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Bayern crowned as fellow leaders spy finish lines

Published: Sunday 7 April 2013, 23.59CET
FC Bayern München captured the Bundesliga crown on a weekend in which Juventus, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC all nudged closer to the title threshold.

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Published: Sunday 7 April 2013, 23.59CET

Bayern crowned as fellow leaders spy finish lines

FC Bayern München captured the Bundesliga crown on a weekend in which Juventus, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC all nudged closer to the title threshold.

FC Bayern München wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time to spark celebrations ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final decider this week, with opponents Juventus one of several teams to edge closer to domestic glory. They remain nine points clear in Italy and FC Barcelona maintained their 12-point Liga cushion, while Paris Saint-Germain FC preserved their seven-point advantage in France. UEFA.com recaps the action.

Germany
Bayern set the seal on their 23rd German title with an unprecedented six games to go courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. "In my team talk today, I told my players that my first league title was the most emotional of my career. Nine of my players have won the league for the first time, and you could see what it meant to them," said coach Jupp Heynckes, who will leave his post at the end of the season. Borussia Dortmund relinquished their crown despite powering past FC Augsburg 4-2. Elsewhere, fourth-placed FC Schalke 04 swept aside SV Werder Bremen 2-0 to move within four points of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 with VfL Wolfsburg.

France
"We haven't won the title yet and we have to keep our minds on the task at hand," warned PSG winger Jérémy Ménez after scoring in the capital club's 2-0 success at Stade Rennais FC. "The squad is working very well and, when everyone pulls in the same direction, we witness an excellent PSG side." The result restored their seven-point cushion at the Ligue 1 peak after Olympique de Marseille had edged out FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 only 24 hours earlier. Meanwhile, AS Saint-Étienne's 1-0 defeat of Évian Thonon Gaillard FC lifted them above Olympique Lyonnais – who fell 1-0 at Stade de Reims – into third. 

Italy
Mirko Vučinić's two-goal display left insatiable coach Antonio Conte wanting more from the Montenegro forward after Juventus overcame Pescara Calcio 2-1. "Vučinić? He didn't play well at all but scored twice; just think if he had put in a good performance," said Conte, whose charges resume their UEFA Champions League contest with Bayern on Wednesday. "I hope these goals are a good omen for Bayern." SSC Napoli stayed in touch with a 2-0 home win against Genoa CFC but remain nine points off the pace, while fourth-placed ACF Fiorentina were unable to cut the gap to AC Milan in Italy's third UEFA Champions League spot, as the duo played out a 2-2 draw. 

Spain 
Barcelona's Éric Abidal returned to Liga action for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012. The France defender received a rousing ovation when he replaced Gerard Piqué during a 5-0 defeat of RCD Mallorca in which Cesc Fábregas scored a hat-trick. "It was a special moment for the whole team. We know that Éric is a much-loved person by everyone. Personally, I'm very happy and pleased," said assistant coach Jordi Roura. Real Madrid CF tightened their grip on second place, meanwhile, dispatching Levante UD 5-1, with third-placed Club Atlético de Madrid finishing with nine men in their 0-0 draw at Getafe CF.

England
Chelsea FC came from behind to defeat Sunderland AFC 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and move back into third spot at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur FC, who were held 2-2 at home by Everton FC. "I was pleased for the team after three games in eight days. It was a very good reaction in the second half and we were much more positive," said Blues boss Rafael Benítez. On Saturday, two goals from Tomáš Rosický helped Arsenal FC see off West Bromwich Albion FC 2-1 and lifted the Gunners to within two points of Tottenham with a game in hand. Leaders Manchester United FC face Manchester City FC on Monday.

Elsewhere
In Ukraine, frontrunners FC Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to defeat rivals FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 75th-minute winner, which stretched the Pitmen's lead to 17 points. As for PFC CSKA Moskva, they maintained their eight-point advantage over second-placed FC Zenit St Petersburgat the top in Russia with a 2-0 success against FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod. Things are tighter in Switzerland after leaders FC Basel 1893 were held to a 1-1 draw by FC St Gallen, allowing Grasshopper Club to move within a point of the pacesetters by downing FC Zürich 4-2. In Denmark, FC Nordsjælland cut FC København's cushion to seven points by seeing off AC Horsens 2-0, while FC Lusitans wrapped up the title in Andorra.

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