CSKA in dramatic title win
CSKA Moscow retained the Russian title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season on Thursday after a 1-0 win against city rivals Lokomotiv Moscow. Serbian winger Zoran Tosic netted the only goal of the game as CSKA made it 10 consecutive wins to end the campaign and finish above Lokomotiv and Zenit St Petersburg. CSKA finished a point clear of Zenit and five ahead of third-placed Lokomotiv to win their fifth Russian title and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. Zenit join them in Europe’s leading club competition, but Lokomotiv must settle for a place in the UEFA Europa League. Former Manchester United player Tosic beat Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme from long range just after halftime at the Arena Khimki. “It’s a great win and I’m really grateful to my players for their strong character,” CSKA coach Leonid Slutsky said. “We experienced serious pressure and certain personnel problems throughout the season, but today it’s all in the past. We are the champions.”
Basel win fifth straight title
Basel continued their dominance by winning their fifth successive league title with a 3-1 win away to Aarau on Thursday. An 8,000 crowd packed into Aarau’s tiny ground and the game ended in chaos when Basel fans staged a pitch invasion after the final whistle. Television pictures showed Basel fans, many of them hooded, clashing with riot police and throwing objects at the home fans, although the situation was quickly brought under control. The win gave Basel an unassailable four-point lead over Grasshopper Club Zurich, who beat Luzern 4-1, with one match each to play. Congolese defender Igor Nganga gave Aarau a sixth-minute lead when he turned the ball in from close range, but Ivorian Serey Die equalized in the 28th minute with a long-range shot which went through a crowded penalty area and caught goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall unsighted. Argentine midfielder Matias Delgado gave the visitors the lead five minutes later, curling in a free-kick, and Valentin Stocker sealed the win with 11 minutes to play.
Aalborg complete double
Aalborg BK thumped Copenhagen 4-2 in the Danish Cup Final to complete the domestic double at the Parken Stadium on Thursday and round off a scintillating season by leaving their rivals from the capital empty-handed. The victory ended a run of seven cup final defeats for Aalborg since their last victory in 1969-1970. Aalborg fell behind to an Andreas Cornelius strike after 18 minutes, but two headed goals from Rasmus Thelander in the five minutes before halftime put them in the driving seat. Copenhagen then conceded second-half goals to Jakob Nielsen and Soeren Frederiksen to go 4-1 behind. Rurik Gislason pulled a goal back for Copenhagen in the last minute, but it was too little, too late.
Dynamo Kiev win cup final
Dynamo Kiev won the Ukraine Cup on Thursday, beating bitter rivals Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in the final in the northeastern town of Poltava. Shakhtar, who won the title for the ninth time last week, were caught cold in the 40th minute when defender Alexander Kucher put the ball in his own net from a corner. Dynamo doubled their lead before the break through Croatian defender Domagoi Vida and although Shakhtar stepped up a gear after the interval, with Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa reducing the arrears in the 57th minute with a low shot, Dynamo held their nerve to lift the cup for the 10th time.
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