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European round-up: Fabregas helps Barca gear up for El Clasico

Published 05/12/2011 | 05:00

REAL MADRID go into Saturday night's El Clasico three points clear of Barcelona with a game in hand after both sides won comfortably on Saturday night.

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Jose Mourinho's men cruised past Sporting Gijon, while Pep Guardiola's charges thrashed Levante 5-0 at the Nou Camp.

Angel di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo scored for Real in a 3-0 stroll, while Barcelona got two goals from Cesc Fabregas and one each from Isaac Cuenca, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez as they humbled the early leaders of La Liga.

In Italy, Juventus went back to the top of Serie A with a 2-0 home win over Cesena yesterday, but troubled Roma received three red cards as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina.

Juventus had to wait before making the breakthrough against their lowly visitors, with Alessandro del Piero -- who came on as a substitute -- limping off, before Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal with a penalty made the three points safe.

In Germany, Bayern Munich went to the head of the table ahead of their Champions League visit to Manchester City after two goals each from Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben earned a 4-2 win at Werder Bremen.

Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Moenchengladbach both lost ground on the leaders as they played out a 1-1 draw.

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