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LONDON---Manchester United s hopes of
Champions League football took a hit yes-
terday in a 3-2 defeat at West Ham that
followed an attack on the visiting team s
bus as it arrived for the match.
Objects were thrown as the bus reached
the stadium for West Ham s last ever match
at the Boleyn Ground, ahead of its move to
the Olympic Stadium next season. Video
footage showed damage to sections of the
tinted external windows, while the clear
internal windows appeared intact.
Police said one of its officers and a mem-
ber of the public were injured in the inci-
dents, while the kickoff was delayed by 45
minutes. During the match, a water bottle
was thrown at United goalkeeper David de
The English Football Association said in
a statement that it "strongly condemns the
unsavoury incidents this evening involving
both the Manchester United team coach
outside West Ham United s Boleyn Ground
and objects thrown from a section of the
home support during the match.
"We will work closely with both clubs
and the Metropolitan Police to fully inves-
tigate these matters."
Inside the ground, Winston Reid headed
a late winner to give West Ham a victory
that left United in fifth place in the standings
with 63 points, two points behind crosstown
rival Manchester City with one round of
matches to play on Sunday.
The defeat will add to the pressure on
United manager Louis van Gaal, amid spec-
ulation that he will be replaced by former
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho next sea-
The match swung in one team s favour
and then the other, with striker Diafra Sakho
giving West Ham a ninth minute lead as
the visitors stuttered.
France forward Anthony Martial came to
United s rescue, scoring both goals for a 2-
LONDON---Real Madrid returned to the top of the
Associated Press Global Football 10 yesterday after
two wins in a week.
Zinedine Zidane s
side advanced to the
final at the expense of
Manchester City with
a 1-0 second leg victory
at the Santiago Bern-
abeu, before defeating
Valencia 3-2 in the
Spanish league to
maintain its title charge.
League semifinal sec-
ond leg against Man-
chester City was a dour
one but Real Madrid
was in control as they
booked its ticket to the
final in Milan," Umaid
Wasim of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan said. "That
professional performance was followed by another
good outing against Valencia as Zidane s side kept
the title race alive."
Barcelona is runner-up after staying atop the Span-
ish standings with an emphatic 5-0 win over Espanyol
in which player of the week Luis Suarez scored twice.
Bayern Munich is third after recovering from its
Champions League semifinal exit at the hands of
Atletico Madrid by winning the Bundesliga title with
a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt.
Leicester polls fourth after marking its first week
as English Premier League champion with an author-
itative 3-1 victory at home to Everton.
Suarez returns as player of the week after his goals
in Barcelona s big win against Espanyol.
Cristiano Ronaldo polled second, despite also net-
ting two goals in Madrid s victory against Valencia.
Alexandre Lacazette polls third after his hat trick
propelled second place Lyon to 6-1 thrashing of third-
place Monaco in France s Ligue 1.
Edinson Cavani ranks fourth after scoring a hat
trick as PSG routed Ajaccio 4-0 in France.
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy is fifth for scoring
twice on his return to his side s starting line up from
suspension in the victory over Everton. (AP)
1 lead that would have seen his team leapfrog Man-
Instead, West Ham s France midfielder Dmitry
Payet provided heading opportunities for Michail
Antonio in the 76th minute and Reid in the 80th to
score the vital goals as West Ham closed the book
on 112 years at Upton Park.
"This ground deserved a farewell result like that,"
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic told the BBC. "We
knew it was going to be a great night but there was
a lot of pressure because we didn t want to lose. To
win against Manchester United is not easy. We were
However, the occasion was marred by events before
United captain Wayne Rooney told Sky Sports
ahead of kickoff that the bus was "smashed up."
Rooney added: "We know it s a big game for West
Ham, a big night for them - leaving the stadium -
but I m sure West Ham as a club will be disappointed
with what the fans have done."
Van Gaal later refused to blame the incidents for
his team s defeat.
"As a professional we live in this world. We know
it can happen so we have to cope with that," the
Dutchman said. "Twenty minutes from the end, we
were 2-1 ahead so I don t think that was an influence."
United loses to West Ham after bus attacked
Real Madrid, Suarez
lead AP Global 10
1. Luis Suarez, 81 points.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 73.
3. Alexandre Lacazette, 66.
4. Edinson Cavani, 52.
5. Jamie Vardy, 49.
6. Lionel Messi, 41.
7. Robert Lewandowski, 40.
8. Luka Modric, 36.
9. Luca Toni, 23.
10. Kevin Gameiro, 20.
1. Real Madrid, 93.
2. Barcelona, 76.
3. Bayern Munich, 64.
4. Leicester, 59.
5. Liverpool, 57.
6. Lyon, 40.
7. Atletico Madrid, 38.
8. Southampton, 33.
9. PSV Eindhoven, 30.
10. Paris Saint-Germain, 29.
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