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Schumacher powers to Euro GP win

NUERBURGRING, Germany -- Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher produced another flawless and tactically astute drive to win the European Grand Prix at Nuerburgring on Sunday.

It was the second grand prix win in a row for the Ferrari ace and again it was reigning world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain who was relegated to second place.

Schumacher took the lead after the second round of pit stops, producing the fastest laps of the race after Alonso pitted in his Renault.

A slow first lap out after his second stop cost Alonso, who had lead from pole position, his hard-fought advantage.

Schumacher, who won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola two weeks ago, was roared home by his German supporters after emerging from the pit lane with a clear lead.

His 86th career win sees him cut the gap on the ever-consistent Alonso to 13 points. Alonso has occupied a podium position for the last 11 races.

"On the car side, the engine side and the tyre side it was superb," said Schumacher after winning his sixth European Grand Prix.

His Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa of Brazil took third place with McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

Distant fifth

Brazil's Rubens Barrichello (Honda) finished a distant fifth, just ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy in the second Renault. Nico Rosberg (Williams) and Jacques Villeneuve (BMW-Sauber) rounded out the point scoring positions.

A first-corner incident caused the retirement of Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi on the first lap as he was hit by Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and then went into the side of David Coulthard's Red Bull.

Coulthard pitted for a new nosecone but retired with accident damage on lap three.

Williams' Mark Webber completed a miserable weekend when he retired at the RTL Kurve on lap 13 following a hydraulic failure.

Briton Jenson Button dropped out on lap 29 after a power failure in his Honda, while a rare Toyota engine blow-out cost Ralf Schumacher a certain sixth place with five laps to go.

McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya also dropped out on the same lap as Schumacher with a mechanical problem.

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