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Havertz double helps Bayer to 4-1 win at Werder

Tuesday, 2020-05-19 09:40:15
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The result has left Bayer Leverkusen fifth on 50 points from 26 games, one behind fourth-placed Leipzig and eight adrift of leaders Bayern Munich. (Reuters)
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Bayer Leverkusen stayed in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Budesliga after two goals by striker Kai Havertz as well as one each by Mitchell Weiser and Kerem Demirbay helped them to a 4-1 win at struggling Werder Bremen on Monday (May 18).

The result left Bayer fifth on 50 points from 26 games, one behind fourth-placed Leipzig and eight adrift of leaders Bayern Munich. Werder, who suffered a record-extending seventh straight home defeat, stayed 17th on 18 points from 25 matches.

* Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday after agreeing to allow small group sessions to begin, the first step on the road to a return to competitive action. The league held a conference call for all 20 clubs on Monday where the move was given unanimous backing.

* Celtic have been named champions of Scotland after the clubs voted on Monday to end the season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Professional Football League said in a statement.

* Brazil champions Flamengo returned to training in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, with the first task for the club evaluating the fitness of players after the COVID-19 shutdown.

* A cast of top drivers will race in a virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans in June but the postponed real-life version must also happen this year, even if without spectators, World Endurance Championship (WEC) boss Gerard Neveu said on Monday.

* The social distancing restrictions in force for the Premier League's return to training will be monitored by a team of inspectors to ensure clubs play by the new rules, the league's director of football said on Monday (May 18).

* The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced on Monday (May 18) that all its competitions, including Serie A, will remain suspended until Jun 14.

* Mexican rider Luis Villalobos has been suspended indefinitely by his EF Education First team after a potential anti-doping violation in 2019 while with his previous team. According to a letter the team received from world governing body the UCI, an out-of-competition sample given by Villalobos last April indicated the presence of a growth-hormone releasing peptide known as GHRP-6.

* Spanish second division side Rayo Vallecano refused to turn up for the first day of group training due to a dispute with the club hierarchy over a pay cut for staff and players, a club source said on Monday.

* European soccer's governing body UEFA has postponed its Executive Committee meeting scheduled for May 27 because of some "open points" regarding the venues for next year's re-scheduled Euro 2020 tournament. In a statement, UEFA said the meeting would now take place on June 17.

* Japanese lock Hitoshi Ono, who won a record 98 caps for his country and played in the famous "Miracle of Brighton" 2015 World Cup win over the Springboks, announced his retirement on Monday (May 18). The 42-year-old played his last game for the Brave Blossoms against Scotland in a 21-16 loss in 2016 - leaving him agonisingly stranded two caps short of his 100th.

Reuters, CNA