After Real Madrid defeated Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey finals 2-1 thanks to Gareth Bale’s insane solo goal in the 85th minute, the local law enforcement decided to have some fun.
With the game played in Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium, the Valencia police force issued Bale a fake speeding ticket for his race down the touchline past a helpless Marc Bartra, subsequently scoring the winning goal.
The ticket is made out to “Mr. Gareth Bale, RMCF [Real Madrid Club Futbol], 2014 Copa Del Rey champion.”
“Reckless overtaking, crossing the continuous white line, and exceeding the speed limit.”
They went further, adding a vehicle description:
“Registration: 11” (his kit number)
“Class: A lot”
“Scores: and assists” (Scores is akin to make)
“Model: not at the moment”
They “fined” him 100 euros, because why not? Here’s a picture of the ticket:
Also notice, they did not give a ticket to poor Marc Bartra, who was likely only traveling the speed limit when Bale whizzed by him. I’m sure the Valencia police
Unfamiliar with the goal that Bale was issued a speeding ticket for? Here’s a look. Try not to blink:
However, Vidal believed Bayern were the better team in the second leg, saying Atletico played “ugly football” to get through.
Today ugly football – Atletico – played against the best football in the world. The only time they saw the ball was for the goal.
They are going to be dreaming about us right up to the final. They did not have the ball, they took on the best team in the world, they took their chances and got to the final.
The best does not always win in football, like today. They are not deserved finalists.
Bayern Munich controlled more than 70-percent of possession and had 33 shots compared to Atletico’s nine, but those stats mean little as Antoine Griezmann’s away goal was enough to send Atleti to the final.
Adrian Lopez’s late winner in the first leg has given Villarreal a slight lead, while the Spanish side did well not to concede an away goal. However, Liverpool have overcome deficits at Anfield before, including their memorable 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals. Emre Can is back fit for the Reds, as manager Jurgen Klopp will hope his fellow German can help the team to a cup final in his first year in charge.
Sevilla are looking to become the first team to win three consecutive Europa League titles as the two-time defending champions face off against Shakhtar Donetsk. Sevilla are in the driver’s seat after scoring two away goals in Ukraine, and will feel confident of advancing to the final with a great home record at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) Portuguese and European police say they have broken up a cell of an important Russian mafia group that allegedly laundered money through European football clubs.
Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said in a statement Wednesday the group identified EU football clubs in financial distress and infiltrated them with benefactors who brought much-needed cash.
Once they were in control, the mobsters allegedly laundered millions of euros (dollars) through player transfers, TV rights deals and betting.
Portuguese and European police on Tuesday raided third-division Portuguese club Uniao de Leiria and arrested three key members of the Russian gang. Three other Portuguese clubs’ premises were searched.
Europol said the operation helped identify serious crimes in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom, though it gave no details.