Team: Hibernian FC
The Edinburgh side staged one of the greatest comebacks in Scottish Cup history at Hampden Park last weekend. Trailing second-tier Falkirk FC 3-0 at half-time in their semi-final, Hibs responded after the break through Alex Harris, Leigh Griffiths and Eoin Doyle. Griffiths then sealed a remarkable 4-3 win for Pat Fenlon's team with a superb extra-time strike as the Easter Road club reached the final for the second successive season.
"Falkirk gave us an absolute battering in the first half and deserved to go in [leading] 3-0," said striker Griffiths. "The manager gave us a rollicking, rightly so because we deserved it, and asked if we had courage, desire and determination. In the second half we showed we have all of that."
Hibs, beaten 5-1 by city rivals Heart of Midlothian FC in the 2011/12 showpiece, last lifted the trophy 111 years ago. Standing between them and cup glory on 26 May are Celtic FC, who overcame Dundee United FC in another epic 4-3 encounter 24 hours later.
Player: Conny Pohlers (VfL Wolfsburg)
Clarence Seedorf is the only player to have claimed the European Cup with three different clubs, but he may soon have Pohlers for company. The German striker starred in 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam's 2005 UEFA Women's Cup triumph and helped 1. FFC Frankfurt lift the same trophy three years later. And now her Wolfsburg team stand on the verge of the revamped UEFA Women's Champions League final at Stamford Bridge on 23 May, having come away from London last Sunday with a 2-0 win at Arsenal LFC. They were set on their way by a first-half Pohlers volley, increasing her UEFA women's club competition record goal tally to 42 in just 37 appearances.
Pohlers told UEFA.com she was "super happy" while coach Ralf Kellerman added: "Her goal sums her up: you don't see her and then she scores." The player Pohlers beat, Arsenal goalkeeper Emma Byrne, had the consolation of becoming the first player to achieve 70 UEFA women's club competition appearances. The return leg is on Sunday at the VfL Arena.
Goal: Vassilis Torossidis (AS Roma)
With the Coppa Italia final now held annually at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, it is perhaps fitting that this season's showpiece will be played between the venue's two tenants on 26 May. S.S. Lazio booked their place in January but Roma had to wait until Wednesday, when they travelled to FC Internazionale Milano with a 2-1 first-leg cushion gained nearly three months before.
There was concern when Jonathan gave Inter a 1-0 interval lead, but after two Mattia Destro goals Roma were back in control and what happened next made the first all-Rome final a formality. Bursting down the right, Greece defender Torossidis flicked the ball over Francesco Forte (barely a minute into his Inter debut), chested down and from the edge of the area, with three players around him, looped an unstoppable half-volley past Samir Handanovič. Inter did pull one back but Roma were through.
Bayern are on course for their first treble after a late seven-minute hat-trick from substitute Mario Gomez wrapped up a 6-1 German Cup semi-final triumph against VfL Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Gomez replaced Mario Mandžukić, who had started the scoring, with a little under a quarter of an hour remaining and soon turned in a square ball from the excellent Xherdan Shaqiri. Two near-identical finishes, both set up by Bastian Schweinsteiger, rounded off his 12th three-goal haul for Bayern. The Bavarians will meet VfB Stuttgart on 1 June in what will be their 19th final, bidding for a 16th cup win (SV Werder Bremen are the competition's second most successful club with six victories).
"We had a little cuddle at the end of the game and I felt for him because he was upset, but the relief inside me took over that emotion."
Oldham Athletic FC boss Lee Johnson after his lowly side prevailed in the battle of 'Johnson v Johnson'. The English third-tier team defeated promotion chasers Yeovil Town FC – managed by none other than his dad, former Latvia coach Gary – 1-0 at Oldham on Tuesday.
Tea time: José Mourinho
Coaches often go to watch upcoming opponents to gain a tactical insight – and while most leave with exactly that, José Mourinho came away from SpVgg Greuther Fürth last Saturday with an unexpected gift. Fürth president Helmut Hack welcomed the Real Madrid CF tactician, on a scouting mission ahead of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Borussia Dortmund, and presented him with five different types of tea from his own company. "He was delighted as he said he drank a lot of tea," said Hack. "Mourinho was incredibly pleasant. He said he had come to Fürth because he did not want to only rely on videos." Dortmund won the Bundesliga game in question 6-1.
Colour clash: Andi Toompuu (IK Brage)
The opposition wore red but Andi Toompuu saw green. The captain of Swedish second-division outfit IK Brage suffers from a red-green colour blindness (dyschromatopsia) and so had to sit out his side's home match against Östersunds FK. Brage wanted to play in their green jerseys, with Östersunds in their usual red – a disastrous combination for Toompuu, who cannot differentiate between the colours.
Toompuu thus had to miss the second game of the season. "He went home and watched it on television – he was really annoyed," said manager Conny Karlsson. Without their skipper, Brage could not see their way past the promoted team, the contest ending a less-than-colourful 0-0.
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