22 May 2011

Lille clinch Ligue 1 title, Schalke lift German Cup

9:12 am on 22 May 2011

Lille claimed their first French Ligue 1 title since 1954 with a 2-2 draw at Paris St Germain, while in Germany Schalke 04 won the German Cup for the fifth time.

Lille have 73 points with one match left and enjoy an unassailable six-point lead over second-placed Olympique Marseille, who also drew 2-2 at home against Valenciennes as their title defence ended.

Schalke 04's German Cup win came after they crushed second division Duisburg 5-0 to book a Europa League spot, as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lifted the trophy in probably his final game for the club.

Schalke captain Neuer, who lifted his first major trophy to kick off wild celebrations amid 30,000 travelling fans, looks close to a deal with Bayern Munich after saying he would not extend his contract with his boyhood club past 2012.