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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ajax, Rangers, AC Milan Clinch League Titles

LONDON -- Three league titles were decided this weekend when Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan and the Glasgow Rangers all scored impressive wins.

Three goals from Nigerian star Finidi George helped European champion Ajax Amsterdam clinch its third Dutch title in a row with a 5-1 crushing of Willem II.

Second-place PSV Eindhoven's title bid collapsed after a 2-1 defeat at Sparta Rotterdam and it now trails Ajax by eight points with just a single match to play.

AC Milan earned its fourth Italian title in five years with a 3-1 victory over Fiorentina and a little assistance from Roberto Baggio's disputed penalty.

Before 75,000 fans in San Siro, Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa gave the Milan fans a fright by giving Fiorentina a 13th-minute lead.

Yugoslav international forward Dejan Savicevic leveled a minute later and Milan edged ahead from Baggio's well-struck spot kick after George Weah appeared to trip over a defender's legs and a penalty was awarded.

After Milan goalkeeper Sebastiano Rossi had saved Rui Costa's penalty, substitute Marco Simone made sure of the points for Milan by scoring a third 14 minutes from the end.

In Scotland, three goals from English star Paul Gascoigne gave Glasgow Rangers its eighth Scottish title in a row.

Aberdeen frightened the 47,000 Rangers fans at Ibrox by going ahead through Brian Irvine. A loss would have given second-place Celtic the chance of overtaking on the final day of the season, but Gascoigne calmed the fans' nerves by scoring three times for a 3-1 victory. Rangers now aims for Celtic's record of nine titles in a row.


Queens Park Rangers scored a 3-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday and then discovered it had been relegated. Despite the result, QPR went down for the first time in 13 years because all three teams above, Manchester City, Southampton and Coventry all won too.


Long-time leader Paris Saint Germain dropped to third in the French standings after losing 1-0 at home to Lille.

The loss put PSG four points behind leader Auxerre, which downed St. Etienne Friday while Metz jumped into second place by beating Guingamp 3-0.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)