Bremen on top
SV Werder Bremen sealed their fourth Bundesliga title in style on Saturday, winning 3-1 at outgoing champions FC Bayern München. "It was a fantastic way to crown a fantastic season," said victorious coach Thomas Schaaf, whose side are also in the German Cup final. Ivan Klasnic, Johan Micoud and Ailton scored for Bremen.
The only good news for Bayern on Saturday was that third-placed VfB Stuttgart also lost, 2-1 at Hamburger SV, and remained four points behind the Munich club in the race for automatic qualification for the Champions League. Bayer 04 Leverkusen moved to within two points of Stuttgart by beating 1. FC Köln 2-0, while Eintracht Frankfurt appear doomed to the drop after they lost 3-0 at Hannover 96.
With Real Madrid CF losing 3-2 at home to RCD Mallorca and FC Barcelona going down 1-0 at RC Celta de Vigo on Saturday, Valencia CF knew they would be crowned champions of Spain 24 hours later by winning at Sevilla FC. They did just that; Vicente Rodríguez and Rubén Baraja settling the match in Valencia's favour and securing a sixth Primera División title.
Ajax clinch title
The champions were also deposed in the Netherlands as PSV Eindhoven ran out of games in their bid to overhaul AFC Ajax. The Amsterdam club claimed their 29th championship yesterday by beating NAC Breda 2-0 at home, Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on target. PSV, 3-2 winners at ADO Den Haag, finished second to cement a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
Fenerbahçe SK won the Turkish Super League on Sunday, defeating Denizlispor 4-0 away as second-placed Trabzonspor lost 4-2 to Galatasaray SK. The victory meant the Istanbul side opened up an unassailable five-point lead at the top of the table and qualified for the Champions League third qualifying round. Trabzonspor will be in the second. Besiktas JK lost 2-0 to Akçaabat Sebatspor but third place is assured.
Giovane Elber scored the deciding goal as Olympique Lyonnais retained the Ligue 1 leadership, coming from behind to beat FC Metz 2-1 away. Earlier on Saturday, defender Frédéric Dehu headed the only goal at the Parc des Princes as Paris Saint-Germain FC defeated Stade Rennais FC. AS Monaco FC also triumphed 1-0, Ludovic Giuly scoring against Olympique de Marseille. With three matches to go, Lyon have 73 points, Monaco 71 and PSG 70.
Chelsea FC, denied a place in the Champions League final by Monaco, drew 1-1 at Manchester United FC on Saturday to seal second place in the Premiership ahead of the deposed champions. Arsenal FC remain unbeaten with a game to go after beating Fulham FC, while Liverpool FC stole a march in the race for fourth spot with victory at Birmingham City FC after Aston Villa FC and Newcastle United FC drew their games.
In Belgium, RAEC Mons were thrashed 9-0 at home by Club Brugge KV on Saturday but avoided relegation as K. Heusden-Zolder and R. Antwerp FC both lost. "We lost heavily but I do not give a damn," said Mons president Dominique Leone. Two from AC Perugia, Empoli FC and Modena FC will be relegated on the final day of the Italian season next week, when FC Internazionale will hope to cement fourth spot after beating Parma AC 1-0 yesterday.
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