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

May 19 2014, 09:41 IST
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Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone dances during a parade after winning the L Liga title, in Madrid. (Reuters) Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone dances during a parade after winning the L Liga title, in Madrid. (Reuters)
SummaryAtletico Madrid won their first title in 18 years after a 1-1 draw at runners-up Barcelona.

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

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