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Ajax, Bruges, Slavia make Champions League group stage

Thursday, 2019-08-29 07:49:19
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Ajax Amsterdam beat Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus 2-0 on Wednesday following a scoreless draw last week to storm into the Champions League group stage. They will be joined by Club Bruges, who ousted Austrian side LASK Linz 3-1 on aggregate, and Slavia Prague, who claimed a second 1-0 victory over CFR Cluj of Romania to win the two-legged tie 2-0.

* Manchester City will start their defence of the English League Cup with a third-round trip to second-tier side Preston next month, while Wednesday's (Aug 28) draw also pitted Liverpool against MK Dons.

* Nick Kyrgios, one of the most combustible characters in tennis who was recently fined a six-figure sum over a meltdown in Cincinnati, could be in more trouble for describing the ATP as corrupt after his opening match at the US Open.

* A Burnley fan who ran from Turf Moor to every away game in the Premier League last season to raise money for charity will be recognised by UEFA at Thursday's (Aug 29) Champions League draw in Monaco, European soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.

* Defending champions Kashima Antlers were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw with Guangzhou Evergrande in the first leg of their Asian Champions League quarter-final in China on Wednesday.

* Spain's Angel Madrazo claimed an improbable breakaway victory on stage five of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, while Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez rode into the leader's red jersey after finishing fourth.

* Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez arrived in Milan on Wednesday (Aug 28) ahead of a reported one-year loan move to Inter, according to reports. The 30-year-old was photographed waving to fans at the airport and was whisked away for a medical before signing a contract later in the day, Sky Sports Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport reported.

* Alex Iwobi's first Everton goal helped seal a 4-2 win at third-tier side Lincoln in the League Cup second round on Wednesday (Aug 28) as the top-flight club survived a scare, while Burnley were dumped out by Sunderland.

Reuters, CNA