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.