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Bayern and Chelsea set the bar

Published: Monday 10 May 2010, 0.55CET
FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC both wrapped up the first half of potential domestic doubles, but the title races in Spain and Italy will go down to the final day after this weekend's action.

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Published: Monday 10 May 2010, 0.55CET

Bayern and Chelsea set the bar

FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC both wrapped up the first half of potential domestic doubles, but the title races in Spain and Italy will go down to the final day after this weekend's action.

FC Bayern München and Chelsea FC are Bundesliga and Premier League champions respectively following weekend victories. Italian titleholders FC Internazionale Milano and their Spanish counterparts FC Barcelona also triumphed but must wait to be crowned. rounds up all the weekend action.

Chelsea brought an end to Manchester United FC's three-year title monopoly in spectacular fashion on Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti, who wins the Premier League in his first season in England, saw his side beat Wigan Athletic FC 8-0 and consolidate their one-point margin over United, 4-0 victors against Stoke City FC. Arsenal FC defeated UEFA Europa League finalists Fulham FC by the same scoreline, securing a third-place finish which brings with it a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage.

Bayern also did the necessary when they beat Hertha BSC Berlin 3-1 on Saturday, rubber-stamping their first Bundesliga title since 2008. Louis van Gaal's charges were already guaranteed the championship barring a miraculous turnaround in goal difference but now finish the season five points clear of perennial runners-up FC Schalke 04 following their goalless draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05. Werder Bremen, meanwhile, were held 1-1 by Hamburger SV but nevertheless end the campaign in third and assured of a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

It remains nip and tuck at the top of the Liga after Barcelona and Real Madrid CF once again went stride for stride on Saturday. The titleholders came through a testing challenge at UEFA Champions League-chasing Sevilla FC, winning 3-2 despite a late comeback, while Madrid responded in kind by beating Athletic Club 5-1. One round of fixtures remain and just a solitary point separates the duo.

Inter's lead is equally precarious heading into next weekend's Serie A denouement after both they and nearest challengers AS Roma recorded victories. The Giallorossi beat Cagliari Calcio but will once again spend the week playing second fiddle to José Mourinho's UEFA Champions League finalists, who edged AC Chievo Verona 4-3 to maintain their two-point advantage at the summit. The Nerazzurri's city rivals AC Milan will once again be playing UEFA Champions League football next year after they secured third spot despite losing 1-0 at Genoa CFC.


Ten-man Olympique de Marseille were brought back down to earth three days after they clinched the Ligue 1 title, a 3-2 defeat by LOSC Lille Métropole strengthening Les Dogues' grip on second spot. Victory against FC Lorient on Saturday would guarantee the runners-up spot and a route straight through to the UEFA Champions League group stage, but below them the fight to enter Europe's premier club competition via the play-offs remains fraught. Current incumbents AJ Auxerre, held to a goalless draw by RC Lens, can still be caught by Olympique Lyonnais − who have a game in hand − and Montpellier Hérault SC.

SL Benfica finally got their hands on the Portguese Liga having had to postpone their celebrations due to last weekend's 3-1 loss at FC Porto. Jorge Jesus's side beat ten-man Rio Ave FC 2-1, finishing the campaign five points ahead of SC Braga. Also popping champagne corks were Slovenian Cup victors NK Maribor, Slovakian champions MŠK Žilina, Northern Irish double winners Linfield FC and FC Basel 1893, who beat FC Lausanne-Sport 6-0 in the Swiss Cup showpiece.

Last updated: 10/05/10 19.37CET

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