Soccer-Roundup-Milan win title, Man United, Barca close to glory

LONDON Sun May 8, 2011 10:53pm BST

LONDON May 8 (Reuters) - AC Milan secured a first Serie A trophy in seven years and Manchester United and Barcelona, who meet in this month's Champions League final, moved to the brink of securing their league titles.

Milan, who have had to watch city rivals Inter celebrate the scudetto for the last five seasons, clinched the championship on Saturday with two games to spare.

Manchester United beat second-placed Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday and need just a point from their last two games to secure a record 19th English league title.

Barcelona are also just a point away from retaining the La Liga crown following a 2-0 derby win over Espanyol.

ITALY

AC Milan sealed their first scudetto in seven years with a 0-0 draw at AS Roma, making second-placed Inter Milan's 3-1 win over Fiorentina academic.

Napoli, in third, surprisingly lost 2-1 at struggling Lecce and Antonio Di Natale scored twice as Udinese beat rivals Lazio 2-1 to take the initiative in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot.

Brescia joined Bari in being relegated after a 2-1 home defeat by Catania. Former European Cup finalists Sampdoria, fourth in Serie A last term, slipped to third-bottom and are in serious danger of relegation after a 2-1 defeat by Genoa in the city derby.

ENGLAND Manchester United moved to within a point of a record 19th English league title when they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford to move six points clear of the champions with two matches to play.

A first-minute goal from Javier Hernandez and a 23rd-minute header by Nemanja Vidic put United in control before Frank Lampard pulled one back for Chelsea in the second half.

Arsenal's faint mathematical title hopes ended when they lost 3-1 at FA Cup finalists Stoke City but they remain five points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City who lost 2-1 at Everton.

SPAIN

Barcelona marched on towards their third consecutive La Liga title with a 2-0 derby win over Espanyol at the Nou Camp on Sunday and only need one point from their remaining three games to be crowned champions.

Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique scored as Barca cruised past their neighbours to climb to 91 points, eight clear of Real Madrid, who had denied them the chance to wrap up the league with a 6-2 thrashing of Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged four goals to take his league tally for the season to an unrivalled 33, two ahead of his great rival, Barca's Lionel Messi.

A slip-up from Real at home to Getafe on Tuesday, or a draw for Barca at Levante on Wednesday, would give Pep Guardiola his third league title in three attempts.

FRANCE

Lille increased their lead at the top to four points after they won 1-0 at third-bottom AS Nancy and second-placed Olympique Marseille went down 3-2 in an enthralling game at Olympique Lyon.

Lyon's victory, courtesy of an 84th-minute winner from Cris, put Claude Puel's third-placed side seven behind Lille with four games to play.

Racing Lens look doomed after a 1-1 draw at Caen while Monaco and Auxerre put more space between themselves and the drop zone.

GERMANY

Mario Gomez hit a hat-trick as Bayern Munich sealed a spot in next season's Champions League qualifying round at least with an 8-1 rout of St Pauli which sent the Bundesliga's bottom club back to the second division.

Bayern are three points behind second-placed Bayer Leverkusen who drew 1-1 with Hamburg SV. Bayern can still finish second and book an automatic group stage spot with a win on the final matchday next week if Leverkusen lose, due to a far better goal difference.

Champions Borussia Dortmund, who secured the title last week, sobered up with a 2-0 defeat by Werder Bremen.

NETHERLANDS

Twente Enschede fought back from two goals down to win the Dutch Cup for the third time when they beat Ajax Amsterdam 3-2 after extra time.

Marc Janko settled the match with a superb header after 117 minutes to put Twente on track for their first ever league and cup double.

Leaders Twente and second-placed Ajax will meet again next Sunday in the final round of the Dutch championship. Holders Twente need only a point to win back-to-back championships.

PORTUGAL

Champions Porto were held to a 3-3 draw at home by Pacos Ferreira but are now just one game away from completing the season undefeated. Winger Pizzi scored a hat-trick for Pacos, with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao scoring two and Brazilian forward Hulk the other for Porto.

Second-placed Benfica beat Rio Ave 2-1 away with two goals by Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo.

Braga, who face Porto in the Europa League final on May 18, drew 0-0 at Academica to stay third ahead of Sporting who lost 1-0 at home to Vitoria Setubal.

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