Jubilant Juve celebrate Scudetto
A routine 2-0 success at Cagliari may not have been the most impressive of Juventus’ 37 unbeaten games this season, but it was the one that brought the most joy at the final whistle as the Old Lady wrapped up the Serie A title on Sunday evening.
Mirko Vučinić’s early strike and an own goal from Michele Canini were enough to hand Juve the three points, but their 28th Scudetto – or 30th if you take the club’s stance – was not confirmed until AC Milan’s failure to beat Inter in the derby was assured.
A thrilling 4-2 win for the Nerazzurri saw jubilant scenes at the San Siro rivalled by those in Trieste where Juventus supporters spilled onto the pitch at full-time to toast Antonio Conte’s champions. The Bianconeri can become the first Italian team to complete a 38-match season undefeated if they can come through next Sunday’s home fixture with Atalanta unscathed, for which they are priced at 1/4.
Like Juventus, Borussia Dortmund capped their record-breaking campaign in style with a 4-0 victory against Freiburg in Germany. BVB’s total of 81 points is a Bundesliga best, but Jürgen Klopp’s men already find themselves second in the betting for next year’s league. Bayern Munich are the 4/5 favourites with Dortmund a 6/5 chance.
There were contrasting scenes at the RheinEnergieStadion where Koln’s disastrous campaign ended in relegation. Lukas Podolski waved his goodbyes to the North Rhine-Westphalia club before kick-off but their 4-1 loss to Bayern offered Hertha Berlin the opportunity to leapfrog the Billy Goats in the table. Die Alte Dame didn’t disappoint and saw off Hoffenheim 3-1 to set up a promotion/relegation play-off with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
La Liga glory may have been put beyond Barcelona weeks ago, but it hasn’t stopped Lionel Messi. The Argentine netted all four of his side’s goals in their local derby with Espanyol to take his tally to an incredible 72 for the season.
Yet the real drama in Spain came at the bottom where Granada contrived to spectacularly blow a 1-0 lead late on to the champions Real Madrid and remain deep in trouble. El Graná join four other sides fighting to avoid the two relegation places up for grabs.
Sporting Gijon look a certainty to go, but there is little to choose between Zaragoza (19/10), Rayo Vallecano (9/5), Granada (7/2) and Villarreal (4/1) at Sportingbet as the season reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening.
Montpellier put a disappointing week behind them to retain their three-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. La Paillade were 2-0 victors at Rennes on Monday night as they regained top spot from PSG, who had fought back from 2-0 down to beat Valenciennes 4-3 the previous evening.
René Girard’s outfit are the 4/6 jollies in the outright betting ahead of the 9/4 Parisians, but Montpellier still have to play Lille – the third team harbouring potential title aspirations and a 16/1 shot – at Stade de la Mosson next week.
As ever, it’s all to play for at the foot in France. Any three of nine sides are still in the mix for the drop with two games to play. Auxerre are the current 1/5 favourites.
Results: Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg, Dortmund 4-0 Freiburg, Hannover 2-1 Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin 3-1 Hoffenheim, Koln 1-4 Bayern Munich, Mainz 0-3 Monchengladbach, Nuremberg 1-4 Leverkusen, Stuttgart 3-2 Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen 2-3 Schalke
Results: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Getafe, Atletico Madrid 2-1 Malaga, Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol, Granada 1-2 Real Madrid, Mallorca 1-0 Levante, Osasuna 1-0 Real Sociedad, Sevilla 5-2 Rayo Vallecano, Sporting 2-1 Betis, Valencia 1-0 Villarreal, Zaragoza 2-1 Racing
Results: Auxerre 2-4 Bordeaux, Evian 2-1 Ajaccio, Lille 3-0 Caen, Lorient 0-0 Dijon, Lyon 1-1 Brest, Rennes 0-2 Montpellier, Saint Etienne 0-0 Marseille, Sochaux 1-0 Nancy, Toulouse 0-0 Nice, Valenciennes 3-4 PSG
Results: Atalanta 0-2 Lazio, Bologna 2-0 Napoli, Cagliari 0-2 Juventus, Inter 4-2 Milan, Lecce 0-1 Fiorentina, Novara 3-0 Cesena, Palermo 4-4 Chievo, Roma 2-2 Catania, Siena 0-2 Parma, Udinese 2-0 Genoa
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