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Soccer Insights – May Vol. 2

UEFA Champions League finalists defined, end of regular season in Mexico, Real Madrid slips in La Liga and the first New York derby takes place. Let’s take a look on what soccer left us this past week.

UEFA Champions League


In a shocking turn of events, Juventus got into the Champions League final after a 1-1 score at Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo had put Real Madrid in advantage, but a goal by former Merengue player Álvaro Morata put thing on level and restored Juventus global lead. Madrid was unnable to score again and the Italians secured their place at Berlin.


Barcelona will be the other finalist after surpassing Bayern Munich with a 5-3 global score. The Culés just needed the first half at Munich to settle things thanks to a brace by Neymar. Bayern managed to win the game, but they were short of three goals to make it to Berlin.

Premier League


Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Manchester City 6-0 QPR
 Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
Arsenal 0-1 Swansea
Hull 0-1 Burnley
Leicester 2-0 Southampton
Everton 0-2 Sunderland
Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham
Newcastle 1-1 West Brom
Stoke 3-0 Tottenham


1 Chelsea 84pts
2 Manchester City 73pts
3 Arsenal 70pts
4 Manchester United 68pts
5 Liverpool 62pts

Talking points

  • Steven Gerrard received a standing ovation by Chelsea fans, players and staff as he left Stamford Bridge for the last time as a Liverpool player.
  • Queens Park Rangers and Burnley got relegated with two games to go. QPR suffered a huge 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, with three goals and one assist by Sergio Agüero.
  • Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle and Hull are the clubs battling to avoid the last relegation spot.

La Liga


Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
Levante 0-0 Atl Madrid
Celta de Vigo 1-1 Sevilla
Villarreal 1-0 Elche
Almería 1-2 Málaga
Rayo Vallecano 2-0 Getafe
Granada 2-0 Córdoba
Ath Bilbao 1-1 Deportivo de La Coruña
Eibar 0-2 Espanyol


1 Barcelona 90pts
2 Real Madrid 86pts
3 Atlético Madrid 77pts
4 Valencia 73pts
5 Sevilla 70pts

Talking points

  • The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had announced that all professional soccer competitions would be suspended this weekend following a disagreement with the Spanish League (LFP) and the government regarding the television rights, but an agreement was reached this morning and all the games will be played as scheduled.
  • Real Madrid was shocked at home by Valencia, settling a draw that could have defined La Liga’s fate in favor of Barcelona.
  • Speaking of Barcelona, they won their game against Real Sociedad in comfortable fashion thanks to goals by Neymar and Pedro.



Bayern Munich 0-1 FC Augsburg
B. Dortmund 2-0 Hertha BSC
FC Köln 2-0 Schalke 04
B. Mönchengladbach 3-0 B. Leverkusen
Paderborn 1-3 VFL Wolfsburg
Frankfurt 3-1 Hoffenheim
Hannover 96 1-1 Werder Bremen
Stuttgart 2-0 Mainz 05
Hamburger SV 1-1 Freiburg


1 Bayern Munich 76pts
2 Wolfsburg 65pts
3 Mönchengladbach 63pts
4 Bayer Leverkusen 58pts
5 FC Augsburg 46pts

Talking points

  • Bayern Munich lost their third straight match and are full of doubts towards their game against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, being ultimately knocked-out by them.
  • Borussia Dortmund is just two points away of securing their place in next season’s Europa League.
  • There are at least seven clubs involved in the relegation battle. All of them are really close in the table and could be an exciting end of the season.

