Lazio beat city rival Roma 1-0 to win soccer’s Italian Cup for the sixth time. Celtic defeated Hibernian 3-0 to secure its record-extending 36th Scottish Cup title and complete a league and cup double.
Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic got the only goal at Rome’s Olympic Stadium yesterday in the first meeting of the capital clubs in the final. The victory also earned Lazio a place in next season’s Europa League.
In France, Lyon beat Rennes 2-0 on the final day of the season to clinch a place in Europe’s elite Champions League. Lisandro Lopez and Clement Grenier scored the goals as Lyon wrapped up third place in Ligue 1 ahead of Nice, which qualified for the Europa League after winning 2-0 at Ajaccio. Troyes joined Nancy and Brest in being relegated following a 2-1 loss at Valenciennes.
Real Sociedad’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in a decade were hampered by a 3-3 home draw against Real Madrid in Spain. Valencia moved up to fourth place, the final qualifying spot, with one game left after beating Granada 1-0 on Roberto Soldado’s second-half goal.
Sociedad must win at Deportivo La Coruna on June 1 to have any chance of overtaking Valencia, which visits Sevilla.
In Glasgow, Gary Hooper scored for Celtic in the eighth and 31st minutes and Joe Ledley added a third goal 10 minutes from the end at Hampden Park. Celtic clinched the league title with four games last month to spare and finished 16 points ahead of second-place Motherwell.
Hibs, who lost 5-1 in last year’s final to Edinburgh rival Hearts, hasn’t won the trophy since 1902.
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