Four hold firm as Hertha buckle

With the exception of Hertha Berlin, who relinquished top spot in the Bundesliga to Wolfsburg, the leaders in Europe's major leagues all won to stay out front. And while Barcelona, Lyon and Manchester United maintained their cushion, Inter Milan managed to extend theirs. brings you the latest developments.

Premier League: United leave it late
Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-0 and Liverpool claimed a 1-0 stoppage-time win over Fulham on Saturday to heap the pressure on Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson's men responded to the challenge on Sunday, however, producing a thrilling late comeback to edge Aston Villa 3-2 and bring to an end a run of two defeats.

That defeat for Villa allowed Arsenal, 2-0 winners over Manchester City, to pull six points clear in the race for the fourth and final qualifying place for next season's UEFA Champions League.

Top three: Manchester United (68 pts), Liverpool (67), Chelsea (64)
Bottom three: Newcastle United (29), Middlesbrough (27), West Bromwich Albion (24)
Top scorers: Nicolas Anelka, Cristiano Ronaldo (15 goals), Steven Gerrard (13)
Weekend stat: 2 - The number of assists provided by Cesc Fabregas on his return to Arsenal duty after a three-month injury lay-off. The man to profit on both occasions was Emmanuel Adebayor, also making his reappearance at club level following a lengthy absence.

La Liga: Barça and Real do just enough
There was no change at the top on Matchday 29 in Spain. Barcelona won 1-0 at Valladolid thanks to Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o's 26th goal of the season, with Real Madrid staying six points behind after a 1-0 win at Malaga, the only goal of the game coming from Gonzalo Higuain.

Sevilla strengthened their grip on third place with another 1-0 win, Frederic Kanoute converting from the spot to help them beat Recreativo Huelva. The Andalusians now lie nine points clear of Villarreal, who remain fourth despite a 3-0 reverse at Almeria.

Top three: Barcelona (72 pts), Real Madrid (66), Sevilla (57)
Bottom three: Recreativo Huelva (30), Numancia (27), Espanyol (25)
Top scorers: Samuel Eto'o (26 goals), David Villa (21), Diego Forlan (20)
Weekend stat: 28 - The number of consecutive matches in which Barcelona have scored, equalling the Spanish league record set by Atletico Madrid in 1951/52.

Serie A: Juve lose ground
Chievo forward Sergio Pellissier dented Juventus's title hopes on Sunday, twice putting his side ahead and then snatching an injury-time equaliser in an exciting 3-3 draw. Pacesetters Inter Milan took full advantage of their closest pursuers' misfortune, stretching their lead to nine points with a 1-0 victory at Udinese.

Milan scored twice in stoppage time to beat Lecce and maintain a four-point lead over fourth-placed Genoa. Fiorentina and Roma lie two and five points further back in fifth and sixth respectively.

Top three: Inter Milan (72 pts), Juventus (63), AC Milan (58)
Bottom three: Torino, Lecce (24), Reggina (20)
Top scorers: Marco Di Vaio, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (19 goals), Diego Milito, Alberto Gilardino (16)
Weekend stat: 54 - The number of points Genoa have amassed after 30 games, the third-highest total in the club's history. In 1929/30 they collected 58 points and accrued 62 the following season.

Bundesliga: Double joy for Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg made the headlines on Matchday 26 in Germany, overpowering visitors Bayern Munich 5-1 to move into the lead on goal difference ahead of Hamburg, 1-0 winners over Hoffenheim.

Hertha Berlin relinquished pole position by losing 3-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund and now stand third, two points behind the leading duo and just one ahead of fourth-placed Bayern.

Top three: Wolfsburg, Hamburg (51 pts), Hertha Berlin (49)
Bottom three: Borussia Moenchengladbach (23), Energie Cottbus (20), Karlsruhe (18)
Top scorers: Grafite (20 goals), Vedad Ibisevic, Patrick Helmes (18)
Weekend stat: 35 - The number of goals scored by Grafite (20) and Edin Dzeko (15) so far, making them the most prolific strike pair in the Bundesliga this season.

Ligue 1: Lyon still number one
An off-form Lyon were indebted to flashes of individual brilliance from Hugo Lloris and Karim Benzema as they disposed of Le Mans 3-1.

The reigning champions cannot afford to relax, however, as the four sides behind them all won. Marseille scored three second-half goals to beat Saint-Etienne 3-0, Bordeaux conjured up a last-minute winner to down Nancy 1-0, while Lille won 2-0 at Nantes and Paris St Germain squeezed past Nice 2-1.

Top three: Lyon (59 pts), Marseille (58), Bordeaux (56)
Bottom three: Saint-Etienne (29), Caen (28), Le Havre (21)
Top scorers: Andre-Pierre Gignac (18 goals), Guillaume Hoarau (16), Karim Benzema (14)
Weekend stat: 12 - The number of games Karim Benzema has scored in this season, with Lyon going on to win every one. The striker grabbed his second brace of the campaign this weekend to take his goal tally to 14.

AZ Alkmaar moved 11 points clear in the Netherlands with only five games to go following a comfortable 4-1 defeat of Den Haag. Twente were held to a 1-1 draw by NEC Nijmegen and remain second, although only a point now separates them from Ajax, who beat Roda 2-1.

Celtic stayed three points clear of Rangers in Scotland. The Bhoys eased to a 4-0 win over Hamilton Academical, while the Gers edged out Falkirk 1-0.