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Ronaldo on target as Juventus earn Supercup win over Napoli

Thursday, 2021-01-21 07:53:12
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly. (Reuters)
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Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata helped Juventus to beat Napoli 2-0 to win the Italian Supercup on Wednesday (Jan 20), the annual meeting between the Coppa Italia winners and Serie A champions.

* Paul Pogba struck another crucial blow for Manchester United in the Premier League title race with a stunning second-half strike to put his side back on top of the table with a 2-1 victory at Fulham on Wednesday (Jan 20).

* Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to lowly Alcoyano on Wednesday (Jan 20) to exit the Copa del Rey, as the third division side scored an unlikely winner late in extra time after being reduced to 10 men.

* Aston Villa manager Dean Smith launched a furious blast at the officials after Bernardo Silva's controversial late goal inspired Manchester City's 2-0 win on Wednesday.

* Luis Muriel's fine equaliser earned Atalanta a 1-1 draw at Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday, stretching his side's unbeaten run to nine league games.

* Schalke remained rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table after slipping to a 2-1 home loss to fellow strugglers Cologne on Wednesday (Jan 20), despite a fifth goal in three games for American teenager Matthew Hoppe.

* Emil Forsberg drilled in a second-half winner as RB Leipzig were made to work hard for a 1-0 victory over in-form Union Berlin on Wednesday (Jan 20) that kept them on the heels of leaders Bayern Munich.

* Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski struck a first-half penalty to help Bayern Munich earn a nervous 1-0 victory at Augsburg on Wednesday and stay four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga at the season's halfway mark.

* Singapore will host an ATP 250 tennis tournament next month, under strict COVID-19 measures and travel protocols for players and officials, said Sport Singapore (SportSG) on Wednesday (Jan 20). This comes after the ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, awarded single-year licences for the 2021 season to Singapore and Spain's Marbella.

* Italian manufacturer Ducati announced on Wednesday its continuation in MotoGP until at least the end of the 2026 season. Ducati won the top category with Australian Casey Stoner in 2007, ending a 32-year Japanese manufacturer domination of the sport.

* Arsenal have agreed to terminate Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos' contract by mutual consent, the Premier League club said on Wednesday (Jan 20). Sokratis has not played for Arsenal this season after being left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads. His contract was due to end in June this year.

* All Premier League matches scheduled to be played in February will be broadcast live in the UK, the league announced on Wednesday (Jan 20). Games in England's top-league are being played without spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the league has been broadcasting all of them live since the season started in September.

* The English Premier League said it had agreed to introduce an additional permanent concussion substitutions trial following a shareholders meeting on Wednesday (Jan 20). The decision comes after the game's rule-making body IFAB last month gave the go-ahead for trials of additional "concussion subs".

* SailGP's second season will feature eight teams participating in eight races, starting in Bermuda from April, the tournament organisers said on Wednesday. The second season will begin with the Bermuda Grand Prix from Apr 24-25 this year, a month after the end of the 36th America's Cup, and conclude with the United States Grand Prix in San Francisco, scheduled for Mar 26-27 in 2022.

Reuters, CNA