Real Madrid edges closer, Roma back on top

[EUROPEAN RACES] Real Madrid got goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (his 20th of the season) and Gonzalo Higuain (25th) to beat Valencia 2-0 and move to within a point of leader Barcelona in Spain's La Liga. Montenegrin Mirko Vucinic scored twice as Roma retook the lead in Italy’s Serie A with a 2-1 win in the Rome derby against Lazio. Arsenal's title hopes faded when it blew a 2-0 lead in the last 10 minutes and lost at Wigan, 3-2. For a look at the major European races ...

ENGLAND
77 Chelsea (Saturday: 1-2 at Tottenham)
76 (+3) Man. United (Saturday: 1-0 at Man. City)
71 (-1 game) Arsenal (Sunday: 2-3 at Wigan)
This week: Saturday -- Man. United vs. Tottenham (7:45 am ET), Arsenal vs. Man. City (12:30 pm ET), Sunday -- Chelsea vs. Stoke City (11 am ET).

FRANCE
68 (+3) Marseille (Saturday: 2-1 at Boulogne)
63
(+3) Auxerre (Saturday: 4-1 vs. Lorient)
59 (+1) Lyon (Saturday: 2-2 at Bordeaux)
59 (+1) Montpellier (Sunday: 1-1 at Toulouse)
57 (+1) (-1 game) Bordeaux (Saturday: 2-2 vs. Bordeaux)
This week: Saturday -- Montpellier at Nancy (1 pm ET), Bordeaux at Lorient (1 pm ET), Lyon vs. Monaco (postponed), Sunday -- Auxerre at Toulouse (11 am ET), Marseille vs. St. Etienne (3 pm ET).

GERMANY
63 (+3) Bayern Munich (Saturday: 7-0 vs. Hannover)
61 (+3) Schalke 04 (Saturday: 3-2 vs. Borussia M'Gladbach)
This week: Saturday -- Bayern Munich at Bor. M'Gladbach (9:30 am ET), Schalke 04 at Hertha Berlin (9:30 am ET).

ITALY
71 (+3) Roma (Sunday: 2-1 at Lazio)
70 (+3) Inter Milan (Friday: Juventus 2-0)
64 AC Milan (Sunday: 1-2 at Sampdoria)
This week: Saturday -- Inter Milan vs. Atalanta (noon ET), AC Milan at Palermo (2:45 pm ET), Sunday -- Roma vs. Sampdoria (2:45 pm ET).

SPAIN
84 (+1) Barcelona (Saturday: 0-0 at Espanyol)
83 (+3) Real Madrid (Sunday: 2-0 vs. Valencia)
This week: Saturday -- Barcelona vs. Xerez (noon ET), Real Madrid at Real Zaragoza (2 pm ET)

And our European Races goal of the week ...

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