Iceland forward Eidur Gudjohnsen came up big for Barcelona, scoring two goals to help the Spanish champion maintain its La Liga lead with a 4-1 win at Real Mallorca 4-1 on Sunday.
Barca is without strikers Samuel Eto'o, Javier Saviola and Lionel Messi, who are all injured,
so the pressure has been on Gudjohnsen, who was acquired from Chelsea
over the summer.
He scored twice in one-on-one situations to put Barcelona ahead, 2-0. Victor pulled a goal back for
Mallorca, but Barca put the game away with goals from Andres Iniesta and Santi Ezquerro, both set up by work
"Although the score looks comfortable," said Barca coach Frank Rijkaard, "we struggled in this
game. Gudjohnsen scored at important moments, and his performance is
good news for us."
Barcelona stayed one point ahead of Sevilla which beat Valencia, 3-0,
on Saturday. Real Madrid is third after beating Racing Santander, 3-1,
ENGLAND. Manchester United
and Chelsea stayed 1-2 in the Premier League, but Arsenal fell to
fourth place, behind Portsmouth. Wayne
scored twice as Manchester United came from behind to beat Sheffield
United, 2-1. Chelsea, which trails United by three points, downed West
Ham, 1-0, at Stamford Bridge on Geremi's
goal from a free kick. Portsmouth beat Watford, 2-1, to move ahead of
Arsenal, which was held to a 1-1 draw at home by struggling Newcastle
lead at the top of Bundesliga changed for the third time this month.
After Werder Bremen and
VfB Stuttgart, Schalke 04 took over as the leader with a 4-2 victory at
Energie Cottbus. VfB Stuttgart lost, 2-1, at Bayern Munich, which came
from behind to win, 2-1, thanks to Roy
Makaay and Claudio Pizarro.
ITALY. Inter Milan
up a three-point lead in Serie A when it edged Reggina, 1-0, and
Palermo fell to Cagliari, 1-0. Inter Milan struggled to finish off
Reggina, settling for Argentine Hernan
Crespo's fourth-minute goal. Roma is fourth, four points behind
Inter, after hammering Catania, 7-0.
Midfielder Simone Perrotta and
defender Christian Panucci scored
each for Roma.