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European Weekend Roundup: Bayern Win Bundesliga

bayern fansBayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title on a weekend in which Juventus, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all took another step closer to winning their respective titles,

Germany
Bayern set the seal on their 23rd German title with an unprecedented six games to go courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund relinquished their crown despite powering past FC Augsburg 4-2. Elsewhere, fourth-placed FC Schalke 04 swept aside SV Werder Bremen 2-0 to move within four points of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 with VfL Wolfsburg.

France
“We haven’t won the title yet and we have to keep our minds on the task at hand,” warned PSG winger Jérémy Ménez after scoring in PSG’s 2-0 success at Stade Rennais FC. The result restored their seven-point cushion at the Ligue 1 peak after Olympique de Marseille had edged out FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 only 24 hours earlier. Meanwhile, AS Saint-Étienne’s 1-0 defeat of Évian Thonon Gaillard FC lifted them above Olympique Lyonnais – who fell 1-0 at Stade de Reims – into third.

Italy
Mirko Vučinić’s two goals helped Juventus beat Pescara 2-1. Napoli stayed in touch with a 2-0 home win against Genoa but remain nine points off the pace, while fourth-placed Fiorentina were unable to cut the gap to AC Milan in Italy’s third Champions League spot, as the duo played out a 2-2 draw.

Spain
Barcelona’s Éric Abidal returned to Liga action for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012. The France defender received a rousing ovation when he replaced Gerard Piqué during a 5-0 defeat of Mallorca in which Cesc Fábregas scored a hat-trick. Real Madrid tightened their grip on second place, meanwhile, beating Levante 5-1, with third-placed Atlético Madrid finished with nine men in their 0-0 draw at Getafe.

England
Chelsea came from behind to defeat Sunderland 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and move back into third spot at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur, who were held 2-2 at home by Everton. On Saturday, two goals from Tomáš Rosický helped Arsenal see off West Bromwich Albion 2-1 and lifted the Gunners to within two points of Tottenham with a game in hand. Leaders Manchester United face Manchester City tonight.

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