La Liga & Serie A roundup: Bale silences critics; Napoli drops points

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Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Real Madrid 2-0 Levante

With everyone criticizing the play of Gareth Bale as of late, the Welshman proved why he was the most expensive transfer in history. Bale tallied both of Real’s goals in the first half, his first time finding the back of the net in nine matches. With the win, Madrid remain a point behind Barcelona at the top of the table in La Liga. The two teams face off next week in arguably the most important match of the season.

Sevilla 3-0 Elche

Carlos Bacca bagged a first half brace as Sevilla cruised to a 3-0 over Elche. The Colombian international has 16 goals on the season, trailing only Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar at the top of the La Liga leaderboard. With the win, Sevilla closes the gap with Villarreal to four points for the fourth and final Champions League berth from Spain. Elche sit 15th on the table, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Almeria 0-0 Villarreal
Malaga 2-0 Cordoba
Getafe vs. Real Sociedad (Monday, 3:45 p.m. ET)

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Luca Toni scored both of Verona’s goals against Napoli.

Verona 2-0 Napoli

With a chance to increase the gap between themselves and fifth place Fiorentina, Napoli failed to take any points away at Verona. Verona had conceded 46 times in the league, one of the worst records in Serie A, but managed to keep a clean sheet against a Napoli side that had scored 46 goals. 37-year-old Luca Toni looked like the Luca Toni of 2006, scoring both goals for the home side.

Inter Milan 1-1 Cesena 

Inter Milan will be disappointed with this result, taking only a point at home against a Cesena side at the bottom of the Serie A table. Inter found themselves trailing at halftime, serenaded by boos from the San Siro as they headed to the dressing room. Rodrigo Palacio equalized after the break for Inter, who now sit seventh on the table. Inter could drop all the way to tenth place tomorrow depending on results around Serie A.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Atalanta 0-0 Udinese
Genoa 0-2 Chievo
Sassuolo 4-1 Parma
Fiorentina vs. Milan (Monday, 2:00 p.m. ET)
Torino vs. Lazio (Monday, 2:00 p.m. ET)
Roma vs. Sampdoria (Monday, 4:00 p.m. ET)