La Liga & Serie A roundup: Barca go 9 points clear; Inter end sorry skid

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

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Las Palms 1-2 Barcelona

The streak goes on — Barcelona are now 32 games unbeaten after winning away to 18th-place Las Palms on Saturday. Barca went ahead after just six minutes, when Luis Suarez hammered the ball home (25th goal in 24 league games) from far-post Jordi Alba’s cross (below video), but the hosts equalized almost immediately as Willian Jose completed what can only be described as a Barcelona-esque move (WATCH HERE) in the 10th minute.

Not long before halftime, Neymar grabbed the winner (18 goals in 22 league games) for the Blaugrana when he hammered home the rebound from his once-saved effort on goal. With the victory, Luis Enrique’s side has gone nine points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid and 10 points clear of Real Madrid, both of whom play on Sunday.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 25 20 3 2 67 20 47 12-1-0 8-2-2 63
Atlético Madrid 24 17 3 4 35 11 24 8-2-1 9-1-3 54
Real Madrid 24 16 5 3 70 23 47 11-1-1 5-4-2 53
Villarreal 24 14 6 4 30 18 12 10-2-1 4-4-3 48
Sevilla 24 11 7 6 34 24 10 11-0-2 0-7-4 40

Elsewhere in La Liga

Espanyol 1-0 Deportivo La Coruna
Real Betis 1-1 Sporting Gijon
Celta Vigo vs. Eibar (underway)

Sunday’s La Liga schedule

Rayo Vallecano vs. Sevilla (6 a.m. ET)
Malaga vs. Real Madrid (10 a.m. ET)
Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Sociedad (12:15 p.m. ET)
Granada vs. Valencia (12:15 p.m. ET)
Atletico Madrid vs. Villarreal (2:30 p.m. ET)


Inter Milan 3-1 Sampdoria

Prior to Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Sampdoria, Inter Milan had won just one of their last seven league games, and fallen out of the Serie A title race and into an extremely uphill battle to finish in the top three and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Danilo D’Ambrosio opened the scoring on 23 minutes, followed by Miranda in the 57th and Mauro Icardi in the 73rd (below video). Fabio Quagliarella grabbed the late (91st minute) consolation goal for the visitors. With the victory, Inter are into fourth place, a point ahead of Roma and one back of third-place Fiorentina, both of whom play on Sunday.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 26 18 4 4 46 15 31 9-2-1 9-2-3 58
Napoli 25 17 5 3 53 20 33 10-2-0 7-3-3 56
Fiorentina 25 15 4 6 44 24 20 10-1-2 5-3-4 49
Inter Milan 26 14 6 6 34 23 11 8-2-3 6-4-3 48
Roma 25 13 8 4 47 27 20 8-3-1 5-5-3 47
AC Milan 25 12 7 6 37 27 10 8-3-2 4-4-4 43

Elsewhere in Serie A

Hellas Verona 3-1 Chievo

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Torino vs. Carpi (9 a.m. ET)
Sassuolo vs. Empoli (9 a.m. ET)
Atalanta vs. Fiorentina (9 a.m. ET)
Genoa vs. Udinese (9 a.m. ET)
Frosinone vs. Lazio (12 p.m. ET)
Roma vs. Palermo (2:45 p.m. ET)