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Juventus Wins Italian Soccer Championship; PSG Leads in France

May 06, 2012

Juventus won the Italian league soccer title for a record-extending 28th time as it beat Cagliari 2-0 and AC Milan lost 4-2 to city rival Inter. Paris Saint-Germain took the lead in France’s Ligue 1.

Mirko Vucinic’s sixth-minute strike and an own goal by Michele Canini last night secured the win that lifted Juventus four points clear of AC Milan with one game remaining.

Turin-based Juventus, which was stripped of the 2005 and 2006 titles for its part in a match-fixing scandal, can cap its first Serie A championship since 2003 with an unbeaten season by avoiding defeat against Atalanta on May 13.

“It’s a fantastic feeling, a great joy after a wonderful year and an extraordinary season,” Juventus coach Antonio Conte said on his team’s website. “We have not lost in 37 games and we hope to finish the season undefeated because it will be something historical.”

Defending champion AC Milan lost to Inter for the second time in the league this season. Diego Milito scored three goals as Inter rallied from 2-1 down following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s double. Maicon added Inter’s fourth.

Udinese is favorite to clinch third spot and Champions League qualification after a 2-0 win over Genoa which keeps the club two points ahead of Lazio, a 2-0 winner at Atalanta. Napoli lost 2-0 at Bologna and is another point back.

Lecce lost 1-0 against Fiorentina two days ago and must win its final game to have a chance of overhauling Genoa in the standings to avoid relegation.

PSG Rallies

In France, PSG rallied from 2-0 down to beat Valenciennes 4-3 last night and move ahead of Montpellier at the top because it has a superior goal difference.

Nene, Maxwell, Blaise Matuidi and Jeremy Menez scored for PSG, which is seeking its first title since 1994. Montpellier, which has played one game fewer, is at Rennes today.

“It was difficult at the start, but we came back quickly and never let go,” Nene said. “This was a huge win.”

Two days ago, Lionel Messi scored all the goals as Barcelona routed Espanyol 4-0 to push his season total to 72 -- including 50 in Spain’s La Liga.

Real Madrid, which last week clinched its record-extending 32nd league title and first since 2008, beat Granada 2-1. Valencia is now assured of third spot with one round of matches to play after it defeated Villarreal 1-0 and Malaga lost 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.

Champion Borussia Dortmund set a record for points in a German Bundesliga season after a 4-0 win against Freiburg lifted its final tally to 81.

Cologne was relegated after a 4-1 home defeat by second- place Bayern Munich. Hertha Berlin moved ahead of Cologne with a 3-1 win against Hoffenheim and will playoff against a second- division team to stay in the top flight.

Dutch champion Ajax completed its league campaign yesterday with a 3-1 win at Vitesse Arnhem to finish six points ahead of second-place Feyenoord, which beat Heerenveen 3-2.

WEEKEND RESULTS
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Italy: Lecce 0-1 Fiorentina, Roma 2-2 Catania, Siena 0-2 Parma,
Atalanta 0-2 Lazio, Bologna 2-0 Napoli, Novara 3-0 Cesena,
Palermo 4-4 Chievo, Udinese 2-0 Genoa, Cagliari 0-2 Juventus,
Inter Milan 4-2 AC Milan.

Spain: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Getafe, Atletico Madrid 2-1 Malaga,
Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol, Granada 1-2 Real Madrid, Osasuna 1-0
Real Sociedad, Real Mallorca 1-0 Levante, Real Zaragoza 2-1
Racing Santander, Sevilla 5-2 Rayo Vallecano, Sporting Gijon 2-1
Real Betis, Valencia 1-0 Villarreal.

Germany: Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Freiburg, Cologne 1-4 Bayern
Munich, Augsburg 1-0 Hamburg, Nurnberg 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen,
Hannover 96 2-1 Kaiserslautern, Hertha Berlin 3-1 Hoffenheim,
Mainz 0-3 B. Moenchengladbach, Stuttgart 3-2 Wolfsburg, Werder
Bremen 2-3 Schalke.

France: Evian 2-1 AC Ajaccio, Lyon 1-1 Brest, Valenciennes 3-4
PSG. Today: Auxerre v Bordeaux, Lille v Caen, Lorient v Dijon,
Sochaux v Nancy, St Etienne v Marseille, Toulouse v Nice, Rennes
v Montpellier.

Netherlands: Den Haag 3-5 De Graafschap, AZ Alkmaar 1-0
Groningen, Excelsior 1-3 PSV Eindhoven, Heerenveen 2-3
Feyenoord, Heracles 1-2 NEC Nijmegen, NAC Breda 3-2 RKC
Waalwijk, Roda JC 1-3 Utrecht, VVV 4-2 FC Twente, Vitesse Arnhem
1-3 Ajax.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Cone in London at jcone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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