The weekend's football saw FC Bayern München win the German Bundesliga and FK Austrian Wien claim the Austrian equivalent, while Juventus FC, Real Madrid CF and Manchester United FC each took significant steps towards title glory in their respective countries.
Bayern's UEFA Champions League campaign may have been a disappointment, but they have been supreme domestically, and a 2-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg sealed the crown with four matches remaining. Giovane Elber and Claudio Pizarro scored the second-half goals which decided the game. VfB Stuttgart, one of only two teams that could still catch Bayern, were held 1-1 by FC Hansa Rostock. BV Borussia Dortmund, the only team to finish above Bayern in the last five years, conceded their crown with a goalless draw at TSV 1860 München.
Inter lose ground
Juventus, still going strong in the Champions League, are eight points clear in Serie A with only four games left - meaning they could clinch the title next Saturday. Alessandro Del Piero's 85th-minute volley secured a 2-1 win against Brescia Calcio. Later on Sunday, second-placed Internazionale FC went ahead against S.S. Lazio, only for Simone Inzaghi to equalise 13 minutes from the end. AC Milan's campaign was virtually ended the previous day with a 2-1 defeat by AS Roma. Como Calcio and Torino Calcio are one loss from relegation.
Madrid extend lead
Madrid's Primera División lead now stands at four points after what for them was a perfect weekend. Iván Helguera, Zinedine Zidane and Fernando Morientes all scored to give them a 3-1 win against Sevilla FC, while nearest challengers Real Sociedad and RC Deportivo La Coruña both lost. Real were defeated 2-1 by FC Barcelona - who can still make the UEFA Cup - while RCD Mallorca triumphed 3-0 against Deportivo. Valencia CF's 3-0 win against Deportivo Alavés moved them back up to fourth.
Manchester United also moved ahead in the English Premiership. Arsenal FC lost a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers FC on Saturday, and 24 hours later United travelled to Tottenham Hotspur FC and emerged 2-0 winners to climb five points clear. Sir Alex Ferguson's side could claim the title next week, though who finishes third will go to the wire as a point now separates Newcastle United FC, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.
Auxerre to meet PSG
The French Cup final will be contested by AJ Auxerre and Paris Saint-Germain FC. Auxerre overcame Stade Rennais FC 2-1 on Saturday, Djibril Cissé scoring a late winner, and PSG beat FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 yesterday. Both losing sides were reduced to ten men, while the finalists meet at the Stade de France on 31 May.
PSV Eindhoven produced another impressive performance to gain a 6-1 win against De Graafschap and stay eight points clear at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie. Mateja Kezman scored a hat-trick to take his season's tally to 31 and keep his team clear of AFC Ajax, who bounced back from exiting the Champions League against Milan to overcome AZ Alkmaar 3-1.
Austria Wien claimed their 22nd Austrian Bundesliga title, having dominated all season, as they beat the only team that could catch them, Grazer AK, 2-1. Barry Town AFC won 5-1 against Aberystwyth Town FC to secure the League of Wales for the seventh time in eight seasons, but the Scottish Premier League championship is still up for grabs as UEFA Cup finalists Celtic FC scored a 2-1 victory at Rangers FC in the Old Firm derby to close the gap to five points.
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