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Ronaldo Gonzalez Leads Real Madrid

December 8, 2002

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Ronaldo scored two goals to lead Real Madrid in the Spanish League, while AC Milan took over the top spot in Italy and Manchester United beat league leader Arsenal in England.

Raul Gonzalez also had two goals in sending Real Madrid past Mallorca 5-1 and into sixth place.

Milan jumped back in first in Italy after beating AS Roma 1-0 while former leader Lazio squandered a three-goal lead in a 3-3 tie with Inter Milan.

Manchester United put itself back into the championship race after downing defending champion Arsenal 2-0 on goals from Juan Sebastian Veron and Paul Scholes.

Spain

Real Sociedad stayed in first place by beating Sevilla 1-0 Saturday on a 70th-minute goal by Valery Karpin. Real Sociedad has 29 points and second-place Valencia, which beat Racing de Santander 2-0, has 25.

Celta de Vigo jumped into third place with 24 points while Real Betis and Mallorca both have 23 and Real Madrid has 21.

Italy

With Roberto Baggio directing the attack, Brescia stunned Juventus 2-0, the reigning Italian League champion’s first loss of the season. Juventus dropped to fourth place, trailing AC Milan, Lazio and Internazionale.

Markus Schopp and Igli Tare got the goals for Brescia while Filippo Inzaghi scored for Milan.

Milan leads the standings with 29 points, followed by Lazio with 28, Inter with 27 and Juventus with 26.

England

Scholes scored one goal and set up another as Manchester United charged back into the Premier League title race after beating Arsenal 2-0.

Liverpool tumbled two places to fourth after losing at Charlton 2-0 and Chelsea jumped into second with a 3-1 victory at Everton.

Arsenal still leads the league with 35 points, just two points ahead of Chelsea. United is now third with 32 points, followed by Liverpool with 31 and Everton with 29.

Germany

Roque Santa Cruz scored two goals and Oliver Kahn had his fourth straight shutout to help Bayern Munich rout Stuttgart 3-0 and open an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen dropped to third place on goal difference after a 1-1 tie with Schalke. Borussia Dortmund jumped back into second place after beating Kaiserslautern 3-1.

Netherlands

Mateja Kezman had two goals and an assist as PSV Eindhoven outclassed FC Utrecht 3-1 and drew within a point of first-place Ajax. Ajax tied De Graafschap 1-1 while third-place Feyenoord lost to Heerenveen 3-1.

France

Nice shot to the top of the French first division Tuesday after beating Ajaccio 3-0. Lyon, Guingamp, Auxerre and Marseille are tied for second, two points behind Nice.

Scotland

The Rangers yielded a goal after 19 seconds but bounced back to beat defending champion Celtic 3-2 to replace its rival at the top of the league. Celtic has 49 points and trails the Rangers by two. Dunfermline, routed by Partick 4-0, is third with 30 points.

Portugal

FC Porto stayed comfortably in first place after beating Santa Clara 3-1 while second-place Benfica downed rival Sporting 2-0.

Greece

PAOK Thessaloniki held first place with a 3-0 win over Ionikos while Emmanuel Olisadebe scored twice as surging Panathinaikos downed Iraklis 2-0.

Brazil

Alberto and Renato scored a goal each as Santos beat Corinthians 2-0 in the first leg of the Brazilian championship finals. Santos has not won a national crown since Pele left the club in the 1970s.

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