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European football round-up: Ajax and Fenerbache crowned champions

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European football round-up: Ajax and Fenerbache crowned champions

<p>We begin this edition of ‘The Corner’ with celebrations in the Netherlands and Turkey where Ajax and Fenerbahce enjoyed title winning weekends. </p> <p>Ajax won their 33rd domestic league crown and 4th consecutive, thanks to a draw against Heracles.</p> <p>Lasse Schone fired Ajax into the lead on Sunday after just 13 minutes when his powerful long-range free kick went in via the underside of the crossbar.</p> <p>Simon Cziommer levelled matters in equally stunning fashion in the 22nd minute for Heracles.</p> <p>It ensured a nervy finish for coach Frank De Boer and his men but they held on for the all important point to seal the crown.</p> <p>Other clubs have won four straight titles in the Dutch topflight but 43-year-old De Boer becomes the first coach to achieve the feat and it was the perfect way to respond to their humiliating 5-1 defeat against Zwolle in the Dutch Cup final last week.</p> <p><strong>Fenerbache seal 19th league crown</strong></p> <p>Fenerbahce also locked down the league title with three matches to go.</p> <p>The Canaries celebrated their 19th Turkish league honours, equaling Galatasaray’s record.</p> <p>A goalless draw against Rizespor was enough for Yanal’s team to crack open the champagne.</p> <p>The match was played in a stadium full of women and children younger than 12 years old due to adult males being banned following crowd trouble.</p> <p>But there was no such ban on the streets of Istanbul as thousands of fans gathered to celebrate their club’s first title in three years.</p> <p>It was a bitter-sweet party, though, as Fenerbahce won’t participate in next seaon’s Champions League as they are banned by <span class="caps">UEFA</span> for their recent match-fixing scandal.</p> <p><strong>Premier League title race wide open</strong></p> <p>With only two matches to go, the Premier League title race was blown wide open. </p> <p>At Anfield Chelsea halted Liverpool’s 11 match winning streak. </p> <p>The Reds dominated possession but a defensive-minded Blues frustrated their hosts and thanks to goals from Demba Ba and Willian Jose Mourinho’s men could have just dashed Liverpool’s hopes of a first topflight title in 24 years.</p> <p>Manchester City appear to be in pole position now. </p> <p>After their 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini’s side are on 77 points, three points off the top but with a vital game in hand. </p> <p>If City and Liverpool win all their remaining fixtures they’ll both reach 86 points, but the Citizens at the moment boast a superior goal difference which could prove to be the decider. </p> <p>After a disastrous season Manchester United are well out of the title race and Champions league football next term, but are now playing for honour and a place in the Europa League. </p> <p>Ryan Giggs, who replaced the sacked David Moyes, began his managerial career in style with a 4-0 against Norwich as the Red Devils treat the season run-in as damage limitation.</p> <p><strong>Atletico continue march towards title</strong></p> <p>It’s not quite over yet in Spain’s La Liga, but almost. </p> <p>Real Madrid still harbour hopes of winning the title thanks to a 4-0 victory over Osasuna, on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu.</p> <p>It was the 26th win this term for Cristiano Ronaldo and company who on Tuesday play holders Bayern Munich for a place in the Champions League final.</p> <p>On Sunday Atletico Madrid responded to Real Madrid’s win with victory at Valencia. </p> <p>Two more wins before their third and final match at Barcelona will secure their first league title in 19 years. </p> <p>Barca beat Villareal but the game was overshadowed by an incident involving Dani Alves. </p> <p>The Brazilian responded perfectly to a racist gesture by a fan who threw a banana onto the pitch as he was taking a corner.</p> <p>What is seen as a victory for Alves, Barca and the fight against racism in football the defender peeled it and took a bite. </p> <p>The Catalans are second in the table two clear of Real and four behind Atletico, although Real play Valladolid next week for their match in hand. </p> <p><strong>Pana enjoy Greek Cup success</strong></p> <p>Panathinaikos won their 18th Greek Cup title, beating <span class="caps">PAOK</span> in the final. Marcus Berg hit a hat-trick to help his side to a 4-1 win.</p> <p>Ultra fans threatened to ruin the day before a ball had been kicked following pre-match clashes with police while clashes between fan groups and police also continued inside the the Athens Olympic Stadium.</p> <p>Reports suggest at least 34 people were arrested for possession of fireworks, wooden and metal poles, and drugs.</p>