The festivities have begun for FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC after both clubs crossed the title thresholds in their respective leagues. Wigan Athletic FC also had plenty to cheer following their surprise FA Cup final win against Manchester City FC, while AC Milan and FC Schalke 04 missed the chance to secure UEFA Champions League football next season and FC Porto claimed a dramatic victory against UEFA Europa League finalists SL Benfica. UEFA.com recaps the action.
Barcelona are celebrating their 22nd Liga title and the fourth in five years after being confirmed as champions when second-placed Real Madrid CF could only draw 1-1 with RCD Espanyol on Saturday. "After a great year's work, I'm happy to celebrate the title – congratulations to my team-mates," commented Barcelona forward Lionel Messi after the Madrid result. "The best gift: turned 29 and won the league," added birthday boy Andrés Iniesta on Twitter. Tito Vilanova's men continued the party on Sunday, fighting back to beat Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1, while Valencia downed Rayo Vallecano de Madrid 4-0 to move a point clear in fourth – having played one game more than Real Sociedad de Fútbol, who tackle Granada CF on Monday.
Made to wait last weekend, PSG were finally able to uncork the champagne when a Jérémy Ménez strike earned them a 1-0 victory at Olympique Lyonnais that put the seal on their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years. "We've won the championship against a great team," commented PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. "It's a deserved title and now we are going to celebrate. I'm very happy to have won here in France and we'll carry on working." Second-placed Olympique de Marseille also prevailed, seeing off Toulouse FC 2-1, while LOSC Lille moved within three points of Lyon in France's final UEFA Champions League berth by sweeping aside Stade de Reims 3-0.
Wigan sprung one of the biggest upsets in recent FA Cup history with a 1-0 final win against Manchester City FC at Wembley. Ben Watson headed in an added-time winner after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off for City with time ticking down. "When you're a football club, you dream of playing at Wembley, and today we saw the underdogs play with incredible bravery, incredible belief and they defied the odds again," said Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. In the Premier League, Chelsea FC secured UEFA Champions League football next term as Frank Lampard became the club's highest ever scorer with both goals in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa FC. Tottenham Hotspur FC moved fourth by triumphing 2-1 at Stoke City FC.
There will be no last-day relegation fears in Italy after defeats doomed AC Siena and US Città di Palermo to join bottom club Pescara Calcio in Serie B next season. ACF Fiorentina did the damage for Palermo with a 1-0 win that keeps the Viola in the hunt for third place after Milan were held 0-0 by AS Roma – although it could have been worse for the Rossoneri, who had Sulley Muntari sent off before half-time. Fifth-placed Udinese Calcio celebrated a seventh consecutive league win while a stunning goal from Cagliari Calcio's Víctor Ibarbo helped deny Juventus victory in the champions' final home game of the season. "I'm a bit annoyed we didn't win," rued Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Tension will reign in the final round of Bundesliga games next Saturday after Schalke spurned the chance to seal Germany's fourth UEFA Champions League spot. Beaten 2-1 at home by VfB Stuttgart – Vedad Ibišević scoring twice – Schalke lie just a point ahead of SC Freiburg, whom they visit in a winner-takes-all showdown next time out. "It's fantastic that we have such a final game in front of our own fans," said Freiburg president Fritz Keller, his own club having beaten SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2-1. "The lads and our fans have deserved it. It's sensational." A draw in that match would nonetheless leave the door open for Eintracht Frankfurt, who drew 1-1 with SV Werder Bremen – a result that guaranteed Bremen's survival.
Porto were among the weekend's biggest winners, beating Benfica 2-1 to move into pole position in the Portuguese title race. "A defeat is a defeat, but this hurt us deeply," said Benfica coach Jorge Jesus. "The defeat will scar emotionally; it's a heavy blow." Having started the day with a two-point lead, Benfica will meet strugglers Moreirense FC on the final day needing to win and hoping that Porto slip up at a FC Paços de Ferreira side already destined to finish third.
Champions were crowned in Malta, Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as Birkirkara FC, Győri ETO FC, NK Maribor and FK Željezničar all wrapped up their respective titles. There was also cup success for Olympiacos FC, who needed two extra-time goals to see off the challenge of debutant finalists Asteras Tripolis FC and lift a 26th Greek Cup.
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