Liverpool, Atletico Madrid win and are in command

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — There could be unlikely league winners in England and Spain this season, with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid maintaining their strong play Sunday.

Liverpool is two points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League after a 3-2 victory over third-place Manchester City. Atletico leads La Liga, three points in front of Real Madrid, following a 2-1 win at Getafe.

A look at Europe's main leagues:

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ENGLAND

Liverpool took command of the Premier League title race by beating City on a day of remembrance at Anfield. Chelsea also has matters in its hands after a 1-0 win at Swansea.

Hull's 5-3 victory over third-tier Sheffield United in the second FA Cup semifinal, which set up a meeting with Arsenal in the final, was overshadowed by the latest installment in the fight for the league title that still has some way to run.

Seeking a first championship in 24 years, Liverpool is the favorite after taking its winning streak to 10 games thanks to Philippe Coutinho's winner in the 78th minute against City.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was in tears as he embraced his teammates and made a rousing speech afterward. The game was played against a backdrop of tributes marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

City is seven points behind Liverpool with two games in hand. Chelsea stayed in control of its fate after Demba Ba's goal secured three points in the game in Wales.

Liverpool leads Chelsea by two points with four games left, but they meet at Anfield in two weeks in what is likely to be a defining match.

Ba's winner in the 68th minute — a left-foot strike from the edge of the area — ended Swansea's stubborn resistance, with the hosts forced to play most of the match with 10 men following the 16th-minute dismissal of Chico Flores for two yellow cards.

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SPAIN

Diego Costa was carried off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid's second goal in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe. The team said the injury to the star striker was not serious. Atletico extended its Spanish league lead to three points with five rounds to play as it closes in on a surprising title.

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