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Result: Sorry Real Madrid lose at home to Real Betis on final weekend

Real Madrid’s disappointing 2018-19 La Liga campaign ends with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday afternoon. Real Madrid‘s disappointing 2018-19 La Liga campaign ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday afternoon. Loren Moron and Jese Rodriguez were on the scoresheet for Betis, who proved to be far too strong for the struggling hosts in the Spanish capital. Madrid had already confirmed third spot in the table ahead of kickoff, but Zinedine Zidane‘s side could end the campaign 21 points behind the champions Barcelona. © Reuters Casemiro and Jesus Vallejo were both absent for Madrid through suspension, while captain Sergio Ramos missed out with a hamstring problem once again. Zidane did shuffle his pack, though, with Raphael Varane, Marcos Llorente, Luka ...

Heurelho Gomes still “proud” despite FA Cup final hammering

Goalkeeper seeks to finalise his future with Watford next week. Heurelho Gomes was as disappointed as any Watford fan after their FA Cup dreams were emphatically extinguished by Manchester City. The Hornets’ bid for a first major trophy went up in smoke at Wembley, where an encouraging start tailed off as Pep Guardiola’s men secured an historic domestic treble in style. City kept their foot down to seal a 6-0 victory and equal the record FA Cup final win. Long-serving Gomes stopped the scoreline being even worse and struck a naturally downbeat figure afterwards. Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was beaten six times at Wembley (Nick Potts/PA) He said: ‘Yeah I feel disappointed with everybody else, but I feel proud of everyone at the club. We have come so far. “Of co...

Result: Manchester City rip apart Watford in FA Cup final to seal historic treble

Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final, with Raheem Sterling helping himself to a hat-trick, as they become the first English side to win a domestic treble. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City cruised to a 6-0 victory over Watford at Wembley Stadium to win the 2019 FA Cup and make it a clean sweep of domestic honours. The Citizens scored twice in the first half and four more times in the second to complete their mission of becoming the first English side ever to lift all three trophies – the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup – in a single season. Watford started well as Ederson produced what proved to be a big save to deny Roberto Pereyra early on, shortly before a strong penalty shout was turned down, and from that point on it was all about the...

Team News: Sergio Aguero benched for FA Cup final

Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho both miss out on the Manchester City starting lineup for the FA Cup final against Watford as Riyad Mahrez starts. Manchester City top-scorer Sergio Aguero has only been named on the bench for this afternoon’s FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley. The Argentine has scored more FA Cup goals than any other player since the start of the 2011-12 season, but despite netting 32 times across all competitions this term he misses out to Gabriel Jesus in Pep Guardiola‘s starting XI. Aguero is one of a number of big names to miss out for the treble-chasing English champions, with Kevin De Bruyne only on the bench and the injured Fernandinho absent altogether. Riyad Mahrez retains his starting role for Guardiola following his starring role in the title-cli...

Clare insists Hearts remain ‘fully focused’ ahead of cup final

Hearts midfielder Sean Clare insists there will be no shortage of effort from his team in their cup final dress rehearsal against Celtic. Manager Craig Levein has signalled he will take a youthful squad to Celtic Park for the clash with their William Hill Scottish Cup final opponents, six days before they meet again at Hampden. But some more experienced players will be given the chance to stake a claim for a final place and Clare does not believe they can afford to take the game lightly in order to save themselves for the showpiece occasion. The former Sheffield Wednesday player said: “It’s still a big game, we are going into it with full focus and aim to come out of it with a result. “We need to play like that for us to be focused for the final. We can’t just chuck...

