FC Girondins de Bordeaux held their nerve to secure their first Ligue 1 title in a decade on Saturday, while in England and Germany cup final matters came to the fore. Chelsea FC and Werder Bremen both prevailed to make up for disappointments in other competitions, the Blues coming from behind to defeat Everton FC and Bremen seeing off Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0. In Italy, AC Milan secured a UEFA Champions League group-stage place and Torino FC were relegated, as were Real Betis Balompié after a dramatic finish in Spain – where Club Atlético de Madrid ended the season fourth. Elsewhere...
Turkey: Beşiktaş bag title spoils
Beşiktaş JK won their first Turkish title since 2002/03 after goals from Filip Hološko and İbrahim Toraman earned them a 2-1 win at Denizlispor, while their nearest rivals Sivasspor lost by the same scoreline at Galatasaray AŞ. "I am so happy. Iit feels as if I have a volcano inside me," said coach Mustafa Denizli.
Scotland: Rangers capture more silverware
A spectacular strike from Nacho Novo, less than 30 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute, proved enough as Rangers FC clinched the double with a 1-0 Scottish Cup final victory over Falkirk FC at Hampden Park. "It means a lot to come back and make a difference," said manager Walter Smith, who has now won four doubles in two spells with the Glasgow club. "We had to dig deep as it's been an enormous effort to win the championship."
Portugal: Porto deliver double
FC Porto won the Portuguese Cup for the 14th time in their history, and completed their sixth domestic double in the process, by beating FC Paços de Ferreira 1-0 thanks to Lisandro's early strike. "I never thought my team would lose after taking the lead," said Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira. "But Paços de Ferreira are a team with great dignity, quality and organisation and gave us more problems today than many bigger clubs have during the season."
Russia: Ten-man CSKA prevail
PFC CSKA Moskva beat FC Rubin Kazan 1-0 thanks to Evgeni Aldonin's added-time goal, claiming their fifth Russian Cup despite playing with ten men from the 13th minute following Pavel Mamaev's dismissal. "I am especially happy about the way we did it," said CSKA coach Zico afterwards. "The team kept their balance, did not stop believing in themselves and showed strength and determination."
Ukraine: Vorskla stun Shakhtar
FC Vorskla Poltava are celebrating their first ever Ukrainian Cup triumph after Vasyl Sachko scored early in the second half to earn a 1-0 victory over UEFA Cup winners FC Shakhtar Donetsk. "I told my lads that we must go there and win," explained Vorskla coach Mykola Pavlov. "I'm very happy they heard me. I believe the Shakhtar players were surprised by how we pushed them away from our goal."
Poland: Wisła clinch crown
Wisła Kraków claimed the Polish title for the 12th time on Saturday as a 2-0 win at home to Ślask Wrocław in the last round of Ekstraklasa matches maintained their three-point advantage over nearest rivals Legia Warszawa. "This is one of the best days of my life," said midfielder Marek Zieńczuk. "I scored a goal, set up another and we won the title."
Bulgaria: Levski take back title
PFC Levski Sofia wrapped up their 26th Bulgarian league crown after a 1-1 home draw with PFC Minior Pernik took them beyond the reach of outgoing champions PFC CSKA Sofia, whose title defence ended with a 1-0 loss at PFC Litex Lovech. Levski moved three points clear of their city rivals with one match remaining, their superior head-to-head record bringing them the A PFG trophy they last won in 2007.
Belarus: Naftan savour cup triumph
FC Naftan Novopolotsk lifted the Belarus Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday, overcoming rivals FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2-1 after extra time. "Before extra time started, I told the lads they had to forget everything and start from the scratch," said Naftan coach Igor Kovalevich, whose side had conceded a late equaliser to take the game beyond 90 minutes.
Montenegro: Mogren secure maiden crown
FK Mogren toasted their first Montenegrin league title after a 2-1 win against FK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje in the final round of fixtures extended their advantage over second-placed FK Budućnost Podgorica. "We deserve this title because we have played the best football over the course of the season," said coach Dejan Vukičević.
San Marino: Tre Fiori on top
SP Tre Fiori defeated AC Juvenes-Dogana 3-1 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes in the play-off final to win a record fifth Sammarinese title and earn a first stab at the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round. Goalkeeper Massimiliano Micheletti was the hero in the shoot-out, saving twice to end S.S. Murata's three-season spell as champions.
Malta: Sliema celebrate cup success
Sliema Wanderers FC salvaged some glory from a disappointing Maltese season by claiming the Maltese Trophy, though they were made to sweat for their penalty shoot-out success by a determined Valletta FC side, who scored two last-gasp goals at the end of the regular 90 minutes to make it 3-3. "Valletta were the favourites, but we showed real character and all of us played our hearts out," said stand-in Sliema captain Noel Turner.
Slovenia: IB Ljubljana edge showpiece
Robert Berič and Ermin Rakovič were on target as NK IB Ljubljana defended the Slovenian Cup with a 2-1 final success against FC Koper. Mitja Viler struck for Koper 14 minutes from time but it was merely a consolation.
Georgia: Knockout triumph for Dinamo Tblisi
FC Dinamo Tbilisi goalkeeper Giorgi Loria was the star of the show in the 19th Georgian Cup final, making two crucial saves to secure the capital side a 2-0 penalty shoot-out victory following a 1-1 draw with FC Olimpi Rustavi. Giorgi Nergadze had earlier put Dinamo ahead, with Giorgi Megreladze equalising at the end of normal time.
Luxembourg: Double for Dudelange
F91 Dudelange completed the double by winning the Luxembourg Cup final with a 5-0 victory over UN Käerjéng 97. French striker Tony Vairelles registered twice as the club celebrated their fourth cup win in front of 3,000 spectators at the Stade Josy Barthel.
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