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MADRID---Barcelona clinched the Spanish
league title after Real Madrid was held to
1-1 at the Catalan club s crosstown rival
Madrid staved off Barcelona s title cele-
bration by winning its last three games, but
the titleholders failed to delay it any longer.
Espanyol s Cristian Stuani opened in the
23rd minute. Gonzalo Higuain leveled in the
58th, but Madrid couldn t find the winner
even with Cristiano Ronaldo going on to
Barcelona sealed the league with a seven-
point lead and four games to go, and with
Madrid having only six more points in play.
It is Barcelona s 22nd league title and fourth
in five seasons. Madrid holds a record 32.
Barcelona can match Madrid s record haul
of 100 points from last season by winning
its last four matches.
Espanyol finished with ten men after Victor
Sanchez was shown a red card for a low
tackle on Higuain with Madrid looking for
a second goal.
Madrid coach Jose Mourinho left Ronaldo
on the bench until the 57th with his team
set to play the final of the Copa del Rey on
Friday against Atletico. After bowing out of
the Champions League semifinals, it is
Madrid s only hope for silverware this sea-
With Ronaldo spectating, Madrid didn t
threaten the hosts area in the first half, and
Espanyol struck with its first goal against
the powerhouse in four visits to Cornella-
El Prat Stadium.
Stuani scooped the ball into the net from
a pass by Sergio Garcia after Madrid failed
to defend a corner kick to give Espanyol the
Stuani almost added a second goal five
minutes later when Joan Verdu played him
clear, but Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez
bettered him one-on-one.
Espanyol kept pressing and it appeared
Hector Moreno scored with a header from
another corner, but the referee waved it off
after ruling that he fouled Alonso, who had
gone on to replace the injured Raphael Varane.
With his team showing no signs of coming
back, Mourinho sent on Karim Benzema for
Alvaro Morata at the start of the second half.
He also ordered Ronaldo to start warming
up and soon threw him into the mix in place
of a lacklustre Kaka.
But it fell to Higuain to equalise with a
glancing header to send Luka Modric s free
kick under goalkeeper Kiko Casilla and take
his personal tally against Espanyol to ten
Madrid pushed Espanyol back into its area,
but it came no closer than two free kicks by
Ronaldo that sailed well high. (AP)
Barca clinches league title
Real Madrid's Kaka, from Brazil, left, duels for the ball against Espanyol's Victor Sanchez
during a Spanish La Liga football match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat,
Spain, yesterday. The match ended tied 1-1. AP PHOTO
MANCHESTER---Manchester United midfielder
Paul Scholes is retiring for a second and final
time, ending a career that saw him regarded as
one of the most technically gifted players of his
The 38-year-old former England international
initially quit in 2011 but was persuaded to return
for United in January 2012.
Scholes announced yesterday: "I am finally
hanging up my boots for good."
A first appearance since January is expected
on Sunday in a Premier League match against
Swansea, which will also be manager Alex Fer-
gsuon s final match at Old Trafford before retir-
Scholes has spent his entire career at United,
making 716 appearances and scoring the last of
his 155 goals in September against Wigan. (AP)
PARIS---Marseille secured a top-three finish
and consolidated second place in the French
league by defeating Toulouse 2-1 yesterday,
delaying Paris Saint-Germain s title celebrations
by at least one day.
PSG would have clinched the league title had
Marseille lost but can still secure the championship
with a win over third-place Lyon on Sunday.
Andre Ayew scored both goals for Marseille,
scoring on the stroke of halftime with a header
before doubling the lead from close range in the
Toulouse substitute Eden Ben Basat netted a
consolation goal from a tight angle in the 82nd.
Marseille earned its fourth straight victory to
be seven points clear of Lyon.
A PSG victory at Stade Gerland would guarantee
Marseille a runner-up finish.
The top two French teams qualify directly for
the group stage of the Champions League, whereas
the third-place team enters in the preliminary
round of the lucrative European competition.
