Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title with a 0-1 success over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend whilst Barcelona moved ever closer to La Liga glory after routing Real Mallorca 5-0 at Camp Nou.
The manner of Bayern’s hard fought win was ironic to say the least considering how rampant they have been throughout the season, as prior to Saturday the German giants had netted an astonishing 78 goals across 27 top flight games, accumulating 23 victories and 72 points in the process.
But strike number 79 from Bastian Schweinsteiger seven minutes into the second period at the Commerzbank-Arena easily proved the most crucial as it banked Bayern’s 24th triumph of the campaign and guaranteed the club a 23rd national title as they maintained their 20 point lead over second placed Borussia Dortmund with just six fixtures remaining.
Boss Jupp Heynckes is now free to focus his side’s attentions on the Champions League and they are fancied to progress to the last four holding a 2-0 advantage in the quarter-finals against Juventus ahead of their forthcoming second leg clash in Turin.
Barcelona are potential opponents for Bayern in the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition and the Catalans are likely to have sewn up their own domestic matters prior to the next phase of the tournament.
A brace from Alexis Sanchez and a marvellous hat-trick from Cesc Fabregas, who was deputising for the injured Lionel Messi, swept aside a hapless Real Mallorca and ensured that Barca stay 13 points clear of arch rivals Real Madrid, who beat Levante 5-1, with just eight games of the La Liga season outstanding.
Elsewhere in the Primera Division, Real Sociedad reaffirmed their top four claims with a 4-2 success over Malaga, whilst Deportivo recorded a third win on the bounce after toppling relegation rivals Real Zaragoza in a 3-2 thriller at the Riazor.
In Serie A, a tired looking Juventus side managed to cling on to a narrow 2-1 home victory against bottom club Pescara to stave off the pressure from chasers Napoli who defeated Genoa 2-0 at San Paulo.
The Bianconeri’s underwhelming performance could easily be attributed to their current European commitments but a double salvo from Mirko Vucinic proved enough to consolidate their nine point advantage at the head of affairs.
PSG carried their momentum forward from last week’s excellent 2-2 draw against Barcelona to beat Rennes 0-2 in Ligue 1 as Jeremy Menez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the score sheet.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team remain fully on course for the title however Marseille lye poised awaiting potential slip-ups seven points adrift in second after edging out Bordeaux 1-0 at Stade Velodrome courtesy of Andre Gignac’s 11th goal of the campaign.
In the rest of this weekend’s main action across the continent, Ajax hammered Heracles 4-0 at the Amsterdam Arena to keep their noses in front of PSV and Vitesseat the top of the Eredivisie, whilst in Portugal, Benfica eased past Olhanense 0-2 to go four points ahead of title adversaries Porto.