Last weekend saw the final round of fixtures in the 2018-19 Serie A season. It was a big day at both ends of the table, with teams looking to secure Champions League berths, as well as others looking to avoid being relegated. It was certainly an exciting day of action, so why not see what ...
It was the penultimate round of the Serie A season last weekend, and there was still much to play for. Sure, Juventus had already easily wrapped up the title, plus Napoli were guaranteed second place. There was still the matter of deciding which other teams would be heading into Europe next season though. As well as which team would find themselves in the third and final relegation place. To find out what happened in last weekend’s Serie A fixtures, keep on reading!
Empoli Leapfrog Genoa in Battle for Survival
It was a significant weekend at the bottom end of Serie A, as Empoli managed to leapfrog Genoa and now sit outside the relegation zone. This means that a win next weekend for Empoli will guarantee them a spot in Serie A upcoming season. Genoa, on the other hand, must hope that Empoli drop points to have any chance of staying in the league next season.
Empoli were mightily impressive over the weekend, as they dispatched Torino, who were fighting for a place in Europe, 4-1. The only goal of the first half came from Empoli’s Afriyie Acquah. Torino would then hit back after half-time though, thanks to a goal from Iago Falque. After that though, Empoli ran away with the game, thanks to goals from Brighi, Di Lorenzo and Caputo. Empoli are now in 17th position, while Torino’s hopes of European qualification have taken a significant hit.
Genoa would have been pretty happy with their result, had Empoli not managed to grab all three points. They hosted Cagliari, who are mid-table and are now only playing for pride, in a game that ended 1-1. Leonardo Pavoletti scored for Cagliari in the first half. Genoa weren’t able to hit back until the 89th minute when Domenico Criscito scored from the penalty spot. Giuseppe Pezzella was then sent off in the 93rd minute, meaning he’ll miss Genoa’s massively important next match against Fiorentina.
Inter Milan Stutter in Champions League Pursuit
It was a terrible weekend for Inter Milan, as they fell to a 4-1 defeat away to Napoli. This meant that Inter remained on 66 points and in fourth place. A win next weekend will guarantee Champions League football next season, however anything else and bitter rivals AC Milan could jump past them and claim the final Champions League qualifying spot.
It was always going to be tough at Napoli, as the home team has been impressive for most of the season. Napoli opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Thanks to Piotr Zieliński, before they then added a further three goals without reply in the second half, coming from Mertens and Fabián (2). There was a consolation goal in the 81st minute, as Mauro Icardi converted a penalty. However, Inter fans will be very disappointed with their performance.
Atalanta Fail to Grab Champions League Berth
Atalanta are almost sure of a Champions League spot next season. However they could have guaranteed this with a win over the weekend. The trouble? They were playing Juventus, so the 1-1 they managed was actually a pretty impressive feat. They can afford to lose next weekend. Atalanta’s far superior goal difference should still see them gain a berth in next season’s Champions League.
Atalanta actually led against the Serie A champions for most of the game. They went ahead in the 33rd minute, thanks to a goal from Josip Iličić, and they would hold on to this lead until the 80th minute. Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić would be the man to score the equaliser, sparing Juventus defeat in their final home game of the season. Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi was sent off in the 92nd minute. Most likely he will miss their final match of the season, which is against Sampdoria.
AC Milan Ensure European Football Next Season
AC Milan’s 2-0 win over Frosinone, who are already relegated, ensured that they will be playing in Europe next season. They now can’t be caught in the race for Europa League places. Plus they still harbour a chance of grabbing 4th spot and a Champions League berth. They will need to better Inter Milan’s result if they’re to leapfrog their rivals on the final day of the season though.
Milan’s win over Frosinone, who have been pretty poor all season, was solid, but not spectacular. Their first goal came courtesy of Polish forward Krzysztof Piątek. He flicked home the ball from close range in the 57th minute. Suso then doubled AC Milan’s lead when he scored a sublime free kick in the 66th minute. AC Milan will now take on SPAL in their closing game of the season. Definitely fans will still be crossing their fingers for Champions League qualification.
Elsewhere in Serie A…
Elsewhere, Lazio and Bologna played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Lazio can now no longer finish in the European places, but this isn’t a problem, as they’ve already qualified for the Europa League thanks to their Coppa Italia victory. Lazio’s goals on the day came from Correa, Bastos and Milinković-Savić, while Bologna scored via Poli, Destro and Orsolini. The result takes Bologna into 12th, while Lazio remain in 8th position.
There was another entertaining match between Udinese and SPAL, with Udinese eventually coming out on top 3-2. Udinese went into a 3-0 lead, thanks to goals from Samir and Okaka (2), before SPAL made things nervy for Udinese by scoring two second-half goals, courtesy of Petagna and Valoti. The result means that Udinese are now in an excellent position to avoid relegation, while SPAL stay in a respectable 11th place.
Fiorentina’s run of poor form continued over the weekend, as they lost 1-0 to Parma. The result now means that Fiorentina have lost their past six games, which has seen them slip down into 15th place. The only goal of the game came from Gerson in the 80th minute, as he put the ball into the wrong net. The result now means that Parma are safe from relegation, plus they also jump above Fiorentina in the table.
There were then two 0-0 draws last weekend in Serie A, with the first coming in the match between Sassuolo and Roma. The result meant that Roma failed to secure a place in the Europa League next season, although their superior goal difference over Torino means that they are still firm favourites to finish in 6th. Sassuolo are now in 10th and can’t finish any higher at the end of the season.
The other 0-0 came in the match between Chievo and Sampdoria. Sampdoria had some chances on the night, but couldn’t convert them, while Chievo lacked any real attacking intent. The main action in the game came in the 40th minute, when Chievo’s Federico Barba was sent off. Chievo will finish the season at the bottom of the table, while Sampdoria are guaranteed to finish the current campaign in 9th position.
Ligue 1 entered its penultimate round of fixtures last weekend, and there was still plenty to play for. While PSG had already easily wrapped up the title, the fight was still on for Champions League and Europa League places, plus the battle at the bottom of the table continued to be a fierce one. Find out about everything that went down in Ligue 1 below…
Monaco Close to Survival After Victory Over Amiens
It’s been a torrid season for Monaco. Last year’s Ligue 1 runners up have had a spectacular fall from grace and have been battling at the wrong end of the table this year. Last weekend’s 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Amiens has almost assured Monaco their place in Ligue 1 next season though, as they’re now three points ahead of 18th placed Caen with a far superior goal difference.
Monaco’s first goal came in the 26th minute when Radamel Falcao scored, and they then completed victory in the 82nd minute, thanks to Aleksandr Golovin. Monaco would have to lose their next match plus suffer a severe swing in goal difference to be relegated now. Despite survival, Monaco supporters certainly won’t look back on this season with pride though.
While Monaco survived, Amiens’ loss meant that they could still find themselves in a playoff with a team from the lower division at the end of the season, as they’re just two points away from 18th. If Caen win next week and Amiens lose, Amiens will enter the playoffs. Even a draw might not be enough for Amiens, as their goal difference is similar to Caen’s.
Lyon Assured of Champions League Football
Lyon had a fantastic weekend, as they ensured that they’d be the third and final French team to qualify for next season’s Champions League. This came thanks to a 4-0 thrashing of Caen, leaving the losing side on the brink of a relegation playoff. Lyon now sit in 3rd place, four points clear of 4th and with only one game remaining in the season. Caen, as already mentioned, must win their final game to have any chance of escaping 18th position and a playoff.
Memphis Depay was the man to open the scoring, with a goal in the 49th minute. Maxwel Cornet and Moussa Dembélé then scored the next couple of goals for Lyon, before Depay grabbed another in the 74th minute. As expected, there was celebration from Lyon fans at the end, however visiting Caen fans now go nervously into the final day of the season.
St-Étienne Confirm Europa League Place
Another team now assured of European football next season is St-Étienne, thanks to their comfortable 3-0 win over Nice. It is now certain that they’ll finish in 4th, which is good for a Europa League place. The defeat means that Nice can now only finish as high as 7th place, therefore meaning that their slim chances of reaching Europe next season are now over.
Robert Berić scored the first two goals for St-Étienne, while Romain Hamouma scored the other. The scoreline is in fact very harsh on Nice though, who were the better team for long periods in the match and ended up with 67% of the possession. This didn’t stop St-Étienne players from celebrating at the end of the match though.
Dijon in Trouble After Loss to PSG
The weekend wasn’t a good one for Dijon, as they can’t now finish higher than 18th place. That would put them into the relegation playoff. They had the difficult task of taking on PSG in Paris, and weren’t able to compete with the champions, as they went down 4-0. The win now puts PSG on 91 points, 16 points clear of Lille in 2nd. PSG fans will be relieved, as it was their first victory since going out of the Champions League.
PSG started the scoring early, as Ángel Di María scored in the 3rd minute of the game. After just one more minute, they were 2-0 up, as Edinson Cavani got his name on the scoresheet. Kylian Mbappé then scored the final two goals for PSG, taking his personal tally of Ligue 1 goals to 32 – 10 more than his closest rival.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1…
Elsewhere, there was a high-scoring game in Toulouse, as the home team were on the end of a 5-2 thrashing by Marseille. Marseille’s goals came from Sanson, Sakai, N’Jie and Thauvin (2), while Toulouse scored through Iseka and Gradel. Marseille remain in 6th place, while Toulouse remain in 15th place. A loss on the final day could see Toulouse drop to as low as 17th place though.
There was also a comprehensive win for Lille, who have already confirmed that they’ll finish the season in 2nd place. They took on Angers and managed to hit five, taking them to 75 points this season. Nanitamo Ikone scored as early as the 2nd minute, before Nicolas Pépé got the second in the 14th minute. Jonathan Bamba then scored in the 69th minute, before Pépé scored his second. Luiz Araújo then scored the final goal in the 89th minute.
The match between Stade Reims and Bordeaux didn’t have anything riding on it, except pride. In the end the game finished 1-0 to Stade Reims, with Suk Hyun-jun scoring the only goal of the game. The result means that Stade Reims stay in 9th place, while Bordeaux stay in 14th – a disappointingly low table position for their fans.
Guingamp and Nîmes played out an entertaining draw in their fixture, with the score eventually finishing 2-2. The result means that Guingamp are now guaranteed to finish bottom of the league, while Nîmes move up into 7th place. Guingamp were 2-0 at half-time, thanks to goals from Marcus Thuram and Alexandre Mendy. However Nîmes hit back in the second half with goals from Renaud Ripart and Denis Bouanga.
Finally, Montpellier hosted Nantes over the weekend, and nothing could separate them, with the score ending 1-1. Nantes took the lead through Kalifa Coulibaly, before Florent Mollet equalised in the second half. Montpellier remain in 5th, now just one point above Marseille, while Nantes sit down in 11th place.
