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A very good week for Inter though a mixed one for the big two sides in Spain while yet another fan on the field incident in England is featured in the ugly section. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast.
It has been a very good week for Italian champions Inter Milan as they won their fourth game in a row under new manager Leonardo. The team seem more relaxed since the departure of former manager Rafa Benitez, though they have also benefited from the return from injury of many of their key players including Diego Milito. Their 3-2 victory over Cesena followed a 4-1 thrashing of Bologna and they now are only 6 points behind their city rivals AC Milan with a game in hand.
Not so good however for Spanish giants Real Madrid as they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw against lowly Almeria in La Liga last weekend. This means that Madrid lie second in the table, four points behind the leaders Barcelona. The Catalan side, though doing well in the league, also had a slip-up this week as they lost 1-3 to Real Betis in the Spanish Cup. Nothing too strange there as Barca played a weakened side as they were 5-0 up from the first leg. However, it was the first defeat for the Catalan club in 28 matches. A blip but still not very good for them.
The big derby atmosphere in the north east of England proved too much for one 17-year old fan who ran on to the pitch after Gyan’s last-gasp equaliser in last week’s derby between Sunderland and Newcastle. The fan pushed over the keeper but was ejected from the ground soon after. Despite apologising afterwards, it was an ugly incident indeed.