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THE HAGUE---Fans have attacked
players of Dutch team Go Ahead
Eagles after a promotion-relegation
playoff match against top-flight team
De Graafschap Doetinchem.
The Go Ahead Eagles players were
celebrating after yesterday's 1-1 draw
in Doetinchem ensured the team will
return to the Dutch top flight next
season when De Graafschap fans
stormed the pitch and some aimed
punches and kicks at the celebrating
players. Television images showed
stewards intervening to shepherd the
players off the pitch to safety.
De Graafschap quickly issued a
statement condemning the fans
involved and saying "we will solve
this with security staff and the
The Dutch football association
tweeted that video of the incident
would be sent to its disciplinary
Fans clash with players after Dutch playoff
MADRID---Jordi Alba scored
seven minutes into extra time
and Neymar sealed the victory
late to give Barcelona a 2-0
win over Sevilla for its second
straight Copa del Rey title yes-
After 0-0 in regulation time,
Alba found the net with a low
left-footed shot into the far
corner after a superb long pass
into the area by Lionel Messi.
Neymar closed the scoring
in injury time to give Barcelona
its 28th Copa trophy.
Barcelona, which clinched
its 24th Spanish league title
last weekend, played with 10
men from the 36th minute
after defender Javier Mascher-
ano was sent off with a straight
red card. The Catalan club also
lost Luis Suarez with an injury
early in the second half.
Sevilla, which won the
Europa League final against
Liverpool on Wednesday,
played the extra time with 10
men after midfielder Ever
Banega was shown a straight
red in second-half injury time.
Sevilla also lost Daniel Carrico
with two yellow cards just
before Neymar's goal late in
the game at Atletico Madrid's
Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Sevilla was trying to win its
sixth Copa title, and first since
Sevilla controlled possession
after Barcelona went a man
down and was close to scoring
several times, with its best
chance coming on a low shot
from outside the area by Bane-
ga that struck the post in the
Barcelona relied on counter-
attacks but never threatened
much until extra time started
with both teams even with 10
men. Its previous best chance
had come on a free kick taken
by Messi and easily saved by
Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico
in the 70th.
It was the second final
between the teams this season,
with Barcelona needing extra
time to win the European
Super Cup last August. The
teams exchanged home victo-
ries in the Spanish league.
Barcelona was more rested
than Sevilla because it had a
full week to prepare for the
final, while its rival played the
midweek Europa League final.
After a weeklong controver-
sy, Barcelona's Catalan fans
were allowed to display pro-
independence flags at the sta-
dium. A Madrid court had
banned them because of secu-
rity reasons, prompting public
criticism, but the ruling was
reversed on Friday after an
Louis van Gaal declared "it's
over" yesterday as Manchester
United seemingly edged closer to
appointing Jose Mourinho.
Saturday's FA Cup final triumph
against Crystal Palace offered little
respite for the under-fire Dutch-
man, whose position came under
fresh scrutiny before the celebra-
tions at Wembley had subsided.
Within minutes of United being
presented with the trophy, reports
emanated that former Chelsea
manager Mourinho would be
unveiled in the coming days.
United have steadfastly refused
to comment on speculation regard-
ing their managerial situation, while
the Portuguese kept his counsel
when asked about the job by Press
Association Sport ahead of David
Haye's fight on Saturday evening.
Van Gaal, too, stood firm when
asked about his position in the
post-match press conference at
Wembley, but fuelled speculation
with a remark yesterday.
When asked by a Sky Sports
News reporter if he would stop to
speak outside the team hotel, Van
Gaal refused and said as he walked
away: "It's over."
Given the brevity of the com-
ment, it was not immediately clear
whether that meant the former
Holland manager had been told his
time at United was at an end.
Van Gaal still has a season
remaining on his three-year deal,
while Mourinho has been out of
work since paying for Chelsea's
abysmal title defence in Decem-
The Portuguese has repeatedly
spoken of his plans to return to
work this summer, and reviving
United's fortunes would surely be
a mouth-watering proposition for
the self-styled 'Special One'.
Louis van Gaal: By the num-
0 - Manchester United have
scored nil in a game on 23 separate
occasions under Van Gaal.
1 - Trophies won: this season's
3 - United finished third in their
Champions League group this sea-
son to drop into the Europa League,
where they reached the last 16
before losing to rivals - and eventual
finalists - Liverpool.
4 - Goals conceded in last sea-
son's embarrassing League Cup loss
to MK Dons.
15 - United finished 15 points
behind surprise Premier League
champions Leicester this season.
They were 17 behind champions
Chelsea in Van Gaal's first season
19 - Premier League games
drawn under Van Gaal, one quarter
of the games he has overseen in
28 - Players given their United
debuts by Van Gaal.
29 - Wayne Rooney is United's
leading goalscorer of Van Gaal's
reign with 29 in all competitions.
Juan Mata has 20, with Anthony
Martial firing 17 in one season.
49 - League goals scored by
United this season, their lowest
total in the Premier League era.
£57.6m - The potential fee paid
for Martial, should the Frenchman's
performances trigger the full range
of bonus payments included in the
110 - Jesse Lingard's 110th-
minute winner finally saw off Crys-
tal Palace in Saturday's FA Cup
Van Gaal declares it's over
Barcelona's Jordi Alba celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal during the final of the Copa del Rey soccer
match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Barcelona grabs Copa in extra time
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