New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard holds up a shirt during a press conference at Stamford Bridge in London on Thursday. Reuters
Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy.
Eden Hazard’s magnificent double earned Chelsea a 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday and moved Maurizio Sarri’s men up to third in the Premier League. Reports continue to link Hazard with a summer move to Real Madrid with the Belgian refusing to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge beyond 2020.
Arsenal will play Chelsea in the Europa League final after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the hat-trick that ended Valencia’s hopes of another dramatic European comeback on Thursday. Chelsea entered the Europa League final after scraping past Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 semi-final, second leg draw on Thursday.
Top seed Novak Djokovic and second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday kept on course for a showdown in Saturday’s final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Multan Sultans beat Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in a Pakistan Super League held at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Chasing 124, they completed
Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis hit centuries as Sri Lank thrashed the West Indies by 161 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the series on Wednesday.