Madrid, Apr 25 (AP/UNB) — Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.
With a 3-2 win over Valencia on Wednesday, Atletico cut Barcelona's lead to nine points and kept the Catalan club from clinching the title — at least until the weekend.
Barcelona defeated Alaves 2-0 on Tuesday and would have sealed its second straight league trophy — and eighth in 11 seasons — if Atletico lost at home. Now it will have to wait until Saturday, when a win over relegation-threatened Levante at Camp Nou Stadium would be enough.
The Catalan club can also secure its 26th title if Atletico loses its match at Valladolid earlier on Saturday. A draw by Atletico will leave Barcelona needing only a point against Levante.
"We are doing our part, which is to keep winning and keep fighting until the end," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "But Barcelona has had a great season and I'm sure it won't miss its chance to win the title on Saturday."
With four matches remaining, Barcelona holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against Atletico, which is trying to finish runner-up for the second straight season. It has a seven-point advantage over third-place Real Madrid, which visits fourth-place Getafe on Thursday.
Valencia, which had won four in a row in all competitions, stayed fifth in the standings, two points behind Getafe in the final Champions League spot. Valencia has reached the Copa del Rey final — it will face Barcelona on May 25 — and the semifinals of the Europa League — when it will play Arsenal.
"We are still in position to earn the fourth spot," Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. "This won't be decided until the very end."
Substitute Angel Correa scored the winning goal for Atletico with a curling shot from outside the area in the 81st minute, giving Atletico its fifth win in its last six matches, with the only setback a 2-0 loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou four rounds ago.
Striker Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for Atletico after a cross by Juanfran Torres less than 10 minutes into the match, and forward Kevin Gameiro equalized from inside the area near the end of the first half.
Antoine Griezmann put Atletico ahead early in the second half with a close-range header after a cross by Thomas Lemar, and Dani Parejo evened the match again by converting a 77th-minute penalty awarded after video review for a handball by Saul Niguez inside the box.
It was one of the lowest attendances of the season for Atletico, with the match played under steady rain at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Seventh-place Athletic Bilbao stayed alive in the fight for a Champions League spot with a 1-0 win at Leganes. Athletic's winner in the first half came through an own goal by Leganes forward Youssef En-Nesyri, who headed the ball into his own net off a corner kick.
Celta Vigo stayed two points clear from the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at midtable Espanyol. Maxi Gomez scored Celta's equalizer in the 72nd minute after Chinese forward Wu Lei gave the hosts the lead in the 33rd.
Levante moved three points away from the relegation zone with a 4-0 rout of Real Betis at home, a result that ended the team's nine-match winless streak.
Bremen, Apr 25 (AP/UNB) — Robert Lewandowski sent Bayern Munich into the German Cup final by scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen on Wednesday, including the winner in the 80th minute.
Bayern built a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead after Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 36th minute by turning in a header from Thomas Mueller, who added the second in the 63rd.
But Bremen staged a quick comeback with two goals in the span of two minutes through Yuya Osako and Milot Rashica. However, Kingsley Coman was fouled inside the box in the 80th minute and Lewandowski converted the penalty to set up a final against RB Leipzig.
"In my opinion, we deserve to reach the final because we had better chances than Bremen," Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. "It was a great fight, as expected, and in the end we needed that little bit of luck."
Manchester, Apr 25 (AP/UNB) — Manchester City is closing in on another Premier League title. Manchester United is increasingly unlikely to even make the top four.
In a derby match that highlighted the chasm that has formed between the two fierce rivals, City kept the destination of the title in its own hands by winning 2-0 thanks to goals by Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
An 11th straight victory in the league moved City one point above Liverpool with three games left this season in its bid to become the first team to retain the trophy since United in 2009.
United slumped to a seventh loss in its last nine matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After losing 4-0 at Everton on Sunday, questions had been asked about the attitude and desire of United's players and Solskjaer got a reaction in that respect.
This time, United simply wasn't good enough.
"There is a difference in quality — that is why they are top and we are where we are," said Solskjaer, whose team hasn't scored a goal in open play in 572 minutes. "They have set the standard. Living in Manchester, we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them."
That is unlikely to happen any time soon.
Pep Guardiola's side cannot reach the milestone of 100 points like last season but it continues to break records. Sane's 66th-minute strike meant City has 157 goals in all competitions for the season, beating the English record for a single top-flight campaign that the team held from the pre-Guardiola era in 2013-14.
City will win the league with victories its last three games — against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton. Liverpool's last three games are against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
"It's in our hands," Guardiola said, "but Liverpool is not going to lose points."
A week after letting a shot from Lionel Messi slip through his fingers in a heavy Champions League loss to Barcelona, United goalkeeper David De Gea was partially at fault for both goals against City.
Bernardo Silva received a short pass, cut inside from the right and shot just inside De Gea's near post in the 54th minute, with the goalkeeper slow to get down to his left.
De Gea then failed to keep out with his legs a low shot from Sane at the end of sweeping counterattack led by Raheem Sterling.
"He has high standards," Solskjaer said. "When we are having a time like this, we need to stick together, batten the hatches down and keep working. We have to come back fighting on Sunday."
