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The Leicester captain made a surprise late appearance at Wembley as his side won the FA Cup.
Carvalho scored a consolation goal for Fulham on his first start for the club at Southampton.
Youri Tielemans picks up the baton as Leicester’s legends near the finish line. Tireless FA Cup hero is emblematic of a club that responded to its fabled title triumph by building shrewdly for the future
Chelsea can recover from Cup loss to finish in top four, says Tuchel
Although Thomas Tuchel insisted that the FA Cup final defeat did not raise the “pressure” on Chelsea’s last three games of the season, the view from the club’s hierarchy may be rather different. The head coach rightly identified Chelsea as a club defined by winning when he succeeded Frank Lampard in late January. So he knows defeats at the business end of the season are even more costly. Tuchel also knows that however impressively he has done so far in reaching two finals, losing both and potentially missing out on the top four and Champions League football, having worked so hard to get there, would be a serious setback. As harsh as it sounds, it would also mean he has failed in his brief. “No, absolutely not,” Tuchel said when asked if the defeat by Leicester sharpened the focus ahead of another meeting with them in the Premier League. “[Losing to] Arsenal increased the pressure for the game on Tuesday,” he said. “It [the final] was an isolated game, it has nothing to do with the race for the top four or the Champions League final. Arsenal had a lot to do with it, the Man City win had a lot to do with it, in a positive way. Arsenal increased the pressure, unfortunately, for Tuesday not this game. This was a different competition.” Victory over Leicester would not just go some way to redress the FA Cup final failings, but would mean Champions League qualification remains in Chelsea’s hands going into the last round of fixtures, when they face Aston Villa away. Then there is the Champions League final on May 29 against City, having beaten Pep Guardiola’s side twice recently. Losing in Porto to City would not feel like failure as long as Chelsea finish in the top four, but being defeated in two finals will take the gloss off Tuchel’s early reign. It will place the FA Cup defeat by Leicester into even sharper focus as a glorious lost opportunity. “It [defeat] is super hard to accept, but there exists no team in the world that never loses a final. We are not the first: we are not the last,” Tuchel reasoned. “This is about bouncing back and we will not stop pushing the team. We know very well this was a different competition and now we push back in the race for the top four. It’s in our hands.” Even though Tuchel argued that Chelsea were the better team against Leicester, were unfortunate not to win and that he was “not ready to analyse this game from the result backwards”, the reality is that he made mistakes, not least in his team selection. It was a compliment to Jamie Vardy that Tuchel changed his back three, with the pacy Reece James on the right-hand side. Although James was at fault for Youri Tielemans’s goal, he performed well. The errors were elsewhere. Was it wise to stick with cup goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, when Edouard Mendy clearly inspires far greater confidence in the team? Tuchel argued why Marcos Alonso was selected ahead of Ben Chilwell, but Chelsea were far more threatening when the former Leicester full-back came on, while Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech did not just disappoint, but were kept on the pitch too long. Having not even included Tammy Abraham in his squad, it would be perverse if Tuchel did not urge Chelsea to sell the forward this summer. The German has huge credit in the bank, but suddenly, after progressing so serenely and with such self-assurance, his feats are a little bit more in the balance. There will also be alarm that Chelsea’s outstanding performer this season, Mason Mount, is beginning to look tired. No Chelsea player has played more minutes than the 22-year-old and, although he came closest to scoring, being denied by Kasper Schmeichel with an outstanding save, Tuchel acknowledged fatigue was a factor for someone he hailed as the “absolutely decisive player” in his team. “He has struggled a bit to have the same impact as usual,” Tuchel said. Now is not the time for Chelsea to run out of steam. A win over Leicester in the league will change the complexion again. Anything short of that will be a problem. It’s about bouncing back, this is sports. It’s so hard to accept because you never think about losing a final when you arrive in it. But once it’s like this, OK, it’s the best thing to play again on Tuesday. There are a lot of teams out there who are jealous of our situation.”
Barca scored all four goals in the first half en route to winning the title for the first time.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) -Barcelona put on a brilliant display to beat Chelsea 4-0 to win the Women's Champions League final for the first time in the club's history on Sunday. Coming into the game full of confidence after winning the Women's Super League title last week, Chelsea were on the back foot from the very beginning as Barca's rapid passing and possession-based game proved too much for the Londoners. Barcelona got off to the best possible start when Lieke Martens hit the crossbar and Fran Kirby's attempted clearance bounced off Chelsea midfielder Melanie Leupolz before spinning into the net in the opening minute.
The uncapped 22-year-old has impressed for Harlequins this season.
Second seed Nadal, 34, came out on top in the 57th ATP Tour level clash between the two rivals.
