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After a 24-year wait, the English league title could be on its way back to Liverpool.

Liverpool routed Tottenham 4-0 Sunday and overtook Chelsea to become the new Premier League leader.

The fight for Champions League qualification also intensified across the other leagues to Europe, too.

A look at the games across the continent's top leagues:

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ENGLAND

Liverpool fueled the growing belief that the English championship could be returning to Anfield by thrashing Tottenham 4-0, lifting the team to the top of the Premier League.

Everton won 3-1 at last-place Fulham to close to within four points of fourth-place Arsenal before their meeting at Goodison Park next weekend.

Liverpool, the league's top-scoring team, attacked a porous Spurs defense. Younes Kaboul's second-minute own-goal was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. It was the eighth straight win for the Reds.

They made the most of Chelsea's 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday and are two points ahead of Jose Mourinho's side with six games left. Manchester City, which drew 1-1 at fourth-place Arsenal, is two points further back in third and crucially has two games in hand.

Chelsea and City play at Anfield next month.

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SPAIN

Real Sociedad was held to a 1-1 draw at Osasuna, missing the chance to climb closer to the top four in the Spanish league.

Osasuna ended a five-game losing streak but fell into the relegation zone after Valladolid beat 10-man Almeria 1-0 at home.

Sociedad started well at Reyno de Navarra Stadium, with Gonzalo Castro opening the scoring in the seventh minute after Carlos Vela's pass following a defensive lapse from Osasuna. But Osasuna settled down and Oriol Riera headed in Roberto Torres' cross in the 59th.

The result left Real Sociedad in sixth place, even on points with fifth-place Sevilla, and six points out of fourth and Spain's final Champions League berth held by Athletic Bilbao.

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ITALY

Mattia Destro scored an early goal and Roma was fortunate when a penalty appeal for relegation-threatened Sassuolo was waved off in a 2-0 win in Serie A.

Roma has won four in a row, strengthening its hold on second place ahead of Italian league leader Juventus' match at Napoli later. With a game in hand, Roma moved within 11 points of Juventus and nine points ahead of Napoli in the race for second and the last direct Champions League entry.

Roma faces Parma on Wednesday in the resumption of a match from February that was stopped after eight minutes because of a soaked field.

Elsewhere, fourth-place Fiorentina was held to a 0-0 draw at Sampdoria, Parma remained one point behind Inter Milan in the race for fifth and the final Europa League berth after a 3-2 loss at Lazio, and Luca Toni scored twice after Marco Donadel's opener in Hellas Verona's 3-0 win over Genoa.

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GERMANY

Borussia Moenchengladbach came from a goal down to win 3-1, leaving visiting Hamburger SV 3-1 in next to last place in the Bundesliga.

Hamburg is the only club to have played in each of the Bundesliga's 51 seasons and the players are under immense pressure to prevent its first relegation.

Moenchengladbach reclaimed sixth place while Hamburg is just two points above last-place Eintracht Braunschweig, and behind 16th-placed Stuttgart on goal difference.

Sebastian Proedl's last-minute header earned Werder Bremen a 2-1 win at Hannover later Sunday, lifting his club eight points above the relegation zone.

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FRANCE

Lille edged Guingamp 1-0 to pull within six points of second-place Monaco in the French league despite a mediocre performance. Rennes defeated Bastia 3-0 to move closer to the safety zone.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Lille's Marko Basa redirected a corner toward Salomon Kalou, who flicked home the winner for his 11th league goal this season. In Rennes, the hosts took the lead in the 14th minute with a strike from Romain Alessandrini that goalkeeper Mickael Landreau fumbled into his own net.

Sweden forward Ola Toivonen fired a half-volley into the top corner to double the lead in the 28th and set up Jean Makoun for the third goal in the 59th.

Lyon hosts Saint-Etienne later Sunday in a match between contenders for a European spot.

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