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AC Milan Needs One Point to Win Serie A Title; Villarreal Wins

May 2 (Bloomberg) -- AC Milan needs one more point to seal its first Italian soccer league title in seven years after a 1-0 home win over 10-man Bologna.

Mathieu Flamini’s eighth-minute goal at the San Siro yesterday was enough to move Milan up to 77 points, eight ahead of defending champion Inter Milan with a superior head-to-head record. There are three rounds of games left.

“It’s great to know that it’s enough to get one point in the next three matches to win the championship,” AC Milan Chief Executive Officer Adriano Galliani told his club’s website. “We’re very close, but just not there yet.”

Bologna’s Francesco Della Rocca was red-carded for a foul in the 82nd minute. Inter rallied to win 2-1 at Cesena two days ago as Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice in injury time.

In Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid both lost three days after their Champions League semifinal opener. Diego Ifran and Xabi Prieto scored in the second half for Real Sociedad in a 2-1 win over Barca. Angel Lafita scored twice in Real Zaragoza’s 3-2 victory at Real Madrid.

Barcelona has 88 points, eight ahead of Real. The second match of their Champions League semifinal takes place tomorrow, with Barcelona 2-0 ahead after last week’s game in Madrid.

Villarreal yesterday kept up the pressure on third-place Valencia with a 2-1 home win over Getafe. Valencia, which lost 1-0 at Osasuna last night, has 63 points with Villarreal on 60.

Dortmund Takes Title

Borussia Dortmund two days ago won its first German Bundesliga title in nine years after beating Nuremberg 2-0.

The victory, combined with Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 loss at Cologne, gave Dortmund an unbeatable eight-point lead with two games remaining.

In France, Marseille lost ground with a 1-1 home draw against Auxerre. Lille, a 5-0 winner over Arles-Avignon two days ago, has 63 points atop the standings, with previous leader Marseille on 62.

In the Netherlands, defending champion FC Twente leads by a point with the league title to be decided in the final round.

Twente beat Willem II 4-0, Ajax won 2-1 at Heerenveen and PSV Eindhoven had a 2-1 home victory over Vitesse Arnhem. Twente has 71 points, Ajax 70 and PSV 68.

WEEKEND RESULTS =============== Italy: Cesena 1-2 Inter Milan; Napoli 1-0 Genoa; AC Milan 1-0 Bologna; Catania 2-0 Cagliari; Chievo 1-0 Lecce; Fiorentina 5-2 Udinese; Parma 3-1 Palermo; Sampdoria 3-3 Brescia; Bari 2-3 Roma. May 2: Lazio vs Juventus.

Spain: Real Madrid 2-3 Real Zaragoza; Real Sociedad 2-1 Barcelona; Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Atletico Madrid; Levante 0-0 Sporting Gijon; Malaga 3-1 Hercules; Almeria 0-1 Sevilla; Racing Santander 2-0 Real Mallorca; Villarreal 2-1 Getafe; Osasuna 1-0 Valencia. May 2: Espanyol v Athletic Bilbao.

Germany: Werder Bremen 0-1 Wolfsburg; Kaiserslautern 2-0 St. Pauli; Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Nuremberg; Hamburg 0-2 Freiburg; Mainz 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt; Hoffenheim 1-2 Stuttgart; Cologne 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen; Hanover 0-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach; Bayern Munich 4-1 Schalke.

France: Lens 2-3 Lorient; Rennes 0-0 Bordeaux; Sochaux 1-0 Nancy; Lille 5-0 Arles-Avignon; Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Valenciennes; Marseille 1-1 Auxerre; Montpellier 0-0 Brest; Nice 0-4 Caen; Toulouse 2-0 Lyon; Saint-Etienne 1-1 Monaco.

Netherlands: Den Haag 2-4 Groningen; AZ Alkmaar 5-1 De Graafschap; Excelsior 3-1 Utrecht; FC Twente 4-0 Willem II; Heerenveen 1-2 Ajax; NAC Breda 1-2 Heracles; NEC Nijmegen 5-0 Roda JC; PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem; VVV-Venlo 3-2 Feyenoord.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter-Joseph Hegarty in London at phegarty@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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