Glory for United, Inter made to wait

Manchester United are today celebrating their 17th league title, and with the UEFA Champions League final next up ten days from now, the double is still very much on.

In Italy, meanwhile, the race for the title is suddenly wide open again. Over the past few weeks, Inter Milan have squandered a comfortable lead and now go into their final game just one point ahead of nearest rivals Roma.

The tears of joy at the top were in stark contrast to the despair at the bottom, as some clubs finally lost the nail-biting battle against relegation. takes a look at the weekend's events in Europe's top leagues.

Premier League: Heaven 17 for Red Devils
In a heart-stopping conclusion to the Premier League season, Manchester United left it to the final game to edge out Chelsea in the championship race. United did exactly what was required, winning 2-0 at Wigan Athletic, while Chelsea could only draw, 1-1 at home to Bolton.

At the bottom, meanwhile, victory for Fulham away at Portsmouth kept the London club in the Premier League, consigning Birmingham City and Reading - both of whom won convincingly - to Championship football next season.

Top three: Manchester United (87 points), Chelsea (85), Arsenal (83)
Bottom three: Reading (36 points), Birmingham City (35), Derby County (11) Top scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo (31 goals), Fernando Torres (24), Emmanuel Adebayor (24)
Weekend stat: Middlesbrough's 8-1 thrashing of Manchester City was the biggest win in the 2007/2008 season.

Serie A: Inter fluff their lines
Inter Milan thought they had the Serie A title in the bag, but their nerve is failing them as the championship race enters its critical stage. The Nerazzurri twice failed to capitalise on a lead, and the 2-2 draw against Siena leaves them just one point ahead of main rivals Roma going into the final game.Marco Matterazzi's missed penalty twelve minutes from time left Inter rueing what might have been as Roma registered a potentially vital 2-1 win over Atalanta. Next week could still see Roma leapfrog Inter to take their first domestic title since 2001. Livorno's 1-0 defeat at Torino means that they are the first team to be relegated from this season's Serie A.

Top three: Inter Milan (82 points), AS Rom (81), Juventus Turin (71)
Bottom three: AC Parma (34 points), FC Empoli (33), AS Livorno (30)
Top scorers: Marco Borriello (19 goals), David Trezeguet (19), Alessandro Del Piero (19)
Weekend stat: Second-placed Roma have cut Inter Milan's lead by five points in the last two games. Next week could see the Romans overtaking Inter in the home strait to steal an unlikely title win.

La Liga: Barca lose as Rijkaard says goodbye
There were to be no fond farewells for Barca coach Frank Rijkaard as he saw his side establish a 2-0 lead against RCD Mallorca before going down 3-2 to Daniel Guiza's stoppage-time winner. It was a disappointing end to the Catalans' season and to Rijkaard's five-year reign at the club.

Villareal reinforced their hold on the second spot, with a 2-0 win over Espanyol and the newly-crowned champions Real Madrid remained sufficiently focused to register a 2-2 away point at Real Zaragoza.

Top three:
Real Madrid (82 points), FC Villarreal (74), FC Barcelona (64)
Bottom three: Real Zaragoza (42 points), Real Murcia (30), UD Levante (26)
Top scorers: Daniel Guiza (26 goals), Luis Fabiano (24), Raul (18)
Weekend stat: Barcelona have picked up only one win in the last eight games of the season.

Bundesliga: Four teams in UEFA hunt
The title itself has already been decided, but there's still plenty to play for in Germany, with places in next season's European competitions at stake. Werder Bremen, on 63 points, strolled to a 6-1 win over Hanover and need just a draw in their final match to secure second place.

Schalke lead the chase on 61 points after beating Frankfurt 1-0, but the real scramble for European places involves the four teams now locked on 51 points: Leverkusen, 2-1 winners away to Rostock, Hamburg, who lost 2-0 away to Cottbus, Wolfsburg and Stuttgart. The latter two teams met each other at the weekend with Wolfsburg subjecting their Swabian guests to a 4-0 pasting. All four clubs go into the final match of the season hoping to claim one of the two UEFA Cup places.

Hansa Rostock and MSV Duisburg, who lost 3-2 against champions Bayern Munich, were both relegated and they will probably be joined by Nuremberg, who are still two points short of safety.

Top three: Bayern Munich (73 points), Werder Bremen (63), Schalke 04 (61) Bottom three: Nuremberg (31 points), Duisburg (29), Hansa Rostock (27)
Top scorers: Luca Toni (21 goals), Mario Gomez (18), Kevin Kuranyi (15)
Weekend stat: Werder Bremen's 6-1 win was a club-record fourth time this season that they have put at least five goals past the opposition.

Ligue 1: Jury still out in France
League leaders Lyon will have to keep the champagne on ice. The champions won their crunch clash 1-0 against third-placed Nancy, but Bordeaux remain two points behind after a 2-0 win against Sochaux. Lyon's crucial goal came in the 61st minute when Silva Andre Luiz put through his own net.

At the other end of the table, it's a three-horse race in the relegation zone. Paris St. Germain look to be in the best position to avoid the drop on 40 points. FC Toulouse and RC Lens are both a point behind the Parisian outfit, meaning one of these three prestigious clubs will be playing second-division football next season.

Top three:
Olympique Lyon (76 points), Girondins Bordeaux (74), AS Nancy (60)
Bottom three: RC Lens (39 points), Racing Strasbourg (35), FC Metz (21)
Top scorers: Karim Benzema (19 goals), Mamadou Niang (17), Bafetimbi Gomis (14)
Weekend stat: Paris St. Germain are unbeaten in a four-game run (two wins, two draws) that could preserve their top-flight status.

In Switzerland, Basle secured their twelfth title in another nail-biting finish, beating nearest rivals Young Boys Bern 2-0 at home.

Galatasaray are celebrating their 17th league title after beating Genclerbirligi Oftasspor 2-0 on the last day of the season. The win edged out local rivals and last season's champions Fenerbahce. For more on the Turkish league, check out the round-up on