LONDON May 8 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Champions Borussia Dortmund, who secured the title last
week, sobered up with a 2-0 defeat by Werder Bremen.
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
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.
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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