FC Twente Claims First Dutch Soccer Title; Inter Regains Lead in Serie A
FC Twente won Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie title for the first time in its 45-year history after a 2-0 win at 10-man NAC Breda in the last round of games.
Goals from Bryan Ruiz and Miroslav Stoch secured the victory yesterday as Twente, last year’s runner-up, finished one point ahead of record 29-time champion Ajax.
Steve McClaren becomes the first English coach to win a major European league championship since Bobby Robson at Porto in 1996. He joined Twente in June 2008, seven months after he was fired as coach of England’s national team.
“Today we made history,” McCLaren told Twente’s Web site. “It’s more than a miracle.”
Twente was formed in 1965 from a merger of Sportclub Enschede and Enschedese Boys. Sportclub Enschede won the title in 1926.
Inter Milan, seeking its fifth straight Italian Serie A title, regained its two-point lead atop the standings with a 2-0 win at Lazio last night. Roma had moved a point ahead two days ago by beating Parma 2-1. Inter and Roma have two games left.
Real Madrid yesterday cut Barcelona’s lead atop Spain’s Primera Liga to one point, with a late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo securing a 3-2 win against Osasuna.
Ronaldo also got Madrid’s opener, with Marcelo scoring the other goal. Osasuna had twice led in the match.
Defending champion Barcelona, which was last week eliminated by Inter Milan in the Champions League semifinals, won 4-1 against Villarreal two days ago.
Bayern Munich defeated Bochum 3-1 two days ago to all but mathematically claim its 22nd German Bundesliga title.
Thomas Muller scored all three goals at the Allianz Arena in Munich as Bayern moved three points ahead of second place Schalke, which lost 2-0 to Werder Bremen. Bayern’s goal difference of 39 to Schalke’s 22 with one game left virtually assures it of the championship.
Marseille edged toward the French title with a 0-0 home draw against second-place Auxerre three days ago. It has a five- point lead with three games remaining.
Paris Saint-Germain two days ago clinched the French Cup with a 1-0 win after extra time against Monaco.
WEEKEND MATCHES =============== Italy: AC Milan 1-0 Fiorentina, Parma 1-2 Roma, Atalanta 1-1 Bologna, Bari 3-0 Genoa, Cagliari 2-2 Udinese, Catania 1-1 Juventus, Chievo 1-2 Napoli, Sampdoria 2-0 Livorno, Siena 1-2 Palermo; Lazio 0-2 Inter Milan.
Spain: Deportivo La Coruna 0-1 Real Zaragoza, Espanyol 0-2 Valencia, Malaga 1-1 Sporting Gijon, Tenerife 2-1 Racing Santander, Valladolid 0-0 Getafe, Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona, Xerez 2-1 Almeria, Real Madrid 3-2 Osasuna, Sevilla 3-1 Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Mallorca.
Germany: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich 3-1 Bochum, Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Wolfsburg, Cologne 2-2 Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Hoffenheim, Hamburg 4-0 Nurnberg, Hannover 6-1 Borussia Moenchengladbach, Schalke 04 0-2 Werder Bremen, Stuttgart 2-2 Mainz.
France: Auxerre 0-0 Marseille, Bordeaux 1-0 Toulouse, Boulogne 3-3 Nice, Lille 3-1 Nancy, Rennes 1-2 Sochaux, St Etienne 1-4 Lens, Valenciennes 0-0 Lorient, Montpellier 0-1 Lyon.
Netherlands: AZ Alkmaar 1-1 PSV Eindhoven, Groningen 3-1 Sparta, Utrecht 2-2 Vitesse, Feyenoord 6-2 Heerenveen, Heracles 4-2 Den Haag, NAC Breda 0-2 FC Twente, NEC 1-4 Ajax, RKC 1-2 VVV, Roda JC 3-2 Willem II.
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