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Chelsea beat Lampard's Derby to reach League Cup quarters

Thursday, 2018-11-01 07:13:23
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Derby County's Mason Bennett in action with Chelsea's David Luiz during their Carabao Cup Fourth Round clash at Stamford Bridge, London, Britain, on October 31, 2018. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Chelsea reached the League Cup quarter-finals thanks to two own goals in a 3-2 win over second-tier Derby County on Wednesday as Frank Lampard's return to his former club ended in disappointment.

Tottenham Hotspur will join them after Son Heung-min scored twice in a 3-1 win over West Ham United and Arsenal reached the last eight after an uncomfortable 2-1 home victory over third-tier Blackpool in which both teams ended with 10 men.

* Real Sociedad midfielder Luca Sangalli was taken to hospital after suffering a mild stroke on Wednesday, the Basque club said. The 23-year-old was not included in the squad for the team's Copa del Rey game at Celta Vigo on Thursday and the club later explained his situation.

* An Italian court on Wednesday sentenced former national soccer star Vincenzo Iaquinta to two years in jail and his father, Giuseppe, to 19 years at the end of a trial of almost 150 people for alleged mafia links.

* Defending champions the United States have named an unfamiliar-looking lineup missing all their big guns for next week's Fed Cup final against a powerful Czech Republic. With Serena and Venus Williams unavailable together with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, captain Kathy Rinaldi's top-ranked player is world number 35 Danielle Collins. She will be joined in Prague by 48th ranked Sofia Kenin, number 63 Alison Riske and Nicole Melichar, the world's 15th ranked doubles player. The tie takes place on Nov 10-11.

* Dani Alves trained with his Paris St-Germain team mates for the first time in almost six months on Wednesday as the Brazilian defender moved closer to a return from a serious knee injury, French media said on Wednesday. Alves damaged the cruciate ligament in his right knee during the French Cup final against Les Herbiers on May 8 and has not played since, missing the World Cup for Brazil and pre-season training with his club.

* Santiago Solari got off to the perfect start as Real Madrid's interim coach when his side thrashed Melilla 4-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. In their first match since Julen Lopetegui was sacked after a dire run capped by a 5-1 loss to Barcelona on Sunday which left the European champions ninth in La Liga, Solari's side dominated their fourth-tier opponents.

* AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli put through his own net and scored a freakish stoppage-time goal in a dramatic 2-1 win over Genoa in Serie A on Wednesday. Milan's second home win in four days was a huge relief for coach Gennaro Gattuso as it lifted his side into fourth place in Serie A with 18 points from 11 games.

* Borussia Dortmund needed a Marco Reus penalty late in extra time to beat second division Union Berlin 3-2 on Wednesday and book their spot in the German Cup third round. The Berliners had twice come back from a goal down but Christian Pulisic, who scored the first goal and set up the second, earned a last-gasp penalty for Reus to convert and protect Dortmund's unbeaten run in all competitions.

* Argentina could be a late candidate to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the country's Olympic Committee said on Wednesday, as the three current bidders face major obstacles ahead of next year's decision by the International Olympic Committee. Calgary, Stockholm and an Italian bid by Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo are the three candidates left in the race after several other cities dropped out.

* Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not return management in England, local reports said Wednesday. The Frenchman, 69, said "certainly not" when asked by the BBC if he would return to manage another English club.

* Colombia will sit out the year's final international friendly dates after failing to find suitable opponents, the South American country's football federation said on Wednesday.

* Angel Di Maria has signed a two-year contract extension with Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, tying the Argentine winger with the capital club until June 30, 2021. The club said on Wednesday that since joining the club in 2015, the 30-year-old Di Maria has played 150 matches, scoring 57 goals and providing 58 assists.

Reuters, Xinhua