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While Real Madrid won the Spanish crown on Saturday, tensions remain in the Premier League and Serie A. Manchester City and Liverpool are still neck and neck in England, while AC Milan remains within easy reach of Inter. In Ligue 1, OM now sees its place as runner-up threatened by Rennes and Monaco.
Ligue 1: OM puts 2nd place on the line, Rennes and Monaco on the lookout
OM lost heavily after losing to Lyon (3-0) at home on Sunday 1 May in the shock of Day 35 of Ligue 1. The Marseillais toast to a prankster and relaunched the race despite themselves. competitors, Rennes and Monaco, who return at three lengths. The Rennais, third thanks to a better goal difference, defeated Saint-Etienne (2-0) on Saturday, while the Monegasques took their seventh consecutive win against Angers (2-0).
Nice (5th, two points off the podium), which went on to win (0-1) thanks to a new performance by Andy Delort in Bordeaux, still has the podium in their sights. Strasbourg (6th) held PSG in check on Friday (3-3), in the Alsace, after a spectacular game.
At the bottom of the rankings, Bordeaux and Metz continue to slide towards relegation, while Saint-Étienne, Clermont and Lorient, all three beaten this weekend, risk fighting to the end to avoid the play-off spot.
Premier League: Liverpool won’t let go of City, Arsenal cling to 4th place
The distance game between Manchester City and Liverpool, still in the race for the Champions League, continued on the 35th match day of the Premier League. Their duel even led to a crossover in the lead on Saturday, with the Reds taking control of the championship by winning at Newcastle (0-1), before the Mancunian leader took over with authority at Leeds (0-4). Pep Guardiola’s men maintain a small points lead which could make them happy at the end of the season.
Another crossover took place between Tottenham, easy winner of Leicester (3-1), who took 4th qualifying place for the C1 for two hours, before seeing their ancestral foe Arsenal take back, thanks to a precious win over West Ham (1 -2). The two London teams, separated by two points, will meet again on May 12 for a match at stake at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.
Finally, another Chelsea defensive blunder gave Everton a capital success for the maintenance (1-0) on Sunday. A success as unexpected as it is precious, as the three points won by the Tofes give them hope even as they remain 18th and are relegated first by 32 points, two points behind Leeds but with one game left to play.
Serie A: AC Milan keep the lead, Inter stay on the lookout
The tension continues in the title race in Italy, at the end of the 35th day of the championship. AC Milan came out of the Florentine trap of La Viola (1-0) on Sunday, thanks to a goal from former Lille player Rafael Leao. This narrow win allows the Rossoneri to remain at the top of Serie A three days after the final blow. Ambushed, two points behind Olivier Giroud’s teammates, Inter remains in the race. Victorious on the Udinese lawn (1-2), the Nerazzurri can only count on a misstep from their rivals.
For their part, Naples and Juventus, also winners of the day, took care of their qualification in C1. AS Roma, which could still be the spoilsport on Sunday in this part of the standings with a win, was tied at home against Bologna (0-0). A result that shatters his last dreams of the Champions League as 10 points separate it from 4th place now occupied by Juve.
Liga: Real crowned for the 35th time, Barca keep themselves going
Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid have been dominant all season, winning the 35th Spanish league title in their glorious history on Saturday, thanks to their overall win against Espanyol Barcelona (4-0) in the 34th match day of La Liga. A historic crowning achievement for Carlo Ancelotti, who became the first coach to win the five major European Championships.
After three consecutive defeats at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona, current runner-up to the Merengues, have recovered by winning at home against Mallorca (2-1). A success that brings the Catalans even closer to the next Champions League, as they separate nine points from fifth Betis Sevilla, who will face Getafe on Monday. Third in the standings, Sevilla FC was grabbed by Cadiz (1-1) on Friday, while Atlético Madrid continued to lose points after being beaten by Athletic Bilbao (2-0). Despite this setback, the Colchoneros remain fourth in the Basque Country.
Bundesliga: Bayern already on holiday, Freiburg maintains its C1 dreams
Behind Bayern Munich, already crowned champions and defeated on Saturday (3-1) in Mainz, the Champions League race remains completely open two days before the end. The good shot of the 32nd day of the German Championship was achieved by Freiburg, who won a crucial game with goals (3-4) in Hoffenheim. The Fribourgeois temporarily regain fourth place in the Bundesliga, qualifying for the Champions League, at RB Leipzig, who are playing big on Monday, on the lawn of Borussia M’Gladbach.
Borussia Dortmund (2nd), guaranteed to play in the C1 next season, lost at home to Bochum (3-4), despite a hat-trick (including two penalties) from the insatiable Norwegian top scorer Erling Haaland.