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Milan clinches, Man. United and Barca inch closer
May 9th, 2011 12:45AM

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TAGS:  england, france, germany, italy, spain

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[EUROPEAN RACES] AC Milan clinched its 18th Italian league title -- but first in seven seasons -- despite tying, 0-0, at Roma. UEFA Champions League finalists Manchester United (2-1 over second-place Chelsea) and Barcelona (2-0 over city rival Espanyol) all but clinched league championships. For a look at the European races ...

ENGLAND (36 games -- 2 games to play)
Manchester United all but clinched the 2011 English Premier League title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea thanks to first-half goals by Javier Hernandez (after 36 seconds) and Nemanja Vidic.

United is six points ahead of the Blues with two games to play and can clinch the title with a win or tie at Blackburn on Saturday.

“The players won’t muck it up,” United manager Alex Ferguson promised. “They’ll get the point.”

Title Race:
76 Man. United
70 Chelsea
67 Arsenal
62 Man. City (35 games)
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56 Tottenham (35 games)
Relegation:
39 Birmingham
39 Blackburn
37 Wolves
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36 Wigan
36 Blackpool
33 West Ham

FRANCE (34 games -- 4 games to play)
Young Belgian star Eden Hazard scored with a free kick on halftime to give Lille a 1-0 win at relegation candidate Nancy that stretched its Ligue 1 lead to four points over Marseille, which lost to Lyon, 3-2.

OM complained that it had an early goal by Ghanaian Andre Ayew disallowed by referee Stephane Lannoy for a phantom handball.

“It’s difficult but if we had led 1-0 after 10 minutes who knows?” Marseille coach Didier Deschamps. “The referee saw what no one else saw. It could have put us in a perfect situation but he saw a hand, I know there wasn’t one."

Title Race:
66 Lille
62 Marseille
59 Lyon
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57 PSG 
52 Rennes
Relegation:
42 Valenciennes
42 Auxerre 
42 Brest
40 Monaco
40 Caen 
40 Nice
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38 Nancy
31 Lens
14 Arles-Avignon (relegated)

GERMANY (33 games -- 1 game to play)
The race at the top is over. Borussia Dortmund is the 2011 champion and will be joined by Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

All the action is at the bottom, where Borussia Moenchengladbach has won three games in a row and has climbed out of the automatic relegation zone. Its 2-0 win over Freiburg moved it into 16th place, ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt and St. Pauli, which was relegated with an 8-1 loss to Bayern.

Title Race:
72 Borussia Dortmund (clinched title)
65 Bayer Leverkusen
62 Bayern Munich  
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Relegation:
35 Wolfsburg
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35 Bor. M'gladbach
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34 Ein. Frankfurt
29 St. Pauli (relegated)

ITALY (36 games -- 2 games to play)
A 0-0 tie at Roma was enough for AC Milan to wrap up its 18th Sudetto -- but first in seven seasons -- on Saturday night.

Milan leads defending champion Inter Milan by six points with two games and has won the tiebreaker (head-to-head results).

“We deserve to win the title," said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. "We’ve stuck at it with determination. Clearly, that derby win [3-0 over Inter Milan in April], which saw us stretch our lead over Inter [that had been reduced from 13 points to two], was the decisive moment in the season."

Title Race:
78 AC Milan (clinched title)

72 Inter Milan
68 Napoli
62 Udinese
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60 Lazio 
60 Roma  
Relegation:
41 Bologna
40 Cesena
38 Lecce
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36 Sampdoria
31 Brescia
21 Bari (relegated)

SPAIN (35 games -- 3 games to play)
Barcelona can clinch its third consecutive La Liga title with a win or tie at Levante on Wednesday and then have two weeks to get ready for the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United,

A 2-0 victory over city rival Espanyol thanks to goals by Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique kept it eight points clear ahead of Real Madrid with three games left.

"We knew we couldn't slip up," Iniesta said. "We have the title so close."

Real Madrid beat Sevilla, 6-2, and got four goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, whose 33 goals give him two more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the battle for the coveted Pichichi.

Title Race:

91 Barcelona
83 Real Madrid
66 Valencia
61 Villarreal
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54 Ath. Bilbao
52 Sevilla 
52 Atl. Madrid 

Relegation:
42 Malaga
41 Osasuna
41 Real Sociedad
40 Getafe
39 Zaragoza 
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39 Dep. Coruna
33 Hercules
26 Almeria (relegated)



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