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Saturday European Rewind: Sunderland relegated, Bayern wins fifth straight Bundesliga title, and more

After several recent years of last-minute survivals, Sunderland suffered relegation for the first time since 2005-06, losing, 1-0, against Bournemouth on Saturday.

David Moyes’ side knew a positive result could see them outlast relegation for at least another day, but ultimately fell at the end. Joshua King’s 88th-minute winner for Eddie Howe’s side sunk the Black Cats for good, despite Sunderland having five efforts on goal.

The Black Cats become the first side relegated to the Championship so far this season while Bournemouth jump up to 10th place with their win.

Meanwhile,  Bayern Munich rolled past hosts Wolfsburg 6-0 at the Volkswagen Arena to claim their fifth-straight Bundesliga crown. Daniel Alaba’s 19th-minute free-kick opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s side before Robert Lewandowki added a nine-minute brace later in the half. Arjen Robben’s long-range strike added to Bayern’s lead before Thomas Muller made it 5-0 in the 80th-minute. Joshua Kimmich capped the final score at 6-0 five minutes later from a difficult angle. Wolfsburg now sits a point clear of the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid cruised past Las Palmas while Barcelona defeated Espanyol. Scottish leaders Celtic rolled past their Glasgow rivals Rangers in Saturday’s Old Firm Derby. In Italy, league leaders Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Friday. Ligue 1 leaders Monaco, meanwhile, fought back in a home win over Toulouse while Lyon defeated Angers.

Here is a rundown of all Friday and Saturday’s European results:

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester City hit the 40-point mark on Saturday, defeating West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, 1-0. A right-footed finish from striker Jamie Vardy was all Craig Shakespeare’s side needed to hand the Baggies their fourth straight league defeat. Vardy’s effort was the only shot on goal for Leicester, who moved up to 11th with the win. West Brom stays in eighth-place and has struggled to get much going in the past month.

Burnley earned its first road victory of the season on Saturday, defeating Crystal Palace, 2-0, in South London. Ashley Barnes’ left-footed effort put Burnley ahead, 1-0, after seven minutes. Palace’s Damien Delaney came closest to leveling the score for the hosts, who were frustrated for most of the match. Substitute Andre Gray scored Burnley’s insurance goal in the 85th minute, beating Wayne Hennessey with a right-footed effort. Clarets keeper Tom Heaton made five saves in the clean sheet while Palace drops to 16th after the loss.

Here are all of Saturday’s Premier League results:

Southampton 0 – Hull City 0

Stoke City 0 – West Ham United 0

Sunderland 0 – AFC Bournemouth 1

West Bromwich Albion 0 – Leicester City 1

Crystal Palace 0 – Burnley 2

SPANISH LA LIGA

Real Madrid earned a late winner from Marcelo to defeat Valencia, 2-1, at the Santiago Bernabeu as Zinedine Zidane’s side was looking to retain top spot in La Liga with a win at home. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after 27 minutes, heading home Dani Carvajal’s cross. The Portuguese international saw his 57th-minute penalty saved by Diego Alves, which would have doubled the hosts advantage. Dani Parejo looked to have snatched a point for Valencia, after scoring from an 82nd-minute free kick. However, Marcelo had different ideas, scoring the winner just four minutes later. Los Blancos made it two wins in four days after a 6-2 demolition of Deportivo on Wednesday. Valencia remains in 12th place, now losing three straight matches.

League-leaders Barcelona used a brace from striker Luis Suarez to defeat Espanyol, 3-0, away from home. Following a scoreless first half, Suarez opened the scoring after 50 minutes scoring from inside the box. Ivan Rakitic’s left-footed effort after 76 minutes doubled Barcelona’s lead before Suarez added his second of the afternoon before stoppage time. Espanyol had three shots on goal and remains winless in their last three matches.

Villarreal made it three wins in a row after a 3-1 home victory over Sporting Gijon on Friday. Roberto Soldado opened the scoring for the hosts after 33 minutes, scoring from a right-footed effort. Cedric Bakambu’s 47th-minute finish doubled Villarreal’s lead before the striker added a second goal just before the hour mark. Douglas pulled a consolation goal back for Gijon in the 73rd-minute, but the damage was already done as Villarreal won, 3-1. Gijon remains six points from league safety, while Villarreal remains in fifth.

 

Here are all of Friday and Saturday’s La Liga results:

Villarreal 3 – Sporting Gijon 1

Real Sociedad 2 – Granada 1

Real Madrid 2 – Valencia 1

Las Palmas 0 – Atletico Madrid 5

Espanyol 0 – Barcelona 3

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Borussia Dortmund was held to a scoreless draw at home on Saturday against visiting FC Koln. Thomas Tuchel’s side had four shots on goal, all in the second-half, but could not earn a winner at Signal Iduna Park. Koln recorded zero shots on goal while being on the defensive for most of the match. Dortmund remains in third-place, while Koln stays in eighth.

Werder Bremen made it five victories in April after a 2-0 home win against Hertha Berlin. Fin Bartels finished off Max Kruse’s assist after nine minutes for a 1-0 Bremen lead. Six minutes later saw the same duo getting in on the act again for Bremen’s second goal, this time with Kruse finishing off Bartels assist. Berlin recorded two shots on goal but eventually fell for the third time this month. Berlin remains in fifth, while Bremen sits on point back in sixth.

Here are all of Friday and Saturday’s Bundesliga results:

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Schalke 04 4

Borussia Dortmund 0 – FC Koln 0

FSV Mainz 1 – Borussia Monchengladbach 2

Werder Bremen 2 – Hertha Berlin 0

SV Darmstadt 3 – SC Freiburg 0

RB Leipzig 0 – Ingolstadt 0

VfL Wolfsburg 0 – Bayern Munich 6

ITALIAN SERIE A

Juventus suffered their first league draw since April 2, drawing, 2-2, at Atalanta on Friday. The hosts led 1-0 at halftime, thanks to a 45th-minute goal from Andrea Conti. However, Juventus battled back for a 1-1 equalizer in the 50th minute after an own-goal off of Atalanta’s Leonardo Spinazzola. Dani Alves’ 83rd-minute header put Juventus ahead 2-1, which looked to have been the final goal of the match. Remo Freuler’s 89th-minute finish from close range, sealed a point for Atalanta, who remains in fifth place. Juventus holds a nine-point lead over second place Roma, who play on Sunday.

Atalanta 2 – Juventus 2

Torino 1 – Sampdoria 1

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Lyon kicked off Round 35 in France’s top-flight, defeating Angers, 2-1, at the Stade Jean-Bouin. Nabil Fekir’s 41st-minute free kick proved to be the match-winner after Mathieu Valbuena opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Cheikh Ndoye pulled Angers to within one early in the second-half, but that was the closest the hosts got. Lyon’s Anthony Lopes made six saves in the win, snapping a two-match losing streak. Angers has now lost five in a row, sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone.

League leaders Monaco fought back from a 1-0 deficit at Toulouse, to win, 3-1, on Saturday. Ola Toivonen put the visitors ahead after 46 minutes, scoring his seventh goal of the season. However, the lead lasted three minutes as Kamil Glik headed Monaco level on a corner-kick. Kylian Mbappe finished off Bernardo Silva’s assist in the 64th minute, which put Monaco ahead for good. Thomas Lemar added an insurance strike in the 75th minute, earning Monaco their 11th consecutive victories across all competitions. Monaco leads PSG by three points for the league lead, while Toulouse drops to 12th.

Lille made it consecutive 3-0 victories after defeating Montpellier at the Stade de la Mosson on Saturday. The visitors were handed the opening goal of the match as Nicolas de Preville scored from a penalty kick. Xeka’s 56th-minute header doubled Lille’s lead before Martin Terrier’s first goal of the season made it 3-0 after 75 minutes. Lille moves up to 11th, while Montpellier remains in 13th.

Here are all of Friday and Saturday’s Ligue 1 results:

Angers 1 – Lyon 2

Monaco 3 – Toulouse 1

Montpellier 0 – Lille 3

Bastia 1 – Rennes 0

Nantes 1 – Lorient 0

Guingamp 0 – Saint-Etienne 2

Metz 2 – Nancy 1

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE

In the sixth Old Firm meeting of the season in all competitions, Celtic rolled past Glasgow rivals Rangers, 5-1, at the Ibrox Stadium. Brendan Rodgers’ side held a 2-0 lead at halftime thanks to goals from Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths. Callum McGregor’s fourth goal of the season, made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute. Dedryck Boyata’s 66th-minute header made it 4-0 to Celtic,before Kenny Miller pulled one back for Pedro Caixinha’s side. Mikael Lustig’s curling effort stamped the final score at 5-1 to the current SPFL champs. This is the fifth Old Firm victory Celtic have earned this season, as they sit 36 points better off than their rivals. Rangers remains in third, holding onto a European qualification spot.

Rangers 1 – Celtic 5

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