Last weekend was the final weekend in La Liga, and there was still a lot to play for. While Barcelona had already easily won the title, there was still the question of who would finish in fourth and claim the final Champions League spot, as well as whether Girona could somehow get themselves out of the relegation zone. It was an exciting weekend of action, so find out more about it here…
Valencia Win the Race for 4th Place
The big news from the weekend was the fact that Valencia won the race to finish in 4th spot. They finished two points clear of Getafe, the only other team with a chance of finishing in the Champions League places. It was certainly a disappointing day for Getafe, who had been pushing for Champions League qualification all season, yet qualifying for the Europa League still represents a massive achievement for the club. Valencia will now go into Europe’s premier club competition at the qualifying stages.
Valencia’s qualification came thanks to a 2-0 victory at home over Valladolid, in a game that the visitors actually dominated. Carlos Soler scored the first goal for Valencia in the 36th minute, before Rodrigo doubled their lead in the 52nd minute. Valencia would go on to keep a clean sheet, despite Valladolid having 19 shots. For Valladolid, the match meant nothing, as they’d already secured La Liga football prior to this match, and they finished the season in 16th place.
Getafe started the day level on points with Valencia, although they had a worse goal difference. This meant that they needed to better Valencia’s result – something that turned out to be almost impossible, thanks to Valencia’s win and superior goal difference. In the end, Getafe would draw 2-2 with Villarreal. Francesco Portillo and Nemanja Maksimović got the goals for Getafe, while Villarreal’s goals came from Vicente Iborra and Gerard Moreno. Villarreal finish the season in 14th, while Getafe finish in 5th.
Real Madrid Suffer Yet Another Defeat
The season went from bad to worse for Real Madrid last weekend, as they suffered yet another loss, this time to Real Betis. Despite having home advantage, Zinedine Zidane’s Real side still managed to lose 2-0, and many are now calling for some huge overhauls of the squad. One player almost sure to leave is Gareth Bale, who was an unused substitute and left the field at the end without even acknowledging the Real supporters.
Both Betis goals came in the second half, and it was Loren Morón who scored the opening goal, in the 61st minute. Jesé would then score the second in the 75th minute, to put the game beyond Real Madrid. Real will finish this campaign in 68 points, which puts them in 3rd place, eight points behind cross-town rivals Atlético. Betis finish the season in a respectable 10th place.
Barcelona Held by Plucky Eibar
Prior to the final weekend of the season, Barcelona had already easily won the La Liga title. Both players and fans would have wanted to finish the season with a win though, but this was denied by a plucky Eibar team. The 2-2 result, along with the result for Atlético, meant that Barca would end up finishing the season 11 points clear at the top. Eibar finish the season in 12th.
Eibar might be annoyed that they didn’t get more from the game, as they had 18 shots throughout the match – more than double the number Barcelona had. Barcelona had Messi though, and the Argentine magician conjured up two goals in the game, taking him to 36 goals in La Liga this season, 14 more than second place. Eibar’s two goals came from Marc Cucurella and Pablo de Blasis.
Girona Confirmed as Final Relegated Team
Going into the final day, Girona were strong favourites to fill the final relegation spot, but there was at least a chance. Their loss to Alavés condemned them to football in the Spanish second tier next season though, joining Huesca and Rayo Vallecano as this year’s relegated teams. Alavés finish the season in 11th place, although they were just three points away from Espanyol in 7th.
The opening goal of the game came in the 40th minute, as Alavés’ Mubarek Wakaso put the ball in to the net. The next goal wouldn’t come until the 83rd minute, when Alavés doubled their lead, thanks to Jonathan Calleri. There would be a consolation goal for Girona in the 86th minute, scored by Portu, but there was no great escape engineered by Girona in the end.
Elsewhere in La Liga…
Elsewhere, Atlético finished their season with a 2-2 draw with Levante. Atlético had already confirmed the 2nd place, while the draw leaves Levante in 15th. Atlético found themselves 2-0 down by half time, thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger, and things got even worse when they had Ángel Correa sent off near the beginning of the second half. They still managed to fight back and claim a draw though, with goals from Rodri and Sergio Camello.
Espanyol haven’t had a bad season, and they finished this campaign with another win, this time over Real Sociedad. This meant that they finished in 7th place, claiming a Europa League berth, while Sociedad ended the campaign in 9th. The end result was 2-0 to Espanyol, with goals coming from Roberto Rosales and Chinese superstar Wu Lei.
Sevilla have also had a reasonably good season, having already qualified for the Europa League prior to last weekend. They finished the season with a home match against Athletic Bilbao, who needed a win to qualify for the Europa League. Sevilla’s first came from Wissam Ben Yedder, while the second, scored in the 92nd minute, came courtesy of Munir El Haddadi, giving Sevilla a 2-0 win. Sevilla finish the season in 6th, while Bilbao finish in 8th.
Huesca were already guaranteed relegation before last weekend, however fans will be glad to see that their team at least went out on a high note. They defeated Leganes 2-1, thanks to a brace from Martín Mantovani. Leganes’ only goal also came from Mantovani, as he put the ball into his own net. A hat-trick of this type certainly isn’t seen too often in the world’s top leagues! Huesca end the season in 19th, while Leganes finish in 13th.
Finally, Celta Vigo got the point they needed to assure survival in La Liga, but they didn’t even need the point in the end, thanks to Girona’s defeat. Celta’s 2-2 draw with Rayo Vallecano – who were already relegated – was made possible thanks to two late goals from Iago Aspas. Previously, Vallecano had been in charge, due to goals from Adri Embarba and Álvaro Medrán.
