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The Copa del Rey final has been very comfortable for Barca thus far. 2-0 up and cruising without breaking a sweat.

 

ETA. Barca are just embarrassing Sevilla now. 4-0 and Iniesta gets his goal in his last cup final for Barca. 

Edited by Consigliere

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Definitely among the greatest midfielders of all time.

Nice to see the standing ovation he got from both sets of fans when he was subbed. Legend.

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Disgraceful scenes last night by Chiefs supporters after Kaizer Chiefs lost in the cup semi final. Their fans went on a rampage causing millions of rands worth of damage and severely assaulting a security guard. Latest reports say the security guard is in a critical condition.

https://www.enca.com/sport/soccer/police-use-tear-gas-stun-grenades-after-kaizer-chiefs-lose

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Hope this 2nd half plays into Thursday. Winning the Europa League would be an awesome send off for Wenger.

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Juve/Napoli was not a very good game but what an awesome moment with Koulibaly’s 90th minute winner. Title race will go down to the wire.

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Congrats to Mo.  His season has been far beyond the expectations of anyone. 

We’ve got Salah!

(doo doo Doo doo doo doo)

Oh, Mane, Mane!

(doo doo Doo doo doo doo)

And Bobby Firminooooooo,

But we sold Coutinho

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Serie A title race sounds well and good until you see the real tile in the Northern Irish Premiership going into the final game of the season:

https://www.nifootballleague.com/danske-bank-premiership/table

Coleraine's final game is away from home against third placed Glenavon. More interestingly, Crusaders' final game is away from home against sixth place Ballymena United - Coleraine's biggest rivals.

Neither Coleraine nor Ballymena are very successful in the Irish League: Ballymena have never won the title and Coleraine have won it once - in 1974.

Coleraine are having a surprise season: they are level on points at the top going into the final game of the season and are in the final of the Irish Cup, so could be on for a historic double. The only thing in their way is their biggest rivals Ballymena United.

Ballymena is my local team, my great Uncle played for and managed them (also played for Derby County under Clough and the NI national team), so I keep an eye out for their results, but wouldn't call myself a proper fan. The hardcore Ballymena United fans I know, though, are hoping Ballymena United practically lie down to Crusaders to hand them the title and keep it away from Coleraine. I'd imagine that they'd even be celebrating if Crusaders score against them, and celebrating with the Crusaders fans if they beat them.

There's your useless information about Northern Irish football for today!

Edited by JordanJH1993

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I'm trying to stay grounded ahead of the game tomorrow.  We've already over-achieved in the CL this year and it's all a bonus from here.  I'd love to see our heroic victory over City carry us further than just the next round, even if it is a semi-final, but Roma have been pretty fantastic in the CL themselves this year against tougher opposition, and the tie could go either way.  I really hope the team makes a strong showing.  I'm OK with winning or losing, but I'd hate to see any player(s) trudge off feeling responsible for a bad mistake or a bad performance.  Even if it sounds a bit Spursy, I'm pretty happy with this season of high quality football and competing at the top, even if we end up without a trophy, I just would hate to see it end on a sour note for these players.

I hate the Liverpool fans who start with "this will be our year" every July, and now confidently predict our 6th CL.  Why do they insist on creating a stick to beat us with?  We're outsiders in the CL; dark horses at best.  Now we've come up against another dark horse team in the semis, with both of us having defeated favorites in the last round, and later we face in the final a European giant of the past decade.  This is no time for acting entitled, just enjoy that we're here and see what happens.

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If there's anything watching and supporting Liverpool has (or at least should've) taught us is that there are no sure things with our team. :lol: 

Sure, Liverpool has a better shot at finals against Roma then against Bayern or Real Madrid, but Roma definitely didn't get this far in the competition by accident or dumb luck. These two legs are definitely not going to be easy for either team.

I'm hoping for a good game and a good result.

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Shit, Olade-Chamberlain's out injured. It looked like the kind of injury that might finish his season as well.

Roma have started pretty well.

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Roma playing with a more positive set up than I thought they would. A high line and pressing high up the pitch. Salah does look to have the beating of both Jesus and Kolarov though.

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How many times did Salah have to warn Roma he intends to score from the right with a ball in the left corner? 

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Perfect shot.

Interestingly looked a lot better once Wijnaldum came on for Ox. Sucks to see him injured though he’s been so good of late. 

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Liverpool really should have scored more here.

Interesting formation from Roma. It's letting them pressure Liverpool in midfield but it's leaving a lot of space for Salah and Mane down the channels. Since Liverpool have started just bypassing midfield it really isn't working, they should probably make a change.

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It is far too easy for Liverpool to get in behind, yet Roma persist with the high line.

Can’t take anything away from Mo Salah, though - what a footballer.

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