[EUROPEAN RACES] Manchester United regained the lead in the English Premier League when it won, 1-0, at win at Derby County, while Arsenal endured its fourth straight tie with a 1-1 draw at home against Middlesbrough. United now leads the Gunners on goal difference.
Barcelona's troubles in Spain continued when it was held to a 2-2 tie at promoted Almeria on Sunday. The tie was costly because it could have picked up three points on Real Madrid, which fell, 1-0, at Deportivo Coruna on an own goal from Portugal defender Pepe. Real Madrid leads Barca by seven points with 10 games to play.
Inter Milan, was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the first knockout stage, beat Palermo 2-1 at home on Sunday to maintain its six-point lead over Roma at the top of Italy's Serie A.
In Germany, Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich fell at lowly Energie Cottbus, 2-0, for only its second league defeat of the season Bayern still leads Bayer Leverkusen, a 4-1 winner over Nuremberg, by six points.
Lyon has a record seventh consecutive French league title in sight after winning, 3-0, at Monaco on Saturday. to stay six points ahead of second-place Bordeaux, which beat Strasbourg, 3-0.