The final matchweek of European football was a sheer paradise for fans across the globe. Leicester City, who spent most of their English Premier League 2020/21 season inside the top four, failed to seal a UEFA Champions League spot on the very last day, while Serie A giants Juventus ended up squeezing into the top four as Napoli were halted by Verona.

There were other elements to it too. For the first time since 2013, the French Ligue 1 had a winner that was neither Paris Saint-Germain nor AS Monaco. Christophe Galtier’s Lille were crowned the new champions on the final day after the team defeated Angers 2-1.

Here’s what panned out across Europe.

Premier League

While Manchester United’s second spot was confirmed, they ended their season with a 2-1 win over Wolves. The team, in fact, completed the match with as many as seven academy players in the lineup.

The top-four race had Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City involved and while it seemed like an easy run for Chelsea, they ended up losing 2-1 to Aston Villa, while the Foxes surrendered to Tottenham, meaning that Liverpool climbed third in the Premier League tally after beating Crystal Palace 2-0.

Serie A

Juventus’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League wasn’t really in their own hands. They needed assistance from their fellow Serie A teams and it came in the form of Verona, who held Napoli to a 1-1 draw. The club from Turin, on the other hand, got the better of Bologna 4-1, resulting in them finishing fourth in the league, only a point above Napoli.

More surprisingly, Juventus lined up without Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portugal captain remained an unused substitute throughout the game. 

Meanwhile, seven-time European Champions AC Milan returned to the Champions League by defeating Atalanta 2-0 away from home as they finished second in the tally.

Ligue 1

Like the Spanish La Liga, the title race in Ligue 1 went down to the very last day. Lille needed a victory to be crowned champions as anything but that would have clinched the honour. A last-minute goal from Angers’ Angelo Fulgini did give them a scare, but two goals in the first-half were enough for them to seal the league.

PSG, on the other hand, finished second, only a point behind Lille.

Featured photo: AFP / Andreas Solaro