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Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 7/5

Weekend Developments From Europe's Top Leagues 7/5 Photo: TT

Juventus clinched the Serie A title in Italy, while Manchester City moved a step closer to the English crown with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle on another big weekend of European football.

English Premier League

Weekend Results, Saturday; Arsenal 3 Norwich City 3, Sunday; Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2, Aston Villa 1 Tottenham 1, Bolton 2 West Bromwich 2, Fulham 2 Sunderland 1, QPR 1 Stoke City 0, Wolverhampton 0 Everton 0, Manchester United 2 Swansea 0, Monday; Blackburn v Wigan

Pos Team Pts
1 Manchester City 86
2 Manchester United 86
3 Arsenal 67
4 Tottenham 66
5 Newcastle 65

Manchester City are on the brink of the title with only a home game against lowly QPR standing in their way of the crown, after claiming a hard-fought 2-0 victory away to Newcastle with Yaya Toure the hero. Manchester United kept up the pressure after their 2-0 win over Swansea, while Arsenal and Tottenham both had draws as they bid to shore up Uefa Champions League football.

Pos Team Pts
16 Wigan 37
17 QPR 37
18 Bolton 35
19 Blackburn 31
20 Wolverhampton 25

QPR were the big winners of the weekend in the relegation battle after Djibril Cisse’s late goal clinched a crucial 1-0 win over Stoke City. Bolton, however, threw away a two-goal lead after drawing 2-2 with West Bromwich which could be them in trouble. Blackburn must win against Wigan on Monday to avoid the drop.

On the final day, QPR go to Manchester City, while Bolton take on Stoke City. Wigan host Wolves and Blackburn are away to Chelsea.

Topscorers, Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 30 goals, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 26 goals, Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 22 goals, Clint Dempsey (Fulham) 17 goals, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Blackburn) 16 goals, Demba Ba (Newcastle) 16 goals, Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) 16 goals

Italian Serie A

Weekend Results, Sunday; Siena 0 Parma 2, Atalanta 0 Lazio 2, Bologna 2 Napoli 0, Novara 3 Cesena 0, Palermo 4 Chievo Verona 4, Lecce 0 Fiorentina 1, Udinese 2 Genoa 0, Cagliari 0 Juventus 2, Inter Milan 4 AC Milan 2

Pos Team Pts
1 Juventus 81
2 AC Milan 77
3 Udinese 61
4 Lazio 59
5 Napoli 58

Juventus are the champions of Italy after their 2-0 victory over Cagliari proved enough as second-placed AC Milan stumbled to a 4-2 defeat in the derby against Inter Milan. Udinese have firmed up in the race for third spot and Uefa Champions League football after their win over struggling Genoa with a final day trip to Catania to come. Lazio remain in the hunt after their win at Atalanta but home a tough home game with Inter to come.

Pos Team Pts
16 Cagliari 42
17 Genoa 39
18 Lecce 36
19 Novara 32
20 Cesena 22

Genoa will be aiming for any kind of result on the final day after their 2-0 loss to Udinese left them worried, although 18th-placed Lecce were beaten 1-0 at home to Fiorentina. It’s down to these two, with Genoa hosting 15th-placed Palermo next weekend, while Lecce go to 12th-placed Chievo.

Topscorers, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan) 28 goals, Edinson Cavani (Napoli) 23 goals, Diego Milito (Internazionale) 23 goals, Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 22 goals

Spanish La Liga

Weekend Results, Saturday; Athletic Bilbao 0 Getafe 0, Atletico Madrid 2 Malaga 1, Barcelona 4 Espanyol 0, Granada 1 Real Madrid 2, Mallorca 1 Levante 0, Osasuna 1 Real Sociedad 0, Real Zaragoza 2 Racing Santander 1, Sevilla 5 Rayo Vallecano 2, Sporting Gijon 2 Real Betis 1, Valencia 1 Villarreal 0

Pos Team Pts
1 Real Madrid 94
2 Barcelona 87
3 Valencia 58
4 Malaga 55
5 Atletico Madrid 53

With the title decided, attention has switched to the Uefa Champions League race with Jonas netting a last-gasp goal to earn Valencia third spot and an automatic spot in the main draw. The battle for fourth remains wide open after Malaga lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid who have crept into the battle.

Pos Team Pts
16 Villarreal 41
17 Rayo Vallecano 40
18 Real Zaragoza 40
19 Sporting Gijon 37
20 Racing Santander 27

Rayo Vallecano continued their freefall towards the drop zone after a 5-2 loss to Sevilla left them in huge danger. Heading into the final day, there’s five sides who could drop into 18th and 19th and go down. Gijon have a huge ask but their 2-1 win over Real Betis gives them hope, while Zaragoza’s win over relegated Racing Santander gives them a huge chance of survival too.

On the final day, Rayo face 15th-placed Granada, Villarreal meet Atletico Madrid, Zaragoza take on Getafe and Gijon are away to Malaga.

Topscorers, Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) 50 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 45 goals, Radomel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) 23 goals, Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) 22 goals

German Bundesliga

Weekend Results, Saturday; Borussia Dortmund 4 SC Freiburg 0, Werder Bremen 2 Schalke 04 3, Hannover 96 2 Kaiserslautern 1, FSV Mainz 0 Borussia Moenchengladbach 3, Nurnberg 1 Bayer Leverkusen 4, Stuttgart 3 Wolfsburg 2, FC Koln 1 Bayern Munich 4, Augsburg 1 Hamburg SV 0, Hertha BSC 3 Hoffenheim 1

Pos Team Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 81
2 Bayern Munich 73
3 Schalke 04 64
4 Borussia Moenchengladbach 60
5 Bayer Leverkusen 54

The Bundesliga season concluded on Saturday, with champions Borussia Dortmund claiming a record number of points. The top four spots were all decided prior to this weekend, while Bayer Leverkusen clinched fifth spot ahead of Stuttgart.

Pos Team Pts
14 Augsburg 38
15 Hamburg SV 36
16 Hertha BSC 31
17 FC Koln 30
18 Kaiserslautern 23

Hertha Berlin were the big story as they survived, at least for a week, after a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim which moved them above FC Koln who were relegated after a 4-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Hertha now face Fortuna Dusseldorf in a playoff. Augsburg capped their first ever season in the top flight with a superb 1-0 win over Hamburg SV to clinch 14th spot.

Topscorers, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Hamburg SV) 29 goals, Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) 26 goals, Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund) 22 goals, Lukas Podolski (FC Koln) 18 goals, Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) 18 goals, Marco Reus (Moenchengladbach) 18 goals

Ben somerford
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