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Atlético crowned, Arsenal and Bayern lift cups

Published: Monday 19 May 2014
Club Atlético de Madrid held their nerve to clinch their first Liga title since 1995/96, while Arsenal FC ended a nine-year trophy wait and FC Bayern München completed the double.

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Published: Monday 19 May 2014

Atlético crowned, Arsenal and Bayern lift cups

Club Atlético de Madrid held their nerve to clinch their first Liga title since 1995/96, while Arsenal FC ended a nine-year trophy wait and FC Bayern München completed the double.

It was another weekend of trophy euphoria across Europe and Club Atlético de Madrid were perhaps the most notable victors, earning a draw at FC Barcelona to clinch the Liga title for the first time in 18 years. Arsenal FC also ended a long wait for silverware in the FA Cup final, while FC Bayern München completed a domestic double and Juventus passed the 100-point mark in Italy. recaps the action.

The Liga title was decided in dramatic circumstances as Atlético earned a 1-1 draw at Barcelona to prevent the Blaugrana defending their title, while securing a first championship since 1995/96. "It is a day that will go down as one of the most important in this team's history," said the Rojiblancos coach Diego Simeone after Diego Godín's 49th-minute header earned a point which prevented the hosts from usurping Atlético. The game proved the last in charge for Barça coach Gerardo Martino, who departed by mutual consent, saying: "I have been immensely proud to have coached at an institution like Barça." Elsewhere, Real Madrid CF ended their season on a high with a 3-1 success against RCD Espanyol.

Arsenal lifted their first silverware in nine years as they came from two goals down to defeat Hull City FC 3-2 in extra time at Wembley and win the FA Cup for the 11th time. James Chester and Curtis Davies scored inside the opening eight minutes to put the Tigers on course for a first cup success, but Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny took the game into extra time before Aaron Ramsey won it for the Gunners. "I have dreamt about this day for many years and it hasn't quite sunk in yet," said the match winner. "It was an important moment in the life of this team," added manager Arsène Wenger. "To lose would have been a major setback but to win will be a good platform to build on."

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Bayern lifted the German Cup

Bayern completed the domestic double for the second successive season as they defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in extra time to win the German Cup. Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller both struck beyond the regulation 90 minutes to earn a tenth double for the Bavarian club. "We have a great team; Dortmund are tough opponents and it's fantastic that we managed to win," said victorious coach Josep Guardiola. “Jupp [Heynckes] achieved a tremendous feat here last season and it was a difficult task to match that. But winning the double is a great achievement." Meanwhile, Hamburger SV remain the only ever-present Bundesliga side after earning a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their relegation play-off with SpVgg Greuther Fürth to maintain their top-flight status. 

Juventus made history in Serie A as they defeated Cagliari Calcio 3-0 to become the first club to ever maintain a perfect home record in a 20-team top flight in Italy, and also the first club to pass the 100-point barrier. "I am very, very happy," said coach Antonio Conte. "I didn't think we could reach 102 points. Our objective was to achieve a third consecutive Scudetto. Once we achieved that, we tried to reach this famous figure that seems incredible." Further back, Parma FC secured the last remaining UEFA Europa League spot by beating AS Livorno Calcio 2-0, with Alessio Cerci missing an added-time spot kick as Torino FC missed out in a 2-2 draw at ACF Fiorentina.

Champions Paris Saint-Germain ended their successful season in style with a 4-0 home win against Montpellier Hérault SC, but it was the scrap for the European places which grabbed the attention. LOSC Lille secured a top-three finish and UEFA Champions League qualification with a 4-1 victory at FC Lorient, while Olympique Lyonnais clinched UEFA Europa League football with a narrow 1-0 win at OGC Nice. "I want to congratulate everyone," said LOSC midfielder Rio Mavuba. "It's really fantastic and impressive what we've done this season." AS Monaco FC, in second, ended with a 1-1 draw against FC Girondins de Bordeaux, while FC Sochaux-Montbéliard were relegated following a 3-0 home loss to Évian Thonon Gaillard FC in their winner-takes-all showdown.

There were league and cup celebrations aplenty across the continent, most notably in Portugal, where SL Benfica defeated Rio Ave FC 1-0 to lift the Portuguese Cup and seal a first ever domestic treble. FC Salzburg secured a double in Austria, their 4-2 win against SKN St Pölten adding the cup to the league, and that feat was also managed by AC Sparta Praha on Saturday. RSC Anderlecht wrapped up a 33rd Belgian championship with a 3-1 final-day success against KSC Lokeren OV, while in Luxembourg F91 Dudelange won a last-day showdown with CS Fola Esch 3-0 to win the league. Meanwhile, IF Elfsborg in Sweden, Scotland's Saint Johnstone FC and VMFD Žalgiris in Lithuania all lifted their local cups.

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