Juventus secures title, Madrid clubs falter

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
Advertisement
;

Without evening playing, Juventus clinched its third consecutive Serie A title on Sunday as the team's lead in the Italian league became insurmountable.

The already intriguing title race in Spain tightened even further as Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid both slipped up, while Chelsea is all but out of contention in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw against Norwich.

As the European season nears the end, here is a look at the action from the leading leagues:

___

ITALY

With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable because Roma only has two matches remaining.

And Juve's players and coach Antonio Conte started celebrating the Turin team's 30th Serie A title at the team hotel as they prepared for Monday's match against Atalanta.

"I was sleeping, resting up for tomorrow's match," striker Carlos Tevez told Sky television. "But my teammates woke me up and there was a lot of excitement. Although I was hoping to celebrate the title before our fans tomorrow."

Also, AC Milan beat Inter Milan 1-0 in the city derby after Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong scored in the 65th minute.

Inter remained fifth while Milan moved level with Parma in seventh.

___

SPAIN

Atletico's march toward its first title since 1996 hit a bump when it lost 2-0 at Levante, although its city rival failed to make up much ground as Madrid needed a spectacular injury-time equalizer from Cristiano Ronaldo to salvage a 2-2 draw at home against Valencia.

Atletico would still be guaranteed the title if it wins its last two games, as it leads Barcelona by three points with two games left for each team. They play each other in the final round at Camp Nou.

Continue reading this story on the...