The World of Soccer: A Review of May 5-6

chelsea-emo-custom.jpgManchester United secured their first Premiership title since 2003 without kicking a ball on Sunday. In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are giving us one to remember, as they both have their eyes on the La Liga crown.

English Premiership
On Saturday, Manchester United took down rivals Manchester City with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty kick in the 33rd minute. Edwin Van de Sar also blocked a penalty kick with 1o minutes left to give United a 1-0 win. The win gave United an 8 point lead and forced Chelsea to beat Arsenal on Sunday to stay alive in the Premiership race. Right before the interval, Arsenal was awarded a penalty kick, which Gilberto Silva struck home for the 1-0 lead. Chelsea, however, would crawl back with a Michael Essien goal in the 69th. Nothing else would come for either side and the 1-1 draw handed Manchester United the title.

Italian Serie A
Going into Saturday, Inter Milan was the only Italian club team to lock up a spot in the standings. But after Sunday, AS Roma wrapped up 2nd place with their 2-1 win over Palermo. Francesco Totti scored Roma’s first goal, giving him 22 on the season. AC Milan fell from third to fourth after failing to score against Fiorentina at home. AC Milan’s defense got the clean sheet but a 0-0 draw was all they could muster. Lazio took full advantage of the slip up and edged Livorno 1-0 to take third place by a point.

Spanish La Liga
Barcelona entered the weekend with a narrow lead in La Liga. They managed to leave it that way going into next weekend. Barcelona silenced Real Sociedad behind goals from Iniesta and Samuel Eto’o in a 2-0 win. With a four point Barcelona lead, Real Madrid and Sevilla took the field against each other on Sunday afternoon. Sevilla grabbed an early lead when Italian midfielder Enzo Maresca scored in the 40th minute. Real Madrid would not let that get to their heads. Ruud van Nistolrooy and Robinho led a heavy attack in the 2nd half. In the 62nd minute, van Nistolrooy scored to tie it up. Nine minutes later, Robinho electrified the home crowd with his go-ahead goal. Ruud would score another before Chevanton pulled one back for Sevilla in the dying minutes. Real Madrid won 3-2 and still trail Barcelona by just one point.

German Bundesliga
Only six more rounds remain in the Bundesliga and they promise to be exciting. The top three teams won their matches this past weekend to keep the standings close. Leaders Schalke won their match 1-0 against Nurnberg and 2nd place Stuttgart also earned a cleansheet, beating Mainz 2-0. Third place side Werder Bremen sent a message to the top two teams by beating Hertha Berlin 4-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Markus Rosenbreg scored a hat trick to lead all scorers in the match. Schalke remain one point up on Stuttgart and two points ahead of Werder Bremen.

French Ligue 1
With Lyon taking the French Ligue 1 crown several weeks back, it was time for the rest of Ligue 1 to try and obtain Champions League positions . Marseille helped their chances with a 2-1 win over Monaco to move into 4th place. 3rd place Bordeaux tied with 5th place Rennes to stay in 3rd. 2nd place Lens finally carried their weight and defeated Toulouse 2-0 at home. Only three rounds remain in French Ligue 1.

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