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Soccer-European roundup-Bordeaux clinch title, Betis down

LONDON, May 31 (Reuters) - Girondins Bordeaux lifted their first French Ligue 1 title in 10 years with a 1-0 win over Caen in the final game of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti announced he was leaving AC Milan following their 2-0 win at Fiorentina in the final match of the season. At the other end of the Serie A table, Torino were relegated and Real Betis suffered the same fate in Spain.

SPAIN

Real Betis were condemned to the final Primera Liga relegation spot when they drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid in a nail-bighting final round of matches.

Betis and four other teams were in danger of joining relegated Recreativo Huelva and Numancia but it was the Seville-based side who failed at the last hurdle after seven seasons in the top flight.

Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 home win over Almeria on Saturday secured them a Champions League qualifying place and Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao go into the new Europa League.

Treble winners Barcelona ended the season with a 1-1 draw at Deportivo Coruna which took them to 87 points from 38 matches, their highest ever tally.

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ENGLAND - Chelsea gave coach Guus Hiddink a winning send-off when they came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Everton striker Louis Saha scored after 25 seconds, the fastest ever goal in the FA Cup final, but Didier Drogba headed the equaliser and Frank Lampard struck Chelsea’s winner 18 minutes from time.

Dutchman Hiddink is leaving the London club after taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.

PORTUGAL - Porto beat Pacos de Ferreira 1-0 to win the Portuguese Cup final and complete the domestic double.

Lisandro Lopez scored with a shot in the seventh minute in a game dominated by Porto, although Pacos de Ferreira had chances in the first half during their first ever Cup final appearance.

FRANCE

A Yoann Gouffran goal gave Girondins Bordeaux a 1-0 win over Caen and earned them their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years.

Gouffran’s second-half header condemned his former side to relegation alongside Nantes and Le Havre.

Bordeaux finished the season on 80 points, three ahead of Olympique Marseille while Olympique Lyon, who had won the last seven titles, were third and will play in the Champions League qualifying round.

ITALY

AC Milan sealed the third automatic Champions League spot after beating fourth-placed Fiorentina 2-0 away in Paolo Maldini’s last match before retirement and Carlo Ancelotti’s final game in charge.

Ancelotti, heavily linked with Chelsea, said he was leaving shortly after the end-of-season game. Brazilian Leonardo will replace him.

Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 to wrap up second spot and boost the chances of interim coach Ciro Ferrara being given the job full time. City rivals Torino joined Reggina and Lecce in being relegated after a 3-2 defeat at sixth-placed AS Roma.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in Inter Milan’s 4-3 win over Atalanta to finish the season as Serie A’s top scorer with 25 goals but he again refused to commit himself totally to the champions, who were crowned earlier this month.

GREECE

Panathinaikos secured a place in next season’s Champions League after defeating city rivals AEK Athens 2-0 in the final game of the Greek Super League playoffs on Sunday.

POLAND

Wisla Krakow retained the league title after a 2-0 home win over Slask Wroclaw enabled them to finish three points ahead of traditional rivals Legia Warsaw.

Strikers Radoslaw Sobolewski and Marek Zienczuk scored either side of halftime to give Wisla their fifth league title in seven seasons and their 12th overall.

Arka Gdynia escaped relegation with a 2-1 home success against Odra Wodzislaw, at the expense of Cracovia Krakow and Gornik Zabrze who both failed to win.

BULGARIA

Levski Sofia clinched their 26th league title with a match to spare after a 1-1 home draw with Minor Pernik left them three points clear at the top before the final day.

Second-placed CSKA Sofia, who cannot overhaul Levski because their city foes have a better head-to-head record, saw their title hopes vanish with a 1-0 defeat at Litex Lovech which was marred by crowd trouble.

Dozens of CSKA fans invaded the pitch and clashed with riot police after a disallowed goal and the match was halted for several minutes as they received medical treatment.

ROMANIA

Unirea Urziceni won their first league title with a match to spare after a 2-1 win at third-placed Timisoara left them four points clear of Dinamo Bucharest, who lost 2-0 home to mid-table Brasov.

Unirea, founded in 1954 and promoted to the top tier of Romanian football for the first time in 2006, came from behind at Timisoara with second-half goals from Iulian Apostol and Marius Bilasco.

RUSSIA

CSKA Moscow won the Cup with a 1-0 win over champions Rubin Kazan in the final, courtesy of an injury-time effort from Russia midfielder Evgeny Aldonin.

Rubin will take some consolation from staying top of the March-November league after closest rivals Krylya Sovetov Samara were held to a 1-1 home draw by third-placed FC Moscow.

UKRAINE

Vorskla Poltava won their first trophy in the club’s 54-year history when they beat 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in the Cup final thanks to a Vasyl Sachko goal.

Shakhtar, who won this season’s UEFA Cup, failed to end the season on a high note and had Brazilian forward Fernandinho sent off shortly before the hour.

Editing by Ed Osmond. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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