Leo Messi’s season at PSG has gone somewhat unnoticed, partly due to his brilliant performance in the World Cup, which has eclipsed the great performance of the Rosario player in his second year in Paris. There are 21 goals and twenty assists in the forty games he has played with his club this season, figures that have contributed enormously to a coarse PSG winning the league for another year.
With a six-point advantage over Lens with two games to go, PSG was worth it with a draw to be champion with a game in advance. The Parisians took the lead in the first half with Messi’s goal, but Strasbourg, who still hadn’t fully assured their salvation, sold their skin dearly and managed to equalize through Gameiro. The title obtained makes Messi the most successful player in history, tied at 43 with Dani Alves, with whom he won many of those trophies. A new record for the Argentine star, whose future seems to point away from Paris.
Lens beat Ajaccio (3-0) and confirmed their direct place in the Champions League. The season for Frank Haise’s boys has been spectacular and they have deservedly earned their place in the top continental competition. Marseille, who did not finish the course well, fell to Stade Brest, and will have to play a preview to access the group stage of the Champions League. In the fight for the other European places, Monaco’s defeat stands out, which, with one day to go, leaves the Principality’s team out of the European places after having been in the top four throughout the second round.
They lost to a direct rival, Rennes (2-0), which is ahead of them in the table in the same way as Lille, who beat Nantes (2-1). The defeat of the Breton team leaves him very touched; they must win on the last day and Auxerre not to to maintain their place in Ligue 1. Returning to Europe, the other team that maintains its options is Lyon. They beat Stade Reims (3-0), and are three points behind Stade Rennes and Monaco. Having won the goalscoring against both, a victory and the defeat of their two rivals would give fifth place to Laurent Blanc’s men.
With the championship and the Champions League and Europa League places decided, the Conference position was the only thing left to be resolved at the top of the table. Aston Villa, Brentford and Tottenham were the three contenders, but only the villains depended on themselves. Tottenham and Brentford won their meetings, Spurs 4-1 against Leeds and the Bees 1-0 against City. Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Brighton rendered their rivals’ efforts fruitless. Tottenham closes a very negative season; since 2009 the London team did not stay out of Europe nor did they score so few points. For Brentford, on the other hand, it has been a fantastic course, in which they have obtained several victories of merit, including the first leg and return against City.
As for the descent, Everton was the only one that depended on itself; if they beat Bournemouth at home, they would be the Premier team for another season. Their two rivals, Leeds and Leicester, had mixed fortunes. The whites fell heavily against Tottenham, but Leicester did do their homework and beat West Ham. At halftime, the foxes were a Premier team, but Doucouré’s great goal, the great architect of Toffee’s salvation, dashed their hopes. Seven years after winning the title, Leicester falls to the Championship, accompanied by a Leeds team that has paid dearly for the decision to fire Bielsa, the only one of the four coaches who have passed through Elland Road in the last two seasons who gave a clear identity to your team.
In Italy, Milan and Inter confirmed their qualification for the Champions League. The neroazzurros played on Saturday, and beat Atalanta (3-2), while the rossoneros closed the day, with the star duel against Juventus. The few chances of Allegri’s team to access the top continental competition involved beating Milan, but they were unable to, they fell 0-1 thanks to a goal from Olivier Giroud. The victory allows Milan to save the furniture in an irregular season, while the Juventins are left without Champions twelve years later.
Roma also lost their match. Fiorentina came back with two goals late in the match, so, with the aforementioned defeats to Atalanta and Juve, everything remains the same in the fight for the Europa League. At the moment, Dea and Mou’s team start with an advantage, if they win their games on the last day they will condemn Juventus to the Conference.
The Dutch league title had been decided for several weeks, conquered by Feyenoord, but the European places were still to be decided. Ajax needed to win and PSV didn’t to gain access to the Champions League qualifier, but everything went the other way, as has happened throughout the Amsterdam team’s entire campaign. They lost to Twente (3-1) while their rivals from Eindhoven beat AZ (1-2). With their defeat, PSV’s victory was a sad consolation for Ajax, who could have dropped to fourth place, which gives access to the Conference, had AZ won. Twente, Sparta de Rotterdam, Utrecht and Heerenveen will play a play off to settle the last Dutch team that will play in Europe next season.
Benfica and Porto reached the last day in Portugal with options to lift the title. The people of Lisbon depended on themselves, a victory against Santa Clara gave them their league number 38. Roger Schmidt’s men fulfilled the forecasts, won their game 3-0 and made Porto’s victory against Vitoria Guimaraes useless by the same result. The title of the team incarnated is deserved, although the final distance with respect to Porto was only two points, the people from Lisbon have led the table for practically the entire season, and close a fantastic year in which they also played a great role in the Champions League . Braga finished in third place, so they will play the Champions League preview, while Sporting will have to settle for the Europa League. Arouca and Vitoria Guimaraes access the preliminary phase of the Conference.
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