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Injured Ronaldo limps off in Portugal qualifier

Tuesday, 2019-03-26 07:00:36
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Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch at Luz Stadium, Lisbon. (Photo: EPA)
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Portugal paid the price for poor finishing after their captain and top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off the pitch with an apparent hamstring problem during their Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Serbia on Monday.

A 1-1 home draw, which followed a 0-0 stalemate against Ukraine on Friday, left European champions Portugal on two points and Ronaldo on the sidelines after he limped off in the 30th minute of an absorbing contest.

* Chelsea have lodged an appeal against a one-year transfer ban to FIFA's Appeal Committee and the case will be heard on April 11, the sport's world governing body said on Monday. The English Premier League club were banned from registering new players in the next two transfer windows and fined 600,000 Swiss Francs after they were found guilty of breaching rules on signing foreign players under the age of 18.

* Uruguay eased to a 4-0 win over Thailand on Monday to retain the China Cup as veteran defender Diego Godin became his country's most capped player. Godin captained the team on his 126th appearance to move ahead of Maxi Pereira on the all-time list, and the Uruguayans were given few problems by a Thai side that struggled against more physical opponents.

* EU antitrust regulators fined US sportswear maker Nike 12.5 million on Monday for restricting cross-border sales of merchandising products of five European football clubs and the a football federation. The European Commission said Nike's illegal practices occurred between 2004 to 2017 and related to licensed merchandise for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, AS Roma and the French Football Federation.

* Brazil captain Neymar is negotiating a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, according to the forward's father and agent. Neymar has been the subject of transfer speculation since joining the French club from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million euros in August 2017.

* Lionel Messi will be a part of Argentina's squad at this year's Copa America despite his recent unavailability for international fixtures, Albiceleste head coach Lionel Scaloni said on Monday. Messi returned to the national team after an eight-month self-imposed exile in Argentina's 3-1 friendly defeat to Venezuela in Madrid last Friday. However the Barcelona forward has been ruled out of Tuesday's friendly against Morocco here because of a groin problem.

* Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Caroline Garcia of France to book her spot into the women's singles quarterfinals at the Miami Open on Monday. Kvitova put on a dominating performance at the Center Court, raining down 26 winners against Garcia and weathering a two-hour-long rain delay en route to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory.

* Head coach Hector Cuper said Uzbekistan still have a lot of things to do despite beating China 1-0 to finish third at the China Cup in Nanning on Monday. Uzbekistan have one win and one loss in the tournament.

* The organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on Monday revealed the relay torch for the Paralympics with a design inspired from Japan's iconic cherry blossoms and the uses of Braille text. Similar in the design with the Olympic torches, the Paralympic version also bears the motif of "sakura" cherry blossoms, Japan's most familiar and best-loved flower, and heralds the arrival of the country's cherry blossom season in March 2020.

Reuters, Xinhua