Wenger gets needed lift as Arsenal wins FA Cup
ARSENAL 2, CHELSEA 1
Arsene Wenger’s turbulent year ended with a third FA Cup success in four seasons after Arsenal beat Chelsea, 2-1, on Saturday to deny the English Premier League champion a double.
Wenger became the competition’s most successful manager with a seventh title in his 21-year reign, triumphs that have papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal has come up short in the Premier and Champions leagues.
Arsenal’s tenacious display at Wembley Stadium might be enough to stem the tide of protests against Wenger, who does not have a contract for next season.
When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it was initially disallowed when Aaron Ramsey was judged to be interfering with play while offside. But the decision was overturned by the referee.
Less than three minutes after Diego Costa equalized, Ramsey scored the game-winner.
GERMANY: American midfielder Christian Pulisic was pulled down by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky midway through the second half, leading to PierreEmerick Aubameyang’s tiebreaking penalty kick that lifted Borussia Dortmund over Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-1, for its first German Cup title since 2012.
llSPAIN: Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in Coach Luis Enrique’s final game with the club by beating Alaves, 3-1, in the final.
FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain ended a mediocre season on a high note by winning the French Cup final, beating Angers, 1-0.
Red Bulls rally vs. Revolution
In MLS, Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes, and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution, 2-1, in Harrison, N.J.
SOUNDERS 1, TIMBERS 0: Cristian Roldan scored on a header off a corner kick in the fourth minute, and host Seattle held on.
RAPIDS 1, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0: In Commerce City, Colo., Kortne Ford scored his first career goal and Tim Howard earned his 24th MLS shutout.
MINNESOTA UNITED 1, ORLANDO CITY 0: In Minneapolis, Christian Ramirez scored his eighth goal of the season.
REAL SALT LAKE 1, UNION 0: Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season to help snap visiting Philadelphia’s winning streak at four games.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, hoisting the FA Cup trophy Saturday, doesn’t know whether the team will bring him back.