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Lille lead weekend of trophy conquests

Published: Monday 23 May 2011, 0.55CET
LOSC Lille Métropole wrapped up the one title still outstanding in Europe's leading championships this weekend, while the likes of Fenerbahçe SK, FC Porto and Celtic FC also won silverware.

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Published: Monday 23 May 2011, 0.55CET

Lille lead weekend of trophy conquests

LOSC Lille Métropole wrapped up the one title still outstanding in Europe's leading championships this weekend, while the likes of Fenerbahçe SK, FC Porto and Celtic FC also won silverware.

LOSC Lille Métropole won the one title still outstanding in Europe's leading leagues this weekend, moving into an unassailable position at the top in France as European spots and relegation places were finalised in England, Italy and Spain. Important issues were resolved elsewhere too, with the likes of Fenerbahçe SK, FC Porto and Celtic FC lifting silverware in one form or another.

Lille added the Ligue 1 title to the French Cup they won last weekend thanks to a 2-2 stalemate at Paris Saint-Germain FC, the point sufficient to lift them out of reach of nearest rivals Olympique de Marseille, who drew 2-2 with Valenciennes FC. "It has to sink in a little bit that we've gone down in French football history," said Lille coach Rudi Garcia.

"I'm particularly happy to have achieved this victory with a squad of likeable, talented and hard-working players." For PSG, the draw with Lille prevented them from leapfrogging Olympique Lyonnais in the third and final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot, Lyon having been held 0-0 at home by SM Caen.

Relegation issues dominated the last-day agenda as five teams were in danger of losing their top-flight status. Wigan Athletic FC, in the bottom three at kick-off, survived thanks to a 1-0 win at Stoke City FC, Hugo Rodallega's 78th-minute header proving decisive. While they and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC − beaten 3-2 by Blackburn Rovers FC − breathed a sigh of relief, it was misery for Blackpool FC and League Cup winners Birmingham City FC.

Blackpool lost 4-2 to Manchester United FC, having led 2-1 at one stage, while Birmingham succumbed 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur FC, who have qualified for the UEFA Europa League. Manchester City FC finished third following a 2-0 triumph against Bolton Wanderers FC.

All eyes were on the battle for fourth position on the final day in Serie A as Udinese Calcio qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2005/06 after drawing 0-0 with AC Milan. S.S. Lazio missed out on goal difference despite a 4-2 win at US Lecce, while FC Internazionale Milano prepared for the Coppa Italia final by beating Calcio Catania 3-1. Their showpiece opponents, US Città di Palermo, lost 3-1 at home to AC Chievo Verona. AS Roma, 3-1 victors against UC Sampdoria, join Lazio in the UEFA Europa League.

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Liga scoring record after finding the net twice in an 8-1 win for Real Madrid CF against bottom club UD Almería. Those goals took him to 40 for the season from just 34 appearances as Madrid finished four points behind champions FC Barcelona, who concluded their campaign with a 3-1 victory against Málaga CF.

"I would like to thank my team-mates for helping me get these 40 goals," said the Portuguese forward. "The Pichichi award is for them and the fans." At the other end of the table, RC Deportivo La Coruña were relegated following a 2-0 home defeat by Valencia CF.

Silverware was secured across the continent this weekend, with FC Viktoria Plzeň claiming their maiden Czech title and ŠK Slovan Bratislava completing a double over the border by taking the Slovak First League honours. Fenerbahçe were another team celebrating championship glory after they took a record 18th Turkish title on goal difference alone, while PFC Litex Lovech retained the Bulgarian crown.

In the knockout arena, Celtic made up for their league disappointment by lifting the Scottish Cup, with FC Schalke 04 routing MSV Duisburg 5-0 in the German equivalent and Porto clinching their fourth piece of silverware this term by prevailing in the Portuguese Cup final. R. Standard de Liège savoured a showpiece victory of their own in Belgium, PFC CSKA Moskva hoisted the Russian Cup aloft, FC Nordsjælland retained the Danish Cup, SK Tirana prevailed in Albania and Floriana FC won the decider in Malta.

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