City's title defense rocked by loss at Southampton
LONDON (AP) — The English Premier League trophy slipped further from Manchester City's grasp after the defending champion lost 3-1 at Southampton on Saturday and gave Manchester United the opportunity to move 12 points in front.
City's rough night on the south coast was summed up at the start of the second half when Gareth Barry put the ball into his own net to give Southampton its final goal.
A blunder by City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the first half allowed Steve Davis to score Southampton's second after Jason Puncheon's opener.
The only goal for Manchester City was scored by Edin Dzeko at the end of the first half as Roberto Mancini's team slumped to a third winless game.
The nine-point gap at the top of the standings will be extended if United beats Everton on Sunday.
Chelsea remained third but was only four points behind City after beating Wigan 4-1 to ease the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez after two league games without a win.
Eden Hazard marked his return from a suspension for kicking at a ball boy by scoring Chelsea's decisive second goal. Ramires, Frank Lampard and Marko Marin also scored.
Gareth Bale scored both of Tottenham's goals in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle to clinch the fourth Champions League qualification spot and stay a point behind Chelsea.
Arsenal is four points behind Tottenham after overcoming Carl Jenkinson's sending-off to win 1-0 at Sunderland courtesy of Santi Cazorla's goal.
Queens Park Rangers' faint hopes of surviving the drop took another hit as the last-place team lost 4-1 at Swansea.
The upside for QPR was Wigan remaining only four points ahead in the third relegation place.
Reading is two points above the drop zone after losing 2-1 at Stoke.
At Norwich, Fulham extended Norwich's winless streak to nine games by holding out for a 0-0 draw.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Defender David Alaba scored two goals as Bayern Munich cruised to a 4-0 victory over Schalke to open a 15-point lead in the Bundesliga.
Bayern, trying to win its first title after two seasons without a trophy, was helped by the mishaps of its two closest challengers.
Son Heung-min and Artjoms Rudnevs scored two goals each for Hamburger SV to stun defending champion Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in a match that both teams finished with 10 men.
Robert Lewandowski and Hamburg's Jeffrey Bruma were sent off in separate incidents.
Dortmund stayed in second place because Bayer Leverkusen was held to a 3-3 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach. Leverkusen trailed twice before letting a 3-2 lead slip away. Dortmund is one point ahead of Leverkusen but now 15 behind Bayern.
Stuttgart fell to its fifth straight loss in a 4-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg won 1-0 at last-place Greuther Fuerth, Hannover edged Hoffenheim 1-0 and Eintracht Frankfurt blew a chance to move up to third when it was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Nuremberg.
MILAN (AP) — Defending champion Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-0 in the Serie A to provisionally extend its advantage at the top of the standings.