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BERLIN--- Nuremberg and Ein-
tracht Braunschweig were rele-
gated on the final day of the Bun-
desliga season yesterday, while
Bayer Leverkusen clinched the
last Champions League qualifi-
Leverkusen came from behind
to beat Werder Bremen 2-1 and
secure fourth place immediately
above Wolfsburg, which beat
"We knew we had to win," Lev-
erkusen striker Eren Derdiyok said.
Hamburger SV got the relega-
tion playoff place despite losing
3-2 at Mainz, which secured
Europa League football next season
by finishing seventh.
Mainz general manager Chris-
tian Heidel said after the game
that Thomas Tuchel wanted to
resign after five years in charge.
"He has a contract until 2015.
We don't want to rescind the con-
tract," Heidel said. Media reports
were linking Tuchel with Schalke.
Neither Nuremberg nor Braun-
schweig could capitalize on Ham-
burg's loss. Nuremberg lost 4-1 at
Schalke and Braunschweig stayed
bottom after a 3-1 loss at Hoffen-
It was a Bundesliga record
eighth relegation for Nuremberg,
while Braunschweig returns to the
second division one season after
"When you look back over 34
games we simply didn't get
enough points, that's a fact,"
Braunschweig midfielder Mirko
Hamburg, the only side to have
played every Bundesliga season
since the league was formed in
1963, now faces home and away
games against the third-placed
finisher in the second division for
a place in the top flight next sea-
"On Thursday at home we have
to win," Hamburg coach Mirko
Slomka said of the first leg.
Hamburg completed its worst
ever league campaign, with 75
goals conceded, more than any
"We still have a chance and
we'll give everything we can,"
Hamburg midfielder Rafael van
der Vaart said.
Robert Lewandowski scored
twice in his last game for Borussia
Dortmund, a 4-0 win at Hertha
Berlin, to finish as the league's top
scorer with 20 goals.
The Polish striker opened the
scoring in the 41st and Milos Jojic
curled a fine effort from the right
of the penalty area inside the far
post three minutes later.
Lewandowski, who is joining
Bayern Munich next season, scored
with a brilliant free kick in the
80th, two minutes before Henrikh
Mkhitaryan completed the goals.
Already crowned champion
Bayern left it late to beat Stuttgart
1-0 and get its title celebrations
Claudio Pizarro scored two
minutes into injury time for Bayern
to finish the league on a high. It
was the Peru striker's fifth goal in
Pep Guardiola's side had
clinched the title with a record
seven games to spare and the for-
mer Barcelona coach was doused
in beer by jubilant players as he
held aloft the championship shield.
He also dropped it.
"It was cold," Guardiola said of
his first beer shower. "It's all OK
now after having a proper shower.
Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens,
who saved his side from relegation,
stepped down after the game.
"I'm not staying with Stuttgart.
The reasons are personal. It has
nothing to do with Stuttgart,
nothing to do with the players. It
only has to do with me," the
Dutchman said without elaborat-
ing.Also yesterday, Augsburg
defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1
and Hannover beat Freiburg 3-2.
MILAN --- Javier Zanetti s last home match
at the San Siro was celebrated with a win
as Inter Milan beat Lazio 4-1 to all but guar-
antee a Europa League berth from the Serie
Zanetti will retire after 19 seasons at Inter,
and the stadium was sold out as fans packed
in to bid farewell to their 40-year-old cap-
Lazio threatened to spoil the party when
Giuseppe Biava scored the opening goal inside
two minutes to stun San Siro.
However, Rodrigo Palacio scored twice,
either side of Mauro Icardi's strike, and Her-
nanes netted against his former club to secure
Inter has five points more than Torino and
six more than Parma and AC Milan, which
all have two matches remaining. It is the
same number of points above Hellas Verona,
which squandered a two-goal lead to draw
2-2 at home to Udinese following a superb
goal from Antonio Di Natale.
Verona and Inter have only one match
Inter coach Walter Mazzarri was resoundly
booed before kickoff when it was revealed
Zanetti was starting on the bench.
The 20-year-old Mateo Kovacic - who
was less than four months old when Zanetti
made his Inter debut - set up two of the
goals with delightful throughballs.
The Inter players hugged Zanetti after
every goal, and the Argentine was eventually
sent on seven minutes into the second half
to a raucous standing ovation.
Zanetti was wearing a special captain's
armband for the occasion. It had the words
"Zanetti 4 Ever" in large letters over a back-
ground with the name of all his Inter team-
mates past and present.
