Weekend review

Published: Monday 18 May 2009, 17.45CET
Title wins for three of Europe's biggest clubs, a Dutch Cup final decided on penalties and champions confirmed in Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia and Georgia were just some of the highlights from an eventful few days.
Weekend review
Heerenveen won their first Dutch Cup at the weekend in eventful circumstances ©AFP
Published: Monday 18 May 2009, 17.45CET

Weekend review

Title wins for three of Europe's biggest clubs, a Dutch Cup final decided on penalties and champions confirmed in Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia and Georgia were just some of the highlights from an eventful few days.

Three of Europe's biggest clubs celebrated title successes on Saturday, two of them without even kicking a ball. FC Internazionale Milano and FC Barcelona were crowned champions following defeats for their nearest rivals, Real Madrid CF and AC Milan respectively, while Manchester United FC won the Premier League for the third successive season with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal FC. Elsewhere, VfL Wolfsburg are on the brink of a maiden Bundesliga triumph after establishing a two-point lead with just one game remaining, and in France, outgoing champions Olympique Lyonnais derailed Olympique Marseille's hopes of a first Ligue 1 success since 1991/92. Elsewhere ...

Netherlands: Spot-on Heerenveen edge eventful final
SC Heerenveen overcame Eredivisie runners-up FC Twente 5-4 on penalties to win the Dutch Cup for the first time after an epic 2-2 draw in Rotterdam. Youssouf Hersi missed the only attempt of the shoot-out having equalised in the 118th minute to force spot-kicks.

Austria: Salzburg rejoice
FC Salzburg celebrated their fifth Bundesliga crown after nearest challengers SK Rapid Wien suffered a 3-0 loss at SV Ried that left them unable to bridge the seven-point gap with two games remaining. "Many thanks to Ried for their great performance – we're overjoyed," said Salzburg captain Alexander Zickler.

Azerbaijan: Bakı pip city rivals
FK Bakı made sure of their second league title courtesy of a 4-0 win against FK Muğan Salyan on the final day of the Premyer Liqasi season, with last year's champions FC İnter Bakı finishing a point further back. Bakı club president Khafiz Mamedov said: "The most intriguing part is that the race for gold was running right until the very last game.”

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Zrinjski secure second championship
Results elsewhere meant NK Zrinjski won the Premijer Liga crown with a match to spare despite a 3-2 defeat by NK Orašje. "Several times our opponents could have done better but a strong desire to win the title again helped us achieve our aim," said coach Dragan Jović.

Croatia: Dinamo dominate again
NK Dinamo Zagreb confirmed their status as Prva Liga winners and the first part of a potential double with a 2-0 defeat of NK Slaven Belupo which preserved their seven-point lead over HNK Hajduk Split with two games to go. "We played excellently towards the end of the season and reached top form right on time," said captain Igor Bišćan.

Cyprus: Cup glory for APOP
APOP/Kinyras Peyias FC made history by becoming the first club from the Paphos district of the island to win a major trophy, defeating AEL Limassol FC 2-0 in the cup final. "This is a dream come true for us," said APOP coach Georgios Polyviou. "We totally deserved this trophy and we will celebrate it good and proper."

Georgia: WIT win Umaglesi Liga
FC WIT Georgia were crowned champions after their 4-3 comeback victory at FC Sioni Bolnisi took them six points clear of titleholders FC Dinamo Tbilisi with just one match left. "I knew it would be a tough game," explained coach Nestor Mumladze.

Lithuania: Sūduva secure cup victory
Ramūnas Radavičius's solitary strike won FK Sūduva the Lithuanian Cup final at the expense of FK Tauras in Kaunas, opening the door to a place in the second qualifying round of the inaugural UEFA Europa League. Sūduva coach Gediminas Jarmaliavičius said: "In January, when we started to prepare for the season, our goal was to win the cup."

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