Valencia’s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2019 Spanish Copa del Rey match against Barcelona on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Barcelona’s Champions League recovery has begun and Getafe’s hopes of qualifying for the tournament could be over after they were beaten 2-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Damage limitation, and a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey, will be the prize if Barcelona beat Valencia on Saturday as their rejuvenated opponents eye a final flourish to their remarkable comeback season.
The five-time European champions will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four in their first appearance at the stage of the competition since 2015.
Chelsea accused Burnley of time-wasting and playing “anti-football” after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off before a touchline skirmish marred their frustrating 2-2 draw on Monday. Sarri’s side fell behind to Jeff Hendrick’s fine finish before N’Golo Kante equalised moments later.
Al Jazira kicked off the 2019/20 Arabian Gulf League (AGL) season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Al Dhafra at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday. Al Jazira started the game
Bishkek: UAE defeated Iraq 1-0, while hosts Kyrgyzstan came from behind to beat Lebanon 3-2 in Group F of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 qualifiers at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
Treble-chasing New Zealand’s supremacy looks set to face a serious test from multiple challengers as the clock ticks down to an eagerly awaited Rugby World Cup in Japan.