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Ronaldo brace not enough as Olympique Lyon knock out Juventus

Saturday, 2020-08-08 09:16:01
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - August 7, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal from the penalty spot, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, including an unstoppable long-range goal, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League on Friday (August 7) but it was not enough as the French side reached the quarter-finals on away goals.

After both sides converted contentious penalties in the first half, Ronaldo struck from out of the blue on the hour but Lyon clung on for a 2-2 aggregate draw to set up a quarter-final with Manchester City in next week’s Final Eight tournament in Lisbon.

* Manchester City marched into the Champions League quarter-finals by beating visitors Real Madrid 2-1 for a 4-2 aggregate triumph on Friday, with scorers Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus taking advantage of two dreadful errors by Raphael Varane.

* India will remain hosts of the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup while Australia will host this year's postponed tournament in 2022, the sport's governing International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday. The ICC also confirmed the women's 50-over World Cup that was scheduled to be held in New Zealand in February-March next year has been postponed to 2022.

* Former World Cup winner Ronaldinho Gaucho moved a step closer to ending his Paraguayan ordeal on Friday when prosecutors said they would not oppose a "conditional suspension" of the case that would allow him to return to Brazil.

* Top seed Petra Martic held her nerve in two tiebreaks to beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(5) 7-6(3) to seal a place in the Palermo Ladies Open semi-finals on Friday. She next faces 24-year-old Estonian fourth seed Anett Kontaveit who hit 57 winners to end Italian teenager Elisabetta Cocciaretto's dream run with a 6-1 4-6 6-1 win.

* Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been ruled fit for their Champions League Round of 16 second leg at Bayern Munich on Saturday as the Blues struggle with injuries. Coach Frank Lampard is already without Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro who all picked up injuries during Chelsea's 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Willian is also out.

* Serie A club Torino named Marco Giampaolo as their new coach on Friday, 10 months after the well-travelled 53-year-old was dismissed by AC Milan after only seven games in charge. Giampaolo, who has coached at 10 Italian clubs including Sampdoria, Cagliari and Siena, will replace Moreno Longo whose contract ended at the end of last season.

* MotoGP confirmed Pramac Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia will miss this weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix and next weekend's race in Austria after sustaining a knee injury in a crash during free practice in Brno on Friday. The Italian crashed at turn one and was taken to Brno University Hospital where it was confirmed the 23-year-old had a fracture that required surgery.

* League One and League Two clubs, representing the third and fourth tiers of English football, have voted in favour of introducing salary caps for their squads, the English Football League said in a statement on Friday. League One clubs agreed to cap total expenditure on player salaries at £2.5 million while those in League Two agreed to an upper limit of £1.5 million.

* Women's world number five Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens, ranked seventh, on Friday joined a growing list of players withdrawing from this month's US Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Men's defending champion Rafa Nadal and women's world number one Ashleigh Barty have opted against travelling to New York to play the hardcourt Grand Slam as well as the Western & Southern Open that will work as a warmup for the US Open.

* Lewis Hamilton led team mate Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes one-two in practice for Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday. The six-times world champion, chasing a fourth win in a row on Sunday to stretch his 30 point lead over the Finn, lapped with a fastest time of one minute 25.606 seconds using medium tyres on a hot but cloudy afternoon.

* Bayern Munich will be without winger Kingsley Coman after the Frenchman missed Friday's final training session with a muscle injury ahead of Saturday's second leg against Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 tie. Bayern coach Hansi Flick said Coman would be replaced either by Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho.

* The Bundesliga season kicks on Sep 18 with champions Bayern Munich taking on Schalke 04 and will only have an 11-day winter break as the German Football League (DFL) adapts the schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The DFL on Friday said Bayern would face Schalke in the season opener but should the Bavarians reach the Aug 23 Champions League final they would be given a few extra days to rest. Borussia Dortmund launch their season against Borussia Moenchengladbach.

* India's elite badminton players, including women's world champion Pusarla Sindhu, returned to training on Friday after a four month hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Rio Olympic silver medallist is among eight Tokyo Olympic hopefuls, along with 2012 London bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, at the national camp in the southern city of Hyderabad.

* Formula One stewards fined Racing Point 400,000 euros and stripped them of 15 points in the constructors' championship on Friday after upholding a Renault protest about the legality of their rival's car. Renault had protested at the last three races, arguing that the brake ducts used by Racing Point were a copy of those used by Mercedes, their engine partner, in winning last year's championship.

* Nico Hulkenberg will continue as a stand-in for Racing Point at Formula One's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday after Mexican Sergio Perez again tested positive for COVID-19, the team said on Friday. The 32-year-old German was drafted in for last weekend's British Grand Prix at the same circuit but did not start after an engine problem.

* Wolverhampton Wanderers will be allowed to register only 23 players instead of 25 if they qualify for the Champions League next season after breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, European soccer's governing body has said. In a statement released to British media, UEFA said Premier League side Wolves had reached a settlement agreement with it under which the club will pay 200,000 euros in fines which could rise up to 600,000 euros.

Reuters