Scolari wins Brazilian championship with Palmeiras
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari led Palmeiras to the Brazilian championship on Sunday only months after returning to his home nation. It was the club's second title in three years.
Scolari, who was Brazil's World Cup-winning coach in 2002, watched as Palmeiras beat Vasco da Gama 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday to secure the trophy for the 10th time with one game in hand.
Former Alaves striker Deyverson scored the only goal after 72 minutes.
Surprising Alaves to take on Barcelona in Copa del Rey final
MADRID (AP) — There could hardly be more contrasting teams in the Copa del Rey final.
Alaves, the recently promoted club from Basque Country, will be playing in the final of a major tournament only for the second time in its 96-year history.
Barcelona, on the other hand, will be making its 39th appearance in the Copa final.
Barcelona has won virtually every possible title in the competitions it has played.
Alaves' only winner's trophy is for Spain's second division.
Alaves beats Real Betis to keep momentum in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Promoted Alaves defeated Real Betis 1-0 and extended its unbeaten run to four games in the Spanish league on Friday.
Deyverson scored the second-half winner for Alaves' first home win in five matches.
Alaves was 12th in the 20-team standings. Real Betis stayed 14th.
It was the last match for the teams ahead of the winter break. The league will resume in the second weekend of January.