Arsenal won a record 12th English FA Cup title with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley in London.
LONDON – Theo Walcott ended a frustrating season by scoring the first goal as Arsenal won a record 12th English FA Cup title Saturday with a dominant 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley.
Walcott, who missed most of 2014 with a knee injury suffered in an FA Cup match, volleyed home a shot in the 40th minute to put defending champion Arsenal ahead.
Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a fierce 25-yard shot that dipped in via the underside of the crossbar before Per Mertesacker scored with a header in the 62nd minute. Olivier Giroud completed the scoring in injury time.
“It was amazing,” Walcott said. “Any win is fantastic. The manner we did it today was great, we played great football and kept a clean sheet. We always knew if we kept a clean sheet we were going to score goals and win the game.”
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After a nine-year trophy drought, Arsenal has won the FA Cup two consecutive years, overtaking Manchester United’s record of 11 titles in the club competition.
The result also meant Arsene Wenger tied the record for Cup titles by a manager with six, level with Villa’s George Ramsay, who won his last title in 1920.
“It’s something I’m very proud of,” Wenger said. “If no one has done it (in modern times), it means it’s very difficult.”
This victory was a lot more comfortable than last year’s, when the Gunners came from two goals down to beat Hull 3-2 in extra time. Saturday’s result never looked in doubt as Arsenal dictated the game from the start and Villa — which had to fight against Premier League relegation until the penultimate round of the season — didn’t have a clear scoring chance in the entire match.
“They deserved to win the game, no arguments about that,” Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said.
FC Barcelona triumphs
BARCELONA, Spain – Lionel Messi scored a stunning opener before adding a second goal to lead FC Barcelona to the Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, giving the Catalan club its second of three possible trophies before it turns to the UEFA Champions League final.
Messi did it all by himself in the 20th minute when he dribbled past four Bilbao defenders to put Barcelona in charge.
Barcelona claimed its record 27th cup title — and third in seven years, all at the expense of Bilbao.
Barcelona won the Spanish-league title two weeks earlier. It will have a chance to complete an impressive triple when it plays Juventus of Italy for the European Cup in Berlin on Saturday.
Major League Soccer
• Portland’s Jack Jewsbury scored in the 93rd minute to give the Timbers a 2-1 victory at Colorado.
• Vancouver beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 and is tied with Sounders FC for most points in the Western Conference with 23, though the Sounders have played two fewer matches. Cristian Techera scored the winning goal for the Whitecaps in the 79th minute.
• In other MLS matches, Chicago routed Montreal 3-0; Toronto defeated San Jose 3-1; D.C. United beat Philadelphia 2-1; Columbus and Orlando City played to a 2-2 draw and Houston and New York City FC tied 1-1.