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Coke’s unlikely brace buries Liverpool as Sevilla completes Europa threepeat

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  • Sevilla wins third-straight UEFA Cup
  • Coke an unlikely brace hero
  • Gameiro also scores
  • Sturridge for Liverpool

Coke scored twice in the second half to cap a three-goal span of 20 minutes as Sevilla won its fifth UEFA Cup with a 3-1 win over Liverpool at St. Jakob-Park in Basel on Wednesday.

Kevin Gameiro canceled out Daniel Sturridge‘s wonder goal to set the stage for Sevilla’s big finish. Coke entered the game with 13 goals in 170 appearances for Sevilla, but the captain filled the net in Switzerland.

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Liverpool fans will be ruing a pair of uncalled first half handballs that easily would’ve set the Reds up for a multi-goal halftime lead. Instead, it finished 1-0.

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A first bit of real danger saw Steven N’Zonzi’s header moved away from goal before Kevin Gameiro’s overhead kick went wide of the goal.

Sturridge’s gorgeous tally made it 1-0 in the 35th minute, taking a phenomenal and quick strike with the outside of his left foot. Watch it again, and again, and again.

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Sevilla needed just 15 second half seconds to equalize as Gameiro darted behind Dejan Lovren to tap in Mariano’s cross-six feed. 1-1.

Gameiro should’ve doubled his haul when N’Zonzi headed a long throw onto his plate only for Simon Mignolet to make a critical point-blank stop right on the hour mark.

The two-time reigning champs were feeling their chances at this point, and the dominant Liverpool of the first 45 had gone missing.

Coke gave Sevilla a lead in the 64th minute, taking advantage of a great bit of movement featuring Vitolo as the pivotal piece. Coke feasted on a long touch from Vitolo, bouncing a shot past Mignolet for his first Europa League goal.

Coke added another in the 70th minute, all alone at the back post to hammer a shot off Mignolet and into the side netting. Where was Alberto Moreno?

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

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Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

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Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.