The Corner: Messi magic, Gunners glory and leaky goals in ChinaComments
Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey and close in on a treble winning season with just the champions league final left.
The four-time world player of the year scored twice either side of a Neymar tap in to help the club to a record 27th Kings Cup title.
Arsenal become the most successful club in FA Cup history when they thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 in the final at Wembley.
Walcott, Sanchez, Mertesacker and Giroud all hit the mark to help the Gunnners retain the title and celebrate a record 12th FA Cup crown.
Jurgen Klopp was denied a title winning send off in his last game in charge of Borussia Dortmund after his men lost 3-1 in the German Cup final against first-time winners Wolfsburg.
Luiz Gustavo, Kevin de Bruyne and Bas Dost helped cap off a fine season for the Bundesliga runners up.
A ten man Sporting Lisbon came from behind to beat Braga and win the Portuguese Cup.
Sporting scored twice in the final six minutes including a stoppage-time equalizer to take the game to penalties which they then won 3-1.
It was the club’s 16th Cup title.
Paris Saint Germain became the first club to win the French domestic treble when they narrowly beat Auxerre in the French Cup final.
Edison Cavani headed home the winner to add this title to the club’s Ligue 1 and league Cup crowns.
Up and down
Let’s now look at who has made our ‘up and down’ list this week.
It’s up up and away for Sevilla who won the Europa League for a second successive season and a record fourth time in all.
Colombian striker Carlos Bacca scored twice to help beat the Ukrainians of Dnipro 3-2 in Warsaw
On the down are Rangers who have been consigned to a fourth season in Scotland’s lower leagues.
They were crushed 6-1 over two legs by Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership play-off final.
Ugly scenes followed the game when Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni attacked Lee Erwin triggering a pitchside brawl.
Also on the down is FIFA which was hit by yet another scandal.
At the request of the U.S. Justice Department seven senior FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland and face charges of racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption.
Two days later embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth four-year term in office.
On this day
On 2 June 1971, Ajax won the first of their three consecutive European Cups and first of four in total when they beat Panathinaikos the first – and to date only – Greek team to reach the final.
In front of a crowd of just over 83,000 at Wembley, Ajax proved too strong for Pana and went on to enjoy a 2-0 victory.
They won the following two seasons also and bagged their fourth in 1995.
We might be wrong
The countdown is almost over.
On Saturday night, the Olympiastadion in Berlin will host the final act of this season’s Champions League.
Who will reign supreme, Juventus or Barcelona?
We believe Barcelona will win a fifth European Cup courtesy of a 3-1 victory over the Italian champions. If you don’t agree, write in and tell us how you think it will end using #TheCornerScores.
This week on our Bloopers segment of ‘The Corner’ a Chinese Superleague goalkeeper takes a water break mid action and leaks a goal. The mishap proves costly for the team and shotstopper Sui Weijie, who was subsequently fined by his club. (see clip above)