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Chelsea march into Champions League quarters with win over Atletico

by Reuters, CNA18 March 2021 Last updated at 15:00 PM

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - Stamford Bridge, London, UK - March 17, 2021 Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech scores their first goal. (Reuters)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - Stamford Bridge, London, UK - March 17, 2021 Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech scores their first goal. (Reuters)

Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 as Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri were on target to give coach Thomas Tuchel's rejuvenated team a 3-0 aggregate win.

* Holders Bayern Munich cruised through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons after beating Lazio 2-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to secure a 6-2 aggregate victory.

* Sevilla beat La Liga strugglers Elche 2-0 at home in their game in hand on Wednesday to tighten their grip on fourth spot and take a big step towards securing Champions League football next season.

* Paris St Germain forwards Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe fired them to a 3-0 win over Lille on Wednesday (Mar 17) to reach the French Cup quarter-finals.

* The start of the All England Open was delayed on Wednesday to allow the retesting of some samples after a number of "inconclusive" and positive COVID-19 results among participating teams, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said.

* The Netherlands will allow 5,000 spectators who have tested negative for COVID-19 to attend their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Latvia this month as part of a study that could help get fans back into games quicker, the Dutch FA (KNVB) said. Spectators at the Johan Cruijff Arena on March 27 will be divided into different sections, where some must wear face masks but others will be allowed to go without them and be able to sing and shout encouragement to the team.

* Belgian clubs have voted to support the possibility of a joint league with their neighbours in the Netherlands, reviving an idea first floated two years ago but put on ice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 18 clubs of the Belgian Pro League unanimously supported an agreement on “the direction for the future” of professional football in the country.

* Switzerland's Beat Feuz and Italy's Sofia Goggia won the men's and women's Alpine skiing World Cup downhill titles respectively on Wednesday after the final races in Lenzerheide were cancelled due to bad weather.

* Supporters will be able to attend the rescheduled Spain's Copa del Rey final next month between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, radio station Cadena Ser reported on Wednesday. The report said Seville's La Cartuja stadium, which holds 60,000 spectators, will be at between 20% and 25% capacity for last season's rescheduled final on April 3 and this season's showpiece between Barcelona and Athletic on April 17.

* AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit to take on former club Manchester United in Thursday's Europa League last 16 second leg tie at the San Siro, coach Stefano Pioli said on Wednesday. The Swede has missed Milan's last four games, including last week's 1-1 draw against United in the first leg, with a thigh injury.

* Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie was left out of the United States squad unveiled on Wednesday because of a slight injury that will prevent the US player of the year from featuring in a pair of friendlies in Europe this month.

* Barcelona chief Joan Laporta gave Lionel Messi a hug and then pledged to do everything in his power to convince the club's all-time top scorer to stay after being officially sworn in as the club's new president on Wednesday (Mar 17).

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