Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer Round-up

As the UEFA national championships draw to a close, the tops of the tables are already clearly defined, in many cases having been the same all season. In Russia, CSKA's strong finish to the season leaves the Moscow side 4 points clear of Zenit at the top but with 15 points still to play for.

England - Premier league - 33 games of 38 completed

A hat-trick by Van Persie gave Manchester United the 3-0 win over Aston Villa and the Premiership title, with four games to go (five for most clubs). Manchester City lost to Spurs (3-1), Arsenal beat Fulham 1-0 away; Chelsea drew 2-2 at Liverpool FC. The table reads 1. Manchester United 84 points (one game more); 2. Manchester City 68 points; 3. Arsenal 63 (one more game); 4. Chelsea FC 62; 5. Tottenham Hotspur 61 points.

Spain - La Liga - 32 games out of 38 completed

Barcelona is 13 points clear with 6 games to play, ahead of Real Madrid (3-1 winner over Betis) by 84 points to 71 after beating Levante at home 1-0. Atlético Madrid retain third spot after coming away from Sevilla with a 1-0 win.

Germany - Bundesliga - 30 games out of 34 completed

Bayern is already champion on 81 points after thrashing Hannover 6-1 away; Borussia Dortmund is second on 61 points (2-0 winner over Mainz) and third is Bayer Leverkusen (5-0 home victory over Hoffenheim) on 63 points.

France - Ligue 1 - 33 games of 38 completed

Paris Saint-Germain seems set to clinch the French League title after a 3-0 win over Nice. PSG has 70 points, 9 ahead of Olympique Marseille (61 points, 1-0 against Brest) and third is Olympique Lyonnais, 59 points, 2-1 winners at Montpellier.

Portugal - Primeira Liga - 26 games of 30 completed

Benfica and FC Porto have not yet lost a league game this season. Benfica has the edge, 4 points ahead on 70, after beating arch rival Sporting CP 2-0 at home; FC Porto (66 points) won 3-0 at Moreirense and third-placed Paços de Ferreira (49) beat Rio Ave 2-1. Benfica and FC Porto both have to visit the tricky Madeira clubs Marítimo and Nacional and Benfica travels to the Estádio do Dragão (FC Porto's home stadium) in the penultimate game.

Russia - Premier League - 25 games of 30 completed

CSKA's impressive form this season sees the Moscow team 4 points ahead of Zenit Saint Petersburg (57 points to 53, respectively) while Anzhi Makhachkala is third on 47 points. CSKA drew 2-2 at home with Spartak Moskva; Zenit received and beat Krasnodar 1-0 while Anzhi were held at home by Dinamo Moskva in a thrilling 6-goal match, 3 apiece.

Italy - Serie A - 33 out of 38 games completed

Juventus (77) is still ahead of SSC Napoli (66) and AC Milan (59), which Juve beat 1-0 at home, while Napoli beat Cagliari in Naples 3-2.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey