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Ajax get Champions League boost as Eredivisie games postponed

Saturday, 2019-04-20 06:59:08
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Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - Juventus v Ajax Amsterdam - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - April 16, 2019 Ajax players celebrate after the match. (Reuters)
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Ajax Amsterdam's Champions League hopes got a boost on Thursday when the Dutch FA said Eredivisie fixtures on the weekend before the semi-final first leg at Tottenham Hotspur will be postponed.

* Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his players will not forget their painful Champions League loss to Tottenham Hotspur but expects them to show the same intensity when they face the north London club again in the Premier League on Saturday.

* Memphis Depay helped Lyon defeat Angers 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Friday (May 19) to end a three match winless run and maintain their push for Champions League football next season. First half goals from the Dutch international and Martin Terrier saw Lyon consolidate their hold on third place on 59 points, six clear of fourth-placed Saint-Etienne.

* Brazilian Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended for the second time this year amid a corruption investigation, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Friday.

* AC Milan and the Serie A club's players Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie have been fined a total of €86,000 (US$97,000) for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi's shirt like a trophy after Saturday's 1-0 win over their Champions League rivals, according to Italian media.

* American Jarrell Miller says he never knowingly took a banned substance and will appeal a decision to revoke his licence over an adverse finding from a doping test ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Britain's Anthony Joshua.

* Liverpool have taken a cue from Manchester United and hiked prices for away supporters when they host Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp, the Premier League club have said.

* Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is confident his players will have enough recovery time to avoid a European hangover as they switch focus to their Premier League title bid this weekend.

Reuters, CNA