Weekend round up; Juve win Serie A, French title race heats up in final strait
Published: 09.05.12 / Written by: David Gold
Juventus wrapped up the Serie A title on Sunday with a decisive victory against Cagliari.
The 2-0 success gave them their first championship since the Calciopoli scandal, and in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge. For AC Milan, who had harboured faint hope of the title, it was all the more disappointing as they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat to Inter Milan. For Juve, they now have their eyes set on emulating the AC Milan team of 1994, by finishing the season unbeaten.
Roma drew 2-2 with Catania, to further damage their Champions League aspirations, whilst Napoli’s were also harmed as they went down 2-0 to Bologna. Udinese, also in the hunt for third, beat Genoa 2-0. Palermo and Chievo drew 4-4 in a thriller.
In England, Manchester City took a huge leap towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win against Newcastle. It means that they are top of the table on goal difference from Manchester United, who won by the same score against Swansea. It means, barring a huge United win against Sunderland next week, City will win the league with three points against QPR. QPR though are battling against relegation and are managed by Mark Hughes, fired by City in controversial circumstances in 2009.
Elsewhere, Arsenal drew 3-3 with Norwich to give Newcastle and Tottenham the chance to overtake them for third. Newcastle’s defeat and Tottenham’s draw at Aston Villa, 1-1, mean that Arsene Wenger’s side breath a huge sigh of relief, but still need three points on the final day to guarantee Champions League football next season.
In Spain, champions Real Madrid beat Granada 2-1 to move closer to the magical 100 points mark. Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Espanyol saw Leo Messi score four times in a stunning win.
Valencia beat Villarreal 1-0 to secure third spot, whilst Malaga lost 2-1 at Atletico Madrid, meaning the battle for the final Champions League place goes down to the last day, with Levante and Mallorca, who met in a game won 1-0 by the Islanders, both still holding faint hopes of fourth.
In France Paris St Germain went top with a 4-3 win over Valenciennes, though Montpellier can go ahead of them again with a victory against Rennes on Monday, whilst Lille are also still in the title hunt. Lyon’s 1-1 draw at home to Brest means their chances of Champions League qualification are all but over. Lille beat Caen 3-0 to keep alive their title dream, whilst St Etienne and Marseille drew, whilst Auxerre are back at the bottom after losing to Bordeaux 4-2, whilst Sochaux got a priceless 1-0 win over Nancy.
The final day of the Bundesliga campaign saw Dortmund wrap up their campaign with a dominant showing against Freiburg, cruising to a 4-0 win. Bayern Munich won 4-1 at Koln, Schalke beat Werder Bremen 3-2, Augbsburg won 1-0 against Hamburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach finished a superb season with a 3-0 victory at Mainz.