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Besart Berisha added to his team-lead-
ing goal total in the biggest match of
the season, helping the Melbourne
Victory to a 3-0 win over Sydney FC
in the A-League grand final yester-
Berisha came into the match with
14 goals. He notched his 15th in the
33rd minute when he gained possession
in the box and fired home the opening
Kosta Barbarouses and Leigh Brox-
ham added clinching goals in the final
It was an eventful first half for
Berisha, who was also shown a yellow
card for contact with Sydney's Matthew
It was the third A-League title for
the Victory, equaling the Brisbane Roar's
total since the A-League took over the
National Soccer League in 2006. Sydney
FC has two A-League titles.
Victory captain Mark Milligan was
awarded the Joe Marston medal as the
most valuable player in the final.
Kevin Muscat, who celebrated wildly
after Broxham's goal, became the first
man to captain and coach a team to an
A-League championship---in his first
full season as coach.
Melbourne Victory grabs A-League title
BASEL---Basel ensured its sixth
straight Swiss league title by drawing
0-0 at home to second-placed Young
Basel maintained its 11-point lead to
secure its 18th league title trophy with
only three games remaining.
Both Basel and Young Boys will enter
the Champions League at the third
qualifying round next season, needing
to beat two opponents to reach the
lucrative group stage.
Basel makes it six straight Swiss crowns
ST PETERSBURG---Zenit St Peters-
burg won the Russian Premier League
for the fourth time yesterday, securing
the title by drawing 1-1 with FC Ufa.
Zenit, which last won the champi-
onship in 2012, has dominated the
league all season as its big-spending
strategy finally paid off.
One of those expensive acquisitions,
Brazilian striker Hulk, scored Zenit's
goal with a fierce free kick.
That was the 15th league goal of the
season for Hulk, who was signed from
Porto for a reported 60 million euros
in 2012 and is the Russian Premier
League's top scorer this season.
Haris Handzic's late header for Ufa
dampened the party mood at the
Petrovsky stadium, but fans celebrated
the final whistle with pyrotechnics as
coach Andre Villas-Boas hugged his
players in celebration.
Zenit fans had been celebrating even
before kickoff, staging a mass march
to the stadium with banners and smoke
Zenit was not presented with the
trophy after the game because it was
technically the away team under Russ-
ian league rules, despite the match
being played at Zenit's own stadium.
Ufa has been homeless for its first
season in the top tier because its sta-
dium is being rebuilt and the two clubs
struck a deal to play in St. Petersburg.
Sunday's draw gives Zenit an
unbeatable eight-point lead with two
games left to play.
CSKA Moscow and FC Krasnodar
are fighting for the second of Russia's
two Champions League spots. They
are level on points after Krasnodar
drew 2-2 with Torpedo Moscow on
Russian title for Zenit
MILAN---Roma came from
behind to beat Udinese 2-1
yesterday and leapfrog city
rival Lazio in the battle for
second spot in Serie A.
Teenager Stipe Perica put
Udinese in front but Radja
Nainggolan leveled in the final
minute of the first half and
Vasilis Torosidis scored what
proved the winner in the 65th
minute after a defensive blun-
der from the visitors.
Both sides also hit the
woodwork, with Roma doing
so twice in the final ten min-
Roma moved back into sec-
ond, a point above Lazio. The
two meet in the penultimate
match of the season next
weekend, four days after Lazio
plays Serie A champion Juven-
tus in the Italian Cup final.
Napoli, which is seven points
behind Roma, hosts Cesena
today in the final match of the
36th round. It plays Lazio in
the final match of the season.
Earlier, Cagliari was relegated
as it lost 1-0 at home to Paler-
mo, a result that guaranteed
Atalanta safety despite a 4-1
loss to Genoa.
Cagliari needed a win and
for Atalanta to lose to have any
hope of survival but Franco
Vazquez scored for Palermo in
the ninth minute to consign
the Sardinian side to the second
Iago Falque scored twice for
Genoa, including a stunning
In the lunchtime kickoff,
Domenico Berardi netted
another hat trick against AC
Milan to fire Sassuolo to a 3-
2 win. Milan had cancelled out
a two-goal deficit but had Gia-
como Bonaventura and Suso
Berardi scored four against
Milan last season in Massim-
iliano Allegri's last game in
charge before his dismissal.
Elsewhere, Torino beat Chie-
vo Verona 2-0, and Hellas
Verona won 2-1 against Empoli.
After Lazio had beaten Sam-
pdoria on Saturday, Roma
knew it needed a win to main-
tain second spot heading into
next week's derby match.
However, it found itself on
the back foot in the 19th
minute when Kostas Manolas
lost the ball to Cyril Thereau,
whose effort was saved by
Roma goalkeeper Morgan De
Sanctis but Perica volleyed in
the rebound. It was the 19-
year-old's first goal since his
arrival on loan from Chelsea
Roma should have leveled
almost immediately but Udi-
nese goalkeeper Orestis
Karnezis did brilliantly to beat
away Francesco Totti's powerful
Roma back to second in Serie A
Roma's Radja Nainggolan, right, is challenged by Udinese's Allan Marques Loureiro during a Serie
A soccer match between Roma and Udinese, at Rome's Olympic stadium, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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