Title celebrations in Spain and Italy were postponed for seven days as Barcelona and Inter Milan were held to draws at the weekend. Manchester United took another step to retaining their Premier League crown with a win, while Bayern Munich pulled level with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. And it was cup final day in France, where second-division Guingamp claimed a shock 2-1 win over Rennes.
FIFA.com has these stories and more from another incident-packed weekend in Europe's elite leagues.
Premier League: United march on
United brushed aside the challenge of City to win Sunday's Manchester derby 2-0 and edge ever closer to their third consecutive championship. Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain three points clear of Liverpool with a game in hand, although the Merseysiders are doggedly refusing to give up on the title. Impressive 3-0 winners at West Ham United on Saturday, Liverpool have won eight and drawn one of their last nine games and retain an outside chance of pipping United to the line.
In the meeting of the UEFA Champions League semi-final losers, Chelsea recovered in fine style from their midweek trauma, inflicting a 4-1 defeat on Arsenal to record their first league win over a fellow member of the so-called Big Four this season. For the Gunners it was a forgettable end to a forgettable week.
At the bottom West Bromwich Albion pulled level with Newcastle United and Middlesbrough on 31 points after beating Wigan 3-1. The north-east duo square off on Monday evening. Victory for either side will take them level with struggling Hull City, who went down 2-1 at home to Stoke City and continue to hover just above the drop zone.
Top three: Manchester United (83 pts), Liverpool (80), Chelsea (77)
Bottom three: Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion (31)
Top scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo (18 goals), Nicolas Anelka (17), Steven Gerrard (15)
Weekend stat: 23 - The number of goals Steven Gerrard has scored for Liverpool in all competitions this season, equalling his previous-best in 2005/06.
La Liga: Barcelona made to wait
Real Madrid's 3-0 defeat at Valencia on Saturday gave Barça the chance to wrap up the title in front of their own fans a day later. Villarreal spoiled the party, though, by snatching an injury-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw, forcing the Catalans to wait until next weekend for another opportunity to take the chequered flag.
Sevilla look well set to clinch third place after downing Mallorca 3-1, while a clutch of sides are still in the chase for the fourth and final Champions League berth. Only five points separate current occupants Valencia from Malaga in eighth.
Getafe did their survival hopes a power of good by overwhelming Osasuna 3-0 at home, a result that left Los Rojillos sitting nervously in 17th, just two points above the drop zone.
Top three: Barcelona (86 pts), Real Madrid (78), Sevilla (63)
Bottom three: Sporting Gijon (34), Recreativo Huelva (33), Numancia (32)
Top scorers: Samuel Eto'o (28 goals), Diego Forlan (27), David Villa (25)
Weekend stat: 70 - The number of league goals the swashbuckling trio of Samuel Eto'o, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry have scored out of Barcelona's season haul of 103.
Serie A: As you were
Inter Milan travelled to Verona in the hoping of sealing their fourth straight championship but were made to wait when Chievo held them to a 2-2 draw, all this after Inter had twice gone ahead. Even so, Jose Mourinho's title chasers remain seven points clear of AC Milan in second after I Rossoneri drew 1-1 at home to Juventus.
In the race for fourth Fiorentina extended their advantage over Genoa to three points after they beat Catania 2-0 and Diego Milito and Co played out a 1-1 at Atalanta.
In the day's big relegation match, Torino drew 1-1 with Bologna, while Lecce also picked up a potentially crucial point. Bottom club Reggina were crushed 5-0 by Sampdoria and are now four points from safety with only three games remaining.
Top three: Inter Milan (78 pts), Milan (71), Juventus (67)
Bottom three: Bologna (30), Lecce (29), Reggina (27)
Top scorers: Marco di Vaio (22 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (21), Alberto Gilardino (18)
Weekend stat: 11 - The number of times Bari have now been promoted to Serie A, equalling Atalanta's record.
Bundesliga: Bayern catch Wolfsburg
Any one of six sides could yet take the German title after another weekend of twists and turns left the top of table looking more congested than ever. Wolfsburg still lead the way despite a 4-1 thumping at Stuttgart, who are now just two points from the summit. Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Energie Cottbus and trail Wolfsburg on goal difference only, while Hertha Berlin, 2-0 winners over Bochum, are a point behind.
Hamburg dropped to sixth after going down 2-0 at Werder Bremen, with Borussia Dortmund moving into fifth courtesy of a resounding 4-0 win over Karlsruhe. Both sides are five points adrift of the top two.
Down at the wrong end of the table Borussia Moenchengladbach sneaked out of the relegation zone on goal difference after a priceless 1-0 defeat of Schalke 04. Lying just below them are Arminia Bielefeld and Cottbus. Karlsruhe prop up the table and are seemingly bound for the second tier.
Top three: Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich (60 pts), Hertha Berlin (59)
Bottom three: Arminia Bielefeld, Energie Cottbus (27), Karlsruhe (23)
Top scorers: Grafite, Mario Gomez (23 goals) Patrick Helmes, Edin Dzeko (20)
Weekend stat: 23 - The number of times Mario Gomez has found the back of the net for Stuttgart in the league this campaign, an all-time club record. Gomez struck all four of his side's goals against Wolfsburg.
French Cup final: First time for Guingamp
The Stade de France was decked out in red and white on Saturday in honour of Ligue 2 strugglers Guingamp and Brittany neighbours Rennes. It was Gungamp who won the Cup for the first time after edging out their more vaunted opponents 2-1. Carlos Bocanegra had put the top-flight side ahead with 21 minutes remaining, but a late double from the Brazilian Eduardo gave the outsiders the trophy and a place in next season's UEFA Europa League.
Weekend stat: 1959 - The only other year that the French Cup was won by a second-flight side, Le Havre hoisting the trophy aloft after downing Sochaux 3-0.
Rangers edged out Old Firm rivals Celtic 1-0 to hit the front in Scotland. The Gers are now two points ahead with three games remaining and are on course for championship No52.
Anderlecht and Standard Liege ensured an exciting final day in Belgium when they saw off Roeselare and Bruges by 3-1 and 2-0 respectively to stay locked together at the top. Should that still be the case after next week's games, a play-off will be needed to decide the destiny of the title.
In Switzerland frontrunners Zurich opened up a four-point lead with four matches to go after they drew 1-1 at home to Lucerne and closest pursuers Basle slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Aarau.