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AEK and CFR enjoy cup success

Published: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 22.05CET
CFR Cluj lifted the Romanian Cup, AEK Athens surprised champions Olympiacos 2-1 in the Greek Cup final to the delight of Stelios Manolas while FC Københaven are Danish champions.
AEK and CFR enjoy cup success
CFR Cluj celebrate winning the Romanian Cup ©Alexandru Dobre

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Published: Tuesday 17 May 2016, 22.05CET

AEK and CFR enjoy cup success

CFR Cluj lifted the Romanian Cup, AEK Athens surprised champions Olympiacos 2-1 in the Greek Cup final to the delight of Stelios Manolas while FC Københaven are Danish champions.

AEK lift Greek Cup
AEK Athens won the Greek Cup for the 15th time, thwarting Olympiacos's bid for a fourth double in five years with a 2-1 win at the OAKA Spiros Louis Stadium. AEK captain Petros Mantalos gave them the lead in the 39th minute with a header after being teed up by Ronald Vargas. Olympiacos dominated proceedings in search of an equaliser but that left space that AEK exploited in the 52nd minute when Vargas produced his second assist of the evening and Rafik Djebbour put the finish to a fine counterattack to make it 2-0. Substitute Alejandro Domínguez pulled one back from distance with five minutes left.

AEK interim coach Stelios Manolas, a former Greek international who spent his entire playing career with the club and retired from football on this day 18 years ago, said: "Olympiacos were favourites, but we were better and deserved this trophy. Nobody was expecting it. This is a huge achievement by a team that is still rebuilding after our recent adventure in the lower divisions."

CFR spot on
CFR Cluj won their fourth Romanian Cup on penalties against Dinamo București on Tuesday after a game halted in the 14th minute to remember Patrick Ekang, who died earlier this month. Eddy Harlem Gnohéré's penalty and Erik Bicfalvi's header put Dinamo 2-0 up at half-time but Carlos Ruiz pulled one back early in the second half and Cristian López struck in the 89th minute to send the final into the extra time.

Dinamo had the better of extra time but did not take their chances and after four converted penalties each, Dorin Rotariu missed and Ruiz won it for CFR.

©AFP/Getty Images

FCK coach Ståle Solbakken

København back on top
Paraguayan forward Federico Santander struck twice as FC København beat Nordsjælland 2-0 on Monday afternoon to take their first Danish title since 2013. With closest rivals SønderjyskE having lost on Sunday, Ståle Solbakken's FCK are ten points clear at the top of the Superliga, and have confirmed their 11th domestic crown and their third domestic double, having also won the Danish Cup final on 5 May.

"It is so great to take the title back," said central defender Mathias Zanka Jørgensen. "That is what we wanted and what we have been working towards, and it is so much better to take the title at home and give something back to our fans."

Last updated: 22/05/17 4.28CET

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