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Man City wins Premier League title

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 2:52 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Atletico Madrid and Barcelona were both held to draws that ensure they will play each other in a direct Spanish league title decider next weekend, while Manchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons on Sunday.

Newly crowned Italian champion Juventus beat Roma 1-0 in Serie A and Paderborn won promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time by beating Aalen 2-1.

Here is a look at Sunday's action in European leagues:

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SPAIN

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will play a winner-takes-all decider for the Spanish league title after both teams drew, while Real Madrid lost to see its slim title hopes end.

Little-used defender Tobias Alderweireld headed home a corner kick for Atletico in the 74th minute to cancel out Samuel Garcia's opener.

Though Malaga finished with 10 men, Atletico failed to score a winner that would have secured a first league title in 18 years after Elche held Barcelona 0-0. Instead, Atletico travels to the Camp Nou next weekend in the final round needing just a draw to clinch the title. Barcelona would defend its crown with a win.

Madrid limped out of the league race with a poor showing in Vigo, where a pair of turnovers allowed Charles to score both goals in a 2-0 win.

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ENGLAND

Unlike the final day of the 2012 season, City didn't need any stoppage time goals to clinch the title this time — just a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham courtesy of goals either side of halftime by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany.

Liverpool came from behind to beat nine-man Newcastle United 2-1 but the win was not enough for the Reds to claim a first league title since 1990.

On a final day lacking drama, the only other matter to settle was sixth place, with Tottenham denying deposed champion Manchester United the final Europa League spot by beating Aston Villa 3-0.

As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of Manchester City fans flooded onto the Etihad Stadium pitch, setting off blue flares. For a club that has spent so much time in the shadow of United — last year's champion — it was just the fourth time in its 134-year history that fans could celebrate a league title.

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