European Football round-up: Juventus do an Arsenal, and Ibrahimovic sees red

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Inter claimed their seventh league win in a row and ended Juventus’ unbeaten run, and Juve weren’t the only league leaders to lose in a dramatic weekend around Europe.

Italy: The Derby d’Italia was the match-up of the weekend, and Stramaccioni’s Inter ended up taking three points from Turin, blowing the title race wide open and ending Juventus’s unbeaten run one short of 50 matches. A Diego Milito brace put Inter in the lead after Vidal had scored for Juve in the first minute, before an 89th minute goal from Palacio sealed the win. Inter are now just one point behind Juve in the league. Fiorentina are closing on Napoli in third rapidly, beating Cagliari 4-1 whilst the Neapolitan side conceded in the 91st minutes to draw 1-1 at home to Torino. AC Milan sprung back to life with a 5-1 win at home to Chievo. In the weekend's last match. Roma finally mustered a lead they could hold onto by going 4-0 up, recording 4-1 win at home to Palermo.

Spain: Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 3-1 to remain one of the two unbeaten teams in Europe’s top leagues (Manchester City being the other). The win also means this is Barcelona’s best ever start to a season. Real Madrid beat Real Zaragoza 4-0 to record Jose Mourinho’s 100th win at the club and close the gap to Athletico Madrid, who lost 2-0 away at Valencia. Real are now five points behind Athletico, who are a further three behind Barcelona. Fourth placed Malaga lost 2-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Germany: After last weekend's unexpected loss, Bayern got back on track with a 3-0 win away at Hamburger. There was more good news for the Munich side, as all of their closest rivals dropped points. Schalke lost 3-2 at Hoffenheim, and Eintracht Frankfurt drew 1-1 at home to Greuther Furth. Both sides are on twenty points, seven behind Bayern. Dortmund were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Stuttgart, and were leapfrogged by Leverkusen as a result. Leverkusen are now fourth after winning 3-2 at home to Dusseldorf.

France: PSG's lead at the top of the table has been cut to goal difference after the Parisian side lost 2-1 at home to St Etienne. Perhaps worse for the French club, their main man Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for kicking out at the opposition goalkeeper. Marseilles went level on points with PSG by winning 2-0 away at Ajaccio, and Lyon are only one point behind the leaders after a 5-2 home win against Bastia. Both Lyon and Marseilles have played one less game than PSG, after the match between the two sides was postponed recently.

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