Last weekend was the final one in the Bundesliga. Title race went down to the wire, proving that the Bundesliga is one of the most exciting football leagues in the world. There were a lot of goals scored this week. As five of the nine matches saw six goals or more, making this one of the most goal-heavy matchdays in recent memory. Check out below if you want the full lowdown on what happened on matchday 34 in the German Bundesliga…
Bayern Beat Dortmund to the Title
The big story going into the weekend was whether Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund would become champions. Bayern had the advantage and knew that a win or a draw would clinch it for them. But Dortmund were hopeful of a slip from the German giants. In the end, though, Bayern easily came through their match against Eintracht Frankfurt, securing the Bundesliga crown once again.
To say that Bayern’s win was easy would be an understatement. They demolished Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1, with Kingsley Coman scoring the first. That was the only goal of the first half, and Eintracht hit back after the break. Bayern would then dominate their opponents though, scoring four more goals. Two of the goalscorers were Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben, giving them a beautiful send-off in their final appearance for the club. The match didn’t just ensure Bayern became champions though, as it also meant that Eintracht failed to qualify for European football next season.
Borussia Dortmund did all they could to win the title, as they defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 away from home. The result meant that Dortmund finished second, while Mönchengladbach still retained a Europa League spot, but only thanks to results elsewhere. Dortmund’s first goal came courtesy of Jadon Sancho, before Marco Reus scored the second. The result really was an easy one for Dortmund, as they finished the match with 71% of the possession.
Wolfsburg Hit Eight in Rout of Augsburg
The most amazing result of the day came in Wolfsburg, where the home side managed to hit eight goals against a hapless Augsburg. The result ensured that Wolfsburg gained a Europa League spot next season, while Augsburg finish in 15th. The result isn’t the biggest since records began, which is some consolation for Augsburg fans, but their fans will want a lot of transfer activity over the summer if they’re going to have a more successful season next year.
Wolfsburg were 3-0 up by half-time, thanks to goals from Wout Weghorst (2) and Robin Knoche. Weghorst then completed his hat-trick just after half-time, before Daniel Ginczek made it 5-0 in the 57th minute. Elvis Rexhbeçaj scored Wolfsburg’s sixth in the 60th minute before Julian Schieber scored a consolation for Augsburg in the 81st minute. There was still time for Wolfsburg to grab another couple of goals though, and they came courtesy of Josip Brekalo and an own-goal from Kevin Danso.
Bayer Leverkusen Grab Champions League Berth
Going into the final game of the season, Bayer Leverkusen were not assured of a Champions League place. Their win against Hertha Berlin, combined with Borussia Mönchengladbach’s loss to Borussia Dortmund, ensured that they claimed fourth place by the tiniest of margins though. They will now go into the qualifying stage of the Champions League, while Hertha finish the season in 11th place.
Bayer certainly made a statement in the game, as they won 5-1 away from home. The opening goal came from Kai Havertz. However, Hertha hit back to equalise through Valentino Lazaro. Bayer would then score four unanswered goals though. One of these goals came from Julian Brandt – rumoured to be heading away from the club during the summer – while Lucas Alario hit a hat-trick. The result meant that Bayer didn’t lose any of their final seven matches. A run of form that allowed them to secure Champions League football next season.
Nürnberg Leave Bundesliga with a Whimper
Nürnberg already knew that they were relegated before the final match of the season, but supporters still won’t be happy with the manner they exited the league. They were soundly beaten 5-1 by Freiburg. A team who only managed 13th this season – meaning that their last victory came back on 30th March, when they defeated Augsburg 3-0. To say this season has been disappointing for fans would be an understatement.
Marco Terrazzino scored Freiburg’s first in the 7th minute, and Luca Waldschmidt doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Freiburg would then score three times in the second half, thanks to Nils Petersen (2) and Vincenzo Grifo. Eduard Löwen would then grab a solitary goal for Nürnberg, although they were already well beaten by then. Nürnberg will hope to bounce back next year, while Freiburg fans will be encouraged by this result and will hope their team improves on the 13th place next season.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga…
There were also three other matches in the Bundesliga over the weekend. The first to mention is Mainz’s 4-2 win against Hoffenheim. Both teams had nothing much to play for; however, that didn’t stop Mainz from engineering an impressive comeback. Hoffenheim scored the game’s first two goals, thanks to Ishak Belfodil and Andrej Kramarić. However they were reduced to ten men before half-time, as Christoph Baumgartner got his marching orders. Goals from Daniel Brosinski, Jean-Paul Boëtius and Jean-Phillippe Mateta all came in the second half, giving Mainz the three points.
Fortuna also ended their season with a win, defeating Hannover 96 2-1. Hannover were already relegated before the match started, while Fortuna ended up finishing in a respectable 10th place. Rouwen Hennings and Kenan Karaman scored Fortuna’s goals, while Hannover’s solitary goal came from Nikolai Müller.
Finally, Schalke and VfB Stuttgart finished their seasons with an uninspiring 0-0 draw. Stuttgart will now take part in a playoff against Union Berlin, knowing that they must win to retain their place in the Bundesliga. Schalke, on the other hand, finish the season in 14th, which is a pretty disappointing result for their fans.
We’re getting towards the end of the season now, however there’s still much to be decided in Serie A. Sure, Juventus might have already won the title, nonetheless European places are still up for grabs, plus the final relegation place still needs to be filled. There were some great matches in Serie A over the weekend, so why not find out about them by reading through the Serie A matchday 36 review below?
