The longest season of European football is almost coming to an end. Domestic trophies and personal awards are now being won. Arsenal and PSG have already won trophies this weekend. Here is a round up of all the big football news from the weekend.
Arsenal FC Wins FA Cup
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as they came from behind to beat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for a record 14th time.
Chelsea took the lead in the Heads Up FA Cup final inside five minutes through Christian Pulisic’s smart finish but then fell victim to the brilliance of Aubameyang, who was also Arsenal’s hero when he scored twice in the semi-final win over Manchester City.
The Gabon forward drew Arsenal level from the penalty spot before the break after he was fouled by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, then produced a moment of world-class finishing to make the defining contribution to the first behind-closed-doors FA Cup final.
Chelsea were hampered by a first-half injury to Azpilicueta and were struggling even further when they lost the outstanding Pulisic to a hamstring problem after the break.
Chelsea’s agony increased further when Mateo Kovacic was very harshly sent off for a second yellow card, awarded by referee Anthony Taylor for the most innocuous of challenges on Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal closed out the win to secure a place in the Europa League next season but it was bitter disappointment for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at the conclusion of his first campaign in charge.
Immobile Is Top European Striker
Lazio striker Ciro Immobile won the Serie A Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe as he matched Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals in an Italian top-flight season.
The 30-year-old scored in Lazio’s 3-1 defeat by Napoli on the final day as his side finished fourth.
Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo – who was rested on the final day – was Serie A’s second top scorer with 31 goals, with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku on 23.
The European Golden Shoe rewards the top scorer across every European top-flight, with goals weighted by the quality of league.
Immobile finished two goals clear of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, with Ronaldo third.
It was his third Serie A Golden Boot – winning in 2013-14 with 22 goals and sharing with Mauro Icardi on 29 in 2017-18.
This is the first time since 2006-07, when Roma’s Francesco Totti won, that the Golden Shoe has not been won or shared by a La Liga player.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had won the past three but only scored 25 this time – which was still enough to be La Liga top scorer.
PSG Wins French League Cup
Paris St-Germain beat Lyon on penalties in the French League Cup final to seal a fourth domestic treble in six years.
It was the final French League Cup final, with the decision made last September to cancel the tournament after this season, and ended 0-0.
After the first 10 penalties were scored, PSG keeper Keylor Navas saved from Bertrand Traore before Pablo Sarabia scored the winning kick.
The game was watched by about 5,000 fans at the Stade de France.
It was only the second domestic game in France since Ligue 1 was curtailed in April – with PSG beating Saint-Etienne 1-0 last Friday in the French Cup final.
Lyon are now facing a first season without European football since 1996-97, unless they win this season’s Champions League.
They visit Juventus next Friday in the last-16 second leg, holding a 1-0 first-leg win.
PSG, who have won 25 of France’s last 36 domestic trophies, play Atalanta in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, 12 August as they look for a quadruple.
The 2020-21 Ligue 1 season begins on 23 August, the same day as the Champions League final.