That's when United plays Chelsea and its hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League could be extinguished.
In the four-team fight for the top-four finish, United stayed in sixth place, two points behind Arsenal, three behind Chelsea and six adrift of third-place Tottenham. On another grim night, United can at least take solace from Arsenal's 3-1 loss at Wolves on Wednesday.
There was plenty of pre-match talk about United fans being in a quandary over who to support in this derby, with Liverpool — historically its biggest rival — set to benefit from any slip-up from City.
But there was no doubting who the home supporters inside Old Trafford were behind, with every tackle and attack by United vociferously cheered.
There was early danger for City, too, as captain Vincent Kompany struggled to deal with United's counterattacks and got booked after 10 minutes for blocking off Marcus Rashford. Jesse Lingard then volleyed wide off Paul Pogba's deep pass.
Solskjaer had begun the match with a five-man defense — Matteo Darmian was making his first start under the Norwegian in an unfamiliar center-back role — and it quickly became a case of United soaking up City's attacks and attempting to hit on the break.
Only in the final few minutes of the first half did City find some rhythm and Sterling missed the first great chance when he got on the end of a passing move, drifted past Chris Smalling and shot weakly at De Gea.
Fernandinho was forced off with a leg injury early in the second half, seemingly picked up after tackling Pogba, and that brought Bernardo Silva into a central role as winger Leroy Sane came on as a substitute.
Moments later, Bernardo collected a pass from Ilkay Gundogan, drifted inside and took an early shot that crept inside the near post.
If De Gea was perhaps culpable for that goal, he certainly could have done much better for Sane's 66th-minute effort that was powerfully struck but virtually straight at the Spain goalkeeper. The ball glanced off De Gea's legs and into the back of the net.
City has bounced back from its agonizing Champions League elimination by Tottenham last week with successive wins over Spurs and United, taking the team's run of league victories to 11.
"I think that is the most incredible detail for these players," Guardiola said. "You cannot imagine how tough it was to go out of this beautiful competition.
"To stay alive in the Premier League ... under the pressure we felt and how we reacted, that is perhaps more important than anything else."
Wolverhampton, Apr 25 (AP/UNB) - Wolverhampton Wanderers handed Arsenal another away loss in the Premier League on Wednesday, beating the Gunners 3-1 to deal a big blow to the visitors' hopes of a top-four finish.
Wolves took advantage of several defensive mistakes to score three first-half goals through Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota and earn a first league win over Arsenal in 40 years.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed in a late consolation goal for Arsenal but Unai Emery's side has won just six times on the road this season and is now one point behind Chelsea in fifth ahead of another tough away game at Leicester on Sunday. The team also lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace at home this past Sunday, ending a 10-game winning streak in all competitions at home.
Losing at Wolves has been a common occurrence for the top-six clubs this season, as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been beaten at Molineux. But after a confident start to the match, Arsenal fell without putting up much of a fight once Neves put the hosts ahead through a perfectly struck free kick in the 28th minute.
Wolves doubled the lead in the 37th minute when goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to deal with a cross and Doherty was allowed to head into an empty net.
Arsenal struggled to create any chances of note and was limited to long-range efforts from Granit Xhaka and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a desperate attempt to get back into the match.
However, Wolves struck again when Arsenal lost possession in first-half stoppage time, Jota skipped past Sokratis and into the penalty area where his low shot was too hard for Leno and squirmed beneath the goalkeeper and into the net.
Arsenal looked short of ideas but managed a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining when Sokratis headed in Xhaka's corner at the far post.
Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Kyrgyzstan reached the semifinals of the Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football alongside hosts Bangladesh eliminating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 2-1 goals at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Kyrgyzstan will face Bangladesh on Friday (April 26) in their last Group B match to decide the group champions.
Bangladesh, which defeated the UAE by 2-0 goals in the opening group match last Monday, automatically reached semifinals at the coffin of all losers UAE.
Forward Boronbekova Aizhan and Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu netted one goal each for the winners while Shahd Khaled Alzarkan scored the lone goal for the UAE.
In the 6th minute, Boronbekova Aizhan opened the account for Kyrgyzstan. The forward scored directly with a curved corner kick (1-0).
In the 18th minute, Kyrgyzstan got the second success when awarded a corner kick.
This time, midfielder Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu doubled the margin by a close range header from the goal mouth melee, off a corner of Boronbekova Aizhan (2-0).
The UAE got a chance to open the account as they were awarded a penalty by referee in the 37th minute.
Midfielder Shahd Khaled Alzarkan converted the spot kick correctly to score their maiden goal of the tournament (2-1).
After the half time, both sides fought hard to take possession of the field.
In the 68th minute, the UAE missed a chance to equalise the margin when they were awarded a penalty. Forward Sendya Gharib Almazrouei failed to net the ball correctly.
But, Kyrgyzstan got a blow just few minutes before the ending. Scorer Boronbekova Aizhan left the ground after being punished by a red card for committing a serious offence in the 42nd minute.
Kyrgyzstan won the game by 2-1 goals eliminating the UAE from the tournament.
Mongolia will face Laos in the second Group A match on Thursday at the same venue. The match will kick off at 6pm (BST).