Ronaldo-less Portugal down Sweden to maintain Nations League control

Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence due to a positive coronavirus test to see off Sweden 3-0 on Wednesday and stay top of their Nations League group. A Diogo Jota brace and another strike from Bernardo Silva were enough to stay level on 10 points with France and hold onto first place in League A Group 3. Ronaldo, who was pictured watching the match on television wearing a Portugal top, was forced to leave the national team camp after returning a positive test for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The Juventus…

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Man Utd reach League Cup last 16 as coronavirus causes chaos

Manchester United moved into the League Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win at Luton, while West Ham boss David Moyes and two of his players contracted the coronavirus ahead of their 5-1 victory against Hull as the pandemic caused chaos on Tuesday. Moyes, Josh Cullen and Issa Diop all left the London Stadium after learning of the tests before kick-off and will self-isolate, with the trio said to be asymptomatic. West Ham were not the only Premier League club affected by the virus as Tottenham’s tie at Leyton Orient…

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Messi tells Barcelona he's leaving: live updates and reactions

Leo Messi has sent a certified letter to Barcelona, communicating his intention to leave the club. The player intends to take advantage of a clause in his contact that allows him to unilaterally break the contract at the end of each season. Messi believes he can still break his contract with Barcelona Barcelona had understood that this clause expired at the end of each 31 May, meaning that the contract had automatically renewed for another year. However Messi’s lawyers argue that the season within the meaning of the clause did…

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Paris fans clash with riot police after PSG lose Champions League final

Paris Saint-Germain fans clashed with riot police on the Champs-Élysées last night after their team lost its first-ever Champions League final to rivals Bayern Munich. The loss ended PSG’s bid to join Marseille as the only French club to win Europe’s elite football competition. In one incident close to the Champs-Élysées, police in full riot gear burst into a bar to aggressively remove people because some were not wearing masks or were failing to keep social distancing. Over in western Paris, there were also incidents when riot police used tear…

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Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle

Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion. With just five games left, rock bottom Norwich are seven points from safety and are sliding towards the Championship. Bournemouth and Aston Villa, who currently fill the remaining two places in the relegation zone, are locked in a four-team battle for survival with fellow strugglers Watford and West Ham. AFP Sport takes a closer look at the teams scrapping to preserve their top-flight status: Thrashed 5-2 at Manchester United…

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Griezmann stars against Villarreal as Barca keep title hopes alive

Antoine Griezmann answered his critics in style on Sunday by scoring with a sensational chip as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 4-1 to keep their faint La Liga title hopes alive. After the humiliation of being brought on in the 90th minute against his former club Atletico Madrid, Griezmann was back in the starting line-up at La Ceramica and repaid the faith with a stunning goal, teed up by Lionel Messi. “It was the kind of goal only great players can score,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien. “He played a spectacular match.”…

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Foreign attachments: Good for coaches, bad for players

MALAYSIA should not send their youth footballers for attachments with clubs overseas as it would be a waste of time and at the expense of their education. This was stated by former Mokhtar Dahari Academy (AMD) technical director Lim Teong Kim on the issue of football development in the country. He said while it is good for coaches to be attached with foreign clubs, it won’t work for youth players. “If you talk about sending coaches for attachments, that’s alright. Just like what we did with QPR, we sent five…

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Olimpik Tokyo: Chong Wei Ingin Tuntut Ilmu Dari Norza

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Lee Chong Wei mahu menuntut ilmu daripada Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria bagi mempersiapkan dirinya sebagai ketua kontinjen Malaysia ke Sukan Olimpik Tokyo. Bekas jaguh badminton negara itu, berkata banyak yang boleh dipelajarinya daripada Norza berdasarkan pengalaman beliau sebagai Presiden Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) dan Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) selain pernah menjadi ketua kontinjen negara ke Sukan SEA 2015 di Singapura. “Saya akui memang saya tiada pengalaman sebagai ketua kontinjen. Dulu saya atlet sepenuh masa tetapi selepas setahun bersara dilantik sebagai ketua kontinjen ke Olimpik. “Sudah pasti…

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UKM footballers agree to pay cut

Premier League’s Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia FC (UKM) have become the second side to slash players’ salaries since the suspension of the M-League on March 16 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. UKM players have agreed to take a pay cut of between 15 and 20 per cent depending on their wage scale, starting next month. Being a team with one of the smallest budgets in the M-League, the move to slash salaries is indeed surprising as their players, mostly university students, do not earn a lot. It is learnt that their…

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Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim contracts Covid-19

Turkish football icon Fatih Terim, currently manager of Istanbul giants Galatasaray, said on Monday he had tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. “The results of a test done today showed a positive result for coronavirus,” Terim said on Twitter. “I’m in safe hands at the hospital. Don’t worry. Hopefully I’ll communicate more as soon as possible,” Terim added. Dubbed “Emperor“, 66-year-old Terim, the former Turkish national boss, coached Galatasaray in three different stints (1996-2000, 2002-2004 and 2011-2013). He picked up the role for a fourth time in Dec 2017. Turkey…

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