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Leipzig stun Atletico to reach Champions League last four

Friday, 2020-08-14 08:30:09
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Champions League - Quarter Final - RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid - Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - August 13, 2020 RB Leipzig's Tyler Adams celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
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RB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory in their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday (Aug 13), to reach the competition’s last four for the first time in their club’s short history.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outside the box to set up a semi-final clash with Paris St Germain. The German side had taken the lead in the 51st minute with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo but a disjointed Atletico were shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st.

* Harold Varner III shot a bogey-free 62 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Thursday to sit atop the leaderboard alongside Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan. The North Carolina native had eight birdies in all - four on the front nine and four on the back - to finish eight under at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club, two shots clear of Harris English.

* A first half goal from Daniel Alves gave Sao Paulo a winning start to their 2020 league season on Thursday as the home side overcame Fortaleza 1-0 at the Morumbi stadium. Sao Paulo's first game of the season was postponed just minutes before kick-off on Sunday when members of the opposing team tested positive for COIVD-19 so Thursday's win signalled their first points of the campaign.

* Paolo Guerrero's second goal in two games helped Internacional towards a 2-0 win over Santos on Thursday and maintained their unbeaten start to the 2020 Serie A season. The result means Inter are one of only three teams to have won both their opening matches in Brazil.

* Serena Williams survived another scare to beat older sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday in the latest instalment of their reluctant on-court sibling rivalry to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. Serena will face either Canadian qualifier Leylah Fernandez or American wildcard Shelby Rogers in next round.

* Bianca Andreescu said on Thursday she will not defend her title at this month's US Open in New York. The 20-year-old Canadian, who has not competed since she suffered a knee injury last October, said on Twitter she made the difficult decision because the COVID-19 outbreak has compromised her ability to reach her highest level of form.

* World number one Novak Djokovic will compete at the Aug 31-Sep 13 US Open and the Western & Southern Open curtain-raiser, the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles said in a statement on Thursday. His decision will come as good news for the US Open organisers after several high-profile players, including former winners Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, pulled out over issues related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

* Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne handed Mercedes a first Formula E victory on Thursday as the all-electric series wrapped up its season in Berlin. The ex-Formula One driver led Dutch team mate Nyck De Vries in a one-two finish from pole position at the German capital's former Tempelhof airport.

* Leeds United have signed 18-year-old full back Cody Drameh from fellow promoted side Fulham on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. Drameh, who was a regular for the Fulham under-23 side, made 17 appearances in the development Premier League 2 competition last season. He also played three times in the EFL Trophy.

* Celtic have signed Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti from Premier League side West Ham United on a four-year deal, the Scottish Premiership champions announced on Thursday. The 23-year-old had previously spent two seasons at Swiss club Basel, where he was the league’s top scorer in the 2017-18 campaign with 17 goals.

* UEFA has postponed a number of national youth team matches over the next few months and shortened competition formats due to the current COVID-19 situation across Europe, it said on Thursday. The European soccer body said it took the decision to reduce the logistical and financial burden on national associations caused by hygiene conditions affecting travel and accommodation.

* Inter Miami have signed French World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi on a free transfer after he left Juventus, the Major League Soccer club announced on Thursday. Matuidi's contract with the Italian champions was terminated on Wednesday by mutual agreement. He made 45 appearances for Juve across all competitions last season as they won the Serie A title for a ninth straight season.

* The FA Cup will not have replays for the 2020-21 season to help ease fixture congestion caused by the COVID-19 crisis, England's Football Association (FA) said on Thursday. Next season's competition is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1 - only a month after the 2020 final - with the showpiece match at Wembley set to take place on May 15, 2021.

* Nice will play their opening match of the new Ligue 1 season without spectators, despite government rules allowing them to have up to 5,000 people in their stadium, club president Jean-Pierre Rivere said. Rivere said the decision for the match against Lens on Aug. 23 was made for health reasons and due to the difficulties of deciding which fans would be able to attend.