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Juventus, PSG seal league titles as Barca edge closer to La Liga crown

Juve have won the Serie A with 5 games to spare (Agency Photos)

Juventus are the 2018/19 Italian Serie A champions. Not that it was unexpected, they did it this past weekend following a 2-1 home win over Fiorentina on Saturday afternoon.

The Old Lady trailed as early as the 6th minute as Nikola Milenkovic put the visitors ahead. Alex Sandro restored parity for Juve with 8 minutes to the break before a German Pezzella own goal handed Maximiliano Allegri’s side victory.

Victory saw Juventus move onto 87 points, 20 ahead of Napoli who host Atalanta on Monday, with just 5 games to play.

In the race for the two other Champions League spots (3rd and 4th), Inter Milan (3rd) drew 1-1 with Roma (5th), AC Milan (4th) also saw a similar result away to Parma, Torino (7th) were 1-0 winners at Genoa while Lazio (8th) lost 2-1 at home to relegated Chievo. With only five games to play, only four points separate Milan in 4th with Lazio in 8th.

Elsewhere, there were also victories for Cagliari, SPAL and Bologna this past weekend. Cagliari beat Frosinone 1-0, SPAL were 4-2 winners away to Empoli while Bologna took care of Sampdoria 3-0.

In the French Ligue One, PSG were also crowned this season’s champions after seeing off Monaco 3-1 at the Parc de Princes on Sunday night.

On a night that saw Naymer Jr return from a lengthy layoff, it was Kylian Mbappe who grabbed the headlines once again, scoring all three of PSG’s goals. Monaco’s Russian import Alexander Golovin scored their consolation goal late on in the game.

Mbappe scored a hattrick on Sunday night.

After second-placed Lille were held to a 0-0 draw away to Toulouse, PSG move 19 points clear of Christophe Galtier’s side with only five games to play in the season.

In the race for the remaining Champions League spot, all of Lyon (3rd), Saint Etienne (4th), Marseille (5th) and Montpellier (6th) triumphed in their respective fixtures. Lyon beat Angers 1-0, Etienne defeated Reims 2-0, Marseille were 3-1 winners at Guingamp while Montpellier powered past Strasbourg 3-1.

Elsewhere, Nimes, Nantes, Dijon and Caen were also victorious in their respective weekend’s fixtures.

Nimes beat Bordeaux 2-1, Nantes were 3-2 winners at home to Amiens, Dijon took care of Rennes 3-2 while Caen ran out 1-0 winners away to Nice.

In the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona maintained their 9 points lead at the top of the standings, defeating Real Sociedad 2-1 at the Camp Nou.

Defenders Clement Lenglet and Jodi Alba scored Barcelona’s goals in between a Juanami equalizer.

Alba (right) scored one of Barca’s two goals last Saturday.

Barcelona now move onto 77 points, 9 ahead of Atletico Madrid with just five more games to play in the season.

For Atletico, they were also winners this past weekend, scrapping to a 1-0 win away to Eibar on Saturday.

Atletico who now have 68 points, had Thomas Lamer to thank for scoring the winner, five minutes from time.

In Madrid, Real returned to winning ways, brushing aside Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. After a goalless first half, it was Karim Benzema who once again poped up with the goods, scoring three time in the second and in process, hand Real their 20th victory of the season.

Zinedin Zidane’s side (64) remain only four points behind second-placed Atletico on the log.

In the race for the one remaining Champions League spot, Getafe (4th) defeated Sevilla (6th) 3-0 on Sunday while Valencia (5th) ran out 2-1 victors away to Real Betis on the same day, Getafe now have 54 points while both Valencia and Sevilla are on 52.

Elsewhere, only Villarreal and Celta Vigo were the other winners this past weekend. Villarreal defeated Leganes 2-1 on Sunday while Celta were 2-1 winners at home to Girona the day before.

In the German Bundesliga, the top two of Bayern and Dortmund all registered victories this past weekend.

Bayern required a Niklas Sula deflected strike to scrap to a 1-0 win at home to Werder Bremen while Marco Rues, Mario Gotze, Jardon Sancho and Paco Alcacer were all on target as Dortmund beat Freiburg 4-0 away from home.

Bayern remain top of the standings with 70 points, one ahead of Dortmund with just 4 games to play.

Bayern are still top of the Bundesliga.

In the battle for the two other remaining Champions League spots, Leipzig (3rd) defeated Gladbach (5th) 2-1 at the Borussia Park, Hoffenheim (6th) were 5-2 winners away to Schalke while Leverkusen (7th) overcame Nuremburg 2-0 at the Bayer Arena.

Eintracht Frankfurt who are in 4th take on Wolfsburg away from home on Monday night.

Elsewhere, Mainz retained their Bundesliga status thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Dusseldorf while Augsburg thrashed Stuttgart 6-0.

All Serie A Results:

-Parma 1-1 AC Milan

-Lazio 1-2 Chievo

-Cagliari 1-0 Frosinone

-Bologna 3-0 Sampdoria

-Udinese 1-1 Sassuolo

-Empoli 2-4 SPAL

-Genoa 0-1 Torino

-Juventus 2-1 Fiorentina

-Inter Milan 1-1 Lazio

*Napoli vs Atalanta

All French Ligue One Results:

-Dijon 3-2 Rennes

-Lyon 2-1 Angers

-Guingamp 1-3 Marseille

-Nice 0-1 Caen

-Nimes 2-1 Bordueax

-Strasbourg 1-3 Montpellier

-Nantes 3-2 Amiens

-Toulouse 0-0 Lille

-Reims 0-2 Saint Etienne

-PSG 3-1 Monaco

All La Liga Results:

-Deportivo Alaves 2-2 Real Valladolid

-Celta Vigo 2-1 Girona

-Eibar 0-1 Atletico

-Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Huesca

-Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad

-Levante 2-2 Espanyol

-Getafe 3-0 Sevilla

-Real Madrid 3-0 Atletic Bilbao

-Betis 1-2 Valencia

-Villarreal 2-1 Leganes

All Bundesliga Results:

-Bayern 1-0 Bremen

-Leverkusen 2-0 Nuremburg

-Augsburg 6-0 Stuttgart

-Mainz 3-1 Dusseldorf

-Gladbach 1-2 Leipzig

-Schalke 2-5 Hoffenheim

-Freiburg 0-4 Dortmund

-Hertha Berlin 0-0 Hannover

*Wolfsburg vs Frankfurt

 

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