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Juventus' Paul Pogba, foreground, celebrate with teammates after winning the Serie A overall soccer title, in a Turin hotel, Italy, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Juventus clinched its third straight and 30th overall Serie A title Sunday without even playing. With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable because Roma only has two matches remaining. Juventus, which has three games to play, can celebrate when it hosts Atalanta on Monday although the Turin squad's players and coach Antonio Conte were already celebrating outside their team hotel wearing championship T-shirts. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato, Lapresse) (Daniele Badolato / LaPresse)

Juventus players celebrate after winning the Serie A overall soccer title, in a Turin hotel, Italy, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Juventus clinched its third straight and 30th overall Serie A title Sunday without even playing. With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable because Roma only has two matches remaining. Juventus, which has three games to play, can celebrate when it hosts Atalanta on Monday although the Turin squad's players and coach Antonio Conte were already celebrating outside their team hotel wearing championship T-shirts. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato, Lapresse) (Daniele Badolato / LaPresse)

Juventus' Arturo Vidal, left, and Fabio Quagliarella celebrate after winning the Serie A overall soccer title, in a Turin hotel, Italy, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Juventus clinched its third straight and 30th overall Serie A title Sunday without even playing. With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable because Roma only has two matches remaining. Juventus, which has three games to play, can celebrate when it hosts Atalanta on Monday although the Turin squad's players and coach Antonio Conte were already celebrating outside their team hotel wearing championship T-shirts. (AP Photo/Daniele Badolato, Lapresse) (Daniele Badolato / LaPresse)

Atletico de Madrid's David Villa reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) (Alberto Saiz)

Atletico de Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Belgium, center, Adrian Lopez, right, and Filipe Luis from Brazil reacts at the end a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz) (Alberto Saiz)

Real Madrid's, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, center right, gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 4, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) (Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Juventus clinches 30th Serie A title, 3rd in row
Juventus clinches 30th Serie A title, 3rd in row; Spanish race tightens as Madrid clubs falter

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

Juventus clinched its third straight Serie A title and 30th overall without even playing.

Second-place Roma (26-3-7) lost 4-1 at Catania on Sunday, leaving Juventus (30-2-3) with an insurmountable eight-point lead going into its game Monday at Atalanta. Roma has two games left.

Eighth-place AC Milan (15-12-9) won 1-0 against fifth-place Inter Milan (14-7-15) on Nigel de Jong’s 65th-minute goal.

SPAIN

Atletico Madrid’s stumbled in its drive for what would be its first Spanish league title since 1996 when it lost 2-0 at Levante. Real Madrid needed a spectacular injury-time equalizer from Cristiano Ronaldo to salvage a 2-2 draw at home against Valencia.

Ronaldo deftly used the sole of his right boot to turn in a cross in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, reaching 50 goals for the fourth straight season.

Valencia took leads on goals by Jeremy Mathieu in the 44th and Dani Parejo in the 65th, and Sergio Ramos scored Real’s first goal in the 59th.

Atletico, which meets Real in the Champions League final on May 24, gave up Filipe Luis; own goal in the seventh followed by David Barral’s goal in the 69th.

Atletico (28-4-4) has 88 points with two games left, three points ahead of defending champion Barcelona (27-5-4), which was tied 2-2 at home by Getafe on Saturday.

Barcelona plays at Elche on May 11, when Atletico is home against Malaga, then closes at home against Atletico on May 18. Real Madrid (26-4-5) has 83 points and plays Wednesday at Valladolid, May 11 at Celta Vigo and May 18 at home against Espanyol.

ENGLAND

Chelsea was held to a 0-0 tie by Norwich, likely narrowing the Premier League title race to Manchester City and Liverpool.

Manchester City and Liverpool are both 25-6-5 going into the season’s final week, and City has a goal difference nine better than Liverpool’s — the first tiebreaker.

Seeking its first league title since 1990, Liverpool is at Crystal Palace on Monday and closes Sunday at home against Newcastle. City, trying to win for the second time in three years, hosts Hull on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday.

Chelsea (24-6-7) is one point back but has only one game left.

“We tried everything but at the end of the day we knew we had no chance of being champions,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.

Norwich (8-20-9) is 18th and would be relegated unless it beats Arsenal next weekend and 17th-place Sunderland (9-19-8) loses to West Brom and Swansea,

Arsenal (23-7-7) beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Olivier Giroud’s 14th-minute goal, clinching fourth place and its 17th straight Champions League berth.

AUSTRIA

American forward Terrence Boyd scored the first goal of the game on a header in the 33rd minute, helping Rapid Vienna to a 2-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Boyd, competing for a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster, has 14 league goals and 19 overall with one game left, Rapid clinched second place.