UEFA Europa League
ASTRAKHAN, Russia -- Lokomotiv Moscow won the Russian Cup on Thursday, defeating Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 in extra time to lift their first trophy for eight years.
Kuban, which was bidding for the first major title in their history, took the lead in the 28th minute through Vladislav Ignatyev's goal, but a 73rd-minute equalizer from Baye Oumar Niasse took the game to extra time.
Lokomotiv seized control in the added half hour, with goals from Mbark Boussoufa and Aleksei Miranchuk securing the victory.
UEFA has picked Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to referee the Champions League final.
Cakir, 38, will officiate as Barcelona face Juventus at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on June 6.
Two years ago, Cakir drew criticism when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in a Champions League last-16 loss against Real Madrid.
However, UEFA defended his decision and the official built his reputation at a successful World Cup. FIFA selected him to handle the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal in Brazil.
Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella Montella said he had nothing for which to apologise regarding his criticism of the club's fans for the way they "derided" his players during Thursday's Europa League exit to Sevilla.
Montella was furious at what he felt was unfair treatment of his team during the second leg of their Europa League semifinal tie, with the Serie A side slipping to a 2-0 home loss.
"It's true that those that pay have the right to express their opinions," Montella said to the...