Rubin Downs Dynamo, Stays Perfect

LONDON -- In European football over the weekend, Rubin Kazan extended its perfect start to the Russian season, Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao but will have to wait at least another week to be crowned Spanish champion, and Bayern Munich moved to within one point of the German title.

Russia. Runaway leader Rubin Kazan won 2-0 at Dynamo Moscow to set a Russian record of seven straight wins to start the March-November season and stretch its lead to seven points.

Former Serbia striker Savo Milosevic had a hand in both goals as Georgian defender Dato Kvirkvelia and captain Sergei Semak scored to leave Rubin well clear at the top.

Lokomotiv leapfrogged Dynamo into second place on goal difference after a 0-0 home draw with Spartak Nalchik.

Spain. Real Madrid crushed Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Bernabeu, but Villarreal's 1-0 victory at Real Betis put its title celebrations on hold for at least another week.

Real's victory came courtesy of an early opportunist strike from Javier Saviola and two classy second-half goals from substitutes Arjen Robben and Gonzalo Higuain, while keeper Iker Casillas got in on the act when he saved a penalty.

With four games left, Real remains 10 points clear of Villarreal at the top of the table and will claim its 31st league title if it wins at Osasuna next week.

Third-placed Barcelona, which is four points behind Villarreal after its 2-0 defeat at Deportivo Coruna, can now only hope to dispute second place with Villarreal.

Germany. Bayern Munich moved 12 points clear in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart and now needs just one point in its last four matches to seal a 21st German title.

Second-placed Werder Bremen lost ground with a 3-3 draw at Karlsruhe but still leads Schalke on goal difference in the race for direct qualification into the Champions League.

Bayern rested five regular starters ahead of Thursday's key UEFA Cup semifinal match at Zenit St. Petersburg. Luca Toni scored his 36th goal in 42 matches in the eighth minute, and Mark van Bommel fired in superbly from an indirect free kick in the 55th minute, his shot curling around the wall.

Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld brought on Franck Ribery in the 57th minute, and the French international scored two memorable goals in the space of two minutes.

Italy. Inter Milan is tantalizingly close to retaining its title after a 2-1 win over Cagliari.

Second-placed AS Roma thumped struggling Torino 4-1, with Mancini scoring twice, but its hopes of catching Inter are all but over.

With three games left, Roberto Mancini's side is six clear of Roma and have a better head-to-head record, meaning it will be champion if it beats rival AC Milan next weekend.

AC will be highly motivated for the derby after moving two points behind fourth-placed Fiorentina in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Filippo Inzaghi bagged a hat-trick in AC's 4-1 win at bottom side Livorno, while Fiorentina conceded in injury time to draw 2-2 with Sampdoria.

Juventus, in third, sealed its Champions League qualifying place with a 5-2 drubbing of Lazio.

France. Olympique Lyon maintained a four-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 despite being held 2-2 by Caen.

With three matches left, the six-time French champion, which had Fabio Grosso sent off for slapping Yohan Gouffran at halftime, has 72 points to Girondins Bordeaux's 68, after the Aquitaine side drew 0-0 with Nice.

Olympique Marseille leapfrogged Nancy into third place when a late Djibril Cisse goal gave them a 3-2 win at Monaco.

Nancy was held 1-1 at Valenciennes and dropped to fourth, one point adrift of Marseille.

Paris St. Germain beat AJ Auxerre 3-1, but is still in the relegation zone behind RC Lens on goal difference.

Ukraine. The title race appears set to go down to the wire after leaders Shakhtar Donetsk and champion Dinamo Kiev both won to continue their tussle with three matches remaining.

Two goals from Evaverson Brandao and one each to fellow Brazilian Fernandinho and Oleksandr Gladkiy handed Shakhtar a 4-2 win at Karpaty Lviv and kept them a point ahead of Dinamo, which strolled to a 3-0 home success against struggling Zorya Luhansk with goals from Artem Milevsky, Oleksandr Aliev and Artem Kravets.

Scotland. A Barry Robson penalty earned champion Celtic a 3-2 derby win over Rangers on Sunday and sent it five points clear of its rival, although Rangers has three games in hand.

The first half was an action-packed, four-goal affair, ignited by a fourth minute strike from Celtic's Australian striker Scott McDonald.

He pounced on a knock down by Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and steered a close-range shot past keeper Neil Alexander.

Rangers responded with two headed goals from defender David Weir and French forward Daniel Cousin following corners by Steve Davis.

McDonald leveled before the break by turning and cracking in a looping shot which appeared to take a deflection as it sailed over a stranded Alexander.

McDonald was also involved in Celtic's winner, when he was brought down by defender Kirk Broadfoot for a 70th minute penalty.

Robson crashed the spot kick straight down the middle for the winner and Rangers' misery was compounded when Steven Whittaker was sent off in the final minute for a second bookable offence, chopping down Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura.

Netherlands. Feyenoord won the Dutch Cup on Sunday, with first-half goals from Denny Landzaat and Jonathan de Guzman securing a 2-0 victory over Roda JC Kerkrade.

Landzaat netted a Luigi Bruins cross from close range after eight minutes before De Guzman doubled the lead in the 36th minute following a neat one-two with Michael Mols.

Feyenoord allowed Roda to dominate large parts of the match but despite some long distance efforts, the Rotterdam defense was never seriously tested.

With their 11th cup win and first since 1995, Feyenoord ended a six-year spell without a trophy, the last being its UEFA Cup triumph in 2002.

Feyenoord finished sixth in the league and now qualify for the UEFA Cup while Roda have to play off against Utrecht, Groningen and NEC Nijmegen for the remaining UEFA Cup spot.