The Corner: The winners and losers from Europe's Cup finals weekend

The Corner: The winners and losers from Europe's Cup finals weekend
By Euronews
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With the domestic leagues out of the way this past weekend saw the several Cup finals played out.


With the domestic leagues out of the way this past weekend saw the several Cup finals played out. For one high profile club victory in the Cup final ended a frustrating spell without a title.

In England, Italy, Spain and Portugal extra time or penalties were needed to decide the champions.

Barca end season on high note

Barcelona completed a fine domestic double on Sunday when the Catalan giants beat recently crowned Europa League champions Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final.

Jordi Alba and Neymar scored for Barcelona who also clinched the La Liga title.

Javier Mascherano was sent off in the first half but that didn’t stop Luis Enrique’s side from claiming the trophy for the 28th time.

It was the first time Sevilla have lost in a major competition final since 1962.

Domestic double for outbound Guardiola

Coach Pep Guardiola’s final match in charge of Bayern Munich before heading to Manchester City ended with a trophy.

Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shootout to win the German Cup and, like Barca, complete a domestic double having also won the league.

Regulation and extra time ended goalless and after Dortmund failed with their second and third kicks in the shootout Douglas Costa struck the winning penalty to hand Bayern a record 18th Cup title.

Zlatan helps seal a PSG treble

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended the Paris Saint-Germain chapter of his career in style.

The French league champions completed a second successive domestic treble by beating Marseille 4-2 in the French Cup final on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic, who is now on the hunt for another club, scored twice and set up another to help PSG to a 10th title in the competition.

Man United end FA Cup title-drought

Manchester United celebrated a first trophy since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 when they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup.

Home grown Jesse Lingard brilliantly lashed home the winner after 110 minutes of play.


It was the first FA Cup title for United since 2004 and a first major title of any sort since winning the league in 2013.

Juventus do it again

Manchester United are the odd ones out in this cup-winning group as they are the only ones not to enjoy a domestic double or treble.

Juventus did as the Old Lady beat Milan 1-0 in the Italian Cup final to celebrate a second successive double.

Alvaro Morata scored in extra time at the Stadio Olimpico as Juventus ended the season with an 11th Coppa Italia crown.


Up and down

As always, in our Up&Down segment we take a look at those who had a great weekend and those who had one to forget.

On the up are Hibernian FC who ended a 114-year wait to win the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 3-2 in the final.

David Gray scored in the winner two minutes into added time.

Since they last lifted the trophy in 1902, they have reached 10 finals.


The victory places Hibs in next season’s Europa League.

On the down is Louis Van Gaal, who despite steering Manchester United to the FA Cup title on Saturday, was sacked following two disappointing seasons with the club.

Jose Mourinho is set to be named as his successor as United look to re-ignite a challenge for domestic league and European silverware.

Also down are New York FC, who were humiliated 7-0 by city rivals the New York Red Bulls.

It’s the joint heaviest defeat by a home side in MLS history.


The club’s Designated Player Frank Lampard who’s been absent through injury was booed by the home fans on his season debut as a late sub.

Bon voyage

Appropriately called Bon Voyage, a party was organized in Budapest to say goodbye and good luck to the Hungary’s national football team before they head off to France to take part next month’s European championship.

Hundreds of fans gathered at Budapest Park for the festivities.

The last time Hungary featured at the Euros was in 1972.


Their first match back is against Austria in Bordeaux on Tuesday, 14 June.

They are competing in Group F which also includes Portugal and Iceland.

Hungary international midfielder László Kleinheisler said: “This is a fantastic feeling that so many people came out to celebrate the Hungarian team at the party. They support us a lot and they are with us, I really hope that many of them will be able to be with us in France also.”

Euronews’ correspondent Andrea Hajagos was at the party and said: “Qualification has come after so many decades, so it comes as no surprise that the Hungarian fans want to go and support them at the stadia. To highlight this Hungarian Euro-phoria – according to the data of an international hotel search page most of the supporters looking for accommodation close to the Euro2016 venues are Hungarians.”

We might be wrong


Next Saturday all eyes in Europe, and especially in the city of Madrid, will be on the Champions League Final. It wasn’t easy to come up with a prediction but we feel Atletico de Madrid will gain revenge for their 2014 final defeat in Lisbon and beat city rivals Real Madrid at the San Siro.

We feel that the score will be 2-1 in favour of Diego Simeone’s men. As always, you can send us yours using the #TheCornerScores.

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