Sunderland beat Newcastle 1-0 in derby

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Paris Saint Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva in action during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome Stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)


By Jerome Pugmire ,AP

PARIS — In England, Veteran striker Jermain Defoe netted a stunning long-range volley to give Sunderland vital 1-0 win against Newcastle in the derby between northeast rivals. In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo took his scoring prowess to new levels on Sunday, netting five goals for the first time in Real Madrid’s 9-1 rout of Granada.

Ronaldo took his league tally to 36 for the season, four more than Lionel Messi, who had a quiet game in Barcelona’s 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain won 3-2 at bitter rival Marseille to move one point ahead of Lyon at the top.

Italy’s Serie A played all its matches on Saturday because of Easter.

Here’s a look at the top European leagues:

England On a weekend of spectacular strikes in the Premier League, Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe entered his own contender for goal of the season to settle one of England’s most passionate derby matches.

Defoe met a ball that dropped over his shoulder with a first-time, left-footed volley that dipped into the top corner from 22 meters.

Sunderland moved three points clear of third-to-last Burnley, which occupies the final relegation spot after drawing 0-0 with Tottenham.

Striker Harry Kane captained Spurs for the first time but was subdued as the team’s slim hopes of Champions League qualification took a hit.

Sixth-place Tottenham moved level on points with Liverpool and is provisionally seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City, whose game in hand is against Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Premier League saw a number of wonder goals on Saturday, arguably the most eye-catching coming when Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam scored with a shot from about 65 meters away to Chelsea.

But for pure technique and importance, Defoe’s matched them all.

��Words can’t describe how I felt,�� Defoe said. ��But in a game like this, any goal is amazing.��