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Weekend round-up: Champions set milestones

Published: Monday 26 May 2003, 11.00CET
Rangers FC and Olympiakos Piraeus FC rewrote history as Bayer 04 Leverkusen avoided relegation. features

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Published: Monday 26 May 2003, 11.00CET

Weekend round-up: Champions set milestones

Rangers FC and Olympiakos Piraeus FC rewrote history as Bayer 04 Leverkusen avoided relegation.

Rangers FC and Olympiakos Piraeus FC both rewrote the history books with their last-day championship triumphs on a weekend where Olympique Lyonnais were officially crowned French champions, Real Sociedad stayed clear in Spain and Bayer 04 Leverkusen avoided relegation.

Dramatic afternoon
On a dramatic afternoon in Scotland, Rangers edged out beaten UEFA Cup finalists Celtic FC to become the first European side to win 50 domestic titles. Rangers began Sunday's fixtures just one goal ahead, and as the two won their respective games, the league lead changed hands on more than one occasion. But it was Rangers who clinched the title with a 6-1 home victory against Dunfermline Athletic FC, their goal difference just one better than Celtic, who won 4-0 at Kilmarnock FC.

Title No32
Olympiakos won the Greek title for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, edging out Panathinaikos FC on head-to-head record. A 5-1 win at Xanthi FC gave Olympiakos their 32rd championship, while Panathinaikos overcame Akratitos FC 3-1. Across the border, Besiktas JK wrapped up their tenth Turkish title in dramatic style as Sergen Yalçin's last-minute goal helped them to a 1-0 win against nearest challengers Galatasaray SK.

One-point gap
Real Sociedad remain top of the Primera División following a 2-0 win at Málaga CF. After Real's hosts were reduced to ten men with Sandro's dismissal, substitute Igor Gabilondo and Darko Kovacevic secured the victory with late goals. Real Madrid CF remain a point behind with three games to go after a 2-1 win at Valencia CF, but RC Deportivo La Coruña are now six points adrift and seemingly out of the running after losing 3-0 at RC Celta de Vigo.

Relief for Leverkusen
Leverkusen's relegation worry ended on the German Bundesliga's concluding afternoon as Yildiray Bastürk's first-half goal helped them beat 1. FC Nürnberg 1-0. DSC Arminia Bielefeld, defeated 1-0 by Hannover 96, are instead demoted. VfB Stuttgart overcame VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 to clinch second place behind FC Bayern München, and a Champions League berth, along with BV Borussia Dortmund.

Triumph confirmed
Lyon officially secured the French championship despite a 4-1 loss to En Avant Guingamp. It would have needed a 17-goal win for Olympique de Marseille against FC Nantes Atlantique to deny Lyon - and Nantes in fact triumphed 1-0. Marseille finish third, enough for a Champions League berth, with AS Monaco FC through to the first group stage after clinching second place by beating ES Troyes Aube Champagne 6-0. Le Havre AC were relegated as AC Ajaccio survived by holding RC Strasbourg 0-0.

Closing in
PSV Eindhoven are close to claiming the Dutch title after their 2-0 win against FC Utrecht kept them three points ahead of AFC Ajax with one game left. Ajax triumphed 2-1 at FC Twente, but their goal difference is inferior to PSV by six. The top two will enter the Champions League after Feyenoord were held 1-1 at Willem II.

Chievo denied
AC Milan lost to Piacenza FC 4-2 ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final on Serie A's final day, but opponents Juventus FC beat AC Chievo Verona 4-3. That defeat allowed Parma AC and Udinese Calcio to secure UEFA Cup qualification at Chievo's expense with wins against Empoli FC and S.S. Lazio respectively. Atalanta BC and Reggina Calcio both won and must play-off to avoid relegation.

Leotar first
FK Leotar became Bosnia-Herzegovnian Premier League champions for the first time with a 2-1 final-day win at FK Rudar Ugljevik, moving three points clear of NK Zeljeznicar, beaten 1-0 at FK Široki Brijeg. FK Vardar successfully defended the Macedonian First League title, while FC Dinamo Minsk won the Belarus Cup.

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