Juventus in Shock Loss to Roma
It doesn’t happen too often in Serie A, even so, Juventus were beaten over the weekend. The result wasn’t a significant one for Juve, as they’ve already claimed the Serie A trophy, however it was significant for Roma, the team that managed to grab the three points. This is because the win saw Roma jump up into 6th place, and there’s still a chance of them reaching next season’s Champions League.
Both goals didn’t come until the latter part of the game, and the first was scored by Alessandro Florenzi in the 79th minute. Edin Džeko would then secure all three points when he scored in the 92nd minute of the game. Despite having much less possession, Roma was a good value for their win, consistently posing more threat than their opponents.
As stated though, the result means nothing for Juventus, as they’re still 13 points clear of Napoli, who sit in 2nd. Will next season see Juventus pushed by another team, or will they bulldoze their way through the season again, as they’ve done this year?
Atalanta Still Pushing for Champions League Spot
Atalanta has been exceptionally impressive this season, and they notched up another win last weekend, meaning that they haven’t been defeated in their previous 13 matches. The three points they picked up by beating Genoa implies that they retain the 4th place in the league and remain on course to enter the Champions League next season, which would be a massive achievement for the club. For Genoa, the threat of relegation still looms large, as they sit in 17th place, one point away from the drop zone.
The first half of the match was goalless, however Atalanta opened the scoring in the 46th minute, thanks to a goal from Musa Barrow. They then doubled their lead seven minutes later, when Timothy Castagne scored their second. Genoa got a consolation goal in the 89th minute through Goran Pandev, however it was too late for them to mount a comeback.
Empoli Closer to Serie A Survival
Empoli got a massive boost over the weekend, as they moved closer to Serie A survival. Their impressive win away to Sampdoria means that they’re still in the relegation zone, but they’re now only one point adrift of Genoa in 17th. For Sampdoria, the result did nothing apart from bruise their pride, as they’re guaranteed to finish the season in a mid-table position.
All the action took place in the second half. The first goal was scored by Empoli, as Diego Farias hit the back of the net in the 56th minute. Empoli doubled their lead in the 75th minute when Giovanni Di Lorenzo scored. Sampdoria managed to get a consolation in the 2nd minute of injury time when Fabio Quagliarella scored a penalty, but they couldn’t push on and claim a draw.
Torino Retain Hope for Europa League Qualification
It has been a pretty good season for Torino fans, as they’ve seen their club competing at the top end of the table. Their weekend victory over Sassuolo meant that they retain hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, as they’re just two points away from AC Milan in 6th place. For Sassuolo, mid-table obscurity will be the result of their season.
Sassuolo actually took the lead in the game, thanks to a 27th-minute goal from Mehdi Bourabia, however they went down to ten men just one minute later when the goalscorer was dismissed for lifting his jersey over his head in celebration. Andrea Belotti then pulled Torino level in the 56th minute, before Pol Lirola gave Sassuolo the lead again, in the 71st minute. A goal from Simone Zaza levelled things again before Belotti scored his second of the game to provide Torino with the win.
Elsewhere in Serie A…
Elsewhere, Inter Milan got a massive boost to their Champions League hopes, as they defeated bottom-placed Chievo to retain the 3rd place. Politano put Inter ahead in the 39th minute. Chievo’s Rigoni was then sent off in the 76th minute before Perišić got Inter’s second. Inter now need just one more win in their final two games to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Napoli has already made sure of their place in the Champions League, as they’re guaranteed to finish the campaign in 2nd place. They headed to SPAL over the weekend and came away with a 2-1 victory. Allan scored the first goal for the visitors, but Petagna equalised for SPAL in the 83rd minute, thanks to a penalty. Napoli grabbed the three points in the 88th minute though, as Mário Rui hit the winning goal.
AC Milan kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive, but they were far from convincing in their 1-0 victory over Fiorentina, who now sit in 14th place. The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute when Hakan Çalhanoğlu headed the ball home from Suso’s cross. Milan owes a debt of gratitude to keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma though, as he made a string of excellent saves in the second half to give Milan all three points.
Parma missed the chance to give their survival hopes a boost over the weekend, as they were thrashed 4-1 by Bologna – a result that has moved Bologna away from the relegation zone. Bologna is now five points away from the drop zone, while Parma is just two points away. Bologna’s goals came from Orsolini, Sepe (OG), Lyanco and Sierralta (OG), while Parma’s sole purpose came courtesy of Inglese. Parma also had Bruno Alves sent off in the game.
Finally, Udinese massively improved their chances of survival by defeating Frosinone, who have already been relegated, 3-1. Stefano Okaka scored twice in the game, while Samir grabbed Udinese’s other goal. Frosinone’s only goal came from Federico Dionisi. Udinese are now two points above the relegation zone, so really need to take their good form into the next game.
La Liga entered its penultimate round of fixtures over the weekend, and there was still a huge amount to play for. Barcelona might have already won the title, but there was still much to be decided in the Champions League and Europa League places, plus there was still the matter of which team will finish in 18th and therefore get relegated. Learn about everything that happened in matchday 37 of La Liga by taking a read through this page…
Atletico Seal 2nd Place as Real Lose Again
While Barcelona has already wrapped up the title, 2nd place was still up for grabs. Real Madrid would need to win their final two games to have a chance though, plus Atletico would need to lose both of their matches. What’s more, a big swing in goal difference would need to happen. Real’s dreams of 2nd were extinguished by Real Sociedad though, who beat them 3-1, with goals from Mikel Merino, Joseba Zaldúa and Ander Barrenetxea.
