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Manchester City slip despite draw against Sunderland

Last updated on: April 2, 2012 16:00 IST

Manchester City slip despite draw against Sunderland

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Big-spending Manchester City opened the Premier League title door to Manchester United ahead of the Old Trafford's team visit to Blackburn Rovers on Monday after being held to a 3-3 home draw by Sunderland.

City were 3-1 down with five minutes to go but Roberto Mancini's side came roaring back with an 85th-minute goal from Mario Balotelli and a long-range effort by Aleksandar Kolarov a minute later.

United can stretch their lead over City to five points, with seven matches remaining, if they win at Ewood Park.

Third-placed Arsenal went down 2-1 at London rivals Queens Park Rangers and are now level on points with Tottenham Hotspur who beat Swansea City 3-1. Chelsea, in fifth spot, won 4-2 at Aston Villa thanks to two-goal defender Branislav Ivanovic.


Image: Sunderland's Ji Dong-won (centre) reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City in Sunderland
Photographs: Nigel Roddis/ REUTERS

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Real Madrid edge closer to title

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Real Madrid edged closer to their first La Liga title in four years when they trounced Osasuna 5-1 away on Saturday to maintain a six-point lead at the top with eight matches left.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to top the scoring charts with 37 and laid on further goals for Karim Benzema, who netted a sensational volley, and one of a double for Gonzalo Higuain.

Champions Barcelona responded with a 2-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao with goals from Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, the Argentine's penalty taking his tally to 36 this season.

Real have 78 points from 30 games, Barca 72 and third-placed Valencia 48 after Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to city rivals Levante.


Image: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates a goal against Osasuna with teammate
Photographs: Vincent West/ REUTERS

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Juventus win to cut gap, Inter triumph 5-4

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The Serie A title race could go down to the wire after leaders AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at Catania and second-placed Juventus cut the gap to two points with a 3-0 win over Napoli.

Milan were angered a Robinho effort was not given despite television replays showing the ball was over the line.

Juve had to wait until the second half for Leonardo Bonucci, Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella to seal their home win.

Inter Milan's new interim coach Andrea Stramaccioni celebrated his first game in charge with a 5-4 romp against Genoa while AS Roma beat second from bottom Novara 5-2 as the race for the third Champions League spot hotted up.


Image: Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus FC celebrates his goal
Photographs: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

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Bayern move up in Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga lead was cut to three points after they drew 4-4 in a thrilling game at home to VfB Stuttgart.

Ivan Perisic's 87th-minute goal looked to have won it for Dortmund but a last-gasp equaliser by Christian Gentner snatched a point for Stuttgart.

Second-placed Bayern Munich moved on to 60 points with a 1-0 win at Nuremberg in the Bavarian derby, Dutchman Arjen Robben scoring the only goal.

Schalke 04 tightened their grip on third place with a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim, easing three points clear of Borussia Moenchengladbach who slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Hanover 96. There are six matches left to play.


Image: Borussia Dortmund's Hummels and Stuttgart's Ibisevic head a ball during their Bundesliga match in Dortmund
Photographs: Ina Fassbender/ REUTERS

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