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PSG reach French Cup final as Verratti nets rare goal

Thursday, 2019-04-04 06:47:44
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Paris St Germain's Marco Verratti celebrates scoring their first goal with Juan Bernat. (Reuters)
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Marco Verratti scored a rare goal for Paris St Germain as they beat Nantes 3-0 at home to reach the French Cup final on Wednesday, with a fifth consecutive title in their sights.

* The men’s tennis final at next year’s Tokyo Olympics will change format to a best-of-three tiebreak sets instead of five, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Wednesday. The decision brings the men’s gold medal match into line with other Olympic singles matches which are all played as best-of-three sets.

* Empoli stunned Napoli with a 2-1 home win on Wednesday to boost their survival hopes and leave the visitors 18 points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus.

* Mauro Icardi scored on his first Inter Milan appearance in almost two months to help his side extend their lead in third place with a 4-0 Serie A win away to 10-man Genoa on Wednesday.

* Europe's domestic leagues, concerned about plans to drastically overhaul football on the continent from 2024, say they will not allow UEFA club competitions to be played at weekends. The topic is set to dominate discussions when the European Leagues umbrella organisation holds a general assembly in Lisbon on Friday.

* A last-gasp penalty propelled Athletic Bilbao to a 3-2 win over Levante on Wednesday which sparked hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League as they moved to within four points of fourth spot in La Liga.

* Chelsea eased the pressure on under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri as Callum Hudson-Odoi's influential display and sublime strikes from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealed a 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday (Apr 3).

* Tottenham celebrated the opening of the club's state-of-the-art new stadium by ending a five-game winless Premier League run with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday (Apr 3).

* Robert Lewandowski scored twice off the bench to send 10-man Bayern Munich into the German Cup semi-finals as his late penalty secured a 5-4 home win against second division Heidenheim on Wednesday.

Reuters, CNA