La Liga & Serie A: Inter Milan go top again, Napoli take a tumble

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Villarreal 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

If any side is to break up the three-team peloton presently pacing La Liga, it’ll likely be Villarreal, who needed a late winner from Cedric Bakambu (his second goal of the game) to knock off 15th-place Rayo Vallecano. In other words, don’t count on Villarreal, who are currently six points off the pace of third-place Real Madrid and eight behind second-place Atletico Madrid, breaking up La Liga’s triopoly this season.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Real Sociedad 2-1 Eibar
Sporting Gijon 3-1 Las Palmas
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Malaga


Inter Milan 1-0 Genoa

While the top-three runs away with La Liga once again, there’s no danger of anything of the kind happening in Serie A, where seven points separate the league’s top six teams. On Saturday, Inter Milan topped Genoa on a 59th-minute goal scored by Adem Ljajc to reclaim the league’s top spot after falling from their porch with a loss to Napoli on Monday. All the would need was for Napoli to lose or draw on Sunday to stay there.

Bologna 3-2 Napoli

After going top of the league on Monday for the first time in 25 years, Napoli fell away to Bologna on Sunday, 3-2, despite another brace of goals scored by Gonzalo Higuain (back-to-back braces, including four goals in his last two games, 10 in his last nine and and 14 in his last 14). Mattia Destro scored a brace of his own for the home side and Luca Rossettini added one of his own. With the defeat, Napoli tumble from first to third, now two points behind Inter.

Fiorentina 3-0 Udinese

Meanwhile, Fiorentina continue to quietly hover around the top-two places. The Viola hammered Udinese on Sunday, thanks to goals scored by Milan Badelj, Josip Ilicic and Gonzalo Rodriguez. After 15 rounds of league games, Fiorentina sit second in the league, a single point behind Inter.

Lazio 0-2 Juventus

Juventus’ resurgence and rapid climb up the Serie A league table continued on Friday, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side went away to Lazio and ground out a thoroughly professional 2-0 victory. The bianconeri went ahead through an own goal scored by Santiago Gentiletti and capped off their latest win (five straight in the league) with 22-year-old Paulo Dybala’s seventh league goal of the season (below video), his first with Juve.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Torino 1-1 Roma
Atalanta 3-0 Palermo
Frosinone 0-2 Chievo
Verona 0-1 Empoli
Sampdoria 1-3 Sassuolo