- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Paris Saint-Germain won the French league title for the third straight year, and Manchester United secured a return to the Champions League without even playing Saturday.

Here is a look at the action in Europe’s top leagues:

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FRANCE

PSG sealed the first trophy of a possible domestic treble by beating Montpellier 2-1 to win Ligue 1 with a match to spare.

PSG needed only a draw to clinch the championship, but goals from Blaise Matuidi and Ezequiel Lavezzi put the outcome almost beyond doubt within 25 minutes.

PSG moved eight points above second-place Lyon, which was held 1-1 at home by Bordeaux.

The focus on the last day of the season will turn to the battle for the final Champions League spot. Monaco remained two points ahead of Marseille after beating already-relegated Metz 2-0. Marseille thrashed Lille 4-0.

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ENGLAND

Man United’s return to the Champions League was sealed by a defeat for Liverpool in Steven Gerrard’s final game at Anfield, while the fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League was reduced to three teams with one round remaining.

Liverpool lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace on an emotionally charged evening for Gerrard, to end its slim hopes of finishing in the top four. Instead, United will be the league’s fourth representative in Europe’s top competition next season alongside Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal.

Aston Villa and Leicester secured their top-flight status for another season, leaving Hull, Newcastle and Sunderland in a three-way scrap to stay up.

Hull is favorite to join Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in going down after losing 2-0 at Tottenham to stay third from bottom. Newcastle remained two points above Hull after a 2-1 loss at QPR, and Sunderland is a point further ahead following its 0-0 draw with Leicester.

Hull needs to win its last match, at home to Man United, to stand a chance of staying up.

Also, Sadio Mane scored the fastest hat trick in Premier League history, netting three times in 2 minutes, 56 seconds for Southampton in a 6-1 win over Villa. Everton beat West Ham 2-1, and Stoke drew 0-0 with Burnley.

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ITALY

Champions League finalist and Italian champion Juventus came from behind to win 2-1 at Inter Milan in Serie A, while its cup final opponent Lazio moved provisionally above city rival Roma into second spot.

Lazio won 1-0 at Sampdoria.

Alvaro Morata, whose goal at Real Madrid in midweek sent Juventus through to the Champions League final, netted a late winner in the so-called “Derby d’Italia” after a mistake from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Claudio Marchisio’s spot kick at the end of the first half canceled out Mauro Icardi’s early goal, moments after Inter hit the crossbar and Marcelo Brozovic’s follow-up was ruled out for offside.

Inter remained eighth, two points and two places behind Sampdoria in the race for a Europa League spot.

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GERMANY

Nils Petersen scored late for Freiburg to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 and escape the relegation zone, while Stuttgart climbed off the bottom by beating Hamburger SV 2-1 in the Bundesliga’s penultimate round.

Petersen scored in the 89th minute, three minutes after coming on as a substitute, for Freiburg to climb to 34 points. It is level with Hannover, which won 2-1 at Augsburg, and one point above Stuttgart in the relegation playoff spot.

Paderborn defender Uwe Huenemeier’s 88th-minute own goal was enough for Schalke to secure Europa League football with a 1-0 win and leave his side bottom, one point behind Hamburg, which slipped a point behind Stuttgart with one round remaining.

Borussia Moenchengladbach qualified directly for the Champions League and is assured of at least third place after a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen, thanks to two second-half goals from Raffael.

Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 at Wolfsburg in a rehearsal for the German Cup final, Bayer Leverkusen defeated Hoffenheim 2-0, Mainz beat Cologne 2-0 and Hertha Berlin is all but safe after drawing 0-0 with Eintracht Frankfurt.


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