Football roundup: Liverpool F.C. go top but Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus falter

Mar 31 2014, 12:13 IST
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SummaryLiverpool F.C. thrash Spurs while Chelsea suffer shock defeat at lowly Crystal Palace Arsenal drew with Manchester City.

The leaders in England, Italy, and Germany all dropped points as Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, Juventus lost 2-0 to Napoli and Bayern Munich drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim.

Chelsea were overtaken by Liverpool F.C., who thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 4-0, while Juve's lead at the top of Serie A was cut to 11 points and German champions Bayern's 19-game winning streak was ended by Hoffenheim.

Atletico Madrid, 2-1 winners at Athletic Bilbao, stayed on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph as Spain's top three all won and Paris St Germain increased their advantage in Ligue 1 to 13 points with a 1-0 win at Nice.

ENGLAND

Liverpool F.C. moved top of the Premier League table for the first time since Christmas with a 4-0 drubbing of Tottenham as their main title challengers all dropped points.

Chelsea suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace while Arsenal drew 1-1 with Manchester City, leaving Liverpool two points clear at the summit with six games left.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are second with City in third, four points behind Liverpool but with two games in hand.

Arsenal are fourth, three points adrift of City and four ahead of Everton who won 3-1 at Fulham to keep their top-four aspirations alive.

Liverpool, seeking their first English title since 1990, overpowered Spurs thanks to an own goal by Younes Kaboul and strikes by Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

SPAIN

Atletico Madrid moved a step closer to an unlikely title triumph when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory at fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao as the top three all won on Saturday.

Atletico's hard-fought victory at the San Mames, through goals from Diego Costa and Koke, maintained their one-point lead over champions Barcelona, who won 1-0 at Espanyol thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty.

Atletico have 76 points with seven games left with Barca, who host the Madrid club in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, on 75.

Third-placed Real Madrid, who have 73 points, avoided a third successive defeat when La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 28th goal of the campaign and Gareth Bale struck twice in a 5-0 stroll at home to city neighbours Rayo Vallecano.

GERMANY

Champions Bayern Munich's 19-game Bundesliga winning streak ended with a 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim.

Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, given a rare start, responded by scoring twice and Xherdan Shaqiri was also on target as Bayern led 3-1

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