Man United win English Premier League
London, May 11:
Manchester United beat Wigan 2-0 on Sunday to clinch the club’s 17th English Premier League title.
A first-half penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and a late strike by Ryan Giggs - on the day he equalled Bobby Charlton’s record of appearances for United - sealed the tenth title under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
United finished two points clear of Chelsea, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton at Stamford Bridge. Kevin Davies scored a late equaliser for Bolton after Andriy Shevchenko had given Chelsea the lead. Arsenal, who won 1-0 at Sunderland, and Liverpool, 2-0 winners at Tottenham, finished third and fourth respectively. They will enter the final qualifying round for next season’s Champions League. Everton beat Newcastle 3-1 in their final match to clinch fifth place in the table and automatic qualification for the UEFA Cup.
Italian Serie A
ROME: Plucky Siena produced a stunning backs-to-the-wall display at the San Siro to keep the Serie A title race alive with a 2-2 draw against Inter Milan.
AS Roma edged out Atalanta 2-1 at home to cut the champions’ lead at the top to just one point meaning the championship race will go down to the wire with next weekend’s final matches of the season.
Inter twice held the lead against opponents who had nothing to play for but on each occasion sloppy defending cost them. Marco Materazzi also missed a late penalty as the Tuscans frustrated their more illustrious opponents. It means everything is riding on next weekend’s matches with both Inter and Roma playing sides fighting for their Serie A survival.
Inter will travel to Parma, who have to win to have any chance of avoiding the drop. Roma will travel to Catania, who are two points above Parma and in the last position of safety.
Inter did not have to wait long to break the deadlock as Patrick Vieira rose highest to head home Mario Balotelli’s corner. Siena stuck to their guns and equalised just after the hour mark when Houssine Kharja threaded a neat ball through to Massimo Maccarone, who slid home a shot under the body of goalie Julio Cesar.