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Football: Dutch Win UEFA Cup Championship - 2002-05-08


The Dutch football (soccer) club Feyenoord Rotterdam has won the UEFA Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund of Germany. The victory Wednesday night in Rotterdam ends a 28-year European championship drought for the home side.

Borussia was weakened by the first half sending off of Jürgen Kohler in his final competitive match. He took down Dohl Tomasson in the box and Pierre van Hooijdonk converted the penalty kick in the 33rd minute for a 1-0 lead. Van Hooijdonk made it 2-0 for Rotterdam in the 40th minute on a free kick.

Maricio Amoroso got one back for the German side on a penalty kick two minutes after the intermission. But three minutes later Jon Dahl Tomasson scored to up the lead back to two goals at 3-1.

Czech striker Jan Koller volleyed in a goal for the 10-man Dortmund team in the 58th minute to cut the lead to 3-2, but that's the way it ended.

This was the second time Dortmund has been in the UEFA Cup final - the German club won the title in 1993.

The match had been somewhat tarnished by Monday's assassination of far right-wing political figure Pim Fortuyn. Fortuyn was from Rotterdam and the local authority had considered calling off the match out of respect. The game went ahead, but with toned-down festivities.

Frenchman Sylvain Wiltord helped Arsenal clinch its second English Premier League title and second double in four years. Wiltord's 56th minute goal was enough to beat host and three-time defending champion Manchester United.

Arsenal's win at Manchester gives the London side an unassailable seven-point cushion atop the Premier League, four days after it already won the FA Cup.

In the day's other match, Liverpool secured a second-place season finish with a 4-3 win over the Blackburn Rovers.

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