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Carlo Ancelotti breaks coaching record as he helps Real Madrid win 35th Spanish title

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Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to win the league in each of Europe’s five major leagues as his side clinched a record 35th La Liga title.

Odrygo (two), Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema all scored as an under-represented team – minus Gareth Bale, who was absent from the celebrations with a back spasm – drove to a 4-0 win over Espanyol.

Ancelotti had rested the likes of Benzema, Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior with a Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Manchester City in which they trail 4-3 but it had little impact on the result.

Spain’s second-round side to European royals Villarreal, coming from a 2-0 deficit at home to Liverpool in the second leg, suffered a 2-1 defeat at Alaves.

A Mario Hermoso own goal and an Inaki Williams penalty saw Athletic Bilbao beat Atletico Madrid, who missed a chance for second place.

The Bundesliga’s two big names, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, both slipped into defeat on the same day.

Champions Bayern lost 3-1 at mid-table Mainz, for whom Jonathan Burkardt and Moussa Niakhate scored before Robert Lewandowski’s 34th league goal of the season equalised.

There was no denying the ninth-placed side, however, and Leandro Barreiro restored their two-goal cushion.

Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick for Dortmund but the second-placed side squandered a 3-2 lead against Bochum with nine minutes to play after Jurgen Locadia and Milos Pantovic struck late penalties in a 4-3 win.

In Serie A, third-placed Napoli went four points behind leaders AC Milan with a 6-1 win over Sassuolo after going 4-0 ahead in 21 minutes.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Victor Osimhen, Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens (two) and Amir Rrahmani all scored before Maxime Lopez scored the visitors’ consolation goal in the 87th minute.

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