive last place Wolverhampton. This will be a good chance for your Gunners to arrive at 56 points and decrease the distance while using leaders Manchester United to only some part. Manchester United's round 27 match against fifth place Chelsea was postpone until further notice, but despite this, they will remain because solo leaders with 57 points for about another week.