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Barcelona Rout Espanyol, One Win Away from another Title

first_imgBarcelona is just one win away from retaining their La Liga title after a 5-0 rout of neighbours Espanyol.Lionel Messi netted before Luis Suarez (two), Rafinha and Neymar scored.Barca are one point ahead of Real Madrid, who beat Valencia 3-2, while Atletico Madrid are out of contention after losing 2-1 at relegated Levante.Barca play their final game at Granada next Saturday and will win the league if the teams finish level on points due to their superior head-to-head record.Luis Enrique’s side looked vulnerable after seeing their lead at the top of the table ebb away during a four-match winless league run wrapped around theirChampions League exit to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.But they have bounced back to form in impressive style – scoring 21 goals in winning their past four league games – to put themselves within touching distance of a sixth title in eight seasons.Suarez, 29, has led the charge with 11 goals in his past four appearances to give the former Liverpool striker 56 in all competitions and 37 in La Liga – four more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi has 26 league goals, including four in his past five games.The Argentine set Barca on their way to victory with a superb free-kick before teeing up Suarez to make it 2-0 with a calm finish early in the second half.Suarez then headed home from a corner, before tap-ins from Rafinha and Neymar saw Barca end their home programme with a flourish.Granada have nothing to play for after securing their safety with a 4-1 win at Europa League finalists Sevilla.They can be caught on points by Getafe and Sporting de Gijon but have a superior head-to-head record.Granada lost 4-0 at the Nou Camp in January but did beat Barca at home in 2014.Barcelona also have a Copa del Rey final to look forward to against Sevilla on22 May.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin earns definitive 6-1 win over Nebraska

first_imgWisconsin wrapped up its regular season with a 6-1 victory over No. 62 Nebraska Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Senior Day.“It was a special day for the seniors,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said after the match. “They really embraced the moment in their last home match here at Nielsen Tennis Stadium and played great tennis. I think they were really excited to play today.”The Badgers (13-11, 4-7 Big Ten) claimed the doubles point with a 2-0 victory over the Cornhuskers (10-14, 2-9 Big Ten).First to finish was UW’s No. 1 pairing of seniors Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov, ranked No. 88 in the country, who defeated Dusty Boyer and Marc Herrmann, 8-6.At court two, Alexander Kokorev and Oskar Wikberg, playing together for just the second time all season, fought through a tough match against Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch to pull out an 8-6 victory. With the doubles point already clinched, Jakhongir Jalalov and Petr Satral had their match against Tom Blackwell and Sebastian Florczyk called at 7-4.“[Coach told us] to keep the intensity up, to keep executing, and to keep being loud and vocal while finishing the big points,” freshman Jakhongir Jalalov said. “[Winning the doubles point] gives us confidence before starting singles play because we are up 1-0, so it relieves stress from our shoulders.”The Badgers came out of the gate firing in singles play by taking five of the six opening sets. Satral was the first to finish his match after defeating Andre Stenger, 6-3, 6-4, in what was his first career win at the No. 1 court.“The one thing we really harped on was getting good starts in singles,” Van Emburgh said. “It felt like we were really able to do that and it was great to see the guys step up today and play some great singles.”After Bertha dropped his final match at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the No. 3 court, 6-3, 6-4, to Herrmann, the Badgers countered with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on court No. 5 as Jalalov defeated Andrew Dzulynsky.The eventual victory was clinched on court No. 6 where Kokorev handled Cornhusker Scott Elsass with relative ease en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win.Kostanov found himself in the midst of a tough second-set battle as he trailed 5-3 to Boyer after winning the first set 6-1. The senior was able to fight through, however, and come back to win the second set in the tiebreak, 7-6 (7-5).Court No. 4 was where the Badgers claimed their sixth point of the day as Blackwell of Nebraska was forced to retire due to an ankle injury, giving Wikberg the 6-0, 5-7, 3-2 victory.The Badgers will now turn their focus to Ohio as they enter the Big Ten Tournament, which begins Thursday. Their first round matchup against Purdue will decide which team earns the right to take on top-seeded Ohio State, who is coming off of its eighth consecutive Big Ten regular season conference title.No matter their opponent, this Badger squad believes it can play with the best of them.“Coach keeps telling us that once the match gets close, we need to step up and take the big matches,” Jalalov said. “We feel like we can play with everyone who we’ve played so far and that’s a great feeling.”Van Emburgh echoed Jalalov’s sentiments, saying, “I’ve been telling [the team] that we need to be confident and have a lot of belief. When you’re playing three or four freshman, they don’t quite get it until they’re in the battle. Right now, the only team in our conference who stands above the others is Ohio State but I feel like on any given day, we can play even with any team.”As for the tournament, their preparation is a segmented process.“We want to try and have a good practice Tuesday before we leave on Wednesday,” Van Emburgh said. “Get ready for Thursday’s first round match and, from there, take it one match at a time.”last_img read more