The stars were meant to have aligned for Emma Hayes and Chelsea on Sunday night. This week, the manager described going to see a clairvoyant 13 years ago, the tarot card reader predicting she would find "massive success" at Chelsea. The psychic was not wrong, she has — but she may well have been scratching her head as Chelsea's dreams of a European title were all but over within 20 minutes in Gothenburg. In reality, fate was in fact spookily on the side of a Barcelona team that overcame the ghosts of their first Champions League final two years ago. Then, against a dominant Lyon side, they were 4-0 down within 30 minutes. Thirty-six minutes in last night, it was the exact reverse, as Barcelona ran rings around stricken Chelsea players to propel themselves to a four-goal lead. The Catalans' memory of their capitulation in Budapest in 2019 may well have been the perfect motivation. Luck seemed well on their side immediately, as an own goal and a generous penalty decision went their way for the first two early goals. But the rest was a masterclass in meeting the occasion, an occasion that once left them as flat-footed and flustered as Chelsea were throughout. Back in 2019, Sam Kerr — who was at the time playing in the USA — reacted to Barcelona's thrashing by scoffing, "And this is competitive..." in a tweet that has aged phenomenally badly. Barcelona fans descended on Kerr's unfortunate jinxing of her own fortunes to deliver her some humble pie, while Barcelona continued to do the same job on the pitch. This was a result few would have predicted, considering Chelsea's dominance in England has been almost on a par with Barcelona's in the Spanish top division. But as wingers Caroline Graham Hansen and Lieke Martens sped past Chelsea full-backs Jess Carter and Niamh Charles time and again, the gulf between the two teams became more and more apparent. Neither defender is usually first-choice, injured Maren Mjelde and benched Jonna Andersson absent from the starting XI, and it showed. But in all areas of the pitch Chelsea was outmatched. Millie Bright flailed, while Sophie Ingle's desperate forward passes rarely found their targets. Even Pernille Harder — the most expensive player in the world — squandered the best of Chelsea's chances at goal. As for the striking combination of Fran Kirby and Kerr, the same pair that scored a combined 52 goals in all competitions this term for their club, they were nowhere to be found. Chelsea suffered through a match they will want to forget as soon as they get on the return flight to London. But the lessons, when they do reflect, will be found in their opponents. Barcelona were a club obliterated by Lyon 24 months ago, and their journey to the top of the European game is not unlike Chelsea's. In 2012 they won their first Primera Division title, and three years later went professional — ahead of the curve in Spanish women's football — and 16 of the squad today were recruited in the time since then as the club built towards this final. It has culminated this season in a second consecutive domestic title in which they scored 128 goals and conceded just five, and a single competitive loss in all competitions this season. Perhaps the signs were there all along than Barcelona would just be too strong. But it was difficult to deny Hayes and Chelsea's own transformational couple of years. She too has been building her side since she joined Chelsea in 2012, when the team was still part-time. The storylines behind her squad all pointed to them being unstoppable: Kirby's awe-inspiring return from illness, Kerr's golden boot and Ann-Katrin Berger's heroics in goal included. This final was a momentous step up, after two semi-final losses in 2018 and 2019 - surely, you thought, it must be their time. But it proved one step too far. Barcelona delivered a horrible lesson in how far they still have to go. Player ratings by Jason Mellor CHELSEA (4-3-3) Ann-Katrin Berger — 4 No chance with any of Barcelona's three goals in that devastating 20-minute opening spell which decided the contest. Jess Carter — 3 The full-back received little cover from her midfielders, and endured a miserable evening against some world-class wing play. Millie Bright — 3 A tentative, nervy, error-strewn display the hapless England defender will want to forget in a hurry. Magdalena Eriksson — 4 Second best in too many individual battles, but in mitigation so were most of her team-mates. Niamh Charles — 3 The 21-year-old England international was bullied, harried and on too many occasions simply out-classed. Melanie Leupolz — 3 The German international was in the wrong place at the wrong time to deflect in a disastrous own goal inside a minute. Sophie Ingle — 3 A struggle from start to finish for the Wales skipper who barely had a look-in all game. Ji So-yun — 3 Anonymous for long spells and won't reflect on this insipid personal display with any satisfaction whatsoever. Fran Kirby — 4 Starved of service and never looked likely to add to her six Champions League goals this season. Pernille Harder — 3 A crucial early miss from the former Wolfsburg forward proved costly for the not so great Dane. Sam Kerr — 4 A night to forget for the Australian, who rarely looked capable of adding to her tally of 27 goals this season. BARCELONA (4-3-3) Sandra Panos — 7 The 28-year-old produced a fine early save to deny Pernille Harder and maintain her side's lead. Marta Torrejon — 8 Had the cigars out early and spent most of the game posing Chelsea problems with some probing runs down the flank. Patricia Guijarro — 8 The Spanish international midfielder was rarely troubled despite operating out of position at centre-back. Maria Leon — 7 Strong in the challenge and always in the right place to snuff out any sign of a Chelsea threat. Leila Ouahabi — 7 The 28-year-old kept Barcelona ticking over and Chelsea chasing shadows with some neat distribution and intelligent positional play. Aitana Bonmati — 8 Joined in the early fun to put her side three goals up at the end of another slick move. Kheira Hamraoui — 7 Always seemed to have so much time on the ball, and barely mis-placed a pass all night. Alexia Putellas — 8 The Barca skipper kept cool to slot home her side's second from the spot in the Catalans' stunning start to the game. Caroline Graham Hansen — 9 Tapped in the fourth. With this kind of attacking talent, it's easy to see why Barcelona have scored in 67 straight games. Jennifer Hermoso — 8 Went down very easily to win the penalty for Barcelona's second goal which left Chelsea with a mountain to climb. Lieke Martens — 9 A constant threat down the flank as the Blues struggled to deal with the Dutch star's pace and trickery.
