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Juventus and Dynamo Kiev secure league crowns, Leicester close in on historic Premier League title

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Juventus and Dynamo Kiev secure league crowns, Leicester close in on historic Premier League title


Leicester are now on the cusp of a stunning Premier League title.

With three games to go, and thanks to an emphatic home win over Swansea, the Foxes can begin putting the fizzy stuff in the fridge.

Recently, though, champagne corks have been popping for some European clubs.

Juventus were crowned Serie A champions for a fifth straight time on Monday without even kicking a ball.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men piled the pressure on second-place Napoli with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Sunday.

Napoli then needed to beat Roma on Monday to reduce the gap on the leaders to nine points with three games left

But Radja Nainggolan scored for Roma in the final minute for victory leaving Juventus with an unassailable 12-point lead at the top and a 32nd topflight title firmly in their hands.

Dynamo Kiev assured of the title

Dynamo Kiev retained the Ukrainian Premier league title after beating FC Vorskla 1-0 on Sunday.

Second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk could only manage a draw on Saturday, allowing Dynamo Kiev to stretch their lead to seven points with three games left.

Dynamo, who play Shakhtar next week, are certain to win the title though as they are assured of another three points from a technical win over FC Metalurg who recently went into administration.

Party in Paris

Paris Saint Germain also celebrated silverware at the weekend when the capital club beat Lille to lift the French league Cup for a third consecutive season.

Javier Pastore opened the scoring before Djibril Sidibe netted an equaliser.

Angel di Maria was on hand hit the winner for PSG, who having already secured the league title are now aiming for the domestic treble when they meet Marseille in the French Cup final on May 21.

Impressive Foxes on the cusp of title

Even without the club’s suspended top-scorer Jamie Vardy, Leicester City’s march towards a historic Premier League title is unwavering.

Claudio Ranieri’s men produced a ruthless display to thrash Swansea 4-0 and put one hand on the club’s first topflight trophy.

Riyad Mahrez and substitute Marc Albrighton scored either side of a Leonardo Ulloa brace to send the King Power Stadium into wild delirium and put Leicester on the cusp of winning the title.

Up and down

Now let’s see who has made our up and down list from the past week’s action across Europe’s topflight leagues.

On the up is Riyad Mahrez.

The Leicester City and Algeria international forward was voted the 2016 PFA player of the year.

Mahrez has scored 17 goals and made 11 assists in 34 league Premier League games so far.

Among those he beat on the shortlist were teammates N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy.

Barcelona hitman Luis Suarez is up after continuing his goal splurge.

He hit four on Wednesday against Deportivo La Coruna and then repeated the feat on Saturday to fuel a 6-0 rout of Sporting Gijon.

He becomes the first La Liga player to score 4 goals in two consecutive matches.

Now for our down list.

Mamadou Sakho has been suspended from Liverpool’s first team after returning a positive test for a type of fat burner after the win against Manchester United in the Europa League in March.

He faces six-month ban which would rule him out of Euro 2016 which takes place in his native France.

He has until Tuesday to plead his case and demand his B sample be tested.

The Serie A game between Inter and Udinese is also on the down as it was the first Italian topflight match in the league’s history to feature no Italian players in the starting lineups.

In Europe’s top five leagues the only precedent is the 2009 game between Portsmouth-Arsenal.

We might be wrong

It’s hotting up in the Champions League, which has reached the semi-final stage.

The first legs take place this week and here you have our predictions for these matches at the Etihad and Vicente Calderon stadium.

Send us your predictions using #TheCornerScores.

Manchester City 1 – 1 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Bayern Munich


Today we leave you with two players who could possibly win the next Ballon d’Or. On the web net, their videos have gone viral and subsequently they have earned the nicknames ‘‘Ronaldog’‘ and ‘‘the Buffoncat.’‘ (see main video at the top of page)

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