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MANCHESTER---Manchester United ended
a three-match losing run to move within
sight of Champions League qualification
yesterday, while Burnley became the first
team to be relegated from the English Pre-
mier League this season.
Marouane Fellaini scored a 78th-minute
winner as United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to
move provisionally seven points clear of fifth-
place Liverpool. Anything other than a win
for Liverpool at champion Chelsea today and
United is back in the Champions League after
a one-year absence.
"We have made a very important step,"
United manager Louis van Gaal said.
The rest of the focus yesterday was on the
fight to avoid relegation, which proved beyond
Burnley despite a 1-0 win at Hull.
Wins for Sunderland, Leicester, and Aston
Villa pushed them clear of the bottom three,
and left Hull and Queens Park Rangers as the
teams most likely to go down with Burnley.
"We ve had a go, but in the big moments
in the important games it hasn t gone for us,"
said Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who largely
kept faith with the players who earned pro-
motion last season to protect the financial
security of the club.
Last-place QPR is nine points from safety
with three games left, the first of which is
away at Manchester City today when rele-
gation could be sealed. Hull is third from bot-
tom and two points from its nearest rival,
"We have got a mountain to climb," said
Hull manager Steve Bruce, whose team finishes
the season with games against Tottenham
away and Man United at home.
If Liverpool comes away from Stamford
Bridge with a win or a draw, United has two
chances to clinch a return to the Champions
League---first against Arsenal and then at Hull.
Consecutive losses to Chelsea, Everton, and
West Bromwich Albion jeopardized United s
top-four hopes and the win at Palace was
hard-fought, with goalkeeper David de Gea
producing crucial saves either side of Fellaini s
Juan Mata s 19th-minute penalty for United
was canceled out by a curling free kick from
Jason Puncheon that flicked off the head of
United s Daley Blind to find the net in the
Against the run of play, Ashley Young cut
inside and sent over a deep cross that Fellaini
met with a downward header as Palace s goal-
keeper and defenders got in each other s way.
Burnley picked up many admirers in its
one season back in the Premier League for
its work rate and devotion to positive football
---there was even a famous win over Man-
chester City and a draw at champion Chelsea
--- but a scoring record of 27 goals in 36 games
proved its undoing.
Danny Ings bagged the team s first goal in
seven games for the winner against Hull, but
it was in vain.
"To say they have been written off from
the start by so many . their resilience has
been fantastic," Burnley manager Sean Dyche
said of his players. "We did what we had to
do today but we have not done it enough over
the course of the season. Scoring goals has
been our problem."
Saturday s results left five teams in the scrap
to avoid the third relegation spot---most pun-
dits are giving QPR no chance of a miraculous
escape---but Hull is now most in danger.
Sunderland won 2-0 at Everton thanks to
second-half goals by Danny Graham and Jer-
main Defoe to climb out of the bottom three.
Aston Villa beat West Ham 1-0 at home thanks
to Tom Cleverley s third goal in as many games
and is four points clear of safety. Leicester
beat Southampton 2-0 courtesy of a double
by Riyad Mahrez, with a sixth win in seven
games pushing the team three points clear of
Newcastle drew 1-1 at home to West Brom
---ending an eight-match losing run---and that
point could yet be enough. West Brom and
Palace are assured of another season in Eng-
land s lucrative top league.
Tottenham s slim chances of securing a
Champions League spot ended with a 3-0
loss at Stoke, continuing a late-season slump.
Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi gave Stoke
a 2-0 lead by halftime and Tottenham s day
got worse when Vlad Chiriches was sent off
for a second booking in the 51st. Mame Biram
Diouf scored the third. (AP)
Man United close to
Champions League return
...Burnley down A Manchester United fan,
left, joins in celebrations
with Marouane Fellaini,
second left, after he
scored his side's second
goal during the English
Premier League football
match between Crystal
Palace and Manchester
United at Selhurst Park
stadium in London,
won 2-1. AP PHOTO
BERLIN---Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated
Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 to go provisionally second
in the Bundesliga while Bayern Munich lost 1-0
to Augsburg yesterday for the champion s fourth
straight loss across all competitions.
Bayern reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent
off for a body-check on Raul Bobadilla in the 13th
minute, and the Augsburg forward s 71st-minute
back-heel secured the visitors win.
