Chelsea draws 1-1 with Man City to stay atop Premier; Madrid rolls without Ronaldo



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Chelsea settled for a 1-1 draw with title rival Manchester City to protect its Premier League lead Saturday, and Real Madrid won big without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to stay on top of the Spanish standings.

Chelsea appeared content with the stalemate that kept Jose Mourinho's side five-points clear of City, which now has neighbor Manchester United just five points behind after it beat Leicester 3-1.

Karim Benzema filled Ronaldo's void by scoring twice to lead Madrid's 4-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad, ensuring it stayed in front of Barcelona for another week.

Here is a look at Europe's major leagues:


ENGLAND

Although Chelsea dropped points for the first time at home this season, the leaders' defensive-minded approach in the second half suggested they were satisfied with the draw.

Chelsea was without suspended striker Diego Costa, but Lioc Remy stepped in to give the hosts the lead in the 41st minute after latching onto Eden Hazard's volley across the face of goal.

A City counterattack before halftime led to the leveler, with David Silva completing the move by turning in Sergio Aguero's shot.

Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao rediscovered their scoring touch for United, whose victory was wrapped up before halftime through Wes Morgan's own goal.

Tottenham's Harry Kane scored twice in a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scored in his first match after five months out to seal a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Jermain Defore got his first goal for Sunderland in a 2-0 win over Burnley; Stoke's Jonathan Walters scored a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, and Everton won 1-0 at Crystal Palace.

SPAIN

Ronaldo watched from the stands at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he served the first of a two-game ban for kicking a Cordoba player last weekend.

Madrid didn't miss him, though, hitting right back after Sociedad's Aritz Elustondo scored 36 seconds into the match.

James Rodriguez headed the hosts level in the third minute. Sergio Ramos scored before halftime, and Benzema struck twice in the second half.

Madrid opened a four-point gap over Barcelona and defending champion Atletico Madrid. Barcelona hosts Villarreal on Sunday.

Atletico stayed in contact with its crosstown rivals before the two clash next week, after Mario Mandzukic also grabbed a brace of early goals following Antoine Griezmann's opener its 3-1 victory at Eibar.

Celta Vigo beat Cordoba 1-0 for its first win in 11 rounds, while Granada ended a 16-round winless streak by edging 10-man Elche 1-0 to provisionally escape from last place.

ITALY

Roma was held 1-1 at home by relegation-threatened Empoli, and the title hopeful looks set to lose more ground on Serie A leader Juventus.

Roma's fourth consecutive league draw left it six points behind Juventus, which visits Udinese on Sunday.

Genoa also drew 1-1 at home to Fiorentina.

GERMANY

Bayer Leverkusen held Borussia Dortmund to a scoreless draw to leave the 2011 and 2012 champion bottom of the Bundesliga after Freiburg's 4-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Nils Petersen scored a hat trick on his debut as Freiburg came from behind to beat Frankfurt and climb off the bottom to 13th place.

Moenchengladbach moved into third place with a 1-0 win at Stuttgart.

Schalke defeated Hannover 1-0; Mainz routed promoted Paderborn 5-0 at home, and Marcel Risse scored twice in the second half for Cologne to win 2-0 at Hamburger SV.

FRANCE

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored from the penalty spot early in the second half for second-place Marseille to beat Evian 1-0 and keep the pressure on French league leader Lyon.

Lille could not bounce back after two consecutive losses and was held to 1-1 at Nantes.

Bastia drew 1-1 at struggling Lens, extending its unbeaten league run to six matches.

Sixth-place Montpellier was held to a goalless draw at Lorient; Toulouse downed Reims 1-0, and last-place Metz failed to win for an 11th straight league match in a 0-0 draw with Nice.

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