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Football: Aspas strikes late to blunt Barca’s title bid

Sunday, 2020-06-28 09:18:22
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona - Balaidos, Vigo, Spain - June 27, 2020 Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas in action with Barcelona's Gerard Pique, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Spain striker Iago Aspas dealt a fresh blow to Barcelona's La Liga title hopes by striking a late free kick to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to the Catalans on Saturday (Jun 27) as Quique Setien's side twice threw away the lead in a thrilling match.

* Atletico Madrid beat Alaves 2-1 at home on Saturday (Jun 27) in La Liga to maintain their superb run of form since the season resumed, recording a fourth consecutive win to further tighten their hold on third place.

* Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile converted a contentious second-half penalty to set second-placed Lazio on the way to a 2-1 comeback win over Fiorentina that kept them four points behind leaders Juventus on Saturday (Jun 27).

* Captain Harry Maguire scored a winner deep into extra-time against ten-man Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday (Jun 27) to fire Manchester United into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory.

* Wolverhampton Wanderers boosted their Champions League qualification hopes with a 1-0 West Midlands derby win at Aston Villa on Saturday as Leander Dendoncker grabbed a 62nd minute winner.

* Werder Bremen extended their 39-year stay in the Bundesliga for at least another 10 days when they thumped Cologne 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation on Saturday (Jun 27).

* German striker Timo Werner marked his RB Leipzig swansong with two well-taken goals to guide his side to a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday (Jun 27).

* Andrej Kramaric became the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game, overwhelming Borussia Dortmund with a one-sided 4-0 away victory on Saturday.

* Fortuna Duesseldorf were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday (Jun 27) after losing their last match of the regular season 3-0 away at in-form Union Berlin.

* Three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said on Saturday the ATP's revised calendar which includes seven tournaments in as many weeks is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.

* Amanda Anisimova saved a match point en route to a 5-7, 7-5, 10-2 victory over fellow American Caroline Dolehide at the invitational women's tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.

* Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson sent a text message to congratulate old rival Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title by winning the Premier League on Thursday, the former Liverpool boss has said.

* Struggling Espanyol said on Saturday they have sacked coach Abelardo Fernandez, the third manager they have dispensed with this season, as they fight to extend their 26-year stay in La Liga.

* Dutch winger Arjen Robben is making a comeback to professional soccer after signing with his boyhood club FC Groningen for the 2020-21 season, the Dutch Eredivisie side said on Saturday (Jun 27).

Reuters