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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Stays Ahead as Dynamo Slips in Sochi

Spartak Moscow kept ahead of Rotor Volgograd in the Russian premier league standings thanks to a better goal average after both clubs scored important victories over the weekend.


The Muscovites moved back to the top with an impressive 4-2 win over their cross-town rival Lokomotiv on a rain-soaked field Saturday. Rotor had gone into first place Friday after a 1-0 home victory over Alania Vladikavkaz courtesy of Oleg Veretennikov's 18th goal of the season.


Meanwhile, title contender Dynamo Moscow slipped further behind the two leaders when it was held to a 2-2 draw by mid-table Zhemchuzhina in Sochi.


With just five matches remaining both Spartak and Rotor have 60 points, while third-place Dynamo has 57.


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Barcelona maintained its two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish league championship on Saturday as both sides scored comfortable away wins.


Two goals each from Luis Enrique and Rivaldo gave Barcelona a 4-1 win at Sporting Gijon, while Raul and Predrag Mijatovic did the honors for Real in the 2-0 win at Valencia.


But another title contender, Atletico Madrid, had to struggle for a 3-3 draw at home to Celta Vigo.


Barcelona quickly went 2-0 up, and despite a Ricardo Bango strike shortly before half-time, Louis van Gaal's side had no problem increasing its lead after the break to keep up its 100 percent record.


For Real, striker Raul was again instrumental after the champions looked in trouble during a goalless first half.


Real took control after Valencia's Javi Navarro was sent off for his second bookable offense after 63 minutes.


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Kaiserslautern's improbable seven-game unbeaten streak was halted on Saturday when Werder Bremen upset the Bundesliga's top team 3-1 at its home Betzenberg stadium. In another surprise, champions Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 at home to 1860 Munich.


Kaiserslautern managed to stay on top of the league with 19 points from eight matches, two more than Bayern Munich, which gained a point with a 1-1 home draw against Schalke on Friday.


Kaiserslautern, promoted from the second division this year, appeared headed for its seventh win before a sell-out home crowd of 38,000 when Olaf Marschall scored his eighth goal of the season in the fifth minute.


But Werder Bremen, with only five points in its first six games, outplayed the home team in the second half and scored three times to win its second straight match and jump to eighth place on 11 points.


Bremen's Bruno Labbadia equalized in the 56th minute, Havard Flo made it 2-1 in the 85th minute and Dieter Frey added the third goal with a minute left.





(For other results, see Scorecard.)