Footy Focus - May 9

Edin Dzeko (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Edin Dzeko (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

England

We’re almost there! Only 1 round remains in the Premier League, and it is Manchester City who look like winning the title. All they have to do is win or draw their final game against West Ham and the championship is theirs. City took a huge step towards that goal with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa midweek. It was 0-0 at half time which must have had Liverpool fans excited, but two goals from Edin Dzeko and one each from Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure sealed the points. This after coming from behind on the weekend (thanks to a brilliant goal from Ross Barkley) against Everton to win 3-2. Those two massive results at the most important stage of the season has put them in the driving seat, and with that kind of dominance when it was most needed, nobody can argue that they will deserve it if they win it all.

The reason it is completely in their hands now is that, after that loss to Chelsea, Liverpool managed to blow a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to go against Crystal Palace to stumble to a 3-3 draw. The good news for Liverpool is that Luis Suarez scored again, meaning he has tied the record for the most goals in a Premier League season with 31. He joins the legendary Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the only men to do that before. A goal against Newcastle this week and he breaks that record…

Chelsea also only drew away to Norwich in a much less exciting game, 0-0. It means Chelsea will almost certainly finish third, and that Norwich have a small chance to avoid being relegated, but they will need to score about 20 goals to make that happen! Sunderland beat Manchester United and West Brom in the same week to make it 4 wins in a row and it also means that in that space of games, they go from last to being completely safe from relegation. Sadly, Fulham and Cardiff have not had the same fortunes. They were both easily beaten in must-win games, and so they have both been relegated.

Arsenal also officially qualified for the Champions League with a win over West Brom, while Manchester United bounced back midweek with a 3-1 win over Hull City. Something you do not see very often happened when the United manager subbed himself on! Temporary boss Ryan Giggs came on for a run in the last 20 minutes, and even helped set up a goal. The hero on the night though was youngster James Wilson, who scored two goals in his first ever game for Manchester United. Remember the name!

James Wilson

James Wilson

Spain

It was a strange week in La Liga. All three of the top teams had the chance to take control of the title race but all three slipped up, meaning that Atletico still holds firm in first place. Barcelona were the first ones to drop points. They drew 2-2 at home with Getafe. Despite dominating the game against a team battling against relegation, Barcelona did not convert enough of their chances and an injury time equaliser dealt a big blow to their chances at winning another Primera Liga title.

That meant that Atletico could almost secure the league with a win, only they found themselves in a similar situation of lots of possession but not enough finishing, and they lost 2-0 to Levante. Real Madrid then had it all to play for against Valencia. Except that they twice had to fight back from behind just to draw 2-2, and even then only thanks to an incredible finish from Ronaldo deep into injury time.

They still had a game in hand against Valladolid which they played on Thursday. A win and they were still in the running with 2 rounds remaining. But It was a disaster of a game. Ronaldo came off injured within 10 minutes of kick off, and now doubts have risen over whether he can play again this season. With a Champions League final coming up, that is the worst possible injury for them. Sergio Ramos gave Real a 1-0 lead, but an 85th minute equaliser probably ruined their chances at regaining the league. Most likely it will all come down to the final game of the season when Barcelona and Atletico play each other.

Italy, Germany & France

A 1-0 win over Atalanta was far from pretty, but after Roma were beaten 4-1 by lowly Catania it meant that Juventus are once again the Scudetto winners in Italy! This is their third consecutive league title. Hopefully next year their very strong team, built around the likes of Paul Pogba, Andreas Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, can make a splash in Europe next year too. They definitely have the ability to make a run in the Champions League. There was one game always worth mentioning in Serie A this weekend too and that was the Milan Derby. AC Milan and Inter Milan share a stadium, but not a lot of love. Both have had enormously disappointing season, though AC Milan will be feeling a little consolation after a 1-0 win, thanks to a Nigel De Jong goal.

The German Bundesliga is all but done, with all of the major places basically settled. Bayern Munich secured their league title over a month ago. It is still going to be a season of disappointment for them though after their Champions League exit.

And in France, PSG went into the midweek fixtures knowing that a win against Rennes would crown them as champions. In the end they did not even need that, with Monaco surprisingly only managing a draw against 10-man Guingamp. That left the PSG result pointless, and the distracted players lumped to a 2-1 loss. They do not care though. Paris Saint Germain are champions of France once more.

Australia

The Brisbane Roar are the 2013/14 A-League Champions! They won their third championship in 4 years against the Western Sydney Wanderers who have been runners up two times in a row now. Western Sydney were winning late in the game but Besart Berisha, in his last game for the club, equalised to take the game into extra time, where Henrique scored the goal that won it all. Thomas Broich was once again outstanding for Brisbane, and has been deservedly named the club player of the year. It was another brilliant and entertaining A-League season. Bring on the next one and GO THE PHOENIX!

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