France head coach Didier Deschamps hailed the “amazing” achievement of Zinedine Zidane after his former international colleague secured Champions League glory with Real Madrid. Zidane was parachuted into the top job at Santiago Bernabeu in January after a fractious half-season under Rafael Benitez, with Madrid pushing Barcelona all the way in the fight for La Liga, before securing an 11th European Cup against Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday. Penalties were required to make Zidane the seventh man to win the UCL as a player and coach.
Alaves secure La Liga promotion
Manu Garcia and Raul Garcia scored the goals as Alaves beat Numancia 2-0 to secure promotion from Spain’s Segunda Division. The Basque club will play La Liga football for the first time in 10 years next season. Alaves were two goals to the good at half-time to put the Estadio de Mendizorroza in party mood. Leganes are well placed to join Alaves in the top flight next season, in second place with one match to play, but Gimnastic Tarragona are lurking just a point behind.
Deportivo sack Sanchez
Deportivo La Coruna have sacked head coach Victor Sanchez. The Galician club retained their place in La Liga last season, finishing four points above the relegation zone, but their tally of eight wins all season was the joint worst in Spain’s top flight. Depor conceded eight goals in a home game for the second straight campaign as a Luis Suarez-inspired Barcelona registered an 8-0 thrashing as part of their late-season surge to the title.