May 21, 2016 was a true day of action in European football. From cup finals, to domestic league titles won on the last day, to the U17 Euros final match, this day had it all and we have put together a list of 10 trophies picked up yesterday.
Belarusian Cup (BATE Borisov 0 - 0 Torpedo Zhodino *)
After a 55 year history without a single trophy, Belarusian side Torpedo Zhodino managed to capture their very first by winning the domestic cup. After a 0-0 draw and despite missing 2 of their 5 penalty shots, the side that plays in a 3,000 capacity stadium managed to come away with the 3-2 PK win over the league's most successful club BATE Borisov.
Israel Ligat Ha'Al (Hapoel Be'er Sheva)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva captured the Israeli league title on the last day of action after winning their last match, coming in 2 points ahead of the league's most successful side Maccabi Tel-Aviv. This is Be'er Sheva's first title since 1976. The title also hands the club their first ever spot in the UEFA Champions League.
Ukrainian Cup (Zorya 0 - 2 Shakhtar Donetsk)
After claiming their 10th Ukrainian Cup on Saturday, Shakhtar is now sitting just one cup shy of all-time leaders Dynamo Kyiv who have won it 11 times. The 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk was the product of Oleksandr Hladkyy's great performance as he scored both of Shakhtar's goals.
Russian Premier League (CSKA Moscow)
After an incredible season which almost saw minnows FC Rostov claim the Russian league title for the very first time, CSKA Moscow won their 13th Russian/Soviet title instead, confirmed by a 1-0 win away at Rubin Kazan on the last day of play. It is also worth mentioning, that after a 3-0 loss to Zenit and an unlikely 3-1 win by FC Ufa over Spartak Moscow, Spartak's rivals and storied Soviet club Dynamo Moscow was relegated for the first time in their Russian Premier League history.
U17 UEFA Euros (Portugal U17 * 1 - 1 Spain U17)
A 5-4 penalty shootout win after a 1-1 regulation and extra time draw over Spain handed Portugal their sixth U17 European title; their first since 2003. A 0-0 draw against Belgium in the group stages was Portugal's only non winning performance as Benfica's 17 year old José Gomes also picked up the Golden Boot with his tournament best 7 goals.
Scottish Cup (Rangers 2 - 3 Hibernian)
A cup final that was contested by two sides from the nation's second tier The Scottish Championship, Hibernian came out the unlikely winners, who despite their inability to secure promotion, defeated storied club Rangers who had in fact secured promotion back to the Premiership earlier in the season. Overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the last 10 minutes of the match, the "Hibs" celebrated their third Scottish Cup victory; their first since 1902.
Coupe de France (Marseille 2-4 Paris Saint-Germain)
There was no match for the side from the capital city this entire season, and it was no different in the Coupe de France final as departing star Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up yet another trophy for his and PSG's collection after scoring twice in his side's 4-2 win over rivals Marseille. This is Paris Saint-Germain's record 10th cup win.
DFB Pokal (FC Bayern * 0-0 Borussia Dortmund)
In an emotional final match as the bench-boss of FC Bayern, Pep Guardiola's side gave their departing manager one last victory, overcoming Borussia Dortmund in penalty shootouts to claim the DFB Pokal. The contest could not be settled in regulation or extra time as neither club managed to score a goal, but the Bavarian side were the better from the spot, claiming the cup with a 4-3 PK win.
Coppa Italia (AC Milan 0-1a.e.t. Juventus)
After a tough start, Juventus won the Serie A title in fairly comfortable fashion. But the Coppa Italia final was a tightly contested match with AC Milan throwing everything they could at the champions in hopes of winning their first silverware since 2011. Scoreless after the initial 90 minutes, Milan's hopes were shattered as Juve's Spanish youngster Alvaro Morata put the champions ahead for good in the 110th minute, handing the "Old Lady" their 11th Coppa Italia win; their second in back-to-back seasons.
The FA Cup (Crystal Palace 1-2a.e.t. Manchester United)
As has been the case since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson left the Red Devils, United's FA Cup final against Crystal Palace was not necessarily the smoothest of affairs. Having not won any silverware since Fergie left his post, the 2-1 extra-time victory was exactly what the club needed to release the tension however. 90th minute sub Jesse Lingard who came on for United's first goal-scorer Juan Mata put the decisive ball in the back of Palace's net in the 110th minute, securing a cup win United has not managed to achieve since 2004. With the victory United has tied Arsenal for most FA Cup wins with 12.
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