Man United wins title, Fulham avoids relegation
WIGAN, England -- Manchester United won its 10th Premier League title in 16 years Sunday, getting a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo and another goal from Ryan Giggs to beat Wigan 2-0 on the final day of the season.
Ronaldo put United ahead in the 33rd minute after Emmerson Boyce pulled down Wayne Rooney in the 32nd, and Giggs scored in the 80th off a pass from Rooney to ensure that the defending champions retained their league title.
Giggs, who has played in every Premier League-winning campaign, came off the bench in the second half to match Bobby Charlton's club-record 758 games. The former United great celebrated Giggs' goal in the directors box at the JJB Stadium.
"That doesn't come into it," Giggs said of the record. "Championships are what it's all about."
Charlton, a survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight of his teammates, came down to the field to embrace the current team after Wigan had formed a guard of honor as they returned after the final whistle.
Giggs raised the trophy with artificial flames flickering behind and fireworks exploding around the stadium.
United finished the 38-game season with 87 points, two points more than Chelsea, which was held to a 1-1 tie by Bolton. If Chelsea had won, United still would have won the league title on goal difference.
The two teams face each other on May 21 in the Champions League final in Moscow.
"If we had lost the title today it would have been a great knock but the great thing is we are bouncing into the final," United manager Alex Ferguson said.
Birmingham and Reading were relegated despite winning, while Fulham remained in the top league by beating Portsmouth 1-0 on Danny Murphy's 76th-minute goal. Birmingham beat Blackburn 4-1 and Reading defeated last-place Derby 4-0.
Manchester City lost to Middlesbrough 8-1 in what could be Sven-Goran Eriksson's final game as manager. Eriksson's future is in doubt after failing to get City into European competition next season after a ninth-place finish.
Eriksson has been in charge for one season. He expected to soon hear about his future from the club's owner, former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
"To live in the unsecure is never good for anyone but I hope to not be living in the unsecure very soon, within hours," the Swede said.
Also, third-place Arsenal beat Sunderland 1-0 and fourth-place Liverpool won at Tottenham 2-0.
Chelsea, which had been even on points with United heading into the game, took a 1-0 lead over visiting Bolton when Andriy Shevchenko scored in the 62nd minute, but Matthew Taylor scored in injury time.
MILAN, Italy -- AS Roma kept its title hopes alive by moving within a point of Italian league leader Inter Milan with one round of games remaining next weekend.
Roma got goals from Christian Panucci and Daniele De Rossi in a 2-1 win over Atalanta, while defending champion Inter was held to a 2-2 tie against Siena.
Panucci headed in the first goal in the 23rd minute, and De Rossi scored from a free kick in the 67th. Gianpaolo Bellini scored for Atalanta in the 88th.
Patrick Vieira and Mario Balotelli scored for Inter, while Massimo Maccarone and Houssine Kharja scored for Siena.
Inter defender Marco Materazzi missed a penalty in the 78th that would have put the defending champions ahead 3-2.
"This failure by Inter was unexpected and gives us a chance to keep trying," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said.
Inter leads the league with 82 points, while Roma has 81. In the final round, Inter travels to play Parma, which has to win to avoid relegation. Roma plays at Catania, which will be relegated if it loses and Parma wins.
If Inter loses and Roma draws, the teams would finish with 82 points. But Inter has a better head-to-head record over Roma and would win its third straight league title.
Napoli beat AC Milan 3-1 and pushed the seven-time European champions out of fourth place and the last spot in next season's Champions League. Milan can make the Champions League if it defeats Udinese and Fiorentina fails to win against Torino.
BERLIN -- FC Cologne won promotion to Germany's first division after a two-year absence.
Cologne beat Mainz 2-0 to secure promotion from the second division in the penultimate round and joins Borussia Moenchengladbach in returning to the Bundesliga's top league.
Roda Antar scored in the 22nd and 66th minutes as Cologne coach Christoph Daum lived up to his promise to return one of Germany's top teams to the first division.
Hoffenheim, Mainz and Freiburg all have a chance of securing the third and final promotion spot in next weekend's final round.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Celtic restored its four-point lead in the Scottish Premier League by beating Hibernian 2-0.
Stephen McManus and Scott McDonald scored a goal each for Celtic, which has 86 points with one game to go. Second-place Rangers, which beat Dundee United 3-1 Saturday, has 82 points but has three games to play.
Rangers, which has already won the League Cup, faces Zenit St. Petersburg in Wednesday's UEFA Cup final and is in the Scottish Cup final on May 24 against Queen of the South.