European soccer roundup: Atletico Madrid seal Spanish title, Bayern Munich German double

Written by Reuters | Madrid | Updated: May 19 2014, 15:11pm hrs
Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone dances during a parade after winning the L Liga title, in Madrid. (Reuters)
Atletico Madrid won their first title in 18 years after a 1-1 draw at runners-up Barcelona on Saturday in a thrilling climax to the Spanish league season.

Arsenal claimed their first silverware for nine years by beating Hull City in England's FA Cup final and Bayern Munich completed the German double with a Cup final win over Borussia Dortmund.

Champions Juventus became the first team to break the 100-point barrier in Italy as they rounded off their season in style while in France Lille grabbed a Champions League spot.

In the Bundesliga, all eyes were on three-times champions Hamburg SV who retained their top-flight status after edging out second-tier Gruether Fuerth in a two-legged playoff.

SPAIN

Atletico Madrid came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Barcelona and the point they needed to clinch their first title in 18 years.

Alexis Sanchez gave Barca hope when he scored from a narrow angle in the 33rd minute but Diego Godin's header from a corner was enough for Atletico, who finished on 90 points from 38 matches, three ahead of Barca.

Real Madrid, who beat Espanyol 3-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday, also finished on 87 points but lost home and away to Barca, meaning the Catalan club had a superior head to head record and finished ahead of their arch-rivals.

Osasuna and Real Valladolid were unable to avoid the drop on Sunday and will join Real Betis in the second division next season.

ENGLAND

Arsenal came from behind to beat Hull City 3-2 after extra time in the FA Cup final at Wembley to win their first major trophy for nine years.

Defenders James Chester and Curtis Davies gave Hull, playing in their first Cup final, a shock 2-0 lead after eight minutes but midfielder Santi Cazorla pulled one back with a sublime free kick before halftime.

Defender Laurent Koscielny equalised for Arsenal after 71 minutes to send the game into extra time and midfielder Aaron Ramsey sealed victory for Arsene Wenger's team with a neat finish.

GERMANY

Bayern Munich restored their undisputed dominance in Germany when they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with two extra-time goals to win the German Cup and secure a 10th domestic double.

Dutchman Arjen Robben, who scored the winner against Dortmund in the Champions League final last season, and Thomas Mueller grabbed the goals.

Hamburg retained their Bundesliga status by seeing off second-tier Gruether Fuerth in a playoff. They remain the only team never to have been relegated since the Bundesliga was created in 1963.

ITALY

Champions Juventus became the first team to break the 100-points barrier in Serie A when they beat Cagliari 3-0 in their final league game of the season.

Juventus, who won all 19 home matches, completed their campaign with 102 points after winning 33, drawing three and losing two of their 38 games. They finished 17 points clear of AS Roma, who lost 1-0 at Genoa.

In the only outstanding matter to be settled on Sunday, Parma beat relegated Livorno 2-0 to snatch sixth place and the final Europa League spot.

AC Milan, who finished one point behind in eighth, missed out on European football despite beating Sassuolo 2-1.

PORTUGAL

Benfica completed a domestic treble when they beat Rio Ave 1-0 in the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday with a first-half goal from Argentine Nicolas Gaitan.

Benfica, beaten on penalties by Sevilla in Wednesday's Europa League final after a 0-0 draw, had already won the league and the League Cup.

FRANCE

Lille finished third in Ligue 1 and snatched the remaining Champions League qualification spot after a 4-1 win at Lorient in the final round of matches on Saturday.

The result put Lille, who will play in the third qualifying round of Europe's elite club competition, on 71 points, two ahead of St Etienne, who won 3-1 at home to AC Ajaccio.

Paris St Germain, already crowned champions, celebrated a second consecutive title with a 4-0 home victory over Montpellier.

BELGIUM

Anderlecht were crowned Belgian champions for the 33rd time after a 3-1 victory over Lokeren was sufficient to pip rivals Standard Liege to the title on the final day of the season.

Anderlecht, who qualified for next season's Champions League group stage, finished the 10-game playoffs - which pits the six most successful teams from the regular competition - two points ahead of Standard who beat Racing Genk 1-0 at home.

NETHERLANDS

For the first time in 12 years the Dutch top flight will have three new clubs next season after Willem II Tilburg won automatic promotion and were joined by Dordrecht and Excelsior who went up via the playoffs.

Dordrecht return to the top flight for the first time in 19 years after beating Sparta Rotterdam.

LUXEMBOURG

F91 Dudelange won the league title in dramatic style, beating defending champions Fola Esch 3-0 to overhaul their opponents on the final day of the season.

Julien Jahier scored a hat-trick as Dudelange finished two points clear to win the title for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. They will enter next season's Champions League in the second qualifying round.