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United 8 clear, Barca closes in

AFP
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PARIS - Manchester United all but sealed a 20th English title as they moved into an eight-point lead over Manchester City with just six games left to play.

United beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Old Trafford while Mikel Arteta's goal three minutes from time secured a 1-0 victory for Arsenal over City who had temperamental striker Mario Balotelli sent-off a minute before fulltime.

At Old Trafford, goals from Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes saw United ù who are now two goals better off on goal difference than City ù to victory. In Spain, Real Madrid have Barcelona breathing down their necks after having their lead in La Liga cut to just four points following a 0-0 draw with Valencia. Barcelona crushed Zaragoza 4-1 to secure a ninth win in succession. In Italy, Juventus took a crucial step towards a first Serie A title since 2003 with a 2-0 win at Palermo to go top after AC Milan fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Fiorentina.

Two games ago champions Milan led the table by four points but following a draw at Catania and now this defeat, Antonio Conte's Juve are a point clear. Centre-back Leonardo Bonucci scored for the second game in a row and Fabio Quagliarella added the other in Sicily. But Juve were most indebted to former forward Amauri, who scored a dramatic late winner at the San Siro for Fiorentina.

In Germany, Bayern Munich thanked a Mario Gomez brace as they stayed in the Bundesliga title hunt with a 2-1 win over Augsburg, but the Bavarians still trail Dortmund by three points after the table-toppers won 3-1 at Wolfsburg.


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