May 19, 2019

Atalanta grab crucial point at Allegri’s Juventus farewell party

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Rome (AFP) – Departing Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri bid farewell to the Turin fans in the team’s final home game this season on Sunday, a 1-1 stalemate against Atalanta that kept the visitors’ hopes of a first-ever Champions League qualification alive.

The Juventus fans paid tribute to Allegri, who the club’s management have decided will not be their coach next season, despite winning 11 trophies in five years, but missing

Mbappe wants responsibility, ‘maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere’

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe fuelled speculation surrounding his future on Sunday, saying that he wants “responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere”.

The 20-year-old backed up his excellent 2018 World Cup, where he scored four times as France won the trophy, by netting 38 times for PSG this season.

He was named as the Ligue 1 player of the season on Sunday, but did not deny that

Orlando Pirates’ Lorch voted top South African footballer

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Johannesburg (AFP) – Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was named South African Footballer of the Season on Sunday at an awards ceremony in Durban.

The 25-year-old international beat two midfielders from champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Hlompho Kekana and Themba Zwane, in a vote among the 16 top-flight league coaches.

Lorch, who also won the Players’ Player of the Season award, was overcome by shyness after receiving the trophies, limiting his acceptance

Piatek, Suso keep Milan’s Champions League hopes alive

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Rome (AFP) – Krzysztof Piatek and Suso struck in the second half as AC Milan kept their Champions League hopes alive with a hard-fought 2-0 win over relegated Frosinone on Sunday.

Polish striker Piatek got back scoring after 57 minutes in the San Siro with Spanish winger Suso adding a second nine minutes later as Milan move equal on points with Alatanta, who travel to champions Juventus later on Sunday.

‘Injured’ Maradona unable to attend Cannes film festival

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Cannes (France) (AFP) – Football legend Diego Maradona will not attend the Cannes film festival, where a documentary about his life is being premiered, after he injured his shoulder, its director told AFP Sunday.

The Argentinian icon is the subject of a feature-length work by the British filmmaker behind “Amy”, the Oscar-winning look at the tragic life and death of the singer Amy Winehouse.

But director Asif Kapadia said Maradona