Serie A


AC Milan 2-1 Roma
Juventus 1-1 Cagliari
Lazio 1-2 Inter Milan
Parma 2-2 Napoli
Genoa 5-1 Torino
Chievo Verona 2-2 Hellas Verona
Cesena 2-3 Sassuolo
Palermo 2-3 Atalanta
Udinese 1-4 Sampdoria
Empoli 2-3 Fiorentina


1 Juventus 80pts
2 Roma 64pts
3 Lazio 63pts
4 Napoli 60pts
5 Fiorentina 55pts

Talking points

  • Milan defeated Roma at San Siro in one of the big games of the weekend. The rosonneri are out of any chances to qualify to an European competition.
  • Napoli wasted their chance to get close to Roma and Lazio in the Champions League qualification battle by drawing 2-2 with Parma.
  • Juventus tied 1-1 with Cagliari ahead of their game against Real Madrid for the Champions League semifinals, where they got a 1-1 draw and got through thanks ti their 2-1 victory at Italy.

Ligue 1


PSG 6-0 Guingamp
Marseille 2-1 Monaco
Caen 3-0 Lyon
St Etienne 5-0 Nice
Lens 0-1 Montpellier
Bourdeaux 2-1 Nantes
Evian 2-3 Reims
Metz 0-4 Lorient
Rennes 0-1 Bastia
Toulouse 3-2 Lille


1 PSG 77pts
2 Lyon 71pts
3 Monaco 65pts
4 Marseille 63pts
5 Saint-Etienne 63pts

Talking points

  • PSG practically secured their third straight title after defeating Nice 6-0 with a hat-trick by Edison Cavani and thanks to Lyon’s surprising defeat to Caen.
  • Marseille came from behind to win a game thay were losing to Monaco since minute one. This victory keeps their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
  • Saint-Etienne is also in the fight for an UCL place, tied in points with Marseille.



New York Red Bulls 2-1 New York City FC
FC Dallas 2-1 LA Galaxy
DC United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew 3-2 Seattle Sounders
Toronto FC 1-2 Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire 1-2 Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Montreal Impact 1-2 Portland Timbers
Orlando City SC 2-2 New England Revolution

*Mideweek game: DC United 2-1 Orlando City


Eastern Conference

1 DC United 21pts
2 NE Revolution 18pts
3 NY Red Bulls 16pts

Western Conference

1 Vancouver Whitecaps 20pts
2 FC Dallas 20pts
3 Seattle Sounders 16pts

Talking points

  • The first New York derby went for the Red Bulls, who defeated City 2-1 with a brace by Wright-Phillips.
  • Montreal Impact returned to MLS action, losing against Portland Timbers.
  • Orlando City keeps struggling with finding victory in their games, now drawing with New England Revolution.

Liga MX


Atlas 1-2 América
Chivas 2-3 Morelia
León 6-2 Tijuana
Veracruz 1-2 Pachuca
Monterrey 2-2 Pumas UNAM
Santos 2-2 Puebla
Cruz Azul 0-2 Leones Negros
Toluca 0-0 Tigres
Querétaro 1-0 Chiapas


1 Tigres 29pts
2 América 29pts
3 Veracruz 28pts
4 Atlas 28pts
5 Chivas 26pts
6 Querétaro 26pts
7 Pachuca 25pts
8 Santos 25pts

Talking points

  • Despite defeating Cruz Azul, Leones Negros were relegated due to Puebla not losing against Santos.
  • Tijuana, Pumas and Tijuana were the biggest disappointments of this season by failing to qualify to the playoffs.
  • Eight teams qualified to the playoffs to fight for the title. The quarterfinals games are: Tigres vs Santos, América vs Pachuca, Verazcruz vs Querétaro.
  • The first leg of two of those games were played last night, with Pachuca defeating América 2-1 and Tigres and Santos settling a 1-1 draw.

What to look out for next week

  • Premier League – Manchester United vs Arsenal is the big game of the week, a decisive match for the third spot.
  • La Liga – Barcelona will play Atlético Madrid on Sunday and secure the title if they win.
  • Bundesliga – Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in a preview of the DFB Cup final.
  • Serie A – Inter Milan will play champions Juventus on Saturday.
  • MLS – Orlando City will face a huge test against LA Galaxy while they try to win their third game of the season.
  • Liga MX – Quarterfinals will continue their way and by the end of Sunday we’ll know who will be the semifinalists.

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