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Chelsea outclass Real Madrid to reach Champions League final

by NDO06 May 2021 Last updated at 14:00 PM

Chelsea's Timo Werner celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates. (Photo: Reuters)
Chelsea's Timo Werner celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates. (Photo: Reuters)

VTV.vn -Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into a Champions League final showdown with Manchester City as they outclassed Real Madrid to win 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate triumph at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (May 5).

The final in Istanbul will be the second all-English champions League final in three seasons and gives Tuchel, who has transformed Chelsea since replacing Frank Lampard in January, the chance to make up for last season when his Paris St Germain side lost to Bayern Munich.

* Sporting moved ever closer to winning a first Portuguese league title in 19 years after comfortably winning 2-0 away to Rio Ave on Wednesday. A third consecutive win for Sporting took them on to 79 points after 31 games. They are nine clear of nearest challengers Porto, who face a testing match away to rivals Benfica on Thursday.

* Serie A clubs agreed on Wednesday to postpone until next week a vote on pay TV operator Sky's bid for screening three out of 10 games on a non-exclusive basis, Italian soccer's top league said in a statement.

* Striker Sam Kerr scored a goal in each half as Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to move back to the top of the FA Women's Super League on Wednesday ahead of the final round of games. The Blues, who have won the Community Shield and Continental Cup and beat Bayern Munich to qualify for the Champions League final on Sunday, are on 54 points, two ahead of Manchester City with a goal difference of 54 compared to City's 51.

* Manchester United's postponed home Premier League match against Liverpool has been rearranged for May 13, the league said on Wednesday. The match was called off on Sunday after United fans protesting against the club's American owners, the Glazer family, stormed into the stadium which was closed to fans due to COVID-19 restrictions.

* Marco Mancosu, the captain of promotion-chasing Italian Serie B side Lecce, says he is determined to finish the season before finding out whether he requires chemotherapy after undergoing surgery for a tumour. The 32-year-old Mancosu kept his condition secret until making an Instagram post on Wednesday.

* AC Milan President Paolo Scaroni has resigned from his position on the Serie A council following the club’s involvement in the ill-fated European Super League project.

* World number three Daniil Medvedev's love-hate relationship with claycourts continued on Wednesday as he took out his frustration on the court before overcoming Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for his first career win at the Madrid Open.

* Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta on Wednesday urged his players to ignore talk of a potential takeover at the club and focus on overcoming Villarreal on Thursday to reach the Europa League final. Arteta's side suffered a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the semi-final at Villarreal last week. But the build-up to the match was dominated by takeover speculation after Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek expressed interest in buying out current owner Stan Kroenke.

* Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will be absent from the touchline for Saturday's crunch game at home to La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after the Spanish soccer federation on Wednesday rejected the club's appeal against a touchline ban. Koeman was sent off in his side's 2-1 home defeat by Granada on April 29 for saying "what a character" to the fourth official after being warned about his conduct.

* FIFA president Gianni Infantino says a new Women's Club World Cup is being planned as part of a plan to "revolutionise" the female game. In an interview with French sports newspaper L'Equipe, Infantino said he was looking forward to the first edition of the already agreed new 24-team men's Club World Cup but said a women's version was in the pipeline too.

* The Premier League on Wednesday said a limited number of supporters would be permitted to return to stadiums for the final two rounds of the 2020-21 season, with attendance restricted to home fans.

* World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday gave Tokyo Olympic organisers high marks for a marathon test event they staged in Sapporo, saying they were able to deliver both on the operation of the race and on their COVID-19 countermeasures. The Sapporo Challenge Half Marathon 2021 was held on Wednesday as a dress rehearsal for the marquee Olympic event with less than three months before the Summer Games begin.

* Romain Grosjean will drive a Formula One car for the first time since his fiery crash in Bahrain last November when he tries out Lewis Hamilton's 2019 title-winning Mercedes at Le Castellet in June. Mercedes said the 35-year-old will perform demonstration laps ahead of his home French Grand Prix on June 27, and then test at the southern circuit on June 29 - seven months to the day since the crash.

* Former Ireland international Alan McLoughlin has died at the age of 54 following a second battle with cancer in recent months, the Football Association of Ireland said in a statement.

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