Liverpool, Atletico continue sparkling form with victories
April 15, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LIVERPOOL, England -- There could be unlikely league winners in England and Spain this season, with Liverpool and Atletico Madrid keeping up their good form with wins on Sunday.
Liverpool is two points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League after a 3-2 victory over third-place Manchester City, while Atletico leads La Liga by three points from Real Madrid following a 2-1 win at Getafe.
Here is a look at the action across Europe's main leagues:
Liverpool took command of the captivating Premier League title race by beating City in a match of wide-ranging emotions at Anfield, although Chelsea also has matters in its own hands after a 1-0 win at Swansea on Sunday.
Hull's 5-3 victory over third-tier Sheffield United in the second FA Cup semifinal, which set up a meeting with Arsenal in the final, was overshadowed by the latest installment in the fight for the league title that still has some way to run.
Seeking a first championship in 24 years, Liverpool is the favorite after taking its winning streak to 10 games thanks to Philippe Coutinho's match-clinching strike in the 78th minute against City.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was in tears as he embraced his teammates and made a rousing speech at the end of an emotional contest that was played to a backdrop of tributes marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died.
Diego Costa was carried off with a bloody leg after scoring Atletico Madrid's second goal in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday, although the team said its star striker escaped without a serious injury.
Atletico extended its Spanish league lead to three points with five rounds to play as it closes in on a surprising title.
Costa slammed into the post while poking in his 26th goal of the season in the 84th minute, hurting his left shin and requiring the stadium's medical crew to carry him off the pitch while he covered his face and muffled his screams.
While his teammates looked distraught as he writhed on the pitch, Atletico said less than 10 minutes after the match on Twitter that “luckily Diego Costa only has a cut after hitting the post.”