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European Football Weekend Round-Up

This weekend saw titles won and teams relegated but there is still much up for grabs in Europe’s top leagues. Sport Report rounds up the best of the action.

France

Friday’s top of the table clash between Auxerre and Marseille finished in a 0-0 stalemate meaning that Marseille remain five points clear with only three games to play. Lille stay in third courtesy of a 3-1 home win over Nancy but they are looking over their shoulders at Lyon who are only two points behind after Michel Bastos’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Montpellier who drop to sixth. Claude Puel’s team also has a game in hand. Bordeaux leapfrogged Montpellier thanks to a 1-0 win over Toulouse.

At the bottom, Grenoble are already down so the question is: who will join them?  Boulogne are still eight points from safety despite a 3-3 draw with Nice and they now need to win all three remaining games to have any chance of staying up, as do Le Mans who are seven points from safety.

Results

Auxerre 0-0 Olympique de Marseille

Bordeaux 1-0 Toulouse

Boulogne 3-3 Nice

Lille 3-1 Nancy

Montpellier 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais

Rennes 1-2 Sochaux

St Etienne 1-4 Lens

Valenciennes 0-0 Lorient

Germany

Bayern Munich may not have a C next to their name yet but I think we can safely say they are Bundesliga champions. A Thomas Müller hat-trick gave them a 3-1 win over Bochum and second placed Schalke lost 2-0 to Werder Bremen in Gelsenkirchen. Thanks to goals from Mesut Özil and Hugo Almeida, Bremen remain in the driving seat for the all important third Champions League spot. Bayer Leverkusen have now fallen two points behind Bremen after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, a result which sees the side from the German capital relegated. Borussia Dortmund’s 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg sees them stay two points behind Leverkusen in fifth.

At the other end of the table, Freiburg secured their top flight status with a hard fought 2-2 draw in Cologne and Hannover gave their survival chances a huge boost with a shock 6-1 drubbing of Borussia Mönchengladbach. With Hertha already down, only one more team will be relegated automatically with another going in to a playoff with the third placed team from Bundesliga 2. Who will it be? Bochum and Nuremberg are both on 28 points with Hannover on 30 points. Next week sees Hannover travel to Bochum for what is now going to be a huge match whilst Nuremberg are at home to Cologne. Exciting stuff.

Results

Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Hertha Berlin

Bayern Munich 3-1 VFL Bochum

Borussia Dortmund 1-1 VFL Wolfsburg

FC Cologne 2-2 SC Freiburg

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 TSG Hoffenheim

HSV 4-0 Nuremberg

Hannover 6-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Schalke 04 0-2 Werder Bremen

VFB Stuttgart 2-2 Mainz

Holland

Congratulations to Steve McClaren who led FC Twente to their first title in the club’s 45 year history. Ajax finished in second one point behind with PSV Eindhoven in third a further seven points back. RKC Waalwijk have been relegated automatically whilst Willem II and Sparta go in to relegation playoffs against teams from the second tier.

Italy

Roma put pressure on Inter Milan by winning 2-1 at Parma on Saturday but Jose Mourinho’s men regained top spot and remain two points clear as goals from Walter Samuel and Thiago Motta gave them a 2-0 win over Lazio in Rome. AC Milan stayed in third as a Ronaldinho penalty gave them a 1-0 win over Fiorentina and Sampdoria are still in the fourth Champions League spot following a 2-0 win over already relegated Livorno. Palermo are hot on their heels in fifth and they kept up the pressure with a 2-1 win at Siena. Juventus dropped out of the Europa League spots after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Catania. Napoli went above them after Ezequiel Lavezzi’s 86th minute strike sealed a 2-1 win over Chievo.

At the bottom, Siena’s defeat to Palermo sees them join Livorno in Serie B next season and Atalanta are the favourites to join them as they need to win their remaining two fixtures and hope that Bologna or Lazio loses both of theirs.

Results

AC Milan 1-0 Fiorentina

Atalanta 1-1 Bologna

Bari 3-0 Genoa

Cagliari 2-2 Udinese

Catania 1-1 Juventus

Chievo 1-2 Napoli

Lazio 0-2 Internazionale

Parma 1-2 Roma

Sampdoria 2-0 Livorno

Siena 1-2 Palermo

Spain

Barcelona retained top spot as goals from Xavi, Bojan and Messi (2) gave them a 4-1 win at Villarreal. They remain a point clear of Real Madrid who needed an 89th minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo to see off Osasuna 3-2 at the Bernabeu. Valencia stay third after a routine 2-0 win over Espanyol in Barcelona whilst Mallorca and Sevilla continue to fight it out for the fourth Champions League place with 3-1 wins over Atletico Madrid and Bilbao respectively.

At the bottom Xerez gave themselves a lifeline with a 2-1 win over Almeria but they are still five points off safety with three games left to play. Valladolid are second bottom on 33 points after a 0-0 draw with Getafe. Tenerife stay in the bottom three despite a 2-1 win against Racing Santander but they are now behind Málaga only on goal difference after Málaga drew 1-1 with Sporting Gijon who are right in the relegation battle themselves on 35 points. Santander (36 points), Real Zaragoza (37 points), Almeria and Gijon (38 points) and Osasuna (39 points) are all still embroiled in the battle to beat the drop so take your pick!

Results

Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Mallorca

Deportivo La Coruña 0-1 Real Zaragoza

Espanyol 0-2 Valencia

Málaga 1-1 Sporting Gijon

Real Madrid 3-2 Osasuna

Real Valladolid 0-0 Getafe

Sevilla 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Tenerife 2-1 Racing Santander

Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona

Xerez 2-1 Almeria

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  1. Superiorraw
    May 7, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Good to see you give the Eredivisie some notice there. I also stumbled on this on the BBC last night: it’s just going off what you discussed a week or so ago about 3 of Germany’s youngsters.

    Germany’s provisional 27-man World Cup squad:

    Goalkeepers: Hans-Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)

    Defenders: Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg), Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Serdar Tasci (Stuttgart), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Dennis Aogo (Hamburg).

    Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea/ENG), Sami Khedira (Stuggart), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Christian Trasch (Stuttgart), Mesut Ozil (Werder Bremen), Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen).

    Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Cacau (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich).

    Muller, Ozil and Kroos in the provisional team. They have a warm up match against Malta coming up.

    • May 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Yeah, I saw Loew’s provisional squad. No real surprises apart from maybe Aogo and Badstuber in defence. Obviously some of these won’t make the final cut but Kroos, Mueller and Oezil should. If anyone does miss out, I still think it will be Kroos, although I would personally take all three

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