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May 14, 2014

Soccer-Sevilla penalty win extends Benfica’s miserable run

TURIN, May 14 (Reuters) – Sevilla beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw to win the Europa League final on Wednesday, extending the Portuguese side’s extraordinary run of defeats in European finals.

Substitute Kevin Gameiro fired home the winning penalty as Sevilla, twice winners of the old UEFA Cup, lifted the trophy for the third time and left Benfica to reflect on their eight successive loss in European finals.

May 14, 2014

Sevilla win on penalties to extend Benfica’s miserable run

TURIN (Reuters) – Sevilla beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw to win the Europa League final on Wednesday, extending the Portuguese side’s extraordinary run of defeats in European finals.

Substitute Kevin Gameiro fired home the winning penalty as Sevilla, twice winners of the old UEFA Cup, lifted the trophy for the third time and left Benfica to reflect on their eight successive loss in a European final.

May 14, 2014

Additional referees not just standing still, says Collina

TURIN (Reuters) – If the five referees system had been in use in 2005, former referee Pierluigi Collina would not have awarded the goal that gave Chelsea a Champions League round-of-16 win over Barcelona.

Chelsea were leading the second leg 3-2 but heading out of the competition on the away goals rule until they won a corner in the 76th minute.

May 13, 2014

Gilardino misses out as Italy ethics row brews

TURIN (Reuters) – Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while the injury-plagued Giuseppe Rossi and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad named on Tuesday. Coach Cesare Prandelli also selected Giorgio Chiellini, a move which is likely to stir up more controversy as the announcement came one day after the key defender was banned for three club matches for elbowing an opponent.

Rossi, sidelined for nearly two years with an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee, made an impressive comeback this season until suffering another, lesser injury to the same knee in January. He has only just made his latest return, scoring in a Serie A match against Sassuolo a week ago and setting up a goal against Livorno on Sunday.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Gilardino misses out as Italy ethics row brews

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while the injury-plagued Giuseppe Rossi and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad named on Tuesday.

Coach Cesare Prandelli also selected Giorgio Chiellini, a move which is likely to stir up more controversy as the announcement came one day after the key defender was banned for three club matches for elbowing an opponent.

May 13, 2014

Benfica season the result of ‘five years of hard work’

TURIN (Reuters) – Benfica’s extraordinary season is the result of five years’ hard work, coach Jorge Jesus said on Tuesday on the eve of the Europa League final against Sevilla.

Jesus, previously something of a journeyman who worked his way around less glamorous Portuguese clubs, has helped rebuild Benfica since taking over in 2009.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Benfica season the result of ‘five years of hard work’

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – Benfica’s extraordinary season is the result of five years’ hard work, coach Jorge Jesus said on Tuesday on the eve of the Europa League final against Sevilla.

Jesus, previously something of a journeyman who worked his way around less glamorous Portuguese clubs, has helped rebuild Benfica since taking over in 2009.

May 13, 2014

No hurry for Financial Fair Play decisions, says UEFA

TURIN (Reuters) – UEFA says there is no hurry to announce punishments for clubs, including Paris St Germain and Manchester City, that have breached new rules designed to make soccer more financially stable.

Nine clubs, which UEFA has not named but that sources close to the process have said include City and PSG, are facing punishment for failing to comply with rules forcing teams to limit their financial losses.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-No hurry for Financial Fair Play decisions, says UEFA

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – UEFA says there is no hurry to announce punishments for clubs, including Paris St Germain and Manchester City, that have breached new rules designed to make soccer more financially stable.

Nine clubs, which UEFA has not named but that sources close to the process have said include City and PSG, are facing punishment for failing to comply with rules forcing teams to limit their financial losses.

May 12, 2014

Prandelli plays down Chiellini World Cup risk

TURIN (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has played down suggestions that key defender Giorgio Chiellini could have broken the national team’s strict code of ethics after the Juventus defender was banned for elbowing an opponent in a club game.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal banned Chiellini for three games on Monday, saying in a statement that he had been guilty of elbowing AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic in an off-the-ball incident during Juve’s 1-0 win on Sunday.