DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 05: Jadon Sancho of Dortmund runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on May 5, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

6 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe This Weekend

What a whirlwind Bank Holiday weekend that was.


Cardiff securing Premier League football for next season, the top flight relegation battle throwing itself into sixth gear, an emotional afternoon at the Emirates, and Manchester City being crowned Premier League champions. It had everything, there was even the Clásico over in Spain! 


So, it might be rather understandable if you're not fully up to speed on what went on around the continent. Fortunately, we've compiled a list for your convenience.


While you're nursing your hangover, head pounding just as much as David Haye's was on Saturday night (that's right, a boxing reference), and most likely regretting the consequences of a heavy Sunday session, enjoy some light reading to take your mind away from any embarrassment you're currently going through.


Here's six things you may have missed from around Europe this weekend...

6. Gioco. Impostato. Incontro.

It's happened. It's finally happened. We can stop talking about it...almost.


Napoli, once again proving that they're really good at bottling things, failed to beat Torino on Sunday afternoon, pretty much guaranteeing Juventus their 7th consecutive Scudetto.


The Old Lady's victory over Bologna took them six points clear of Gli Azzurri (who drew 2-2), meaning that they now only need one more point from their remaining two matches to secure the title.


It's pretty much already Juventus' trophy, unless they somehow lose their two remaining games and Napoli overcome a deficit of 16 in regards to goal difference.

5. Hamburg Are Fried

Hamburg, the only ever-present Bundesliga club since its incepetion way back in 1963, are extremely close to the drop following a heavy 3-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.


Had Wolfsburg not fallen 4-1 to RB Leipzig, Hamburg would be gone already; instead a lifeline now exists, and the final game of the season will decide which of the two teams will face immediate drop, and who will manage the relegation play-off.


It's hotting up down there, with Freiburg still not mathematically safe from relegation either.

4. Porto Dethrone Benfica as Portuguese Champions

Benfica's run of four consecutive Liga Nos titles came to an end on Saturday evening when they were forced into a 0-0 draw with Sporting CP.


As a result of the draw, both sides found themselves four points short of Porto - who had been crowned league champions before even kicking a ball in their Sunday encounter with Feirense.


Easy as you like. 

3. English Loan Watch

English players venturing abroad is a bit of a rarity, and right now over in Germany, there are three youngsters causing everyone to question why that is the case.


Remember when Sam Allardyce criticised Ademola Lookman for going on loan in the Bundesliga? The fella only went and bagged a brace against Wolfsburg at the weekend, didn't he?


Let's not forget Jadon Sancho, who popped up with another tidy assist in Dortmund's shock defeat to Mainz.


Keep flying the flag, boys.

2. Benzema Quietly Pulls Strings

Karim Benzema has become one of the most heavily criticised players around Europe over the last couple of campaigns, but few seem to realise that the Frenchman is more than just goals an assists to Real Madrid - hence his continued position within the team.


This isn't the time nor place to argue his case - so read this to understand why.


Getting back to the point, an assist in El Clásico made our beloved Karim the first Madrid player all season to reach double figures in both goals and assists. Proving that even in a season which Los Blancos have been (domestically) poor, the so-called useless striker is still doing his bit for the side.


Have that, haters.

1. Ligue 1's Referee of the Year Is Controversial...to Say the Least

Remember back in January when referee Tony Chapron sent off Nantes' Diego Carlos - having already kicked out at the player before giving him his marching orders?


Of course you do.


Well, it turns out, despite having been given a six month ban from refereeing as a result of it, Chapron has been named referee of the year.


Just...how? What are they smoking over in France?! The man was literally forced to retire at the end of the season. The national body for French refereeing is said to be appealing the award - finally some sense!