Spain's La Liga race came alive as leader Barcelona, which had not allowed a goal in seven straight games,
had to rally for a 2-2 tie at Valencia, allowing Real Madrid, a 4-2 winner over Sevilla, to move to within four points with five games to play.
Barcelona was leading at Valencia on a
goal by Lionel Messi
after 24 minutes when the hosts scored twice in three minutes on goals by Hedwiges Maduro
and Pablo Hernandez
just before halftime.
Substitute Thierry Henry
earned Barca a tie when he scored on a lob with
four minutes remaining. Raul
's hat trick was the difference in Real Madrid's comeback win at Sevilla. ENGLAND.
The goals kept on coming in Premier League, where first-place Manchester United rallied to blitz Tottenham, 5-2, with five goals in 22 minutes in the second half. The
first goal was a penalty kick converted by Cristiano Ronaldo
. The Portuguese star would add the winning goal on a header off a pass from Wayne Rooney
, who scored the second and fourth goals himself. Second-place Liverpool, which won 3-1 at Hull City, is three points behind United, which has a game in
Marseille looks to be headed to its first title since the era of Bernard Tapie, opening up a five-point lead with a 2-1 win at Lille
on goals by Benoit Cheyrou
and Mamadou Niang
three minutes apart in the second half. Second-place Bordeaux, which won the
League Cup with a 4-0 win over Vannes, has a makeup game at Rennes on Wednesday. Seven-time defending champion Lyon is now six points off the top after its 0-0 tie with Paris St. Germain.
. Leader Wolfsburg had its record-tying 10-game winning streak snapped when it lost, 2-0, to lowly Energie Cottbus on goals by Bulgarian Dimitar Rangelov
and Albanian Ervin Skela
. Hertha Berlin moved into second place only two points behind Wolfsburg with a 1-0
win at Hoffenheim on Patrick Ebert
's goal. Defending Bayern Munich would have moved into a tie with Wolfsburg with a win but it fell at home to Schalke 04,
1-0, in another devastating setback for Juergen Klinsmann
's team. ITALY.
AC Milan moved to within seven
points of Inter Milan with five games to play when it beat Palermo, 3-0, and Inter lost, 1-0, at Napoli. Kaka
converted two penalty kicks for Milan, which was
competing for Italy's fourth berth in the UEFA Champions League only a few weeks ago. Uruguayan Marcelo Zalayeta
scored to give Napoli its first league win
since January and first under new coach Roberto Donadoni
Two goals by Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez
gave Porto a 2-0 win against Vitoria de Setubal. Sporting remained four points behind after goals by strikers Helder
gave it a 2-1 home win over Estrela da Amadora.