AC Milan and Auxerre celebrate


AC MILAN celebrated their fourth championship in five years with a crushing 7-1 victory over relegated Cremonese as the Italian league season came to a close yesterday.

Liberian George Weah and Paolo Di Canio both scored twice as Milan claimed their biggest victory of the campaign while Demetrio Albertini, Christian Panucci and Zvonimir Boban also got on the scoresheet.

In France, Auxerre drew 1-1 away to Guingamp on Saturday night but it was enough to seal the first French League title for the club from a small town in Burgundy.

Auxerre completed a league cup double following their 2-1 victory over third division Nimes 2-1 in last weekend's French Cup final.

Kiko Narvaez's late goal kept Atletico Madrid on course for the Spanish title by clinching a nerve wracking 2-1 home victory over bottom club Salamanca.

His 85th minute strike means Valencia and Barcelona, lying second and third, must win all their remaining games to deprive Atletico their first league and cup double, whereas the leaders only need one more win to seal the championship.

Atletico stay four points ahead of Valencia, 2-1 winners at Sevilla despite having two players sent off.

In Germany, even Franz Beckenbauer, could not stop Borussia Dortmund from clinching the German league championship in the penultimate round of matches on Saturday.

Bayern's challenge crumbled in a 2-1 defeat at Schalke, allowing Dortmund to seal their fifth championship in 40 years with a 2-2 draw at 1860 Munich.