Real Madrid falters, referee grabs headlines in Germany

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2016 10:00 AM
Real Madrid falters, referee grabs headlines in Germany
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, gestures, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press


BERLIN (AP) — Barcelona's main title rivals both faltered in Spain and a referee grabbed the headlines in Germany on Sunday when he stopped a game because a coach refused to leave the pitch.

Fiorentina consolidated third place in Serie A and Roma bounced back from its Champions League defeat to Real Madrid with its fifth successive league win.

Here is a look at the action from around Europe on Sunday:

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SPAIN

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and missed a penalty as Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Malaga to fall nine points behind Barcelona, while Atletico Madrid slipped eight points adrift of the Spanish league leaders after a scoreless draw at home against Villarreal.

Ronaldo scored in the 33rd minute but Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni saved his spot-kick three minutes later. The hosts equalized through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.

"Real Madrid says goodbye to league title," both Marca and AS said on their websites after the game.

Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.

Also Sunday, Gary Neville's Valencia won its second league game in a row. The 2-1 win at bottom side Granada moved the team up to 11th place in the standings.

Rayo Vallecano battled back from two goals down after 20 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw against fifth-place Sevilla, while Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 to visiting Real Sociedad in the Basque derby.

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GERMANY

Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga was interrupted for eight minutes after the home side's coach refused to be sent to the stands.

The standoff was triggered by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 64th-minute goal, enough for second-placed Dortmund to restore the eight-point gap behind Bayern Munich.

Referee Felix Zwayer sent off Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt for complaining vociferously over the positioning of a free kick in the build-up to the goal, and then ordered both sides off the pitch when Schmidt made no sign of moving. There was confusion all round until the game resumed.

Also, Schalke ended Stuttgart's five-game winning run with a 1-1 draw, and Koo Ja-cheol's brilliant solo effort was enough for Augsburg to win 1-0 at bottom side Hannover.

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ITALY

Fiorentina consolidated its grip on third place in Serie A with a 3-2 victory at Atalanta, while Roma maintained its challenge for the final Champions League place with a 5-0 win against Palermo.

All the goals in Bergamo came in the second half, with Mati Fernandez, Cristian Tello and Nikola Kalinic scoring for Fiorentina to help it move four points clear of Inter Milan, which beat Sampdoria 3-1 on Saturday.

Roma is two points behind Fiorentina after two goals apiece from Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah, and another from Seydou Keita secured its fifth straight league win.

Fiorentina's next two league matches are against title rival Napoli — four points ahead with a game in hand — and Roma, after the second leg of a Europa League tie against Tottenham.

Juventus leads on 58 points, two more than Napoli.

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FRANCE

Lyon failed to take advantage of Saint-Etienne's 1-1 draw with Marseille after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Lille in the French league.

Marseille rescued the draw in the fourth minute of added time when Michy Batshuayi headed in Romain Alessandrini's free-kick after Kevin Monnet-Paquet's 85th-minute goal appeared to have secured the points for the visitors.

Marseille played the last half hour with 10 men after defender Nicolas N'Koulou was shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Vincent Pajot.

Saint-Etienne remained fourth but slipped eight points behind second-place Monaco, which beat Troyes 3-1 on Saturday. Lyon stayed two points behind Saint-Etienne.

Also, Caen beat Rennes 1-0.

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ENGLAND

Chelsea reached the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a 5-1 victory against understrength Manchester City.

Crystal Palace defeated London rival Tottenham 1-0, and West Ham came from behind to thrash second-tier Blackburn 5-1.

At Stamford Bridge, City manager Manuel Pellegrini showed that the focus was on his side's Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday — handing five players their debut. Defeat ended City's chance of an unlikely quadruple.

Coins were thrown toward celebrating City players after David Faupala scored on his debut, as the FA Cup was marred by such incidents for the second day in a row. Chelsea said it would issue stadium bans if it can identify the perpetrators and police later arrested a man for throwing a cigarette lighter on to the pitch.

On Saturday, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt was struck in the face by a coin thrown by a supporter of his team after a 3-1 defeat by second tier Reading.

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