Welcome to The Corner, our weekly programme covering the world of football. Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years as Jose Mourinho’s side edged out Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile in Italy, Juventus wrapped up their fourth straight Serie A title after a routine 1-0 win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Chelsea and Juventus crowned champions
Belgium international Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea downed Crystal Palace 1-0 at home to claim their first Premier League title since 2010.
The visitors got off to a strong start and looked to break down the league’s best defensive line but it wasn’t to be as the Blues broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.
Hazard missed his first penalty in English league play, but slotted home the rebound to hand Chelsea the title with three games remaining.
Juventus fans were also able to celebrate as Gianluigi Buffon’s team-mates clinched their fourth straight Serie A title with a 1-0 win at Sampdoria on Saturday.
The Old Lady had been 14 points clear of their nearest rivals Lazio ahead of the game and earned all 3 points thanks to Arturo Vidal.
The Chile midfielder headed home a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross in the 32nd minute, handing Juventus their 31st Scudetto with four matches to spare and a treble in sight.
Up and down
Who is riding high at the moment and who isn’t. Let’s now have a look at who has made our up and down list from the last week.
Making the up list are Wolfsburg who ended third-tier Arminia Bielefeld’s impressive run in the German Cup. Kevin de Bruyne’s team-mates won 4-0 and will next take on Borussia Dortmund in the showpiece match.
On the down list this week are Bayern Munich. The Bavarians’ hopes of winning the Champions League have suffered a severe blow as Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara all picked up injuries during Tuesday’s German Cup loss to Dortmund.
Manchester United are also on the down after suffering their third Premier League defeat in a row for the first time in 14 years. Louis Van Gaal’s men lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, giving Liverpool more than a glimmer of hope in their push for a Champions League spot.
We might be wrong
The Champions League semi-finals begin on Tuesday.
We’re now going to tell you how we think the two matches will finish, but if you disagree, send us your predictions on the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.
Juventus 1-2 Real Madrid
Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich
On this day
Torino FC, will forever be linked to some of the most glorious moments in Italian football history, as well as the most tragic. On the verge of sealing the 1949 Scudetto, the Italian side had travelled to Lisbon for a friendly. The plane bringing the squad home from Lisbon crashed on the outskirts of Turin on May 4, killing thirty-one people, including 18 Torino players.
Well that’s it for this edition of The Corner but join us next Monday for another round up of European club football with Cinzia Rizzi. We leave you with former Polish international Marcin Zewlakow who is always up for a good challenge when it comes to taking penalties.Join in on the action and send us your videos using #TheCornerBloopers.
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