Atletico Madrid also got the point they needed to finish in 2nd, as they drew 1-1 at home to Sevilla. Koke scored the opening goal for the home side, however this was cancelled out in the 70th minute by Pablo Sarabia. Sevilla is now just two points from the Champions League places, so still, harbour thoughts of reaching Europe’s top club competition next season.
The results for the two Madrid teams mean that it’s another disappointing season for Real, who will now finish in 3rd. It’s clear that Zinedine Zidane has some rebuilding to do over the summer if his side is to be competitive next season.
Barcelona March On
Barcelona went into their match against Getafe reeling from their shock Champions League exit. This didn’t stop them from dispatching their opponents 2-0 though and moving onto 86 points. While the result meant nothing for Barcelona, it was massive for Getafe, as their loss, paired with Valencia’s victory, saw them drop out of the Champions League places.
Barcelona, as expected, was completely dominant, having an astonishing 80% of the overall possession. The fact that they didn’t score more is surprising. Their first goal came thanks to Arturo Vidal, while the second goal was an own goal, scored by Djene Dakonam while under pressure from Lionel Messi. It wasn’t the best of games, however at least Barca fans got to see their team revert back to winning ways.
Valencia Move into Champions League Places
It was a good weekend for Valencia, as they moved back into the Champions League places with a 3-1 victory over Alavés. The result takes them level on points with Getafe, however Valencia has a slightly superior goal difference. If they can win their next match, and keep their goal difference better than Getafe’s, they’ll be in the Champions League next season. They could also still win the Copa del Rey – they play Barcelona in the final on the 25th of May.
Valencia actually went a goal down against Alavés, as Ximo Navarro scored in the 12th minute. They were 2-1 up by half-time though, thanks to goals from Carlos Soler and Santi Mina. Kevin Gameiro then assured Valencia of the win when he scored in the 68th minute. The result doesn’t mean much for Alavés, as they’re guaranteed to finish somewhere in mid-table at the end of the season.
Girona On Brink of Relegation
Girona now looks certain to be relegated from La Liga, thanks to their 2-1 loss to Levante. They currently sit in 18th place, three points adrift of Celta Vigo in 17th, and with a far inferior goal difference. Unless they can somehow win by a huge margin, they are going to be playing their football in a lower division next season. Levante, on the other hand, will have another season in the top flight, as they now can’t be relegated.
All the action in the game started in the 60th minute when Cristhian Stuani opened the scoring for Girona. They could only hold onto their lead for two minutes though before Nogales scored for Levante. The away side would then score the winning goal in the 86th minute, as Enis Bardhi found the back of the net.
Elsewhere in La Liga…
Elsewhere, bottom club Huesca continued their poor season, as they lost 2-1 to Real Betis. Joaquin put Betis ahead in the 22nd minute before Juanpi equalised with a penalty in the 55th minute. Cruelly for Huesca, Betis would score the winning goal in the 98th minute, with Joaquin doubling his tally for the game. Huesca remains bottom, while Real Betis sit in 10th place.
Rayo Vallecano, who sits second to bottom, also lost over the weekend, going down 2-1 at home to Valladolid. They started terribly, conceding a penalty in the 6th minute, which was converted by Enes Ünal. Álvaro Medrán then equalised, however Navarro scored the winning goal for Valladolid in the 80th minute of the game.
Celta Vigo missed the chance to guarantee safety over the weekend, as they lost 3-1 to Athletic Bilbao. Raúl García scored twice in the first half for Bilbao, and Iñaki Williams scored another before half time. Celta Vigo got a consolation goal in the 89th minute thanks to Iago Aspas, however they’ll need at least a draw in the next round of matches to guarantee another season in La Liga.
There was also a win for Espanyol over Leganes, in a match featuring two mid-table teams playing for nothing more than pride. Borja Iglesias scored twice for Espanyol, while Leganes had Unai Bustinza sent off on the stroke of half time. The result puts Espanyol into 9th place, while Leganes are in 13th position.
Finally, there was a win for Villarreal over Eibar – a result that means Villarreal now can’t be relegated this season. There was only a single goal in the game, scored by Karl Toko Ekambi in the 59th minute. Villarreal is now in 14th place in the table, while Eibar sits comfortably in 12th position, one point above Leganes.
The Bundesliga is known as one of the most exciting leagues in the world, and this is undoubtedly being proved this season! The battle for the title is still raging, plus there are also many teams trying to secure their place in Europe next season. Discover what happened in Germany’s top football league on matchday 33 by taking a look below…
The Battle for the Title Goes On
At the top of the league, there are two teams still aiming for the title. Bayern Munich started the weekend on 74 points, while Dortmund had 70. Therefore, a win for Bayern against 3rd placed Leipzig would see them lift the trophy. Unfortunately for Bayern fans though, their club could only manage a 0-0 draw. Fans did think they’d got a breakthrough in the 50th minute, only to see their celebrations cut short by a VAR decision.
Bayern’s result meant that Dortmund could keep themselves in with a chance of the title if they could beat Fortuna – something that they did 3-2. Christian Pulisic put Dortmund ahead in the 41st minute, however, Fortuna replied with a goal after the break from Oliver Fink. Dortmund then pulled away with goals from Thomas Delaney and Mario Götze, before Fortuna got a consolation goal, scored by Dawid Kownacki. Fortuna also had a player sent off near the end of the match, as Adam Bodzek was dismissed in the 82nd minute.
