The top four teams in the English Premier League all won, leaving teams in the same places at the top of the standings with three weeks to
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
made seven changes from the team that beat Arsenal, 1-0, on Wednesday, but United still won, 2-0,
at Middlesbrough on goals by Ryan Giggs
and Park Ji-Sung
United leads Liverpool, a 3-0 winner over
Newcastle, by three points with a game in hand.
Third-place Chelsea, which faces Barcelona Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal series, downed West London
rival Fulham, 3-1.
Arsenal, which faces Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday, downed Portsmouth, 3-0. GERMANY.
Bosnian Edin Dzeko
scored a hat trick in 12 minutes to help first-place Wolfsburg beat Hoffenheim, 4-0. Wolfsburg, which has never won the Bundesliga
title, opened up a three-point gap when Hertha Berlin and Hamburg settled for a 1-1 draw. In Jupp Heynckes
' first game since returning as interim coach,
Bayern Munich beat Borussia Moenchengladbach, 2-1, to take over second place. FRANCE.
Marseille had to settle for a 2-2 tie with Toulouse at home
and is now tied with Bordeaux at the top of the standings.
French international Andre-Pierre Gignac
twice put Toulouse ahead, but Senegalese Mamadou Niang
responded with two goals for Marseille, which hasn't won the French league title since the era of disgraced owner Bernard Tapie