Toulouse join Europe's elite
In a dramatic finish to the Ligue 1 campaign, Toulouse leapt three places to join Lyon and Marseille in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax will also have the chance to mix it with the continent's elite after overcoming AZ Alkmaar in their Dutch Eredivisie playoff.
On the final day in Serie A, the relegation battle took centre stage and with Reggina and Catania both winning to preserve their run in the upper tier, Siena scored a late winner to pip Chievo to survival.
Ligue 1: Toulouse make the cut
Sixth at the start of the play on the last day, Toulouse had a mountain to climb to finish third and claim the final place in next season's UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. But on a day when they needed a knight in shining armour, and a helping hand from both Troyes and Lille, all of their wishes came true. The hero of the day for Toulouse was Johan Elmander, whose treble earned them a 3-1 comeback win over Bordeaux, whom they leapfrogged in the standings.
However, TFC's bid to join Lyon and Marseille in Europe's showpiece event was also dependant on other results. Lens' fate was in their own hands, but they fell to a 3-0 defeat at relegated Troyes, while Rennes, on the cusp of a Champions League berth following John Utaka's 74th minute opener, were denied at the death when Nicolas Fauvergue headed home an injury time equaliser.
The top three: Lyon (81 pts), Marseille (64), Toulouse (58)
The bottom three: Troyes (39 pts), Sedan (35), Nantes (34)
The top scorers: Pauleta (15), Steve Savidan (13), Ismael Bangoura (12), Grafite (12), Mamadou Niang (12)
The weekend stat: Six years and six league titles after arriving at the Stade Gerland, club captain Claudio Cacapa helped Lyon increase their Ligue 1 record points total to 81 thanks to a 3-1 win over Nantes, which was departing coach Gerard Houllier's 69th victory at the les Gones reins in his two-season tenure.
Serie A: Siena survive at the death
Fifteenth at the start of the concluding round, Chievo's failure to avoid defeat at Catania, coupled with results elsewhere, condemned the Flying Donkeys to relegation. With deadlock intact for over an hour, Chievo appeared on course to extend their six-year stay in Serie A, and even when the Rossazzurri went 2-0 in front to fortify their own top flight status, the visitors were still afloat as it stood.
But with Reggina en route to a survival-clinching 2-0 victory over AC Milan, Chievo were dealt the cruellest of blows just when it appeared Siena would slip through the demotion trapdoor alongside the already-relegated Ascoli and Messina. Indeed, Paolo Negro emerged as an unlikely match-winner against his former employers Lazio, the defender's 85th minute goal grabbing Siena a 2-1 win and, crucially, inching them above Chievo in the final standings.
Elsewhere, champions Inter Milan made light work of Torino, winning 3-0 to set a new Serie A record of 97 points in a season.
The top three: Inter Milan (97 pts), Roma (75), Lazio (62)
The bottom three: Chievo (39 pts), Ascoli (27), Messina (26)
The top scorers: Francesco Totti (26), Cristiano Lucarelli (20), Christian Rigano (19)
The weekend stat: Aged 39, Messina keeper Alessandro Cesaretti saved a penalty from Francesco Totti on his Serie A debut, but the Roma icon's seventh spot-kick miss of the season did not prevent him from netting twice in a 4-3 Giallorossi victory to move to within touching distance of the European Golden Boot.
La Liga: Top two taste victory
On a weekend when Valencia dropped out of the title race, leaders Real Madrid and Barcelona both won to remain tied on points at the summit, while Sevilla beat Zaragoza 3-1 to stay two points behind in third. Getafe's league position suggested they may have been the more capable of surprising a top two side, but Real, who overcame Deportivo 3-1 at home, will have been more satisfied than their rivals with their weekend's work.
Indeed, los Merengues now have just two hurdles left to clear in order to clinch their 30th league crown, while, failing appeals, Barcelona will go into their derby against Espanyol without Edmilson and Samuel Eto'o, who both collected suspension-activating bookings, and Ronaldinho. The Brazilian luminary was, in fact, their match-winner against Getafe, his early goal proving the difference between the two sides, but he was sent off before half-time.
The top three: Real Madrid (72 pts), Barcelona (72), Sevilla (70)
The bottom three: Real Sociedad (33 pts), Celta Vigo (33), Gimnastic (25)
The top scorers: Ruud van Nistelrooy (23), Frederic Kanoute (21), Diego Milito (20), Ronaldinho (20)
The weekend stat: Scorer of one of the cheekiest penalties ever witnessed in a 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship win over Croatia, Brazilian Fernando Baiano netted what could prove to be the most significant spot-kick of his career on Sunday. His effort five minutes into time added on stole Celta Vigo a 2-1 success over Real Betis, ending their five-match losing streak and throwing them a survival lifeline.
Ajax pip AZ to qualification
A last-gasp Shota Arveladze strike may have given AZ Alkmaar a slender cushion to take to the Dutch capital on Sunday, but three unanswered goals in the second half of the deciding leg of their playoff sent Ajax into the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round, leaving AZ to settle for a UEFA Cup spot.
History made in Montenegro
FK Zeta have gained repute in recent years as a nurturer of talent and for achieving qualification to the UEFA Cup, but on Saturday a far greater distinction lay in wait. Indeed, on the final day of the season, a 2-0 victory over Berane etched Zeta's name in the record books as the inaugural winners of the Montenegrin First League, and bagged them a place in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
The toast of Quetzaltenango
The Guatemalan Championship has been perennially dominated by its capital's powers. But after Marquense and Xelaju upset the trend and ensured that, for the first time since 1980, the top two finishers would not include a side from Guatemala City, the former seized the initiative in the final by winning 1-0 away in Quetzaltenango.
Undeterred, Xelaju went into Saturday's return leg confident of turning the tide on foreign soil, and with the Costa Rican-born Jhonny Cubero in irrepressible form they managed just that, winning 4-1 on the night courtesy of a hat-trick from the 31-year-old.