Benfica seal 37th Portuguese title

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Lisbon (AFP) – Benfica sealed their 37th Portuguese league title on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara in the euphoric Stadium of Light.

Benfica struggled until Bruno Lage took over as manager in January and though their form improved they were still third at the start of February. 

“Until January, the team was not doing very well, but we have made up a lot of points. It’s unbelievable!”

Galaxy stun Chiefs, become first second-flight team to win South African FA Cup

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Johannesburg (AFP) – TS Galaxy stunned Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 in Durban Saturday to become the first second-tier club to win the South African FA Cup.

Seeking to end a record four-season trophy drought, Chiefs were floored by a sucker punch three minutes into stoppage time when substitute Zakhele Lepasa converted a penalty. 

Arguing between Chiefs players and the referee delayed the taking of the spot-kick for several minutes before a

Monaco victory virtually ensures Ligue 1 safety

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Paris (AFP) – Monaco virtually made sure of their French Ligue 1 survival with a 2-0 win over Amiens on Saturday while champions PSG signed off their home campaign with Kylian Mbappe scoring his 32nd league goal of the season in a 4-0 win over Dijon.

Falcao and Alexander Golovin scored in either half at the Stade Louis II to take Monaco to 36 points and three above the drop

Qatar officials say 48-team World Cup will not be ‘imposed’

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Doha (AFP) – The organisers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup said on Saturday that “there will be no decision imposed” on the country to extend the tournament to 48 teams.

Anticipation is mounting ahead of the final decision, due to be announced in Paris at the beginning of June, whether to retain a 32-team format or expand it.    

“(The) decision will be made between FIFA and Qatar,” said

Roma’s Champions League hopes fade with Sassuolo draw

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Rome (AFP) – Roma’s hopes of reaching the Champions League next season faded on Saturday with a goalless draw at Sassuolo.

There are two Champions League places left to take in Italy behind league winners Juventus and second-placed Napoli.

Claudio Ranieri’s side, semi-finalists in the elite European competition last season, are now fifth, three points behind Inter Milan, and one adrift of Atalanta who occupy fourth.

Both teams have difficult