Welcome to Euroscore, BC Magazine's source for European football news and analysis. Here's a round-up of scores around the continent from November 8-10, 2008:
Chelsea and Liverpool are joint top of the Premiership with 29 points. Arsenal trail six points behind, whilst last season’s Champions Manchester United are 4th on 21. The two met at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with the home side beating Manchester United 2-1.
Aston Villa stay 5th despite losing at home 1-2 to Middlesbrough. Chelsea won 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers with both goals coming from French International striker Nicolas Anelka who is now the Premiership's leading scorer. Liverpool kept up their challenge at the top by beating newly promoted West Bromwich Albion 3-0.
At the bottom West Bromwich Albion have 11 points, with Sunderland and Newcastle United, who lost 2-1 at Fulham, joining them in the relegation zone. Tottenham Hotspur’s revival under new manager Harry Redknapp continued with an impressive 2-1 win at Manchester City, lifting them clear of the bottom three.
There was a thriller at the Bernabau which saw Real Madrid come back three times to finally beat Malaga 4-3. Argentinian striker Higuain scoring all 4. That feat was matched by Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o who scored 4 in a convincing 6-0 home win over Vallodolid. There were goals a plenty elsewhere as well with Real Betis winning 4-2 at Numancia and Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao sharing 6 in a 3-3 draw.
Free scoring Barcelona stay top on 25, with Villareal on 24, and Real Madrid 23. At the bottom Osasuna are stuck on 5 having drawn at home to Atletico Madrid.
Champions Internazionale are top on 24 after a 1-0 home win at the San Siro against Udinese. Napoli are 2nd following their 2-0 win over Sampdoria. AC Milan could only draw 1-1 at Lecce and stay behind Lazio who are 3rd.
Lyon have now won seven consecutive championships and it is hard to see who has the consistency to stop them adding an eighth. This weekend they won 1-0 at Monaco whilst second place Marseille kept in touch by winning at Grenoble 3-0.
St. Etienne continued their bad run which has seen them drop into the bottom 3 when they lost 0-3 at home to Rennes. It was a result that saw manager Laurent Roussey lose his job. Paris St. Germain beat Lille at their Parc des Princes stadium 1-0.
Bayer Leverkusen knocked newly promoted Hoffenheim off the top of the 1. Bundesliga when they drew 3-3 in a thriller at Karlsruhe. Bayern Munich won 2-1 at Schalke 04 to go 3rd. Wolfsburg beat Cottbus 3-0 leaving the beaten side adrift at the bottom with only 6 points.
Club Brugge stay top of the Jupiler League after a 2-2 draw at Charleroi. City rivals Cercle beat Zulte-Waregem 2-0 (I know as I was there) to climb above mid table. Anderlecht surprisingly lost at home 2-3 to Lokeren to stay 2nd. KSV Roeselare remain dangerously adrift at the bottom on 5 points.
In the big Athens derby Panathinaikos drew 0-0 at home to top of the table rivals Olympiakos.
AZ, Ajax, and NAC Breda all sit at the top on 22 points. AZ enjoyed a 3-0 home win over Twente Enschede. Ajax beat lowly Sparta Rotterdam 5-2 in Amsterdam, and Rotterdam’s Feyenoord thrashed FC Utrecht 5-2 but remain in the bottom half.
Celtic have opened up a two point gap at the top over Glasgow rivals Rangers after beating Motherwell 2-0 at Celtic Park. Meanwhile Rangers dropped 2 points drawing 3-3 at home to third place club Dundee United who remain ten points behind Celtic.
Thought for the week
Some people say it’s only a game. The rest are football fans.