So, Dortmund goes into the final round of games two points adrift of Munich. Thanks to their massively superior goal difference, Bayern only need a draw to claim the title, while Dortmund must win against Borussia Mönchengladbach and hope that Bayern loses to Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Ligue 1 title has already been decided, with PSG romping home to yet another trophy. There’s still lots going on in Ligue 1 though. Will St-Étienne or Montpellier claim a 4th spot and a place in the Europa League? And will the once mighty Monaco be relegated from the league? Matchday 36 didn’t answer these questions definitively, however fans of the league were certainly given a glimpse of what could happen at the end of the season…
PSG Scrape Victory Over Angers
We start first with PSG, who are already champions and can afford to see out the rest of the season on cruise control. They traveled to Angers over the weekend, and only just managed to scrape a 2-1 victory. Fans certainly won’t be happy to see their club only just managing to overcome such inferior opposition. However, they will be glad to finally see PSG’s streak of away losses come to an end.
It was Neymar who scored the opening goal of the game before he turned provider and set up Ángel Di María for the second. Marquinhos was then shown a straight red in the 85th minute before Flavien Tait grabbed a consolation goal for the home team. The result means that PSG now has 88 points, while Angers sit in 13th place with a total of 45 points to their name.
With nothing now to play for, it remains to be seen whether PSG will rest some of their stars in the final two games of the season, against Dijon and Reims. Regardless of the side chosen by Thomas Tuchel though, fans will still expect PSG to take maximum points from their final two games.
Lyon Confirm Europa League Place,
It was a good weekend for Lyon, as their 3-0 victory over Marseille confirmed that they’ll definitely be playing in the Europa League next season. They also have a slim chance of pipping Lille to second, although they’d need a massive swing in goal difference to do so. The loss means that Marseille now has no chance of reaching the Europa League though, as they’re now seven points adrift of 4th place.
Maxwel Cornet scored the first goal for Lyon, before Marseille made things tough for themselves as Duje Ćaleta-Car got himself sent off in the 67th minute. Lyon then wrapped the game up in the 84th minute, thanks to a goal from Moussa Dembélé. A third goal came a couple of minutes later when Cornet got himself onto the scoresheet for the second time. The game was actually closer than the scoreline suggests, however, Lyon fans certainly won’t mind, as they scooped all three points on the day.
Monaco Sucked Back into Relegation Battle
It hasn’t been a good season for Monaco. Things got worse over the weekend, as they saw themselves slip to a 1-0 loss against Nimes. This loss means that Monaco are now level on points with 18th placed Caen – finishing in 18th would see them forced into a playoff with a team from the lower division. That would be better than finishing in 19th though – still possible – as this would see them automatically relegated. It would undoubtedly be a huge fall from grace for the team that finished 2nd in the league last year.
The game certainly wasn’t a classic, and the only goal came in the 9th minute when Renaud Ripart headed home a cross from Sada Thioub. Paul Bernadoni then played superbly in between the sticks to protect Nimes’ lead, and Monaco wasn’t able to find a way back into the game. Monaco next plays Amiens, knowing that a win is vital in their fight for survival.
Montpellier Keep Europa League Aspirations Alive
The battle for 4th place – and the final Europa League spot – is still alive. 4th placed St-Étienne took on 5th placed Montpellier over the weekend, knowing that a win would knock Montpellier out of the race. It was Montpellier who came out on top though, bringing themselves to just four points away from St-Étienne. It will take a big effort, as well as results going their way, for Montpellier to finish in 4th, however, fans will still be hopeful that it can happen.
The game saw more red cards than goals, as Montpellier managed a 1-0 victory. The only goal was scored by Gaëtan Laborde, who drilled a low shot past Stéphane Ruffier in the 64th minute. This only came after both teams saw a player getting a red card – Montpellier’s Daniel Congré was given his marching orders in the 53th minute after a VAR review, before St-Étienne’s Rémy Cabella was sent off in the 62nd minute for a second bookable offence.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1…
Lille made it almost sure that they’ll finish with a Champions League place as they defeated Bordeaux 1-0 on Sunday. The only goal of the match was scored by Loïc Rémy in the 27th minute. Bordeaux finished the game with 10 players, as Pablo was sent off in the 88th minute. One point in their next two games will be enough to guarantee Lille a place in next season’s Champion’s League.
The highest scoring match of the weekend saw Caen claim a 3-2 victory over Stade Reims. The result is a massive boost for Caen, who are now level on points with 17th placed Monaco, giving their fans hope that they could still be in Ligue 1 next season. Ninga, Fajr and Guilbert scored for Caen, while Stade Reims’ goals came from Doumbia and Zeneli.
Bottom-placed Guingamp managed to get the point for themselves as they drew 1-1 with Rennes away from home. Ismaïla Sarr scored the opening goal of the game for Rennes. However, Alexandre Mendy grabbed the equaliser for Guingamp in the 87th minute. The result means nothing though, as Guingamp are already guaranteed to be relegated, while Rennes will finish somewhere mid-table.
It was a big weekend for Dijon, as their 2-1 victory at home to Strasbourg gave them a chance of escaping the relegation zone. They’re currently in 19th. However, they’re only two points away from safety. Their victory over the weekend came courtesy of goals from Júlio Tavares and Kwon Chang-hoon. Ludovic Ajorque got the only goal for the visiting Strasbourg, who now sit in 11th place.
