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Football: Barca reach Copa final with epic comeback win over Sevilla

Thursday, 2021-03-04 08:33:55
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action. (Photo: Reuters)
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Barcelona pulled off a stirring comeback from two goals down to beat Sevilla 3-0 after extra-time in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at the Camp Nou and reach the final 3-2 on aggregate.

* Third-placed Leicester City were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw at lowly Burnley on Wednesday (Mar 3) after their Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho cancelled out Matej Vydra's opener. The result left Leicester in third place, level on 50 points with Manchester United.

* Manchester United were held to a third successive 0-0 draw in all competitions after they failed to break down Crystal Palace in a dour Premier League clash played in foggy conditions at Selhurst Park on Wednesday (Mar 3).

* A poacher's goal from David McGoldrick gave bottom side Sheffield United a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on Wednesday (Mar 3), as they overcame Phil Jagielka's sending off to grab their fourth Premier League victory of the season.

* RB Leipzig reached the German Cup semi-finals after battling past in-form VfL Wolfsburg 2-0 on Wednesday (Mar 3), scoring twice in the second half to snap their opponents' run of eight consecutive clean sheets.

* Olympique Lyonnais moved provisionally top of the Ligue 1 standings when Houssem Aouar's second-half goal earned them a 1-0 home win over Stade Rennais on Wednesday.

* Pablo Sarabia made up for Paris St Germain's lack of firepower as he earned the French champions a crucial 1-0 win at Girondins de Bordeaux on Wednesday (Mar 3) in an extremely tight Ligue 1 title race.

* AC Milan's Franck Kessie scored a penalty with the last kick of the game to rescue a 1-1 draw against Udinese on Wednesday, a result that hands Inter Milan a big opportunity to gain ground in the Serie A title race.

* Amadou Diawara struck late to earn AS Roma a 2-1 win at Fiorentina on Wednesday that keeps them in the hunt for a top-four finish in Serie A, after wing back Leonardo Spinazzola scored at both ends.

* ATP will spend up to US$5.2 million from its funds to shore up prize money for the players at its events, which are financially hit by restrictions on ticket sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the men's tennis governing body said on Tuesday.

* Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he plans to retire by June 2023 at the latest but won't rule out hanging up his boots sooner. The 43-year-old's contract with the Turin club expires at the end of the season and a renewal is yet to be agreed with the Italian champions.

* The UK government on Wednesday announced a new £300 million (US$418.86 million) recovery package for sport in England as part of a plan to assist the economy in dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Daniil Medvedev became the latest high-profile first round casualty at the Rotterdam ATP event on Wednesday (Mar 3) after losing in straight sets 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to Dusan Lajovic, squandering his chance of taking Rafael Nadal's place as world number two.

* Norway's Hans Christer Holund produced a dominant display to win the gold medal in the men's 15km freestyle event at the FIS Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf on Wednesday.

* Norwich City took a huge step towards securing an immediate return to the Premier League when they beat their closest rivals Brentford 1-0 on Wednesday (Mar 3) to open a 10-point lead at the top of the Championship with 12 games to go.

* Former world number one Kim Clijsters, who is still without a win since coming out of retirement for a second time in February 2020, has accepted a wild card to play in the Miami Open, tournament organisers said on Wednesday. The 37-year-old Belgian's appearance at the March 22-April 4 Miami Open will mark her first competition since losing in the opening round of the US Open last September.

Reuters, CNA