Soccer News and Notes: Liverpool Wins It

For the first time in 30 years, and the first time in the Premier League Era, Liverpool is Champions of England with seven games remaining. Liverpool beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and clinched the title when Manchester City failed to beat Chelsea the next day, taking a 2-1 loss on the road.

The Reds have the honor of winning with the most games left and have a chance at an all-time Premier League points record.

The FA Cup continues this weekend with quarterfinals action while other teams compete in the Premier League. Keep an eye on Leicester City vs. Chelsea and Sheffield United vs. Arsenal in FA Cup play.

La Liga Race is On

With even games left, the La Liga title race is down to two teams, with rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid tied on 68 points. Barca head on the road to 16th place Celta Vigo Saturday with a +1 in goal differential while Los Blancos head to last-place Espanyol.

Next up, Barca has a crucial home battle against third-place Atletico Madrid while Real host fifth-place Getafe.

Keep an eye on the battle for Champions/Europa League spots as Getafe hosts Real Sociedad this weekend while Real Villarreal host Valencia. Mallorca, Leganes, and Espanyol need to get points quickly if any are going to be able to chase down Eibar or Celta Vigo to escape relegation.

Juventus Extends Lead

With four second-half goals, Juventus knocked off 10-man Lecce on Friday to extend their lead over Lazio to seven points. Lazio have a game in hand and will host Fiorentina on Saturday before a quick turn around to travel to Torino Tuesday.

The weekend also features a top-eight clash between Roma and AC Milan at San Siro on Sunday.

Atalanta look to capitalize on their mid-week comeback win over Lazio by going on the road to 15th place Udinese before hosting seventh place Napolo on Thursday. With every team playing two games in a five-day span, this marks a big week in not only the Scudetto race but also in the races for Europeans slots and the relegation battle.

Bayern’s Title Lap

It all came to an end in the German Bundesliga on Saturday. Bayern Munich are winners for an eighth straight year while Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig finished second and third.

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Hertha Berlin on Saturday 2-1 to snag the final Champions League spot, sending Bayer Leverkusen to Europa League.

But there was plenty of drama on the final day of the campaign. Andrej Kramaric scored a team-record four goals as Hoffenheim routed Dortmund 4-0 to take the final 2020-21 Europa League spot while Wolfsburg lost at Bayern 4-0 and will now have to qualify for the EL group stage.

Meanwhile, St. Louis native Josh Sargent scored for Werder Bremen, who will have a chance to stay in the Bundesliga in the relegation playoff after a 6-1 win over Koln. At the same time, Fortuna Dusseldorf will be relegated as they lost 3-0 to Union Berlin.

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