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MADRID---Miranda s extra-time
goal completed Atletico Madrid s
dramatic 2-1 comeback win
against Real Madrid to win the
Copa del Rey yesterday, with
Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Jose
Mourinho sent off for the losing
Ronaldo headed Madrid in front
in the 14th minute, but Radamel
Falcao set up Diego Costa to level
for Atletico in the 35th.
After Madrid had gone close by
hitting the goal frame three times,
Atletico claimed its first win over
Madrid in 14 years when Brazilian
defender Miranda headed in Jorge
"Koke" Resurrecion s cross in the
eighth minute of extra time. It was
Atletico s 10th Copa del Rey title
and first since 1996.
Mourinho was sent off for
protesting in the 76th. Likely head-
ing back to England in the offsea-
son, he is set to finish his last cam-
paign in Madrid without a title.
Ronaldo received a straight red
card for kicking Atletico captain
Gabi Fernandez in the face in the
114th, setting off a sideline scuffle
between the benches.
"This is for our fans that have
suffered for 14 years," Gabi said
moments before he received the
trophy from Spain s King Juan
Carlos. "I think this team worked
hard for this and deserved it."
Atletico also ended the match
with 10 men when Gabi was sent
off seconds before the final whistle
for a second yellow card.
Following years of frustration
and accumulated doubt after fail-
ing to beat Madrid in 25 games
since 1999, Atletico had to over-
come an opening goal by Ronal-
do.Ronaldo, who scored an extra-
time winner to beat Barcelona and
give Madrid the 2011 title, looked
set to play the starring role once
again. But the Portugal forward
let the tension of the game s final
minutes get the best of him, hurt-
ing his side when he left it a man
down just when it most needed
Mourinho spent the game in
the dugout after being jeered
before the match at Santiago Bern-
abeu Stadium by both sets of fans,
with the home supporters upset
at his treatment of goalkeeper Iker
Casillas and supposed desire to
When he did emerge, he didn t
last long as the referee dismissed
him for vehemently protesting a
Real Madrid 2-1
FRANKFURT---Hoffenheim s fairytale
ride to the top tier of German football
is likely to come to an end today on
the final day of the Bundesliga season.
The small provincial club that stirred
passions when it gained promotion five
years ago is set to be relegated, barring
an unlikely series of results.
Hoffenheim needs to win in Dort-
mund to even have a chance of avoiding
relegation by clinching the playoff slot.
At the same time, Augsburg has to slip
against already-relegated Greuther
Fuerth and Fortuna Duesseldorf must
drop points in Hannover.
"If we manage to win in Dortmund,
we have a good chance of extending the
season," said Markus Gisdol, Hoffen-
heim s fourth coach this season.
Going into the final round, Hoffen-
heim is two points behind both clubs.
Duesseldorf is ahead of Augsburg on
goal difference by five goals. Augsburg
holds 16th place, which means a two-
leg playoff for a spot in the Bundesliga
next season against the third-place team
from the second division, Kaiserslautern.
Second-place Dortmund, on the other
hand, is warming up for the Champions
League final against Bayern Munich and
is expected to field its strongest lineup.
Hoffenheim has struggled the entire
season and shares the worst record on
the road with Duesseldorf, with only
Despite the record, captain Andreas
Beck believes his team still has a chance.
"The best thing is that we are still in
the race despite all the setbacks," Beck
said. "There were moments in which
we were really far away from escaping
"We ve told ourselves, when you play
10 times against Dortmund, perhaps
there is one or two games when you
can hurt them. One of them could be
Saturday (today)," Beck said.
to escape relegation
ABIDJAN---Didier Drogba has again
been left out of the Ivory Coast squad
for two World Cup qualifiers next
Drogba was not part of the 26-man
squad named by coach Sabri Lamouchi
this week for games at Gambia on June
8 and Tanzania on June 16.
The 35-year-old Drogba didn t play
any part in the home win over Gambia
in World Cup qualifying in March, with
Lamouchi indicating he had dropped
his striker and captain to allow him to
recover form and fitness.
Drogba hasn t played for his country
since the quarterfinal loss to eventual
champion Nigeria at this year s African
Cup of Nations, which was seen as his
last chance to win an international title.
His absence from Ivory Coast s latest
squad increases speculation that he is
near to international retirement.
Without him, Lamouchi called up
seven strikers, including Salomon Kalou
of Lille, Gervinho of Arsenal and new-
comer Mathis Bolly of Fortuna Dues-
seldorf, who was born in Norway. Man-
chester City midfielders Yaya Toure
and Abdul Razack were also included.
Ivory Coast leads its World Cup qual-
ifying group by a point halfway through
the competition. (AP)
Drogba again left out
of Ivory Coast squad
Atletico de Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after the Copa del Rey final football match against Real
Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, yesterday. Atletico won 2-1. AP PHOTO
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