AC Milan, Inter at top in Italy

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Crosstown rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan stayed at the top of the Italian Serie A with wins but Real Sociedad, which lost its first match of the season, failed

AC Milan, Inter at top in Italy

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Crosstown rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan stayed at the top of the Italian Serie A with wins but Real Sociedad, which lost its first match of the season, failed to increase its lead in Spain after Real Madrid was held to a 2-2 draw at Espanyol. Late goals by Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan beat Modena 2-1 while Inter downed struggling Torino 2-0. League-leading scorer Christian Vieri netted his 17th goal and Okan Buruk added the second for Inter. Sociedad, which has surprisingly led the Spanish league since October, got shutout by Basque rival Athletic de Bilbao 3-0. Real Madrid needed comeback goals from Roberto Carlos and Luis Figo to draw level after Espanyol had gone two goals ahead through Roger Garcia and Raul Tamudo. In England, Arsenal maintained its six-point lead by beating Fulham 2-1. Manchester United kept pace by climbing back into second place after beating Southampton 2-0 on goals by Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs. AC Milan and Inter have 42 points each while defending champion Juventus has 39. Lazio is next with 37 points, followed by Chievo with 33. Valencia took advantage of the stumbles at the top to draw closer to Sociedad and Madrid. Newcastle could have bypassed Manchester United and jumped into second place, but the Magpies' match at Middlesbrough was called off because of a frozen pitch. Defending champion Bayern Munich, which was missing seven key players to the flu, held onto first place in the Bundesliga despite a 0-0 draw against Arminia Bielefeld. (AP)

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