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As Europe's major leagues draw to a close, KweséESPN review Africa's performers this weekend as titles are settled and relegations are confirmed.

ENGLAND

Victor Moses and Chelsea secured the Premier League title on Friday evening when Michy Batshuayi's late strike downed West Bromwich Albion.

Moses becomes the 15th African and the third Nigerian to win the top flight as Chelsea move up to 87 points, seven clear of nearest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

Even though the title race is over, Spurs look set to end the season strongly as they eclipsed Manchester United 2-1 in the final game at White Hart Lane.

Kenya's Victor Wanyama opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Harry Kane nicked in ahead of Eric Bailly for the Lilywhites' second on an emotional occasion in North London.

Liverpool thumped West Ham United 4-0 to close in on the Champions League, with Cameroon's Joel Matip striking the woodwork, while Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring as Crystal Palace romped past Hull City to condemn the Tigers to the drop.

Despite their best efforts, Oumar Niasse, Ahmed Elmohamady, Alfred N'Diaye, Dieumerci Mbokani and Curtis Davies all drop into the second tier following a testing season.

Yaya Toure anchored the midfield as Manchester City edged past Leicester City 2-1, with Riyad Mahrez having a penalty goal disallowed when he slipped during the run up, although Arsenal aren't completely out of the running after defeating Stoke City 4-1.

Roma ace Mohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.
Roma ace Mohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.

ITALY

There's still life in the title race in Italy, after AS Roma beat Juventus 3-1 to move four points behind the leaders, with Mohamed Salah contributing his 11th assist of the season.

The reigning champions' much-changed side took the lead through Gabon's Mario Lemina in the 21st minute, but they capitulated after goals from Daniele De Rossi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan.

With two to play, Juve are almost out of reach of the Giallorossi, but having failed to win in three, their title challenge is wobbling.

Elsewhere, Keita Balde scored his seventh goal in his last four matches when he opened the scoring in Lazio's 3-2 defeat at Fiorentina. The attacker's compatriot Khouma Babacar levelled the scores 12 minutes later as his excellent 2017 continues apace.

Another Senegal international, Kalidou Koulibaly, and teammate Faouzi Ghoulam both kept a clean sheet as Napoli downed Torino 5-0 away.

Kevin-Prince Boateng Las Palmas
Kevin-Prince Boateng Las Palmas

SPAIN

Despite an assist by Kevin-Prince Boateng -- who recently signed a new contract in the Canary Islands -- Las Palmas were crushed 4-1 at home by league leaders Barcelona.

Real Madrid are level on points with the Catalan giants after downing Steven N'Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder's Sevilla 4-1 at home, while Ghana's Thomas Partey made a 15-minute cameo as Atletico Madrid were held 1-1 at Real Betis, losing further ground on the top two.

Zou Feddal found the net as midtable Alaves cruised past Celta Vigo, winning 3-1, although Cedric Bakambu drew a blank as Villarreal were held by Deportivo La Coruna.

Leipzig celeb vs. Werder Bremen
Leipzig celeb vs. Werder Bremen

GERMANY

Naby Keita came up short in a Bundesliga top-of-the-table clash as Bayern Munich downed RasenBallsport Leipzig 5-4 in one of the games of the season.

The Guinea midfielder has been tipped for the exit door this summer, and despite being on the losing side, he held his own in the heart of Leipzig's midfield.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised for Borussia Dortmund just after the half hour mark as BVB drew 1-1 at Augsburg, although the Gabon hitman has fallen behind Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts with one game left to play.

Hertha Berlin tightened their grip on one of the Europa League spots as Salomon Kalou opened the scoring in a 2-0 victory at Darmstadt.

Cheikh Ndoye Angers
Cheikh Ndoye Angers

FRANCE

There was no sign of late-season jitters for AS Monaco as they cruised past Yassine Benzia's LOSC Lille, winning 4-0 at home to all but seal the title.

Despite Paris Saint-Germain's 5-0 demolition of Saint-Etienne -- with Presnel Kimpembe playing the full 90 minutes for the capital club -- Unai Emery's side are three points behind Monaco having played a game fewer and with significantly inferior goal difference.

Should Monaco avoid defeat against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday, they will guarantee a first title since 2000.

Despite winning the Prix Marc-Vivien Foe for being Africa's best player in Ligue 1 this season, Jean Seri was on the losing side as OGC Nice were defeated 2-0 at home by Angers, with Senegal's Cheikh Ndoye and Cameroon's Karl Toko Ekambi finding the net.

With Benjamin Moukandjo absent, FC Lorient's recent revival risks falling short after Ghanaian duo Waris Majeed and Alhassan Wakaso were unable to help them avoid a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers SC Bastia, while a Lois Diony strike helped Dijon ease their relegation concerns with a 2-0 victory over Nancy.

Burkina Faso's Prejuce Nakoulma scored in Nantes' 4-1 victory against Guingamp, while Giovanni Sio bagged the only goal of the game as Rennes won 1-0 at Caen.

Ed Dove is the Soccer Editor for KweséESPN. Follow him on Twitter @EddyDove.

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