Juventus Bolsters Lead in Italy
Juventus regrouped after being routed in the UEFA Cup, beating last-place Piacenza 2-0 Sunday to strengthen its lead in the Italian League.
Filippo Inzaghi, set up by Alessandro Del Piero, scored twice for Juventus.
Juventus holds a six-point lead over Lazio, which lost ground after a 2-2 tie with third-place Inter. Lazio rallied from two goals down with seven minutes to go.
Juventus, on course to extend its record of 25 Serie A titles, was ousted from the UEFA Cup after a 4-0 loss at Spain’s Celta Vigo.
Defending champion is in fourth place after a 3-0 win over lowly Verona.
In England, Premier League leader Manchester United got three goals from Dwight Yorke in a 3-1 victory over Derby, which is threatened with relegation. Leeds cut United’s lead to four points on Sunday by downing Bradford 2-1 on two goals by Michael Bridges.
Arsenal squandered a chance to jump two places back into third, losing 2-1 at Middlesbrough.
In Germany, Alexander Zickler scored twice in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 victory over Schalke in the Bundesliga. The Munich team leads by two points.
Bayern has 52 points and Leverkusen 50, with third-place Hamburger SV way back at 42 after losing 2-1 to Ulm.
In Spain, surprising leader Deportivo de La Coruna stayed four points ahead after beating Valencia 2-0 on Sunday. Alaves defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 to remain second.
Real Madrid is third after downing Seville 3-1 on Saturday when the other powerhouse, Barcelona, won 4-0 at Athletic de Bilbao to stay in fourth place.