Arsenal bags FA Cup; Atletico shocks Barcelona for La Liga crown

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Aaron Ramsey delivered the game-winning goal in the 109th minute as Arsenal came back from a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-2 win over Hull City to bag the FA Cup Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

Arsene Wenger’s charges went 2-0 down after eight minutes as strikes from James Chester and captain Curtis Davies in the fourth and eighth minute, respectively, had Hull fans dreaming of a first-ever FA Cup win.

However, Santi Cazorla halved the deficit with a sublime 17th-minute free-kick, Laurent Koscielny prodded home from close range in the second half and Ramsey completed the comeback in the extra 30 minutes.

After the win, Wenger said Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph is the sweetest trophy of his career as the team had to wait nine years before winning the title.

“It was more important than all the others, because even though we won the Double [in 1998 and 2002] we were not under the pressure we were under today,” said Wenger, who won the FA Cup for the fifth time as coach. “We were under severe pressure to win and we didn’t start well. Hull started strong and we were hesitant.”

“It’s a big moment of happiness. We waited for a long time for that. The happiness and suffering is linked to the time you’ve had to wait. It was a great moment at the end of the game,” he added.

Meanwhile, Diego Godin scored on a game-tying header in the 49th minute to carry Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw with Barcelona for its first La Liga title since 1996.

Atletico was dealt a major blow in the early going as Diego Simeone was forced to make two substitutions inside the opening 22 minutes when Diego Costa and Arda Turan suffered separate injuries.

Barcelona took the lead in the 32nd minute when Alexis Sanchez took a layoff from Lionel Messi and rifled a shot into the upper corner from a tough angle.

However, Barcelona’s sloppy marking from a corner allowed Godin to sneak with the game-tying goal four minutes into the second half.

In the 64th minute, Messi thought he had restored Barcelona’s lead in the 64th minute when he fired home a through ball from Cesc Fabregas, but the goal was disallowed with the Argentine being ruled offside.

Atletico can add a Champions League title to its trophy cabinet on May 24 by defeating Real Madrid, which closed out its La Liga campaign with a 3-1 win over Espanyol at the Bernabeu Saturday.

The match was scoreless until the 64th minute when Gareth Bale broke the deadlock for the home side. Alvaro Morata’s 86th-minute strike extended Real Madrid’s lead before Pizzi pulled one back in the 90th minute, but Morata answered just a minute later to complete his brace and seal all three points for the hosts.

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