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Ronaldo penalties salvage 2-2 draw for Juve against Atalanta

Sunday, 2020-07-12 08:36:32
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Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Atalanta - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - July 11, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Atalanta's Pierluigi Gollini, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties, both awarded for handball and the second in the last minute, as Serie A leaders Juventus twice hit back to draw 2-2 with Atalanta to move closer to a ninth successive Serie A title on Saturday.

* Second-placed Lazio slumped to a third successive defeat in the Serie A title race when they were beaten 2-1 at home by midtable Sassuolo in stifling heat at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

* Atletico Madrid sealed Champions League qualification for the eighth consecutive season by beating Real Betis 1-0 at home on Saturday thanks to a late Diego Costa goal after having a player sent off and seeing two goals ruled out following VAR reviews.

* Lionel Messi made it 20 assists for the season in Barcelona's stodgy 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday (Jul 11), even as his team's La Liga challenge appears almost over.

* Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City ensured they will finish in the Premier League's top four with a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday (Jul 11) as the club wait to find out whether they will be allowed to compete in the Champions League next season.

* Sheffield United dealt a major blow to Chelsea's chances of a Premier League top-four finish by thrashing the Blues 3-0 at Bramall Lane on Saturday (Jul 11).

* Liverpool's 100 percent Premier League home record ended on Saturday as the champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.

* Norwich were condemned to a record fifth relegation from the Premier League as Michail Antonio's four-goal blitz fired West Ham to a 4-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday (Jul 11).

* Jack Charlton, a soccer World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland boss, has died aged 85, the BBC reported on Saturday.

* The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) postponed the start of next season's domestic top flight by two weeks after the Balkan country saw the biggest increase of COVID-19 cases in a week.

Reuters