European roundup: Erik ten Hag’s Ajax win Dutch title as Inter Milan beat Juventus to win Italian Cup | Soccer News

Erik Ten Hag’s Ajax won the Dutch league title while Inter Milan won the Coppa Italia after a brace in extra time from Croatia striker Ivan Perisic earned his side a 4 win -2 over Juventus in Wednesday’s final.

Ajax were crowned Dutch champions with an emphatic 5-0 win over Heerenveen at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday, giving Manchester United manager Ten Hag the perfect start.

The Amsterdam club, who have now extended their record number of domestic league wins to 36, move to 82 points from 33 games, four ahead of second-placed PSV Eindhoven with one more round of fixtures to go.

Erik ten Hag’s Ajax crowned Eredivisie champions

Strikes from Nicolas Tagliafico and Steven Berghuis, and a penalty from Sebastien Haller, all within the first 38 minutes, sealed Ajax’s victory, before Brian Brobbey and Edson Alvarez added two more late in the game.

It was Ten Hag’s last home game before he moved to the Premier League after being appointed last month by United as their new manager from the end of the season. Ajax end their campaign at Vitesse Arnhem on Sunday.

Ten Hag ends his four-and-a-half-year spell at the club with a third consecutive Eredivisie title after also leading the side to the Championship in the 2018/19 and 2020/21 campaigns.

Inter beat Juve to win the cup

Inter, who are still in contention to retain their Serie A title this season, started on the foot against Juventus, taking the lead after six minutes at the Stadio Olimpico as Nicolo Barella fired a superb strike into the top corner .

Juventus responded well with Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic denied by a superb save from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in a thrilling first half, before defender Alex Sandro equalized five minutes after the break.

Vlahovic then completed the turnover less than two minutes later to spark wild celebratory scenes among the Juve players, but Hakan Calhanoglu’s deftly converted penalty sent the game into extra time.

Veteran winger Ivan Perisic was among the scorers as Inter Milan ended Napoli's unbeaten start
Veteran winger Ivan Perisic was among the overtime scorers

Perisic then took center stage, once again pulling his side ahead with another penalty, again converted forcefully, before securing a first Coppa Italia triumph since 2011 for Inter with a powerful arrival in the skylight.

Massimiliano Allegri, who was sent to the stands for protesting a late decision, will become the first Juventus manager since 2011 to finish a season without winning a single trophy, with Juve fourth in Serie A and out of contention On title.

Matheus Cunha and Rodrigo de Paul scored with close range strikes to win Atlético Madrid a 2-0 win at Elche on Wednesday secured Diego Simeone’s side a place in La Liga’s top four and Champions League qualification for the 10th consecutive season.

With two games to play and Real Madrid already crowned champions, Atletico climbed to third place on 67 points, six ahead of Real Betis in fifth and with a better head-to-head record.

They also overtook Sevilla, who fell to fourth place on 66 points after being held to a goalless draw at home by relegation-threatened Mallorca earlier on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Final at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.  Picture date: Tuesday April 5, 2022.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid will be in the Champions League next season

Cunha opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a first strike following a fine individual effort from substitute Renan Lodi on the left wing.

Atletico had several chances to extend their lead before Antoine Griezmann played a brilliant one-two with De Paul, who found himself alone inside the box to head into an empty net in the 62nd minute.

During this time, the Ukraine men’s national team returned on Wednesday for the first time since the Russian invasion, beating the German club Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser.

The friendly was a chance for the Ukrainians to get back into shape ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Scotland on June 1, but also to show that their team is carrying on regardless.

The squad for the unusual club-vs-country friendly was made up of Ukrainian clubs whose league seasons were frozen in February – the morning of the invasion of Russian troops.

Ukraine beat German side Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser
Ukraine beat German side Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a charity fundraiser

Ukraine banned males of fighting age from leaving the country during the war, so players needed special permission from the authorities to travel. Some have been traveling around Europe for weeks, first with clubs Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk in fundraising matches, then at a national team training camp in Slovenia.

The crowd of 20,000 included many Ukrainians who roared their appreciation when winger Mykhailo Mudryk rounded the goalkeeper and scored in the ninth minute to put Ukraine ahead. Gladbach responded five minutes later with a powerful shot from Irish youth international Conor Noss to level the score.

Mudryk had another good chance midway through the second half but could only kick the ball into the keeper’s arms. Substitute Oleksandr Pikhalonok gave Ukraine the victory in the 82nd minute with a low shot from just outside the box.

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