Liverpool tops Premier League after beating Spurs

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm •  Published: March 30, 2014
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After a 24-year wait, the English league title could be on its way back to Liverpool.

Liverpool routed Tottenham 4-0 Sunday and overtook Chelsea to become the new Premier League leader.

The fight for Champions League qualification also intensified across the other leagues to Europe, too. And Serie A leader Juventus fell to a rare loss in Italy.

A look at the games across the continent's top leagues:

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ENGLAND

Liverpool fueled the growing belief that the English championship could be returning to Anfield by thrashing Tottenham 4-0, lifting the team to the top of the Premier League.

Everton won 3-1 at last-place Fulham to close to within four points of fourth-place Arsenal before their meeting at Goodison Park next weekend.

Liverpool, the league's top-scoring team, attacked a porous Spurs defense. Younes Kaboul's second-minute own-goal was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. It was the eighth straight win for the Reds.

They made the most of Chelsea's 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday and are two points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side with six games left. Manchester City, which drew 1-1 at fourth-place Arsenal, is two points further back in third and crucially has two games in hand.

Chelsea and City play at Anfield next month.

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SPAIN

Getafe rallied for a 3-1 victory at Valencia, breaking a 15-round winless streak and escaping from the Spanish league's relegation zone.

Forwards Angel Lafita, Ciprian Marica and Pedro Leon scored for Getafe after Eduardo Vargas had given Valencia the lead.

Real Sociedad was held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna and Villarreal drew 1-1 at home with Elche. Real Sociedad and Villareal were unable to capitalize on the losses by Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, and Espanyol on Saturday in the fight for a European spot.

That left Bilbao in fourth place and in control of the last Champions League spot. Sevilla and Real Sociedad are six points behind in fifth and sixth places, while Villarreal is a further point back in seventh.

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ITALY

Jose Maria Callejon scored in the first half and Belgium international Dries Mertens added a late goal as Napoli handed Serie A leader Juventus its second loss of the season with a 2-0 victory Sunday.