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Inter Milan can believe in their chances of finally dethroning Juventus Turin, nine-time reigning Italian champion, after their victory against the Bianconeri (2-0). Lyon, on the other hand, was surprised (0-1) at home by Metz, giving up first place in Ligue 1 to PSG and Lille, who are ahead of OL by two points.
• Serie A: Inter are positioned for the title
Inter Milan gave credibility to their ambitions to finally dethrone Juventus by lecturing Juventus Turin (2-0) on Sunday at San Siro in the shock of the 18the Serie A day. After a very good match, especially tactically, the Milanese won thanks to an opener in the twelfth minute from Vidal and a magnificent strike from Barella in the 52e minute. Juventus, it has constantly sought. Federico Chiesa, who had done so much harm to AC Milan (1-3) on this same lawn a week earlier, did not pierce and Cristiano Ronaldo was reduced to strikes without danger. Thanks to this victory, the Nerazzuris keep second place and put pressure on AC Milan. Juventus are fifth and still have one game late. Naples, for its part, took advantage of the missteps of Juve, but also of Roma, crushed Friday by Lazio (3-0), and Atalanta Bergamo, slowed down by Genoa (0-0). Napoli climbed to third place after crushing Fiorentina (6-0).
• Ligue 1: Lyon dethroned
Lyon lost first place in Ligue 1 on Sunday, losing on their home turf against Metz (1-0) at the end of the 20e day. The series of invincibility of the Lyonnais therefore stops at sixteen meetings. Striker Karl Toko-Ekambi believed to give Lyon the advantage in the 74e minute, but his goal was canceled after resorting to video for a teammate’s offside. On a counter (90e+1), Aaron Leya Iseka inflicted on the semi-finalists of the last Champions League their second defeat of the season in the league. OL is now 3e the two-point classification of a leading duo made up of Paris Saint-Germain and Lille. PSG, without being brilliant, took the head of Ligue 1 in Angers (0-1), Saturday, three days after his coronation in the Champions Trophy against OM, which collapsed 1-2 at home against Nîmes, ex-red lantern on the rebound. Lille for its part snatched the victory at the very end of the match against Reims (2-1).
• Premier League: Manchester City carries out the beautiful operation
Manchester United passed their test of fire on Sunday at Anfield Road solidly, but not brilliantly. The Red Devils returned with a draw (0-0) against defending champions Liverpool and retain the championship lead. Jürgen Klopp’s players remain in four games without a win, including three without scoring, in the league. This result allowed Manchester City to make a good operation in the standings by winning very much against Crystal Palace with the score of 4 goals to 0. The difference was made during the second period where City scored at three times, John Stones having opened the scoring in the first half. The English defender even offered a double, Gundogan then Raheem Sterling weighed down the mark. In the standings Manchester City are now second in the standings, two points behind United, but with one game less. Well helped by a sublime goal from Tanguy Ndombele, Tottenham beat the red lantern Sheffield United (1-3) and continue to keep pace with the leaders by placing themselves in fifth place, four points behind Manchester United.
- Bundesliga: Bayern winter champion
After two consecutive defeats, Bayern recovered their health by securing the honorary title of winter Bundesliga champion on Sunday, thanks to a painstaking 2-1 victory over Freiburg with a new goal from Robert Lewandowski, his 21e in 16 days. Behind closed doors and under the snow falling on Bavaria, the phenomenon Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 7e minute. After the equalizer of Freiburg by Nils Petersen (1-1, 62e), Thomas Müller made the difference fifteen minutes from the end (2-1, 74e). But Freiburg made the Bavarians tremble at the end of the match, with in particular a shot on the bar of the same Petersen in the 90e+1 minute. With 36 points, the reigning champion is now four lengths ahead of Leipzig (32 pts) and seven over Leverkusen and Dortmund (29 pts). Leverkusen were beaten 1-0 by Union Berlin on Friday, while Leipzig and Dortmund were held in check by Wolfsburg (2-2) and Mainz (1-1) respectively on Saturday.
With AFP and Reuters