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Al Ain upset River Plate to reach Club World Cup final

Wednesday, 2018-12-19 06:22:51
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Al Ain players celebrate their victory over River Plate in the Club World Cup semifinals. (Photo: EPA)
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Host side Al Ain stunned South American champions River Plate 5-4 in a penalty shootout after coming back from a goal down to draw 2-2 in a thrilling Club World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Al Ain will now face the winners of Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers, who play each other in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

* Holders Manchester City held their nerve to beat Leicester City 3-1 on penalties and reach the League Cup semi-finals after an entertaining last-eight tie ended 1-1 on Tuesday. City's Oleksandr Zinchenko fired the winner in the shootout after hosts Leicester missed three of their four spot kicks.

* Caen scored a stoppage-time penalty to beat Toulouse 2-1 in a Ligue 1 relegation battle on Tuesday, while League Cup holders Paris St Germain won their opening tie to reach the last eight.

* Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 2-1 loss at promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf on Tuesday that snapped their unbeaten league start and cut their lead to six points. Goals from Dodi Lukebakio and Jean Zimmer in either half secured an unexpected three points against the overwhelming title favourites Dortmund, who remain on 39 points.

* AC Milan played out a dull 0-0 draw at Bologna in Serie A on Tuesday, bringing little to cheer the two under-fire coaches Gennaro Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi. Milan, knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos Piraeus on Thursday, were involved in a second straight goalless Serie A stalemate, while Bologna remained in the relegation zone after extending their winless run to nine league games.

* Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not yet done with Major League Soccer (MLS), as the Los Angeles Galaxy said on Tuesday the Swedish striker agreed to return to the club for another season. Ibrahimovic, the subject of rumours linking him to a transfer to AC Milan, enjoyed an impressive debut season in North America and was named MLS Newcomer of the Year.

* Replays will be scrapped from the fifth round of this season's FA Cup, one season earlier than originally planned, the Football Association said on Tuesday. In a statement the FA said the move would help ease fixture congestion with six Premier League teams participating in the knockout stages of European competitions and a midweek round of Premier League fixtures scheduled in late February and March.

* FIFA has banned Seedy Kinteh, former president of the Gambia Football Federation, from all football activities for four years after finding him guilty of bribery and corruption, world soccer's governing body said on Tuesday. Kinteh was also hit with a US$200,000 fine for violating FIFA's code of ethics regarding bribery and corruption, and the offering and accepting of gifts and other benefits.