05.05.2021, 08:58

Football: Mahrez double fires Man City into Champions League final

Football: Mahrez double fires Man City into Champions League final

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scores their first goal. (Photo: Reuters)   

Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time thanks to a 2-0 victory over Paris St Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (May 4) that secured a 4-1 aggregate win.

* The Europa League final in Gdansk on May 26 will be allowed to host up to 9,500 spectators after Europe's soccer governing body UEFA said it had received approval from the Polish authorities. The final will be held at Stadion Energa in Gdansk at a stadium capacity of 25 per cent, with both finalists receiving 2,000 tickets each and 2,000 tickets to be offered to the general public.

* Budapest has been removed as host city of the Billie Jean Cup Finals after its contract with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) was terminated. A source within the ITF confirmed to Reuters that the revamped women's team event, formerly known as the Fed Cup, is seeking a new host after Budapest organisers said they could no longer hold the event because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

* National teams competing at this year's European Championship will be allowed to increase the size of their squad from 23 to 26 players, European soccer's governing body UEFA confirmed on Tuesday (May 4). The rule change is being brought in to mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible COVID-19 cases and subsequent quarantine measures.

* Bayern Munich plan to show paper tickets a red card and go green by using only digital ticketing once fans are able to attend home games next season, it was announced on Tuesday (May 4).

* This year's Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome will have 25 per cent capacity crowds from the last-16 stage onwards, Sport Undersecretary Valentina Vezzali said on Tuesday (May 4). The May 8 to May 16 event will feature COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, face masks and sanitisers.

* AS Roma have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho as their new head coach on a three-year contract starting 2021-22 season, the Italian Serie A club announced on Tuesday (May 4). The decision comes after the club announced coach Paulo Fonseca will leave his role at the end of the current campaign.

* World number three Simona Halep was dumped out of the Madrid Open on Tuesday (Apr 4), losing 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the last 16 to Belgian Elise Mertens, while Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev won their opening men's matches.

* Spectators will be able to attend the Monaco Grand Prix when the social highlight of the Formula One calendar returns on May 20-23 after missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mediterranean principality said on Tuesday that grandstands would be at 40% capacity, with up to 7,500 ticket holders a day.

* Ludogorets clinched a record 10th successive Bulgarian league title with four games to spare by beating Beroe Stara Zagora 3-1 on Tuesday to register the longest current title run in Europe. The Razgrad-based club, who never looked in any real danger during the season, have an unassailable 14-point lead over CSKA Sofia and 15-point gap to third-placed Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who have a game in hand but an inferior head-to-head record.