It was also a great weekend for another team near the bottom of the league – Amiens. They managed a 0-0 draw with Toulouse, giving them one more point as they look to pull clear of the relegation zone. They’re now two points away from 18th place and next weekend’s match against 17th placed Monaco is a crucial one. The result took Toulouse to 38 points and saw them remain in 15th place. They could still be relegated; however, it’s very unlikely to happen.
Finally, there was an inconsequential draw between Nice and Nantes, who drew 1-1. The goals came from Samuel Moutoussamy and Malang Sarr. This match really didn’t mean anything for either team, as neither are competing for European places or avoiding relegation. Nice are currently in 7th place, while Nantes now occupy 10th place.
It was the final round of fixtures in the Premier League last weekend, and the battle for the title still hadn’t been resolved before kick-off. Would Manchester City claim the crown, or could Liverpool scoop their first Premier League title? Elsewhere, Spurs hoped to secure their Champions League spot, while the rest of the league simply wished to give their fans something to smile about before the summer break.
Manchester City Lift the Trophy
Manchester City knew that a victory away to Brighton would secure them the title. They had a poor start, as Glenn Murray put the home team ahead in the 27th minute, however, Sergio Agüero equalised within a minute. Laporte then put the visitors ahead before half-time, before goals in the second half from Mahrez and Gündoğan confirmed that the title would be heading back to Manchester this season. The result was also the last game for Brighton’s manager Chris Hughton, who was sacked the next day.
There was misery in Liverpool, as their fans heard the result from Brighton coming through. Liverpool did everything they needed to do though, as they secured a 2-0 win over a battling Wolves side. Sadio Mané scored both goals for the home side, to take his tally to 22 goals this season. It was undoubtedly a disappointing day for those in the Kop. However, fans will hope that Liverpool can still win silverware this season, as they take on Tottenham in the final of the Champions League on June 1st.
So, Manchester City finished the season on 98 points, while Liverpool came agonisingly close with 97 points. It was one of the most thrilling ends to a Premier League season in recent times, and both sets of fans will be proud of the effort put forward by their team. For Wolves, a Europa League place will be earned, providing City do them a favour and beat Watford in the FA Cup final.
Spurs Confirm Champions League Place
Going into the final day of the season, Spurs knew that they were almost certain of a Champions League place. They were three points ahead of Arsenal and had a far superior goal difference, so a miracle was needed to push them down into 5th place. In the end, Spurs’ draw with Everton meant that goal difference didn’t play a part though, and Spurs will now enter the Champions League next season at the qualifying stage – unless they manage to win the trophy on 1st June.
Spurs took a very early lead thanks to poor Everton defending, as Eric Dier scored in the 3rd minute. Everton would equalise through Theo Walcott in the second half though before Cenk Tosun put the Merseyside club ahead. Christian Eriksen – on what could be his final home appearance for Spurs – got the equaliser though, courtesy of a lovely free kick from 25 yards. The result means that Spurs take 4th, while Everton finishes the season in a respectable 8th place.
More Misery for Manchester United
Manchester United already knew that they’d be playing in the Europa League next year, and they took on already relegated Cardiff City in their final game of the season. It wasn’t the end to the campaign that United fans wanted though, as they fell to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat – a result that only seemed to confirm the fact that United have some serious rebuilding to do over the summer if they’re going to be competitive next season.
Cardiff’s first goal came from the penalty spot, as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored after Diogo Dalot brought him down in the area. He then scored again in the 54th minute, converting Josh Murphy’s cross. It wasn’t even a tough win for Cardiff, who will now hope that they can bounce back next year and secure promotion back into the Premier League.
Eight-Goal Thriller at Crystal Palace
The most exciting game of the day came at Crystal Palace. They took on Bournemouth in a match with little consequence, as both sides had nothing to play for. That didn’t stop the goals from flying in though, in a game that eventually saw Palace run out at 5-3 winners. The result means that Palace finishes in 12th place, while Bournemouth ends the season in 14th.
Palace scored the first three goals of the game, with two coming from Michy Batshuayi and the other courtesy of a Jack Simpson own goal. The second half saw an immediate reply from Bournemouth, thanks to Jefferson Lerma, before Jordan Ibe brought them back to within one goal. Palace then stretched their lead again thanks to Patrick van Aanholt, before Bournemouth again pegged them back, this time with a goal from Joshua King. Palace would score the game’s final goal though, with Andros Townsend scoring in the 80th minute.
Elsewhere in the Premier League…
Elsewhere in the Premier League, there was a 0-0 draw between Leicester and Chelsea – a result good enough to see Chelsea claim third place in the table and entry into next season’s Champions League group stages. In truth, it was a drab game with little to excite either set of fans. Chelsea will be hoping that this isn’t the last time they see Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge though, with rumours flying that he’ll be off to Real Madrid over the summer.
Arsenal signed off their Premier League season with a 3-1 victory away to Burnley, leaving them in 5th place – one point behind 4th placed Spurs. Two of their goals came from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finished the season as the Premier League’s joint top scorer with 22 goals, alongside Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. Eddie Nketiah also got onto the scoresheet for the Gunners, while Ashley Barnes scored Burnley’s only goal of the game.
Newcastle finished their season in style with a superb 4-0 win away to already relegated Fulham. The win ensured that Newcastle finished in 13th place, and fans will hope that this season will be used as a jumping off point for future success. Newcastle’s goals came from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Pérez, Fabian Schär and Salomón Rondón, while Fulham hardly ever came close to getting the ball into the back of the net.