Juventus need a solitary point to clinch the Serie A, Bayern Munich set a new points record in Germany and FC Shakhtar Donetsk were crowned champions in Ukraine.
Juventus need a draw from their next weekend home game against Palermo for the Old Lady of Turin to secure a second straight Serie A title after easing past Torino FC 2-0 on Sunday. With four matches remaining, Juventus maintains an 11 point cushion at the summit of the Serie A and anything other than a loss next weekend, means they must have secured the necessary 12 points with three matches to go.
Juve coach responding after the Torino game, said: “No stone was left unturned in our preparations for this afternoon’s game. Compliments to Torino: it wasn’t easy to win today, but we managed to score two incredibly important goals.”
Napoli who are second in the Serie A log secured a 3-0 victory away to Pescara Calcio on Saturday, while third- placed Milan defeated Calcio Catania 4-2 to stay clear of ACF Fiorentina, who overwhelmed UC Samdoria 3-0.
In Germany, Bayern Munich won their 14th consecutive Bundesliga game and set a new record of 84 points in a league season.
“We all share one goal. We want to win trophies. We’re marching on together. We have a strong bench and there’s no resentment,” Bayern defender Daniel Van Buyten said after starting for the first time in as many games as the champions edged SC Freiburg 1-0.
Borussia Dortmund maintained their 64 points trail courtesy of a 2-1 victory at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Elsewhere, Bayern 04 Leverkusen defeated Werder Bremen 1-0 to remain seven points clear of fourth- placed FC Schalke 04 who beat Hamburger SV 4-1, thanks to a Klaas Jan Huntelaars hat- trick.
In France, 10- man Paris Saint Germain secured a 1-0 win against Evian Thonon Gaillard FC to maintain a nine point advantage at the top. Veteran winger David Beckham was sent off just six minutes after coming on as a sub. Olympique de Marseille secured a 1-0 win at FC Lorient to keep- up the pursuit, while Olympic Lyonnais drew the Derby du Rhone 1-1 to maintain their two- point advantage over AS- Etienne in the race for the third UEFA Champions League spot.
In Ukraine, Cyprus and Albania, silverware was settled as FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Apoel FC and KS Skenrebeu all confirmed their league crowns. A 1-1 draw with FC Metalist Kharviv left Shakhtar out of reach for the remainder of the season, Apoel profited from Anorthosis Famagusta FC’s 4-0 loss to AC Omonia and Skenderbeu beat KS Kastrioti 2-0.