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Messi helps Barca sink Napoli to reach last eight

Sunday, 2020-08-09 11:38:36
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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring. (Reuters)
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A fired-up Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Saturday for a 4-2 aggregate victory which took the club into the Champions League quarter-finals for the 13th consecutive season where they face Bayern Munich.

* Robert Lewandowski struck twice and set up two more goals as Bayern Munich cruised past Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-1 aggregate victory and remain on course for a treble of titles.

* Serie A club Juventus have sacked title-winning coach Maurizio Sarri after only one season in charge, following the team's elimination from the Champions League in the round of 16 on Friday, the Turin club said in a statement.

* Serie A champions Juventus stunned Italian football on Saturday (Aug 8) by naming World Cup-winning midfielder Andrea Pirlo as manager on a two-year contract even though their former player has no previous experience in the role.

* A Paolo Guerrero goal after 72 minutes gave Internacional a 1-0 win away at Coritiba on Saturday and the perfect start to their 2020 Serie A campaign. The game was one of three scheduled for Saturday’s opening day of the 2020 Serie A season.

* Lewis Hamilton set the pace as he and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas traded fastest laps as the "black arrows" dominated Saturday's (Aug 8) final practice at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Championship leader Hamilton, who has a 30 points lead ahead of Bottas after four rounds of this year's COVID-19 delayed championship, clocked a best lap in one minute and 26.621 seconds.

* Bournemouth have appointed Jason Tindall as their new manager on a three-year deal following the departure of Eddie Howe, the second-tier Championship club said on Saturday (Aug 7).

* Primoz Roglic edged Tour de France holder Egan Bernal in a tight finish to clinch the second stage of the Tour de l'Ain on Saturday (Aug 8) exactly three weeks ahead of the start of this year's 'Grand Boucle'. Jumbo-Visma's Roglic, who won last year's Vuelta a Espana, also took the overall leader's jersey to press home his claims for the Tour which begins on Aug 29.

* Football resumed in South Africa on Saturday (Aug 8) after a 145-day coronavirus-induced shutdown with Bloemfontein Celtic reaching the Nedbank Cup final behind closed doors.

* Belgian Wout van Aert won the Milan-Sanremo 'Monument' classic, beating defending champion Julian Alaphilippe of France in a tight sprint finish after 305km on Saturday (Aug 8).

* Estonia's Anett Kontaveit produced an aggressive display to stun top seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 on Saturday as she set up a title showdown at the Palermo Ladies Open with Fiona Ferro.

Reuters, CNA