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New leaders in England, France and Germany
April 5th, 2010 4:30AM

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[EUROPEAN RACES] Europe's big five leagues all look like they will go down to the last day of the season. There are new leaders in England, France and Germany, while Inter Milan holds a one-point lead in Italy. Real Madrid and Barcelona remain tied in Spain, heading into this weekend's showdown at the Bernabeu Stadium ...

ENGLAND
74 Chelsea
72 Manchester United
71 Arsenal
Didier Drogba's controversial proved to be the difference as Chelsea beat Manchester United, 2-1, and took over first place. It also extended its lead in the tiebreaker (goal difference) to plus-4.

FRANCE
57 Lyon
57 Montpellier
57 Auxerre
56 Bordeaux
56 Marseille
54 Lille
Defending champion Bordeaux lost, 2-1, at home to Nancy, allowing Lyon, Montpellier and Auxerre to move ahead in a three-way tie for first place. Bordeaux and Marseille, both one point behind, have two games in hand. Sixth-place Lille is only three points off the lead.

GERMANY
59 Bayern Munich
58 Schalke 04
Playing with 10 men, Bayern Munich won, 2-1, at Schalke 04 on goals by Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller to go back on top of the Bundesliga with five games to play.

ITALY
66 Inter Milan
65 Roma
63 AC Milan
The three Scudetto contenders all won -- Inter Milan, 3-0, over Bologna, Roma, 1-0, at Bari, and AC Milan, 3-2, at Cagliari.

SPAIN
77 Real Madrid
77 Barcelona
Real Madrid got goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain to win, 2-0, at Racing Santander on Sunday, but its lead over Barcelona on goal difference is down to one.



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