European roundup: Inter, Chelsea at the top!!


Inter Milan, Chelsea and Valencia scored a combined 13 goals without conceding to remain or move to the top of their respective leagues.


Chelsea maintained their slim advantage in England with a 5-0 victory at Middlesbrough, Inter moved ahead in Italy after thumping AS Roma 4-0 and Valencia eased past Numancia by four unanswered goals to stay ahead in Spain.


Despite a plethora of injuries to first team players, Chelsea produced a superb performance to thrash Middlesbrough 5-0 at the Riverside and stay top of the table.


Salomon Kalou was twice on target for the Blues while Juliano Belletti scored a spectacular goal to take unbeaten Chelsea to 20 points.


Liverpool also have 20 from eight games after recovering from 1-0 and 2-1 down to beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 at Anfield with a late goal from Dirk Kuyt.


Hull City continue to surprise, staying third (17 points) with a 1-0 defeat of West Ham United on Sunday.


Arsenal have 16 points after beating Everton 3-1 while champions Manchester United went fifth with a 4-0 thrashing of West Bromwich Albion.


Tottenham Hotspur remain bottom after losing 2-1 at Stoke City, their sixth defeat in eight league matches.


Inter Milan crushed struggling AS Roma 4-0 away from home to take sole control of the Serie A standings thanks to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace and powerful strikes by Dejan Stankovic and Victor Obinna.


Minnows Catania are two points behind the champions after beating Palermo 2-0 at home, as are Udinese, who came from two down to salvage a 2-2 draw at Lecce.


Napoli also have 14 points after Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Juventus which extended the Turin side’s winless run to five games and increased the pressure on their coach Claudio Ranieri.


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