Sunday 15 May 2016, 17:47

The weekend in review

Welcome to’s rolling round-up of the weekend’s action, where we will keep you in the loop on the major happenings across world football. This week sees a tense climax in Spain that many had given up on two months ago, while across in Brazil their national championship picks up the baton as it begins a new season.

Check back in with us as the weekend progresses to get the key results from across the planet. Want to find out more from the globe’s top divisions? Check out our new Live Scores section for results, scorers and tables from Angola to Wales.

The big matches Granada 0-3 Barcelona (Suarez 22', 38', 86') Deportivo La Coruna 0-2 Real Madrid (Ronaldo 7', 25') Barcelona claimed a 24th Spanish La Liga title after their 3-0 win at Granada thanks to a hat-trick from forward Luis Suarez. Real Madrid posted the same scoreline at Deportivo La Coruna with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two in the first half, however it wasn't enough for Zinedine Zidane's squad to win the championship over their rivals. ​Barça knew a win would guarantee them the championship and they played like it throughout the match in Granada. Barring something extraordinary happening in the other league games, Suarez will finish as the top scorer of La Liga, known as the Pichichi crown, with a staggering 40 goals. Barcelona have now won six of the last eight La Liga championships.

Corinthians 0-0 Gremio While this clash between first and third from last season’s Brazilian Serie A stood out from the opening weekend’s line-up, one of the key questions it presented was how reigning champions Corinthians would cope on the national stage without their leading lights of last year. Jadson, Renato Augusto and Vagner Love are no longer with them and wayward shooting left Marcelo Grohe in the Gremio goal largely untroubled as the two sides crafted chances but ultimately cancelled each other out. It's the first time in 32 matches that Corinthians have failed to hit the back of the net and fans will hope this is not a tone-setter for the season ahead for the title holders.

The talking points ​Seoul remain top of the pile in Korea Republic after defeating Seongnam in a 3-2 thriller, while second-placed Jeonbuk Motors trail the league leaders by three points with a game in hand.

With Bayern Munich having already claimed the German Bundesliga title, the focus was on the bottom end of the table, where Werder Bremen edged visitors Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to confirm their safety, while Frankfurt will have to win their relegation play-off clash to confirm their presence in the top flight next season. Meanwhile, Stuttgart's 3-1 defeat at Wolfsburg meant they were relegated to the second tier for the first time in 41 years. In Spain, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano joined Levante in relegation from La Liga, with Sporting Gijon's impressive 2-0 win over Villarreal securing late survival.

Hapoel Be’er Sheva missed their chance to win the title after a 2-1 loss at Maccabi Haifa, which means the championship will be decided on the last matchday in Israel. However, a title was won in Montenegro as a 2-1 victory at rivals Budocnost meant Mladost won the league for the first time in club history. Club Brugge were also crowned Belgian champions, wrapping things up in superb style with a 4-0 thumping of second-placed Anderlecht.

Names were carved on trophies in Portugal, Turkey and Poland too. Benfica extended their record number of titles to 35 as a Nico Gaitan brace saw them extinguish any hopes Sporting had of snatching the league at the final hurdle, seeing off Nacional 4-1. Besiktas made similarly light work of Osmanlispor to see a 3-1 win bring them their first championship win in seven years, while Legia Warsaw were also crowned on the final day thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Pogon Szczecin.

The battle at the top in Argentina’s Group A continued to be as tight as ever, as San Lorenzo won 2-0 at Colon and Godoy Cruz edged Belgrano 1-0 to keep both sides level on points (33) at the summit. Godoy Cruz has a slight lead on San Lorenzo with a better goal differential. The first day of the new national season in Brazil saw Palmeiras cruise past Atletico-PR 4-0 and Flamengo edge Sport 1-0. On Sunday, Botafogo lost at home to Sao Paulo 1-0 after Lucas Fernandes' goal in the first half made the difference at the Estadio Raulino de Oliveira Volta Redonda.

In the Italian Serie A, history was made in Napoli's 4-0 win against Frosinone when Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick and broke Gunnar Nordahl's all-time single season goalscoring record by scoring his 36th goal of the 2015/16 campaign. Significantly for Gil Azzurri, the result secured second place and direct qualification to the UEFA Champions League group stages. In other action, Roma won 3-1 at the San Siro against AC Milan to finish third in the league, which means the Giallorossi will have to go through play-offs in order to qualify for the Champions League groups stages. A 3-2 win over Hellas Verona for Palermo ensured Carpi's stay in Serie A lasted just a season.

In France, despite a 4-1 loss at Reims, Olympique Lyon secured direct qualification to the Champions League group stages with only a better goal differential separating them from challengers Monaco, who defeated Montpellier 2-0 on the final matchday, in the end. The result was also not enough to keep Reims in the first division. Like Roma, Monaco will aim to get to the Champions League group stages through the play-offs. The battle to avoid relegation was the main storyline, though, and it was a day full of relief for Toulouse fans as their club came from behind to win 3-2 at Angers and secure safety in the first division. Gazelec Ajaccio and Reims were relegated after a 1-0 loss at Lorient and 4-1 win against the aforementioned Lyon. Zlatan Ibrahimovic played his last game at the Parc des Princes and set one final record. His two goals in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win over Nantes meant he became the club's top goalscorer in a single Ligue 1 season (38).

There was a late shake-up at the top end of the English Premier League as Arsenal clinched second place ahead of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur after the Gunners beat Aston Vila 4-0, while Mauricio Pochettino's side lost 5-1 to ten-man Newcastle United. Manchester City have almost certainly clinched fourth though, after their cross-city rivals Manchester United's match with Bournemouth was abandoned because of security concerns, this is not yet 100 per cent confirmed.

Action across the Atlantic Over the Atlantic Ocean, a stuttering Vancouver Whitecaps found form in a thrilling 4-3 victory in their Canadian MLS derby game against Toronto. A pin-point header deep into injury time in Montevideo's Superclasico saw Penarol snatch a 2-2 draw with against bitter rivals Nacional and remain two points clear of them in Uruguay.

In Mexico, Monterrey eliminated crosstown rivals Tigres in a tight 4-3 aggregate victory, despite a 2-1 defeat on Saturday, to reach the Liga MX semi-finals. They were joined by Leon, who saw off Morelia 5-2 on aggregate after a 4-1 victory on the day. Joining them in the semi-finals will be CONCACAF champions America who edged a 2-1 home win over Chivas in the Clasico Nacional on Sunday. Following a tense goalless draw on Thursday, America advanced thanks to an Oribe Peralta goal just past the hour mark at the Azteca. The final match saw Pachuca outlast Santos 3-2 on the night for a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Herediano secured the Costa Rican Verano championship with a 2-0 victory against Alajuelense, which secured a 3-0 aggregate triumph.

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