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Muamba overshadows European football

PARIS, France, March 19- European action took a back a seat when Bolton Wanderers’ Fabrice Muamba collapsed to the ground in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham having suffered a cardiac arrest.

Muamba was left fighting for his life as a result.

In the Premier League, Manchester United extended their lead while Real Madrid saw their advantage cut to eight points in Spain.


– Muamba was in a “critical condition” in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest, a joint statement issued by the club and the London Chest Hospital said.

The 23-year-old Kinshasa-born player was rushed to hospital after harrowing scenes towards the end of the first half of an FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday, when the midfielder slumped to the turf with no player near him.

The game was abandoned.

In the other quarter-finals, Fernando Torres scored twice to end a goal drought of nearly five months as Chelsea beat Leicester 5-2, Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 while Everton and Sunderland must replay after a 1-1 draw.

In the Premier League, champions Manchester United won 5-0 at 10-man Wolves to move four points clear of Manchester City.

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Goals from Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez’s second-half double sent Wolves to the bottom of the table.

City can cut the gap by beating Chelsea on Wednesday.


– Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga was cut to eight points on Sunday when a dramatic injury time goal from Santi Cazorla earned Malaga a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

The home side had been heading for their 12th successive win following a Karim Benzema header after 35 minutes until a Cazorla free-kick flew into the corner in the 92nd minute.

The result left Real eight points clear of Barcelona after the defending champions had beaten Malaga 2-0 on Saturday, a victory that did nothing to force Barca coach Pep Guardiola to change his opinion that Madrid will still take the title.


– AC Milan cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win at Parma to maintain their four-point lead over Juventus, who coasted to a 5-0 win at Fiorentina.

A penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Urby Emanuelson’s stunning solo effort secured a win for the rossoneri that never looked in doubt and heaped the pressure on Juve in the late game.

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But helped by Alessio Cerci’s first half dismissal, they cantered to victory with goals from Mirko Vucinic, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Simone Padoin.

It was a crucial success for Juve and only their second win in eight games but with 10 games left, Milan appear to have hit their stride at just the right time.


– Dutch winger Arjen Robben hit a hat-trick as Bayern Munich hammered Hertha Berlin 6-0 but league leaders Borussia Dortmund beat Bremen 1-0 to stay five points clear.

Having hammered Hoffenheim 7-1 last Saturday in the Bundesliga, then demolished Basel 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals, Bayern have now scored 20 goals in their last three games.

Germany striker Mario Gomez, the league’s top-scorer with 22 goals in 25 games, netted a second-half penalty to leave him with eight goals from three games having hit four against Basel and three against Hoffenheim.

In total, the 26-year-old has scored 35 in all competitions.


– Relegation-threatened Dijon dented Marseille’s hopes of securing European football next season with a shock 2-1 win.

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Leaders Paris Saint-Germain, pushing for their first league title since 1994, were spared similar ignominy when defender Christophe Jallet scored an injury-time equaliser to snatch a share of the points from a 2-2 draw at struggling Caen.

After second-placed Montpellier suffered a 1-0 defeat at Nancy, it meant Carlo Ancelotti’s side lead by two points.


– Leaders Alkmaar were pegged back at the top after being held to a 0-0 draw by relegation-threatened NAC Breda. Ajax beat Den Haag 2-0 to move to just a point behind in second place.


– Porto stayed a point ahead of Benfica with a 2-0 win at Nacional while Benfica eased past Beira Mar 3-1 with all of their goals coming in the first half.

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