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Departing Andrés Iniesta the star as Barcelona cruise to Copa del Rey

• Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona• Suárez 14, 40; Messi 31; Iniesta 52; Coutinho 69 (pen)Andrés Iniesta chose the perfect stage for his last waltz, gliding across the grass as Barcelona sliced through Sevilla. A 5-0 victory brought their fourth consecutive Copa …

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Departing Andrés Iniesta the star as Barcelona cruise to Copa del Rey

• Sevilla 0-5 Barcelona• Suárez 14, 40; Messi 31; Iniesta 52; Coutinho 69 (pen)Andrés Iniesta chose the perfect stage for his last waltz, gliding across the grass as Barcelona sliced through Sevilla. A 5-0 victory brought their fourth consecutive Copa …

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Matildas’ Asian Cup defeat a setback that could prove a World Cup boon

Australia’s women’s national football team would have preferred silverware in Amman, but defeat could aid greater aspirations next year in FranceThere has been a swagger about the Australian women’s national team in recent months. And with a 13-game un…

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Matildas’ Asian Cup defeat a setback that could prove a World Cup boon

Australia’s women’s national football team would have preferred silverware in Amman, but defeat could aid greater aspirations next year in FranceThere has been a swagger about the Australian women’s national team in recent months. And with a 13-game un…

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Antonio Conte believes FA Cup will be much harder to win than last year

• Conte: ‘I don’t play to enjoy, I play only to win’• ‘Last season Chelsea missed a great chance to win it’Antonio Conte believes Chelsea passed up “a great chance” to win the FA Cup last season and will find success this year far harder to come by as …

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Antonio Conte believes FA Cup will be much harder to win than last year

• Conte: ‘I don’t play to enjoy, I play only to win’• ‘Last season Chelsea missed a great chance to win it’Antonio Conte believes Chelsea passed up “a great chance” to win the FA Cup last season and will find success this year far harder to come by as …

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This is the one decision nobody is saying Arsène Wenger has got wrong | Daniel Taylor

His spellbinding peak is too long ago for anyone to still be in denial but as the Frenchman heads to the Arsenal exit it is time to cherish his best yearsThe saddest thing, perhaps, is that of all the thousands upon thousands of words that have been de…

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José Mourinho says Manchester United players must ‘educate themselves’

• Mourinho calls for greater consistency after win over Spurs• ‘They have to face every game with the same mentality’José Mourinho praised the quality and desire his players showed in coming from behind to beat Tottenham in their FA Cup semi-final but …

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Paul Pogba surges to centre stage at Wembley with display of art and graft | Barney Ronay

Midfielder recovered from a shaky start against Spurs to showcase his silky creative gifts in the game’s pivotal momentsIt seems safe to say Paul Pogba won’t ever please everyone. Not least when so many of those watching seem so eager to be displeased:…

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Sevilla v Barcelona: Copa del Rey final – live!

Copa del Rey final updates from the Wanda MetropolitanoFollow all the goals as they go in around EuropeAnd you can send Will an email or tweet @Will_Unwin 7.53pm BST Even winning the Copa del Rey and the league title might not making it a successful s…

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Manchester United’s Ander Herrera sinks Tottenham in semi-final

Once again Manchester United have the chance to end a season of many disappointments with a flash of the finest silver. Winners of this competition under Louis van Gaal in 2016, and of the League and Europa Cups under José Mourinho last year, they will…

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Sunderland relegated as Liam Boyce’s injury-time winner gives Burton hope

Hostile chants of: “Are you watching Ellis Short?” echoed around the ground as late goals from Darren Bent and Liam Boyce consigned Sunderland to a second successive relegation while offering Burton an, albeit extremely frayed, Championship lifeline.As…

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Crystal Palace battle to a point at Watford to edge closer to safety

Wilfried Zaha must be wondering what it is about this stadium. The last time he was here, in December 2016, the Crystal Palace forward reacted angrily after being accused of diving by the Watford mascot, Harry the Hornet, after winning a penalty for hi…

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European roundup: Roma warm up for Anfield with easy win over Spal

• Under-strength Roma side cruise to 3-0 win in Serie A• Bayern win but RB Leipzig lose 5-2 at home to HoffenheimRoma enjoyed a perfect dress rehearsal for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Liverpool when Radja Nainggolan and …

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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live!

FA Cup semi-final updates from the game at WembleyNemanja Matic: ‘I have to have serious hair like Gary Neville’And feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 4.45pm BST When Spurs reach an FA Cup semi-final, we are contractually obliged to link to this…

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Five innovations Arsène Wenger brought to English football | Paul MacInnes

Among the retiring Arsenal manager’s introductions were broccoli and massage, beautiful football and signing foreign playersThat adding broccoli to the menu at Arsenal should have seemed like a revolution perhaps said more about English football than i…

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Premier League managers react to Arsène Wenger’s departure – video

Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Rafa Benítez and Antonio Conté were among the Premier League managers to praise Arsène Wenger after the Arsenal manager’s announcement that he is to leave the club after 22 years. Guardiola, who has faced Wenger as manager …

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Hibernian put Celtic’s title celebrations on hold with impressive victory

Celtic’s Scottish Premiership title celebrations were put on hold following this stunning 2-1 defeat. A high-energy Hibs side pressed the visitors to great effect and took the lead in the 24th minute through Jamie Maclaren.Try as they might in an enthr…

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Salomón Rondón strikes late as West Brom stun Liverpool with fightback

It was not exactly the script Jürgen Klopp had in mind ahead of a critical week for Liverpool as West Bromwich Albion, playing with the sort of spirit and conviction that was so badly missing prior to Darren Moore taking over as caretaker manager, scor…

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Arsène Wenger stirred Arsenal exasperation but was a martyr to his values | David Hytner

Manager departing after 22 years leaves a legacy of dispirited Arsenal fans yet his wide-ranging human qualities see even harshest critics expressing affectionIt is a story that Arsène Wenger has told on more than one occasion in different company over…