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Sochaux wins first French Cup in 70 years
May 14th, 2007 6:45AM
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Sochaux twice fell behind Marseille on goals by France international Djibril Cisse but recovered to win the French Cup for the first time in 70 years, beating OM, 5-4, on penalties after their thrilling final at the Stade de France ended, 2-2, on Saturday.

Goals by striker Moumouni Daganoand substitute Anthony Le Tallec leveled Sochaux after OM twice went ahead, the first time in the fifth minute and the second time eight minutes into overtime.

Sochaux won the shootout when goalkeeper Teddy Richert saved Toifilou Maoulida's spot kick and defender Ronald Zubar, who will play in the Gold Cup for Guadeloupe, converted for Sochaux.

The loss kept Marseille without a trophy since it won the 1993 European Cup, which was captured as the VA-OM scandal that threw the club into turmoil was breaking.

BELGIUM.Anderlecht secured its 29th Belgian title on Saturday with a 6-0 win over FC Brussels. The victory combined with second-place Racing Genk's loss at Charleroi gave Anderlecht a five-point lead with one match left.

ITALY. Captain Alessandro Del Piero scored twice to give Juventus a 3-1 win over Bologna on Saturday and put it on the brink of a return to Serie A. For its central role in the Italian match-fixing scandal, Juve was stripped of its 2006 Serie A title, relegated to Serie B and handed a nine-point penalty, but it still leads Italy's Second Division with a nine-point lead on Genoa. Napoli is 11 behind with four games to play. The top two teams win automatic promotion to Serie A.

NETHERLANDS. Klaas Jan Huntelaarscored twice to give Ajax a 4-0 win over his former club, Heerenveen, and a 4-1 aggregate win and move the Amsterdam club into the final of the UEFA Champions League playoff series against AZ, which Twente, 2-0, to advance, 3-1, on aggregate. Champion PSV is assured of the Netherlands' other spot in the Champions League.

PORTUGAL. Defending champion Porto will retain its title if it beats relegation-threatened Aves next weekend. Brazilian striker Adriano's goal in the 76th minute earned Porto a valuable point with a 1-1 draw at Pacos Ferreira on Sunday that kept it one point ahead of Sporting, which beat Academica, 2-0.

TURKEY. Brazilian Zico won the Turkish league title in his first year in charge of Fenerbahce as the Istanbul clinched the Super Lïg championship on Sunday. Fenerbahce tied Trabzonspor, 2-2, at home, but second-place Besiktas lost 3-0 at Bursaspor. The victory left Fenerbahce with 64 points, six clear of Besiktas with two games remaining. Fenerbahce, which won the Turkish league title for the 17th time, has won the tiebreaker (head-to-head).



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