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Atalanta close in on 100 goals with late win at Parma

Wednesday, 2020-07-29 08:32:03
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Serie A - Parma v Atalanta - Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma, Italy - July 28, 2020 Atalanta's Ruslan Malinovskyi celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Photo: Reuters)
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Free-scoring Atalanta closed in on a 100-goal Serie A tally for this season and extended their unbeaten run to 17 league games when they hit back to win 2-1 at Parma on Tuesday (Jul 28).

Atalanta moved on to 98 goals and need two more in their final game against Inter Milan on Saturday to become the first team to score 100 goals in a season since AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus all did so in 1950-51.

* Britain's Prince William has taken part in a popular BBC podcast with former England footballer Peter Crouch to raise awareness about mental health issues, his Kensington Palace office said.

* Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez came off the bench to score an impressive solo goal and complete a 2-0 win over Napoli which kept his side second in Serie A on Tuesday. Inter, who have already clinched a top-four finish and a Champions League spot, have 79 points with one match to play, four behind champions Juventus. Gattuso's team are one point ahead of Atalanta who they meet in their final game on Saturday.

* Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi will miss the start of next season after having surgery on his hamstring, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Mustafi, 28, sustained a hamstring injury during the closing stages of Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City this month, ruling the German centre back out of Saturday's final against Chelsea.

* Chelsea's new signing Timo Werner has said that manager Frank Lampard was the key reason for his switch from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. The German striker agreed a 50 million euros move to Stamford Bridge last month and has already started training with the Premier League club even though he is not eligible to play until next season.

* Bora-Hansgrohe's Felix Grossschartner surged past the rest of the field on the final climb to win the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos on Tuesday as the cycling season resumed after a four-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Olympic qualification for the marathon and road race walk events can re-start from Sept. 1, three months earlier than previously announced, the sport's governing body World Athletics ruled on Tuesday. However, qualifying for all other track and field events at next year's Tokyo Games would remain suspended until Nov. 30 as originally planned, it said in a statement.

* Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz has tested positive for COVID-19, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday, casting doubt on his participation in their Champions League tie at Manchester City next week. Real said tests were conducted on the squad on Monday and that though Diaz was in "perfect health", he would be self-isolating at home.

* The Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo has been cancelled for 2020 due to safety fears amid the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers of the annual women's tournament said on Tuesday.