Marseille beat Saint Etienne 1-0 yesterday to move level on points atop France’s Ligue 1 as many of Europe’s top soccer leagues entered mid-season breaks. Ajax slipped three points behind the leaders in the Netherlands.
Lionel Messi lifted Barcelona to a 2-1 victory at Osasuna as Real Madrid’s 24-game unbeaten Spanish soccer run ended in a 2-1 defeat at Getafe. AC Milan lost 1-0 at home to newly promoted Sampdoria as Italy’s Serie A began.
Edinson Cavani scored with five minutes remaining to give Napoli a 2-1 win at Parma to cut Juventus’s lead in Italian soccer’s Serie A to three points. Barcelona beat Osasuna 5-1 in La Liga as Lionel Messi had four goals.