Van Gaal's Departure from Man. United and Barcelona Title in the News of the Week

  • Layoffs & Cups
    1/11 In a very busy week, Louis van Gaal was dismissed from his position as Manchester United coach. Moreover, Barcelona struggled to win the Copa del Rey.
  • Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking
    2/11 Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking: Manchester United have confirmed that manager Louis van Gaal has been sacked. "I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries)," executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward said in a statement published by United on their official website.
  • Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking
    3/11 Manchester United confirm Van Gaal sacking: Manchester United have confirmed that manager Louis van Gaal has been sacked. "I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries)," executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward said in a statement published by United on their official website.
  • Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET)
    4/11 Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET): Messi masterclass seals double for Luis Enrique's men: Lionel Messi proved Barcelona's hero in the Copa del Rey final, as the Argentine laid on both of his side's goals to seal a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon. Javier Mascherano's first-half dismissal and Luis Suarez's withdrawal with a hamstring injury kept Barça pegged back throughout, but Ever Banega's dismissal in second-half stoppage time turned the tables. Messi had been subdued throughout, but it was the Argentina star's inch-perfect pass that put Jordi Alba through to score in the 97th minute. After Daniel Carrico saw red to add to the feisty atmosphere, Messi again hit top gear to set up Neymar's clincher.
  • Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla
    5/11 Barcelona 2-0 Sevilla (AET): Messi masterclass seals double for Luis Enrique's men: Lionel Messi proved Barcelona's hero in the Copa del Rey final, as the Argentine laid on both of his side's goals to seal a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon. Javier Mascherano's first-half dismissal and Luis Suarez's withdrawal with a hamstring injury kept Barça pegged back throughout, but Ever Banega's dismissal in second-half stoppage time turned the tables. Messi had been subdued throughout, but it was the Argentina star's inch-perfect pass that put Jordi Alba through to score in the 97th minute. After Daniel Carrico saw red to add to the feisty atmosphere, Messi again hit top gear to set up Neymar's clincher.
  • Marseille 2-4 PSG
    6/11 Marseille 2-4 PSG: Ibrahimovic nets brace in cup triumph: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace on his last appearance for Paris Saint-Germain as Laurent Blanc's side completed a second successive domestic treble with a 4-2 victory against Marseille in the final of the Coupe de France. Blaise Matuidi put PSG in front in the third minute, timing his run into the box perfectly to finish off a low cross by Angel Di Maria, but Marseille were level within 10 minutes at the Stade de France when Florian Thauvin rifled into the near post from 20 yards. Ibrahimovic restored PSG's lead within two minutes of the restart, converting a penalty after Matuidi was brought down in the box. Edinson Cavani then finished off a precise Ibrahimovic pass to add a third, and Ibrahimovic himself added the fourth, running on to a Matuidi pass to leave the club on a typically glorious high, after scoring 156 goals in 180 PSG games. Michy Batshuayi pulled a late consolation back for Marseille.
  • Milan 0-1 Juventus
    7/11 Milan 0-1 Juventus (AET): Morata grabs extra-time winner to seal another double: Alvaro Morata came off the bench in extra time to score the winning goal as Juventus saw off AC Milan in a disappointing Coppa Italia final to secure a second consecutive domestic double. There was no splitting the sides during regulation time at the Stadio Olimpico but substitute Morata broke Milan hearts in the 110th minute with the crucial strike. Morata swept home Juan Cuadrado's cross deep into extra time within two minutes of being brought on to secure another major honour for ex-Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.
  • Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla
    8/11 Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla: Coke double secures a Europa League three-peat: Sevilla staged a remarkable second half comeback to blow Liverpool out of the water and claim their third successive Europa League, as Coke netted twice to seal a 3-1 victory in Basel. Liverpool, who had dispatched Villarreal so impressively in the second leg of the semi-final, were the better side in the first half and deservedly took the lead when Daniel Sturridge curled in a superb finish from the edge of the area. But Sevilla responded seconds after half-time with Kevin Gameiro's 29th goal of the season, before Coke capped a fine team move to put the holders ahead. Later, Coke struck a crucial blow 20 minutes from time.
  • Suarez taken off in Copa del Rey final with hamstring injury: Barcelona have been dealt a blow in the Copa del Rey final after Luis Suarez was taken off early in the second half with an hamstring injury. With the clash against Sevilla poised at 0-0, the s
    9/11 Suarez taken off in Copa del Rey final with hamstring injury: Barcelona have been dealt a blow in the Copa del Rey final after Luis Suarez was taken off early in the second half with an hamstring injury. With the clash against Sevilla poised at 0-0, the striker went down off the ball in some discomfort after 56 minutes. Suarez was eventually able to take to his feet but clutched his left hamstring as he limped off the field, much to the concern of Luis Enrique on the sidelines.
  • Jorge Lorenzo takes Italian GP win In dramatic fashion as Valentino Rossi goes off
    10/11 Jorge Lorenzo takes Italian GP win In dramatic fashion as Valentino Rossi goes off: Although Valentino Rossi started on pole for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, it was his teammate and current world champion, Jorge Lorenzo who claimed victory. Rossi stayed behind Lorenzo in the early going and looked ready to make a pass into the lead, but suffered a mechanical issue as smoke billowed from his bike, leaving the Italian no choice but to retire from the race. Lorenzo then had Marc Marquez to contend with as Marquez had made his way into second place. In the closing laps, Marquez was able to pass Lorenzo a couple of times, and was leading at the last corner but Lorenzo produced a better drive down the straight and took victory at the line.
  • Foliforov takes Stage 15 with surprising win
    11/11 Foliforov takes Stage 15 with surprising win: Finally, Gazprom-Rusvelo's Alexander Foliforov was the surprise winner of Stage 15 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, a 10.8-kilometre mountain time trial rom Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi.It was just by 16 hundredths of a second that the Russian finished ahead of Team Lotto NL-Jumbo's Steven Kruijswijk, who will start the final week of the Giro in pink after a perfect performance in Sunday's cronoscalata. The Dutchman not only kept the lead in the General Classification but only narrowly missed out on the stage win.

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