In Verona, substitute Badu came off the
bench with minutes left and drilled in a stop-
page-time equaliser for Udinese with a low
shot into the corner.
Luca Toni put Verona in front from the
penalty spot in the 14th minute after Alessan-
dro Agostini was tripped by Allan. It was the
veteran striker's 20th league goal of the sea-
Emil Hallfredsson doubled Verona's lead
in the 54th before Di Natale pulled one back
two minutes later in stunning fashion.
The Udinese forward controlled the ball
with his back to goal and swiveled to fire a
volley under the bar with his second touch
for his 190th Serie A goal. (AP)
PARIS --- French league champion Paris Saint-Ger-
main broke the record for most points in a season
by defeating Lille 3-1 yesterday.
PSG has 86 points, two more than Lyon's record
Brazilian defender Marquinhos headed home a
rebound in the 41st minute after Lille goalkeeper
Vincent Enyeama denied Lucas Moura.
Lucas proved more clinical in the 66th, taking a
pass from Javier Pastore to double the lead with an
angled strike. The PSG winger fed Blaise Matuidi for
the third goal in the 83rd.
Lille substitute Jonathan Delaplace capitalized on a
turnover from Marco Verratti inside the area to score
a consolation in the last minute.
The PSG hosts were down to 10 men in the 36th
when midfielder Marvin Martin was sent off for a
stamp on Yohan Cabaye's right ankle. Martin was car-
ried off and replaced by Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 42nd.
PSG coach Laurent Blanc rested Brazil defender
Thiago Silva and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani.
PSG clinched its fourth league title on Wednesday
despite losing 2-1 to Rennes.
Saint-Etienne made up ground in the race for the
last Champions League berth by moving within two
points of third-place Lille with a 3-1 win at Nantes.
The team finishing third qualifies for the preliminary
round of the Champions League.
Saint-Etienne striker Mevlut Erding opened the
scoring by nodding in a free kick from Max-Alain
Gradel in the 10th. The visitors took a 3-0 lead with
a penalty from Gradel in the 23rd, and a curling shot
from Erding on the stroke of halftime. Nantes winger
Serge Gakpe scored late.
Second-place Monaco, already assured of a Cham-
pions League, beat relegated Valenciennes 2-1.
Fifth-place Lyon's lead over Marseille was cut to
one point in the race for the last Europa League spot.
Lorient edged Lyon 1-0 with a low strike from mid-
fielder Cheick Doukoure in the 53rd. Lyon was down
to 10 men from the 13th when defender Mouhamadou
Dabo was red-carded for tripping Bryan Pele.
Marseille drew 1-1 at Bordeaux. Marseille midfielder
Benoit Cheyrou headed in a cross from Brice Djadjedje
in the 31st before Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate
equalized with a close-range effort in the 66th.
French Cup winner Guingamp secured safety by
beating mid-table Toulouse 2-0.
Evian and Sochaux were the only teams still under
the threat of relegation and will meet in the last round
Evian downed Nice 2-0 to stay 17th, one point clear
Sochaux won 2-1 over Rennes.
Last-place Ajaccio stunned Reims 2-1, and mid-
table Bastia beat Montpellier 2-0. (AP)
MADRID--- With a Europa league berth already
secured, Villarreal rolled to a 4-0 win over 10-man
Rayo Vallecano in its last home game of the Spanish
Ikechuwku Uche and Bruno Soriano scored in the
first half and Jonathan Pereira struck in the 55th
minute in the romp at El Madrigal Stadium.
Rayo was left with 10 men when Anaitz Arbilla
earned a direct red card for fouling Moi Gomez with
only the goalkeeper to beat in the 63rd. Jaume Costa
capped the demolition a minute later.
Villarreal visits Real Sociedad in the final round
Villarreal is in seventh place, two points behind
Sociedad. If Villarreal finishes above Sociedad it will
avoid a playoff to reach the Europa League group
Also, Levante thanks to goals from Angel Rodriguez
(71st) and Andreas Ivanschitz (81st) defeated Valencia,
Inter tops Lazio 4-1 in final Zanetti home match Villarreal routs Rayo
4-0 in last home game
PSG beats Lille 3-1
relegated from Bundesliga
Munich's captain Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy for winning the German Football Championship after the season's last match between FC
Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart, in Munich, southern Germany, yesterday. Bayern won 1-0. AP PHOTO
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