La Liga & Serie A roundup: Juventus win, on the brink of fifth-straight title

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Villarreal 0-0 Real Sociedad

A 0-0 draw will be a disappointment for Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral, but the point earned moves El Submarino Amarillo (The Yellow Submarine) that much closer to locking up fourth place and UEFA Champions League qualification for next season. With three games to play, Villarreal hold a six-point lead on fifth-place Athletic Bilbao, who watched a golden opportunity pass them by with a draw of their own, against bottom-of-the-league Levante, on Sunday.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 35 26 4 5 102 29 73 15-1-2 11-3-3 82
Atlético Madrid 35 26 4 5 59 16 43 13-3-1 13-1-4 82
Real Madrid 35 25 6 4 104 32 72 15-1-2 10-5-2 81
Villarreal 35 17 10 8 42 31 11 12-4-2 5-6-6 61
Athletic 35 16 7 12 53 43 10 9-4-4 7-3-8 55

Elsewhere in La Liga

Levante 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla 2-0 Real Betis
Getafe 2-2 Valencia

Monday’s La Liga schedule

Celta Vigo vs. Granada (2:30 p.m. ET)


Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus

Anything short of three points for Napoli on Monday, when the second-place side plays away to third-pace Roma, and Juventus will have completed their half-decade of Serie A titles. Sunday’s 2-1 away victory over fifth-place Fiorentina put Massimiliano Allegri’s side 12 points clear of Napoli, who still have four games left to play.

Mario Mandzukic put the visitors ahead on 39 minutes, but a draw looked likely when Nikola Kalinic equalized with nine minutes of regular time remaining. It wasn’t to be, though, as Alvaro Morata put Juve back on top just two minutes later. Not even a late penalty kick awarded in controversial fashion could put Fiorentina back on level terms, thanks to 38-year-old Gianluigi Buffon’s heroics just as regular time came to an end.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 35 27 4 4 67 18 49 14-2-1 13-2-3 85
Napoli 34 22 7 5 72 29 43 14-3-0 8-4-5 73
Roma 34 19 11 4 73 38 35 11-5-1 8-6-3 68
Inter Milan 35 19 7 9 47 32 15 12-2-4 7-5-5 64
Fiorentina 35 17 8 10 56 40 16 11-4-3 6-4-7 59
AC Milan 34 14 11 9 43 35 8 9-5-3 5-6-6 53

Elsewhere in Serie A

Frosinone 0-2 Palermo
Torino 1-3 Sassuolo
Atalanta 1-0 Chievo
Bologna 2-0 Genoa
Sampdoria 2-1 Lazio

Monday’s Serie A schedule

Roma vs. Napoli (9 a.m. ET)
Hellas Verona vs. AC Milan (11 a.m. ET)
Carpi vs. Empoli (1 p.m. ET)