FC Porto bounced back from last week's defeat by SL Benfica to stay top of the Portuguese Liga, as the frontrunners in the Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland and Greece all triumphed and Fenerbahçe SK conceded the Turkish initiative to Galatasaray SK.
Benni McCarthy, Pepe and Lisandro López scored as Porto beat CD Nacional 3-0 to remain two points clear of Sporting Clube de Portugal. The Lisbon side also won at home, two goals from Koke seeing off Gil Vicente FC at the Estádio José Alvalade, while Benfica needed a last-minute Fabrizio Miccoli strike as they came from behind to oust CF Estrela da Amadora 2-1 and go third.
PSV Eindhoven continue to dominate the Dutch Eredivisie where a ninth consecutive victory maintained their seven-point lead. SC Heerenveen were on the receiving end as goals from Arouna Koné (2), Phillip Cocu and Alex wrapped up a 4-1 home win. Feyenoord stayed in contention with Salomon Kalou registering twice in a 3-0 home success against FC Utrecht. AZ Alkmaar stay third after recovering from last week's loss to PSV with a 2-0 triumph at NEC Nijmegen, while Klaas Jan Huntelaar made it ten goals in five games with a hat-trick as AFC Ajax thrashed visitors Sparta Rotterdam 6-0.
Club Brugge slip
RSC Anderlecht's advantage in Belgium is more precarious, yet they remain two points above R. Standard de Liège following a 3-0 home victory against K. Lierse SK. Following the dismissals of Anderlecht's Christian Wilhelmsson and Lierse's Hasan Kacic, Bart Goor struck twice before a Pär Zetterberg penalty completed the scoring. Second-placed Standard kept in touch as they overcame KFC Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen 3-1 at home, but Club Brugge KV lost ground as they surprisingly succumbed 2-0 at KSC Lokeren OV.
Igor Bišćan's second-half header gave hosts Panathinaikos FC a 1-0 derby victory against AEK Athens FC and threw open the race for Greece's second UEFA Champions League spot. Theofanis Gekas could have sealed the points from the penalty spot late on, but his miss mattered little. However, as Panathinaikos joined AEK on 48 points, leaders Olympiacos CFP were the real victors. They have a 12-point cushion following their 4-0 home win against OFI Crete FC, a 15th successive league triumph.
Celtic FC remain 13 points clear of the Scottish Premier League pack after a 3-0 home victory against Aberdeen FC, Stilian Petrov, Shaun Maloney and Maciej Zurawski the scorers. Second-placed Heart of Midlothian FC struggled to overcome rock-bottom Livingston FC, twice surrendering the initiative before substitute Roman Bednář ended the home resistance with three minutes remaining. Rangers FC won 2-1 at Falkirk FC.
By contrast, Fenerbahçe let slip their advantage in the Turkish Superleague, conceding a solitary last-minute goal away to high-flying Kayserispor. That result allowed Galatasaray to reach the summit although their defence was also breached in the final minute against Samsunspor, Tamer Tuna scoring his second of the game after goals from Necati Ateş (2) and Saša Ilić had already earned Galatasaray the points.
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