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UEFA Europa League

Lokomotiv Moscow win Russian Cup, earn Europa League place

Lokomotiv captured their first Russian title in eight years with a 3-1 defeat of Kuban Krasnodar.

ASTRAKHAN, Russia -- Lokomotiv Moscow won the Russian Cup on Thursday, defeating Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 in extra time to lift their first trophy for eight years.

Kuban, which was bidding for the first major title in their history, took the lead in the 28th minute through Vladislav Ignatyev's goal, but a 73rd-minute equalizer from Baye Oumar Niasse took the game to extra time.

Lokomotiv seized control in the added half hour, with goals from Mbark Boussoufa and Aleksei Miranchuk securing the victory.


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Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir to take charge of Champions League final

After a successful World Cup last summer, Cuneyt Cakir will referee the Champions League final.

UEFA has picked Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee the Champions League final.

Cakir, 38, will officiate as Barcelona face Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6.

Two years ago, Cakir drew criticism when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in a Champions League last-16 loss against Real Madrid.

However, UEFA defended his decision and the official built his reputation at a successful World Cup. FIFA selected him to handle the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal in Brazil.

Cakir will...

 By Ben Gladwell

Vincenzo Montella refuses to back down after criticising Fiorentina fans

Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella insists he is proud of his side's performance in the Europa League this season, despite bowing out at the semi-final stage to Sevilla.

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella Montella said he had nothing for which to apologise regarding his criticism of the club's fans for the way they "derided" his players during Thursday's Europa League exit to Sevilla.

Montella was furious at what he felt was unfair treatment of his team during the second leg of their Europa League semifinal tie, with the Serie A side slipping to a 2-0 home loss.

"It's true that those that pay have the right to express their opinions," Montella said to the...

UEFA opens disciplinary case against Dnipro for fans' behaviour

Yevhen Seleznyov's header cemented Dnirpo's place in the Europa League final.
Having reached a first UEFA Europa League final, Dnipro head coach Myron Markevych says the feat has yet to sink in after his side saw off Napoli in the semi-finals.
The fans of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk took to the pitch and celebrated in style alongside their team after the Ukraine side booked their spot in the UEFA Europa League final with a 2-1 aggregate win over Napoli.
The far linesman found it quite difficult to keep hold of his flag in the wet conditions and tossed it in the air when trying to flag for offside.
ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth discusses the Europa League semifinal second legs and previews the Europa League final between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Sevilla.

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Ukrainian team Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for racist behavior by their fans and several other offences during their Europa League semifinal against Napoli on Thursday.

Dnipro's fans celebrated after the club defeated Napoli 1-0 in Kiev to reach their first European final.

UEFA says Dnipro are also being charged after their supporters set off fireworks, invaded the pitch after the game and were engaged in crowd disturbances.

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has been charged for their fans' behaviour after the Europa League semifinal win.

In another charge, UEFA says...