"It s a dream to win in Munich today," Bobadilla
said. Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh struck the
post with the penalty after Reina s sending off, but
on-loan Bayern midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
crossed for Bobadilla s winner to move Augsburg
provisionally fifth ahead of Schalke.
"It wasn t easy to play 80 minutes with a player
less after our game in Barcelona," said Bayern coach
Pep Guardiola, referring to Wednesday s Champions
League semifinal loss against his former side.
Bayern hosts Barcelona for the second leg on
Tuesday, hoping to turn around the 3-0 deficit.
"The league doesn t play a big role for us anymore.
On Tuesday, we ll see if we can make it to (the
Champions League final in) Berlin. If not, we ll cel-
ebrate the title," Guardiola said.
Moenchengladbach ended fourth-place Lev-
erkusen s 10-game unbeaten run, and moved one
point above Wolfsburg, which visits relegation-
threatened Paderborn today.
Patrick Herrmann set up Max Kruse in the 50th,
and scored the clincher in the 81st. Ibrahima Traore
added No. 3 late for Gladbach s ninth successive
home win to all but secure direct qualification for
the Champions League.
Gladbach was five points ahead of fourth-place
Leverkusen with two games remaining.
"I m already looking forward to the last two
games. The Champions League dream is within
touching distance," midfielder Granit Xhaka said.
Borussia Dortmund defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0
at home to close within two points of Schalke for
Europa League qualification.
"We re on the right course and we want to stay
on it," Dortmund defender Mats Hummels said.
Neven Subotic headed in Henrikh Mkhitaryan s
corner in the ninth minute and Eric Durm, another
defender, made it 2-0 just after the break by cutting
in from the right and unleashing a curling shot past
Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft for his first Bun-
desliga goal. Dortmund, which was bottom in Feb-
ruary, has won all but one of its five games since
coach Juergen Klopp announced his end-of-season
departure. Schalke was to play at Cologne today.
Also, Hannover drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen,
and Hoffenheim lost 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bremen stayed level on points with Dortmund,
and left Hannover in the relegation playoff place.
Frankfurt scored its first goals in four games,
while Hoffenheim was unable to avoid slipping two
points behind Bremen and Dortmund in the race
for Europa League places.
Bottom side Stuttgart secured an important 2-
0 win over visiting Mainz in the late game to boost
its hopes of avoiding relegation. Stuttgart moved
to one point behind nearest rivals Hannover, Freiburg
and Paderborn, which has a game in hand.
PARIS---Lyon s hopes of winning
the French league appeared over
after losing 3-0 at Caen to be six
points behind leader Paris Saint-
Germain yesterday with two
Lyon s first defeat in six matches
---and its heaviest since November---
paves the way for PSG s third con-
PSG can wrap up the title next
weekend if it manages a draw at
After thrashing Guingamp 6-0
on Friday, PSG also has a superior
goal difference of 45 versus 38 for
Second-place Lyon, which failed
to secure automatic qualification for
Champions League football next
season, crumbled under pressure,
and conceded two goals in three
minutes before halftime.
Third-place Monaco can move
within three points of Lyon with a
win at Marseille on today.
Lyon was made to pay for its
defensive inadequacies near halftime
when Nicolas Benezet gave Caen
the lead with a curled cross that
surprised goalkeeper Anthony Lopes
between his legs.
Benezet was decisive again three
minutes later, slotting home inside
the near post after slaloming through
Sloan Privat sealed the hosts win
on the break, five minutes from time.
Metz lost its fight against relega-
tion, joining last-place Lens in the
second division after a 4-0 home
loss to Lorient, and Toulouse moved
away from the danger zone with a
3-2 victory against Lille. The hosts
came back twice from behind before
Martin Braithwaite scored the winner
seven minutes from the end.
Benjamin Moukandjo s goal in the
86th minute gave struggling Reims
a crucial 3-2 win at Evian, leaving
the hosts in 18th place and four
points from safety, while sixth-place
Bordeaux beat Nantes 2-1 as the
club bid farewell to its Chaban-Del-
mas Stadium before moving to a
new ground next season. (AP)
Lyon's title hopes appear over after defeat
...ayern loses to Augsburg
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