Monday Kickoff: Club America win final in penalty kicks; Lazio beats Roma in Coppa Italia final; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Down a man early and trailing by two goals to Cruz Azul on aggregate in the 89th minute of the Liga MX Final second-leg, it seemed that all hope was lost for Club America.

What happened next could only have been written by Hollywood screen-writers.

America defender Aquvaldo Mosquera sent in a header in the 89th minute, and three minutes later in stoppage time, America goalkeeper Moises Muñoz, pushing all the way into the box, headed in a corner kick that beat Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona to tie the match on aggregate, 2-2. The goals canceled out Teofilo Gutierrez’s 20th minute strike to put the visitors in a commanding position.

After two scoreless overtime periods, the match went to penalties, where America prevailed, 4-2, Miguel Layun scoring the final goal to send the capacity crowd at a rainy Azteca Stadium on Sunday night into celebration.

The title is the Mexico City club’s 11th league championship in their history, and first since winning the Clausura tournament in 2005.

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LULIC GOAL LEADS LAZIO OVER ROMA IN COPPA ITALIA FINAL

Playing in the first ever Derby della Capitale in the Coppa Italia final, Lazio defeated arch rivals A.S. Roma, 1-0, to take home their sixth Italian Cup.

Lazio winger Senad Lulic scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute, taking a cross from the right foot of Antonio Candreva that fell kindly to Lulic, who scored into an empty net. Despite a late push from Roma forwards Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Francesco Totti, the Giallorossi couldn’t find the goal needed to send the match to extra time.

The victory ends Lazio’s season on a positive note, that despite finishing behind Roma in the league standings, the cup win means Lazio will be playing in the Europa League next season while Roma are denied a place in European competition for a second year running.

LEWANDOWSKI NEARS MOVE TO BAYERN

Bayern Munich have reclaimed their place above Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and they are making sure it stays that way.

According to reports out of Poland, the agent of Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has confirmed that his client will be moving to Bayern this summer, though stated that nothing had been signed yet. Bayern have already signed Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze, who missed out on the Champions League final to injury.

Lewandowski has been rumored for a move away from Signal Iduna Park since last winter, with Manchester United among those teams being mentioned. This season, Lewandowski scored 36 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League.

TORRES, INIESTA, XAVI HEADLINE SPAIN CONFEDERATIONS CUP SQUAD

Spain national team manager Vicente Del Bosque has selected a strong squad for the upcoming Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Regulars such as Andres Iniesta, Xabi Hernandez, and Fernando Torres have all been called into the squad, while second-leading La Liga scorer, Alvaro Negredo, was left out. Despite losing his starting place at Real Madrid, goalkeeper Iker Casillas was chosen as part of a 26-player provisional squad. Three players will be removed prior to the start of the tournament on June 15.

La Roja has another busy summer ahead, starting with two friendly matches in the United States against Haiti on June 8 and the Republic of Ireland on June 11, followed by their first Confederations Cup match on June 16 against Uruguay.

QUICK KICKS

Paris Saint-Germain’s backup goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom was shown a red card on his debut for the club, at age 38, in their final match against Lorient. (REPORT)

Celtic completed the Scottish double on Saturday, defeating Hibernian, 3-0, to win the Scottish Cup. (REPORT)

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly has been ruled out of England’s two senior national friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil in June. (REPORT)

Just two weeks after potentially winning three trophies this season, Benfica has ended up with none, losing the Europa League final, the Portuguese league, and on Sunday the Portuguese Cup final to Vitoria de Guimaraes. (REPORT)

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What do you make of these reports? Did you believe that America could pull off the win? Did you see Lazio winning the Italian Cup? Do you see Lewandowski fitting in at Bayern?

Share your thoughts below.

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8 Responses to Monday Kickoff: Club America win final in penalty kicks; Lazio beats Roma in Coppa Italia final; and more

  1. biff says:

    I am all for allowing players to move on to new clubs, as long as a decent transfer fee is agreed. But the longer this goes on with comments from Lewandoski’s agents and leaked news stories from you-know-who stirring up the pot, I hope that Dortmund is able to risk losing the approximately 25 (count ‘em) million euros and tell Lewandoski he can go to any club in the world he wants–but not FC Bayern! Not good for Dortmund, not good for the Bundesliga.

    If Dortmund gives Lewandoski that ultimatum — any team but Bayern or next season with Dortmund’s second team — I bet Lewandoski will get the message and in September will be playing for Man United or Real Madrid or one of the other big teams.

    And Heynckes mean-spirited comments toward Dortmund about Lewandoski after the final Saturday were a surprise. Never expected that from him, disappointing that he would steep as low as Hoeness and Rummenige.

  2. Bean says:

    I’m disappointed that Lewandowski is not going to Manchester United. RvP needs a bit of cover.

    • sly says:

      I think he’s better than Van Pirsie he wouldn’t go anywhere to be cover. Top 2 clubs Spain England Italy France. I’d never sell to a rival. But as a Liverpool fan we sold Torres and he turned to garbage so maybe there’s a poison pill aspect.

      • Travis says:

        Better than RVP? Not so sure about that, Lewandowski is good but I think RVP is on another level of strikers right now with Falcao and Suarez

  3. ChiTown says:

    “two overtime periods” does not exist in soccer. That implies that a 15 minute “overtime” will continue to be played until someone wins, like in american sports.

  4. Ray says:

    I saw the final..meh. The final series should have been one game only, and then have fireworks in the end to be truly epic. The teams also need fancy uniforms and cooler names to be of relevance.