Inter Milan have set numerous records during the 2006/07 season, and on Sunday they celebrated becoming only the third side in history to win the Italian Serie A crown with five games to spare.

Lyon were also left toasting title glory ahead of the final five rounds, although their success had been assured before they even kicked a ball against Auxerre. Impressively, it was the French outfit's sixth straight Ligue 1 triumph - a record for a club from one of Europe's five major leagues.

Sevilla and Real Madrid made up ground on leaders Barcelona in La Liga, the top two both slipped up in the Premiership, and Bayern Munich dropped out of the Bundesliga title race, leaving Schalke, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart to fight it out for gold.

Serie A: Inter secure title in record time
He proved an unlikely goalscoring hero during the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, and Marco Materazzi was once again the surprise marksman when Inter Milan overcame Siena to  claim their 15th Serie A title . The defender scored twice in a 2-1 win that, coupled with second-placed Roma's defeat at Atalanta, gave the Nerazzurri an unassailable 16-point lead and secured them the scudetto with five rounds to spare, a feat previously managed by only Torino (1947/48) and Fiorentina (1955/56).

Third-placed Lazio tasted defeat at home, Adrian Mutu heading home the contest's only goal to keep Fiorentina in the hunt for a UEFA Cup place, while a Ronaldo brace helped fourth-placed  AC Milan see off Cagliari 3-1  and move to within breathing space of the Biancocelesti.

The top three: Inter Milan (84 pts), Roma (68), Lazio (57)
The bottom three: Reggina (31 pts), Messina (24), Ascoli (20)
The top scorers: Francesco Totti (21), Cristiano Lucarelli (18), Rolando Bianchi (17)
The weekend stat: Chievo ended a four-match winless run by defeating Livorno 2-1, a result that moved them one point clear of danger. 

Ligue 1: Lyon make history
Lyon secured their record-breaking sixth successive domestic prize before even kicking a ball in Round 33. Indeed,  Toulouse's 3-2 defeat at Rennes  allowed fans of les Gones to toast their team's conquest of Saturday. Lyon went in search of a celebratory victory on Sunday, but they were unable to find a way past Olivier Sorin, whose clean sheet  banked Auxerre their 14th draw  of the season.

Lens climbed above Toulouse into second courtesy of a 2-0 win over Le Mans, while Marseille improved their chances of breaking into the top three and securing a UEFA Champions League place by edging out Troyes 2-1.

The top three: Lyon (71 pts), Lens (53), Bordeaux (52)
The bottom three: Troyes (32 pts), Sedan (31), Nantes (30)
The top scorers: Steve Savidan (13), Pauleta (12), Aruna Dindane (11), Ismael Bangoura (11)
The weekend stat: Following four straight defeats which had left them second from bottom, Paris St Germain picked up their tenth point from a possibly 12 thanks to their biggest win of the campaign - 4-0 over Nantes - to rise to 15th.

La Liga: Sevilla and Real close in on Barca
Sevilla and Real Madrid both won to keep the pressure on front-runners Barcelona, before Villarreal did the chasing pair a favour by undoing the Blaugrana. As a result, Frank Rijkaard's side's advantage over Sevilla was reduced to just one point, with Los Merengues a further point back in third.

Real were forced to dig deep in order to hold out for a  2-1 victory over Valencia , whose relentless attempt to take something from the game was repelled by Spain keeper  Iker Casillas . Sevilla's win over Athletic Bilbao was less complicated, the UEFA Cup holders maintaining their push for domestic honours in the form of a 4-1 success. Barcelona, however,  came up short against a Villarreal side  who netted twice without reply to open up the title race.

The top three: Barcelona (59 pts), Sevilla (58), Real Madrid (57)
The bottom three:  Levante (30 pts), Real Sociedad (27), Gimnastic (24)
The top scorers: Frederic Kanoute (19), Diego Milito (19), Ronaldinho (17)
The weekend stat: Deportivo's Albert Lopo scored a 93rd minute winner to sink Osasuna 1-0, but he was outlasted by Raul Tamudo, whose penalty seven minutes into injury time snatched ten-man Espanyol a 2-2 draw with Real Betis. 

Bundesliga: Stuttgart end Bayern challenge
A quick-fire brace from Cacau midway through the first half kept third-placed Stuttgart in Bundesliga title contention, but their comfortable  2-0 win over Bayern Munich  effectively ended the visitors' hopes of retaining their crown.

The result kept Stuttgart four points behind front-runners Schalke 04, who were made to wait until the hour mark before taking the lead at home to Energie Cottbus courtesy of Timo Rost's own goal. Marcelo Bordon sealed a 2-0 success for Die Konigsblauen minutes later. In form Werder Bremen stayed hot on Schalke's tails by  beating Alemannia Aachen 3-1 ,  Diego  combining power and accuracy to score their final goal with a 70-yard lob into the visitors' unguarded net.

The top three: Schalke (62 pts), Werder Bremen (60), Stuttgart (58)
The bottom three: Alemannia Aachen (33 pts), Mainz (31), Borussia Monchengladbach (25)
The top scorers: Theofanis Gekas (18), Roy Makaay (14), Alexander Frei (13), Mario Gomez (13), Kevin Kuranyi (13)
The weekend stat: Having never scored away at Wolfsburg, Arminia Bielefeld put three past their hosts en route to a 3-2 victory that moves them out of the relegation zone. 

Premiership: Top two falter
Chelsea squandered a golden chance  to close to within one-point of leaders Manchester United by drawing 0-0 at Newcastle United, a result they will live to regret should the Premiership trophy end up in their rivals' hands. The Red Devils had presented Chelsea with the opportunity to make up ground in the race for gold when they  failed to beat Middlesbrough  at home. Kieran Richardson fired Manchester United in front, but Mark Viduka made it 1-1 on the stroke of halftime, which is how it finished.

Third-bottom Charlton Athletic looked set to swap places with Sheffield United, but Jonathan Stead fired home a superb equaliser to  keep the Blades out of the drop zone .

The top three: Manchester United (82 pts), Chelsea (79), Liverpool (67)
The bottom three:  Charlton Athletic (33 pts), West Ham United (32), Watford (24)
The top scorers: Didier Drogba (19), Cristiano Ronaldo (16), Benni McCarthy (15)
The weekend stat: Aston Villa keeper David James kept his 142nd Premiership clean sheet in a goalless draw against Portsmouth, outranking David Seaman, who managed 141 shutouts during his career, in the record books.

A thrilling finale ensues in the  Dutch Eredivisie  after the penultimate round left the top three teams tied on 72 points. PSV Eindhoven, table toppers since 12 November and previously threatening to run away with the title, were finally ousted from the driving seat when a late goal by Utrecht's Alje Schut denied them victory.

AZ Alkmaar and Ajax took full advantage  of PSV's slip-up by beating Heerenveen 3-1 and Sparta Rotterdam 5-2 respectively, but it is AZ that are favourites to claim their first domestic crown since 1981 due to their +53 goal difference, which is six better than Ajax's and seven superior to PSV's.

Player of the week
Runaway Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic have stumbled towards the finish line in recent weeks, and their long wait to break through the tape appeared set to continue when 90 minutes passed against Kilmarnock with the teams locked at 1-1. But cometh the hour, cometh the man - and how fitting it was that it was a trademark  Shunsuke Nakamura  free-kick into stoppage time that  clinched Celtic a 2-1 victory  and, importantly, their 41st Scottish title.

Teams of the week
It was hats off to Inter Milan, Lyon, Celtic and  Olympiacos  in Europe this weekend when the quartet secured domestic championship crowns with games to spare.