Bayern Munich became the first team among Europea’s Big 5 leagues to be crowned league Champions.
The Bavarians were made to sweat in their match against Hertha Berlin but Bastian Schweinsteiger provided the cutting edge scoring the only goal 10 minutes before the end in a 1-0 win on Saturday.
That result meant that second-placed Wolfsburg had to win at Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday to push Bayern’s inevitable title celebrations to another week. However, The Wolves were beaten 1-0 courtesy of Max Kruse’s 90th minute goal for Gladbach, handing Pep Guardiola the Bundesliga title in his first season in charge, and Bayern’s third on the trot and 25th overall.
With the league title safely secure in the cabinet with 6 games to play, the Champions League semi-finalists will be gunning to go a step closer to a third consecutive league and cup double when they play rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semifinal of the DFB Pokal Cup on Tuesday. They have beaten Jurgen Klopp’s side over two legs in the Bundesliga this season but Die Schwarzgelben were the celebrating lot the last time the two met in a cup match (Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 in the season-opening Super Cup clash).
Torino won the Derby della Molle for the first time in 20 years beating rivals Juventus 2-1 to delay the Old Lady’s title claim on hold. Andrea Pirlo had put the runaway leaders ahead with his typical effortless freekick in the 35th minute but Matteo Darmian leveled at the stroke of half time.
Juventus old boy Fabio Quagliarella scored the winner eight minutes into the second half to hand Torino the derby win in a match that was marred by crowd violence. Lazio failed to take advantage of Juventus’ only third defeat in Serie A this season as they were held 1-1 by lowly Chievo.
However, Massimiliano Allegri’s men still have an unassailable lead and will be crowned champions on Wednesday should they beat Fiorentina and Lazio fail to beat relegated Parma.
Chelsea moved to within utmost two wins in their remaining five games to secure the Barclays Premier League title despite drawing 0-0 at Arsenal. The Blues are 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and with a game in hand. A win over Leicester City on Wednesday could see them put one hand on the title.
Both leaders Barcelona and second on the log Real Madrid won on the weekend to ensure the La Liga race is still open to either. Neymar and Lionel Messi scored as Barca edged Espanyol 2-0 in the Barcelona derby while Real Madrid edged Celta Vigo 4-2 thanks to Javier ‘Chicarito’ Hernandez’s brace. Carlo Ancelloti’s men are on 79 points, two points behind the Catalans while Atletico Madrid, 3-0 winners over Elche, are third on 72 with five matches to play in La Liga.
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