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Monday, May 10, 2010

Bayern wins league

FRANKFURT (AP) Bayern Munich regained the Bundesliga title Saturday, getting two goals from Arjen Robben and winning 3-1 at relegated Hertha Berlin on the final day of league play.

Bayern's 20th victory of the season left Germany's most successful club five points ahead of Schalke for its 22nd championship. Schalke drew 0-0 at Mainz and will join Bayern in the Champions League next season.

Coach Louis van Gaal, who was criticized for his team's play in the first half of the season, has also guided Bayern to the Champions League final, where it will face Inter Milan in Madrid on May 22.

Bayern will return to Berlin next weekend for the German Cup final against Werder Bremen and could wind up with three trophies this season.

Barca remains top

MADRID (AP) The Spanish League will go down to the final weekend, with Barcelona maintaining its one-point lead over Real Madrid.

Barcelona took a three-goal lead as Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic and Pedro Rodriguez scored and held on for a 3-2 victory on Saturday at Sevilla. Messi has 32 league goals and 45 in all competitions, both two behind the Barcelona records set by Ronaldo. The Brazilian forward scored a club record 47 goals in 49 games during his only season at Barcelona in 1996-97, when he led the league with 34 goals.

Real Madrid routed visiting Athletic Bilbao 5-1 on goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Marcelo all scoring. Bilbao finished a man short.

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