Result: Dundee United ease past Inverness Caledonian Thistle to reach playoff final

Nicky Clark’s controversial penalty sent Dundee United on their way to the Ladbrokes Premiership play-off final with a 3-0 victory over Inverness. Clark slotted home in first-half stoppage-time after Brad McKay was harshly penalised for handball by referee Kevin Clancy. Visiting boss John Robertson was sent to the stand at half-time after making his feelings clear and Osman Sow netted his first goal for United 10 minutes into the second half before Pavol Safranko scored late on to seal a 4-0 aggregate win. United will now host either Hamilton or St Mirren on Thursday night in the first leg of the final as they look to make it third time lucky in the play-offs. Inverness had Tom Walsh back fit to replace the suspended Liam Polworth, whose red card had a major bearing on United’s...

Tottenham Hotspur transfers ‘on hold until after Champions League final’

Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly delay making a move for any of their transfer targets until after the Champions League final as they do not want any distractions. Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly blocked all transfer talk until after next month’s Champions League final clash with Liverpool. The transfer window opened for domestic deals on Friday, while moves involving players from foreign clubs must wait until the middle of June. Spurs are expected to be busy during the summer window, with the likes of Julian Brandt, Wilfried Zaha and Ryan Sessegnon all rumoured to be on Mauricio Pochettino‘s list of targets. Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld are among those to have been tipped with the exit, meanwhile. According to the Evening Standard, however, Poche...

FA Cup final: The stats behind Manchester City and Watford’s road to Wembley

Manchester City and Watford are the last two standing of the 736 entrants. Manchester City take on Watford in this season’s FA Cup final on Saturday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a numerical look at the showpiece fixture. 5 – Newport’s Padraig Amond is the top scorer in this season’s competition. Of the finalists, City pair Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus are closest to matching him on three apiece. Padraig Amond, left, is congratulated by Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko (Nick Potts/PA) 20 – goals for City in the tournament so far, winning 7-0 against Rotherham, 5-0 against Burnley, 4-1 at Newport, 3-2 over Swansea and 1-0 against Brighton. 9 – Watford have scored only nine, though did not concede a goal until their quarter-final against Crystal Palace. 11...

Gareth Southgate to assess players after Champions League final

England‘s Nations League Finals preparations will be a voyage into the unknown for Gareth Southgate, with a swathe of players absent for the build-up and captain Harry Kane battling to be fit. Having captivated the nation with last summer’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, the Three Lions will have another shot at silverware in next month’s inaugural finals in Portugal. But the groundwork for the Nations League semi-final against Holland on June 6 could scarcely be much different to last year’s thanks to UEFA’s bewildering scheduling. “It’s been an incredible couple of weeks for English football. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to finish the summer off.” — England (@England) May 16, 2019 Southgate will be without 10 pla...

Jack Marriott left speechless after sending Derby through to playoff final

Jack Marriott had one of the best moments of his life as his brace in Derby’s rousing Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final win at Leeds propelled them closer to the Premier League. The Rams forward stepped off the bench just before half-time and scored with his first touch 33 seconds later to cancel out Stuart Dallas‘ opener. Marriott’s intervention sparked Derby’s thrilling fightback. Trailing 1-0 after the home leg and 2-1 on aggregate at half-time, quickfire goals from Mason Mount and Harry Wilson put them 3-2 ahead. No words. 😝#Wembley pic.twitter.com/fjCVs4b9xN — Jack Marriott (@jackmarriott94) May 15, 2019 A second goal from Dallas levelled it up at 3-3 on aggregate, but Marriott skipped in for his decisive second to clinch the tie in front of a partisan E...

Arsenal attempting to resolve visa issue ahead of Europa League final

Arsenal are liaising with the Foreign Office after it emerged season-ticket holders with dual British and Armenian citizenship have been denied visas to travel to Baku for the Europa League final. The Gunners face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the Azerbaijani capital on May 29 – but the decision to host the fixture in Baku’s Olympic Stadium has thrown up plenty of issues since the two London clubs qualified last week. Hostility remains between neighbouring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region, where a ceasefire was declared in 1994 after fighting erupted several years earlier. The issue affects Gunners player Henrikh Mkhitaryan as well as numerous fans (Nick Potts/PA) Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, captain of the Armenia national team, mi...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

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