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In Italy, Inter took a bite out of their Milan rivals to take the lead in Serie A. In Ligue 1, PSG were beaten on Sunday at home by Monaco, leaving Lille, winner in Lorient, a little more in the lead. In Germany, Leipzig rekindled the suspense by taking advantage of a misstep from Bayern Munich.
• Ligue 1: the championship lead tightens
The days go by but are not alike for PSG. After an XXL performance against Barça on Tuesday, Paris was sharply beaten at home by Monaco on Sunday February 21, losing precious points for the crown of King of Ligue 1. At the same time, Lille, far from being defeated by his defeat against Ajax in the Europa League, increased his lead in the lead by beating Lorient (4-1),
Kylian Mbappé, triple scorer on Tuesday, was muzzled by the defense of his former club, very well in place after the opening scoring of young Sofiane Diop. And Guillermo Maripan was present to double the lead in the second half, taking advantage of an error by Ander Herrera …
PSG are only 3rd, one point behind Lyon, winner 3-2 in Brest on Friday, and especially four lengths from Lille, impressive leader of the French Championship who will come to the Parc des Princes in early April for a top already checked on all the agendas.
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What to continue to dream of an unexpected coronation? The program is strong for Losc by early May, with OM, Monaco, Paris and Lyon to challenge … In the meantime, the suspense is maintained, with four teams who stand in six points in the lead.
Lille (58 points), Lyon (55), PSG (54), Monaco (52): after 26 days, the first four stand in 6 points.
Ligue 1 had not experienced such a tightening since 2010/2011, the last pre-QSI season (the top five in 5 points at this stage of the season).
– Maxime Dupuis (@maximedupuis) February 21, 2021
• Serie A: Inter Milan win the derby and take off
Inter Milan, led by their relentless duo Romelu Lukaku-Lautaro Martinez, crushed AC Milan in the derby to take a four-point lead at the top of Serie A. Romelu Lukaku, behind the first of the two goals de Martinez then author of his 17th goal to take the lead in the scorers stand alone, won his duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic by KO. The Swede was the most dangerous Rossonero but ran into an exceptional Samir Handanovic. A few weeks after their “clash”, head to head, in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup, “Ibra” and “Big Rom” carefully avoided each other on the lawn.
⚽ 🇮🇹 The Milan derby for Inter!
The Interists atomized AC Milan (3-0) in San Siro, thanks to his duo Romelu Lukaku-Lautaro Martinez, to make the hole at the top of the Italian Championship, with now 4 points ahead of the Rossoneri
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– Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) February 21, 2021
Losing to Atalanta (2-4), Naples slipped to 7the place at the back of the peloton following Inter and Milan. A peloton led by Roma (3rd, 44 pts), who wasted two points, in numerical superiority, in the evening on the ground of Benevento (0-0). The Giallorossi are one point ahead of Atalanta (4th) and Lazio (5th) and two over Juve (6th) who nevertheless have the opportunity to overtake all these beautiful people on Monday evening in the event of success over Crotone , the red lantern, and which also has another late game
• Premier League: Manchester City untouchable, Liverpool can no longer do it
Manchester City has chained an 18th victory in all competitions by winning at Arsenal (1-0) and keeps 10 points ahead of its pursuers. Arsenal, 10th with 34 points, sees the European wagon moving a little further away.
Behind, Manchester United and Leicester are fighting for 2nd place and were respectively winners of Newcastle (3-1) and Aston Villa (2-1). By beating Tottenham (2-1), West Ham took 4th place which sends to the Champions League next season with 2 lengths ahead of Chelsea, the big loser of this day after their draw against Southampton, and 5 over Liverpool and Everton.
Everton also went to win the Mersey derby on the Liverpool lawn to obtain this position, their first victory at Anfield since September 1999.
• Bundesliga: suspense revived after Bayern’s defeat to Frankfurt
Leipzig rekindled the suspense in the Bundesliga by winning 3-0 at Hertha Berlin. After 22 days, the RB stuck two lengths behind Bayern, running out of fuel with five points abandoned in two matches, including a defeat on Saturday in Frankfurt.
Munich and Leipzig are due to meet on Matchday 27 for a match that will probably be the pinnacle of this 2020/2021 Bundesliga.
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The other two qualifying places for the Champions League are firmly held by Wolfsburg and Frankfurt (42 pts), with a mattress of five points ahead of their first pursuer, Leverkusen, who tore Sunday a draw (1-1) in overtime in Augsburg.
• Liga: Atletico skates, Real Madrid take advantage
Leader of the Spanish championship, Atlético Madrid conceded at home its second defeat of the season in La Liga against Levante (2-0) for the 24th day on Saturday, a failure which directly benefited Real Madrid, short winner 1- 0 in Valladolid, to return to three points behind the leader. Two weeks before the Liga derby between Atlético and Real, the fight remains bitter between the two neighbors.
And, five days after his rout against PSG at Camp Nou, Barça once again missed the opportunity to come back to the top of La Liga by conceding the draw against Cadiz (1-1). Worse, the Blaugrana are under direct threat from Sevilla FC who are playing this Monday in Osasuna and who could, if they win, take third place.