La Liga & Serie A: Barca, Real, Atleti win; Roma’s stunning comeback

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A roundup of Wednesday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights.

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We covered Barcelona’s 8-0 demolition of Deportivo earlier, but it wasn’t the only shutout win for the trio of powers seeking La Liga’s crown. Barca hosts Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

The league’s three-worst sides all play on Thursday, including a big 6-pointer between Granada and Levante.

Real Madrid 3-0 Villarreal

Zinedine Zidane’s side has won eight straight in La Liga thanks to goals from Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. Real remains a point back of both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona ahead of a Saturday match at Rayo Vallecano.

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Atleti doesn’t allow very many goals — just 16 in league play this season — and only needed a solitary marker to pick up yet another win and keep pace with Barca and Real. Fernando Torres got the goal, and Atleti is home to Malaga at the weekend.

Elsewhere
Espanyol 1-1 Celta Vigo — Tuesday
Real Betis 1-0 Las Palmas — Tuesday
Valencia 4-0 Eibar
Sporting 2-1 Sevilla
Malaga 1-1 Rayo Vallecano
Real Sociedad vs. Getafe — 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday
Granada vs. Levante — 3 p.m. ET Thursday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 34 25 4 5 96 29 67 14-1-2 11-3-3 79
Atlético Madrid 34 25 4 5 58 16 42 12-3-1 13-1-4 79
Real Madrid 34 24 6 4 101 30 71 15-1-2 9-5-2 78
Villarreal 34 17 9 8 42 31 11 12-3-2 5-6-6 60
Athletic 34 16 6 12 51 41 10 9-4-4 7-2-8 54
Celta Vigo 34 15 9 10 47 54 -7 7-6-4 8-3-6 54
Sevilla 34 13 10 11 47 42 5 13-1-3 0-9-8 49
Valencia 34 11 10 13 42 40 2 6-7-4 5-3-9 43
Málaga 34 10 12 12 31 31 0 6-6-5 4-6-7 42
Real Sociedad 33 11 8 14 41 44 -3 6-5-5 5-3-9 41
Eibar 34 11 8 15 45 53 -8 8-3-6 3-5-9 41
Betis 34 10 11 13 31 46 -15 5-6-6 5-5-7 41
Las Palmas 34 11 7 16 38 46 -8 7-4-6 4-3-10 40
Deportivo 34 7 17 10 42 56 -14 4-8-5 3-9-5 38
Espanyol 34 10 7 17 35 63 -28 7-5-5 3-2-12 37
Rayo Vallecano 34 8 11 15 46 66 -20 7-4-6 1-7-9 35
Sporting de Gijón 34 8 8 18 35 55 -20 5-4-8 3-4-10 32
Granada 33 7 9 17 33 60 -27 4-5-7 3-4-10 30
Levante 33 7 7 19 30 56 -26 6-4-7 1-3-12 28
Getafe 33 7 7 19 29 61 -32 6-5-6 1-2-13 28

during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Torino FC  at Stadio Olimpico on April 20, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
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Roma 3-2 Torino

I Lupi more or less guaranteed Inter and Fiorentina won’t catch them for third place in Serie A, and did it in remarkable style. Roma legend Francesco Totti subbed on with five minutes to play and his side down 2-1. By the time the final whistle blew, he had netted twice and all three points were on the side of the home side.

Juventus 3-0 Lazio

Meanwhile, The Old Lady is back to sleepwalking to a scudetto. Paulo Dybala nabbed his 15th and 16th goals of the season, and Mario Mandzukic also scored for Juventus, whose table lead goes back to nine points.

Elsewhere
Napoli 6-0 Bologna — Tuesday
Sassuolo 0-0 Sampdoria
Empoli 1-0 Verona
Palermo 2-2 Atalanta
Udinese 2-1 Fiorentina
Chievo 5-1 Frosinone
Genoa 1-0 Inter Milan
AC Milan vs. Carpi — 2:45 p.m. ET Thursday

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 34 26 4 4 65 17 48 14-2-1 12-2-3 82
Napoli 34 22 7 5 72 29 43 14-3-0 8-4-5 73
Roma 34 19 11 4 73 38 35 11-5-1 8-6-3 68
Inter Milan 34 18 7 9 44 31 13 11-2-4 7-5-5 61
Fiorentina 34 17 8 9 55 38 17 11-4-2 6-4-7 59
AC Milan 33 14 10 9 43 35 8 9-4-3 5-6-6 52
Sassuolo 34 12 13 9 41 38 3 6-8-3 6-5-6 49
Chievo 34 13 9 12 43 41 2 7-6-4 6-3-8 48
Lazio 34 13 9 12 44 45 -1 9-3-5 4-6-7 48
Genoa 34 12 7 15 39 41 -2 10-3-4 2-4-11 43
Torino 34 11 9 14 44 47 -3 6-6-5 5-3-9 42
Empoli 34 11 9 14 37 45 -8 6-5-6 5-4-8 42
Atalanta 34 9 11 14 36 43 -7 7-5-5 2-6-9 38
Udinese 34 10 8 16 31 49 -18 6-4-7 4-4-9 38
Sampdoria 34 9 10 15 46 50 -4 7-4-6 2-6-9 37
Bologna 34 10 7 17 31 44 -13 4-5-8 6-2-9 37
Carpi 33 7 10 16 33 51 -18 5-5-7 2-5-9 31
Frosinone 34 8 6 20 32 66 -34 6-4-7 2-2-13 30
Palermo 34 7 8 19 31 63 -32 4-4-9 3-4-10 29
Verona 34 3 13 18 28 57 -29 2-6-9 1-7-9 22