Pp double rescues Arsenal after Vitria Guimares threaten upset

Two goals from Pp gave Arsenal a 3-2 Europa League victory after they had trailed 2-1 at home to Vitria Guimares For a long time it seemed Thursday nights, which have become Arsenals haven from the tide of neurosis that engulfs their domestic affairs, would be struck off the list of safe spaces. This was a confused, deeply uninspired performance that will largely be forgotten because Nicolas Pp, the clubs 72m record signing who had been under mounting pressure to deliver, came off the bench to score two marvellous free-kicks in the last 10 minutes and create a silver lining where the clouds had been jet black. Pp had been criticised for missing a clear chance in The Fiver: sign …

Valencia shock Barcelona in Copa del Rey final despite Messis best efforts

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup success By the end here in Seville they could take it no more, but the suffering was worth it and they made it. Somewhere in the madness a whistle blew and Valencia became Copa del Rey winners. For the first time in 1,456 days, Barcelona are not the cup winners. There will be consequences at the Camp Nou, changes. Lionel Messis second-half goal was not enough to cancel out strikes from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno and a league title is not enough for a club like this. For Valencia, the cup is …