Also, it was: Brest 0, Sochaux 2; Ajaccio 0,
Troyes 1; Bastia 3, Montpellier 1; Bordeaux 3,
Nancy 2; and Valenciennes 4, Rennes 1.
Lille stayed in the race for a European spot by
routing Reims 3-0 on Friday to provisionally
climb to fourth place, three points behind Lyon.
Monaco, whose main shareholder is Russian
billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, was promoted after
edging Nimes 1-0 in the second division. (AP)
BERLIN---Bayern Munich kicked off its
Bundesliga title celebrations with a 3-0
win over Augsburg yesterday, when the
club finally received the trophy for its 23rd
Goals from Thomas Mueller, Xherdan
Shaqiri and Luiz Gustavo ensured Bayern---
which wrapped up the title with a record
six games to spare---scored for the 36th con-
secutive Bundesliga game, equalling its own
record set between May 1973 and May 1974.
"No other team in the history of the Bun-
desliga has played football the way we ve
played this year, consistently at a high level.
That makes me proud," said outgoing Bayern
coach Jupp Heynckes, who was doused with
the traditional beer showers by his players.
Heynckes, who turned 68 on Thursday,
is being replaced by former Barcelona coach
Pep Guardiola next season.
Augsburg s loss left the side in the rel-
egation playoff place with one round remain-
ing, level on points with Fortuna Duesseldorf,
which lost 2-1 at home to Nuremberg.
Those results meant Werder Bremen
secured a spot in the top flight for next
season despite being held 1-1 by sixth-placed
Eintracht Frankfurt. Bremen is now four
points clear of danger.
Second-from-bottom Hoffenheim only
has a slim hope of avoiding the drop after
losing 4-1 at home to Hamburger SV, which
is two points behind Frankfurt and can still
qualify for Europe.
Schalke missed the chance to secure the
last Champions League spot after losing 2-
1 to Stuttgart, with Vedad Ibisevic scoring
twice for the visitors.
Freiburg took full advantage, coming from
behind to beat already-relegated Greuther
Fuerth 2-1. Christian Streich s side is all but
sure of Europa League football next season.
The loss meant Fuerth became the first
side to finish a Bundesliga season without
a single home win. Freiburg is just one point
behind Schalke ahead of the sides showdown
in Freiburg next weekend.
Two late goals from Marco Reus enabled
Borussia Dortmund to come from behind
and draw 3-3 at Wolfsburg but could not
prevent Bayern extending its lead to 22 points
with 88 overall---both records.
Bayern and Dortmund meet in the Cham-
pions League final at Wembley Stadium in
London on May 25.
Elsewhere, Stefan Kiessling claimed his
league-leading 24th goal of the season as
third-place Bayer Leverkusen beat Hannover
3-1 and Borussia Moenchengladbach won
4-2 at Mainz, with Swedish striker Branimir
Hrgota scoring a hat trick on his first Bun-
desliga start for the visitors. (AP)
Bayern beats Augsburg, Bremen safe in Bundesliga
Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland lifts the trophy for winning the German Soccer
Championships after the season's last home match between FC Bayern Munich and FC
Augsburg, in Munich, southern Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MILAN---Newly-crowned Serie A champion
Juventus was held by Cagliari to 1-1, but yester-
day s result did little to dampen spirits on the
day it was presented with the trophy.
There was a party atmosphere at the Juventus
Stadium and the home players walked out of the
tunnel holding their children, who were wearing
Victor Ibarbo threatened to spoil the 29th title
celebrations when he burst forward from his own
half in the 12th minute, going between Juventus
players Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Barzagli,
before firing under goalkeeper Marco Storari.
It was the first goal Juventus conceded in six
games. Sebastian Giovinco almost leveled but curled
a free kick onto the crossbar.
Juventus equalised after an hour. Arturo Vidal
headed Marchisio s cross back across goal for Mirko
Vucinic to tap in. It was the fourth game in a row
that Vucinic scored against Cagliari.
Juve sealed a second successive title with three
rounds to go last weekend. Later, Catania beat
already-relegated Pescara 1-0. (AP)
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