The Brazilian became the sixth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League.
Barcelona stun Chelsea with early blitz to win Women’s Champions League
Teenager Daniel Jebbison scored Sheffield United’s winner to condemn the Toffees to a ninth home defeat of the season.
VfL Wolfsburg squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at second-placed RB Leipzig on Sunday but still earned a Champions League spot for next season after making sure of a top-four finish. With one game left in the season Wolfsburg are in fourth place, four points ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt. Maximilian Philipp had struck twice in the first half to put the confident Wolves 2-0 up, thundering in a shot in the 12th minute and then striking again in first-half stoppage time after connecting with a Ridle Baku cutback.
Tyson Fury said he has received assurances that his mega-fight with Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight title will take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14, revealing it as "massive news" on his social media channel. However, Telegraph Sport understands the respective teams are yet to sign final contracts. Fury's team believe the contest will take place in Jeddah, although a site in Riyadh has also been under discussion, with plans for a purpose-built indoor stadium, with £107million reportedly being put forward by a Saudi Arabian group. The two British heavyweight boxers will contest all four world heavyweight titles for the first time in the sport's history. Fury holds the WBC title, and Joshua is the incumbent champion with IBF, WBA and WBO belts. In a video on Twitter, Fury said: "I have got some massive news. I have just got off the phone with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia and he told me this fight is 100 per cent on, August 14th, 2021." He added: "All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I cannot wait, repeat, cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all-time. This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet Earth. Do not miss it. All eyes on us. See you all in Saudi." Teams from both sides have been inching closer to a final agreement for weeks and it is expected to be completed by the end of the week. According to ESPN, Fury received assurances from Prince Khalid Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi defence secretary. There was also optimism from Bob Arum, Fury's American promoter, for the first time in weeks. "We still haven't gotten the final contracts - we're supposed to get a clean draft on Monday," Arum told ESPN. "But Prince Khalid has assured Tyson that there will be no problems, and everybody who has dealt with Prince Khalid and his team know them to be men of their word." Arum said Fury-Joshua would take place in Jeddah, a resort city by the Red Sea, which is cooler than the other possible site, Riyadh. Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, who negotiated a deal in 2019 with Prince Khalid's team, for the rematch between Joshua and Andy Ruiz, has been publicly optimistic that the event would go ahead, in spite of Arum's assertion seventeen days ago when he said that the fight was "dead in the water" for this summer due to complications in the contract. The promoters had been trying to negotiate to remove a "force majeure" provision which would have allowed the Saudis to stage the fight any time before December 31. "Apparently, that's all been resolved," Arum confirmed.
One day on and still Richard Bland’s maiden victory at the 478th attempt continued to provoke emotional praise, with American Fred Couples joining the top names of Europe golf in sending his congratulations to the Staffordshire veteran. As the field assembled here in South Carolina for this week’s 103rd USPGA Championship, nobody expected the chatter to concern the final round of the Betfred British Masters at the Belfry on Saturday. But Bland’s play-off victory over Italian Guido Migliozzi plainly touched so many. At 48, Bland became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour. Migliozzi, 24, was not even born when Bland became a first professional in 1996, a fact that underlined his extraordinary perseverance to achieve his dream. He was forced to returned to qualifying school on umpteen occasions but refused to walk away, even as he hit rock bottom when losing his card yet again three years ago. Here was a lesson in never giving up. “I have seen something that has inspired me and reminded me of why golf is the greatest game,” Couples, the former world No 1, tweeted. “Richard Bland who hadn’t won in his previous 477 professional starts wins the #britishmasters in a playoff on the @europeantour. Congrats @blandy73 on the first and wishing you many more!”
British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has promised to smash compatriot Anthony Joshua in a video published on Twitter on Sunday that confirms their world title unification fight in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 14. Fury and Joshua have been slated to meet for several months, with discussions between both camps, promoters and prospective venues taking place both in private and via social media. Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist, holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles while Fury is the WBC belt holder.
The Canadian-born forward, aged 17 years and 309 days, became the competition’s youngest scorer on his full debut.
Sheffield United’s Daniel Jebbison pounces early to deepen Everton woes
LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) -Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison became the youngest player to score in his first Premier League start as his early strike condemned Everton to a 1-0 defeat on Sunday that could wreck their European hopes. Everton's woeful home form continued as Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale made several excellent saves in the first half but was relatively untroubled after the break. Everton's ninth home defeat left them in eighth spot with two games remaining.