Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Bayern Munich lifts Bundesliga trophy

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Bayern Munich lifts Bundesliga trophy

David Alaba douses Pep Guardiola with German ale as Bayern Munich ended their Bundesliga title by lifting the trophy and defeating relegated Hannover 3-1 as a final thought.

The European giants are ten points clear on top of the German top-division, and, having confirmed their place as champions, have a few remaining games that were little more than formality.

Robert Lewandowski had a deflected shot which luckily wrong-footed Ron-Robert Zieler for the opener in the Allianz Arena, before Mario Gotze scored a brace.

Artur Sobiech then scored one as a consolation Hannover, but it did not dampen the festive mood in the stadium.

Lewandowski’s 12th minute strike was also his 30th Bundesliga goal of the season, and he became the first man to have reached the tally in 39 years as champions Bayern Munich beat Hannover in Pep Guardiola’s final league game in charge.

The Spaniard would take over at Manchester City next season, but still have the chance to secure a second domestic double after three seasons in charge as Bayern faces off against Borussia Dortmund next weekend.

But Bayern had been unable to secure a Champions League under Guardiola, which would have “completed” his list of honours with the German Champions. They were in sight of the trophy, but was stopped short by Atletico Madrid in the semi-final.

Barca wins La Liga title with Suarez hat-trick

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Barca wins La Liga title with Suarez hat-trick

Barcelona is once again the La Liga champions after winning 3-0 against relegated Granada thanks to a Luis Suarez hat-trick.

The Uruguayan scored his last with just four minutes left to play. At the final whistle, he, Messi and Neymar embraced, along with the rest of the side and their supporters, who sprinted on to the pitch to join in the festivities.

The victory allows the Catalans to claim the club’s 24th Spanish top division title, also their sixth in eight years. But Barca still had their work cut out for them in their match, needing a win to get clear of Real Madrid.

Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo was able pull Real ahead in the table against Deportivo with a slot in. But as Suarez scored a brace in the first half and Ronaldo is pulled out ahead of the Champions League final against Atletico, Barca fans finally dared to sing “campeones” for the first time.

With 35 goals this season, Ronaldo was also dethroned from his Trofeo Pichichi throne as Suarez completes the game against with his third goal – the first time the top scorer has not been either Ronaldo or Messi since 2009.

They had been unbeaten in 39 games and nine points clear on top of the table before 2 April. They threatened with talent and swagger in every competition, threatening to become the first team ever to defend a Champions League tittle.

And then a 2-1 defeat by Real Madrid at the Nou Camp sparked a dramatic fall for the Catalan club. Within 15 days, they were out of Europe and only top of La Liga by virtue of head-to-head difference after three successive defeats.

Somehow, they responded by massacring Deportivo 8-0, and then went ahead ti win their last five La Liga games after each other, scoring 24 goals and conceding none – proving their mettle and sheer ability, and that they could win when it mattered.

Murray defeats Djokovic on wet clay to win Italian Open

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Murray defeats Djokovic on wet clay to win Italian Open

Andy Murray took the honour of winning his first ever Italian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over arch-rival Novak Djokovic.

It was a fitting birthday present for Murray, as he broke serves once in the first set and twice in the second in Rome to win the tournament as well as his place in the world rankings – returning to second right before the Roland Garros.

A drop shot sees Murray take the opening set with ease amidst drizzles. He then fought back from break point down to hold serve in the second set, before staving off another two in his next service game.

Pressure mounting, the Serb double faulted to hand Murray match point and the Scot duly closed out the win with a fantastic backhand winner from well out of court.

The match lasted an hour and 35 minutes but Djokovic looked significantly tamed after a three-hour semi-final against Kei Nishikori the night before. Fatigue plays it part just as the Serb self-inflicted a bruise on his left foot towards the end of the match as he tried to loosen dirt from his shoe.

“It’s hard coming back from a long match the night before,” he said, acknowledging Djokovic. “And he fought hard all the way to the end.”

The world number one had also begged the chair umpire, Damian Steiner of Argentina, to suspend play “for five minutes” to clean up a surface. Djokovic had nearly tumbled heavily three times on the rain-soaked clay of Foro Italico, which had been unreliable all week after numerous downpours.

But Steiner turned him down as Murray kept quiet.

Match conditions notwithstanding, his was a first win on clay for Murray over Djokovic in five attempts. It was also a rare victory, as the Scotsman had only won twice in 14 matches since winning the 2013 Wimbledon title.

It was also a feather to be added to Murray’s cap; the British player was the first to win in Rome since the Open Era began. The last British player who managed to won here was one George Patrick Hughes back in 1931, after he had prevailed against French legend Henri Cochet for a quick 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory.