The Serie A and Premier League title races continue to enthrall, while Real Madrid were crowned champions in Spain over the weekend.
Italian Serie A
Rafael Leao’s 82nd minute goal earned AC Milan another crucial three points as they got past Fiorentina 1-0 on Sunday. Second-placed Inter Milan stayed two points behind with their 2-1 vcitory at Udinese.
Napoli’s title charge is over but they are locked in for a top-four berth after a 6-1 hammering of Sassuolo, while Juventus confirmed Champions League football next term with a 2-1 win over bottom club Venezia after Leonardo Bonucci’s double. In the relegation battle, 18th-placed Salernitana face Atalanta on Monday as they look for a fourth straight win which keep alive their remarkable bid for survival.
English Premier League
The race for the top four is exciting, with Chelsea staggering and opening the door for plausibly both of Arsenal and Tottenham to overtake them. The Blues went down 1-0 at Everton, while the Gunners and Spurs both won, getting past West Ham United 2-1 and Leicester City 3-1 respectively. Realistically, with a North London derby to come, Arsenal and Tottenham will be battling it out for fourth spot, with the Gunners holding a slight edge for now. Down the other end, Norwich City were officially relegated, while Watford are practically down. Everton, Leeds United and Burnley will battle it out to avoid the other spot.
Spanish La Liga
Barcelona are looking good to finish runners-up, winning 2-1 over Real Mallorca on Sunday after strikes from Memphis Depay and Sergio Busquets. Sevilla could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Cadiz, while Atletico Madrid were down 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao. Real Betis can apply some pressure in the top-four race, when they go to Getafe on Monday night. In the relegation zone, Alaves beat Villarreal 2-1 to move off bottom spot and boost their survival hopes.
The party appears to be continuing for champions Bayern Munich who were downed 3-1 by ninth-placed FSV Mainz. Second-placed Borussia Dortmund also suffered back-to-back defeats, losing 4-3 at home to VfL Bochum.
The battle for the top four is where the interest is now, with Bayer Leverkusen to close in on a Champions League berth when they face Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday, while RB Leipzig are also in action away to Borussia Moenchengladbach. In the meantime, SC Freiburg moved level with Leverkusen with a 4-3 win at Hoffenheim where they fought back after trailing 2-1. Anthony Modeste scored twice as FC Koln moved up to sixth with their fourth straight win, 4-1 at Augsburg.