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Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: April 16, 2014

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title.

Angel Di Maria put Real Madrid ahead from a counterattack in the 11th minute, but defender Mark Bartra scored on a header off a corner kick in the 67th, the first time Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas allowed a goal in this season's tournament.

Neymar hit a post in the 90th for Barcelona, which was eliminated from the Champions League last week and lost at Granada last weekend, making a league title unlikely.

"Obviously this is not a good moment. It has been a hard week on all fronts," Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said.


MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City was held to 2-2 tie by visiting Sunderland, a result that could put the Premier League title out of reach.

Fernandinho gave City the lead in the second minute, but Sunderland built a 2-1 lead when Connor Wickham scored on a volley in the 73rd minute and a counterattack in the 83rd.

Samir Nasri tied the score in the 88th for City (22-6-5), which is six points behind first-place Liverpool (24-5-5) and four behind second-place Chelsea (23-5-6). City has five games left, while Liverpool and Chelsea have four apiece — including a meeting at Anfield on April 27.

"I think we are more mentally tired than physically tired," City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. "Remember this team, two years ago, were six points behind the leaders and ... won the title at the end. So it is difficult, but it is not the last game we play."

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