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Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty." [2]=> string(207) "

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March." [3]=> string(131) "

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A feisty start belied the two teams’ long absence from the pitch, with Juve — missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain — roaring out of the blocks and Milan putting in some questionable challenges to try to stop themselves from being overrun." [5]=> string(180) "

Juve should have been ahead in with just 15 minutes on the clock when Andrea Conti clipped the ball in the penalty area with his elbow and conceded a penalty after a VAR check." [6]=> string(210) "

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head." [7]=> string(233) "

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Hakan Calhanoglu had Milan’s best chance two minutes after the restart, flashing a free header wide, while Simon Kjaer should have done better with another header 10 minutes from the end." [9]=> string(258) "

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Juventus players warmed up before the match in T-shirts with the message “No Racism”, while Milan wore tops on with “Black Lives Matter” written on them, in solidarity with global protests over the death of George Floyd." [15]=> string(147) "

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However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy." [17]=> string(196) "

“It’s hard for a team not to be able to count on the presence of the cheering fans,” said Massimiliano Balduzzi, 47, from Bergamo, one of the country’s worst-hit areas." [18]=> string(182) "

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Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty." [2]=> string(207) "

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March." [3]=> string(131) "

Napoli take on Antonio Conte’s Inter at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo on Saturday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  " [4]=> string(282) "

A feisty start belied the two teams’ long absence from the pitch, with Juve — missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain — roaring out of the blocks and Milan putting in some questionable challenges to try to stop themselves from being overrun." [5]=> string(180) "

Juve should have been ahead in with just 15 minutes on the clock when Andrea Conti clipped the ball in the penalty area with his elbow and conceded a penalty after a VAR check." [6]=> string(210) "

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head." [7]=> string(233) "

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured and Samu Castillejo suspended, Stefano Pioli’s side were missing some firepower going forward, but managed to create problems for Juve despite spending most of the match on the back foot." [8]=> string(197) "

Hakan Calhanoglu had Milan’s best chance two minutes after the restart, flashing a free header wide, while Simon Kjaer should have done better with another header 10 minutes from the end." [9]=> string(258) "

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The match was played on the day Italy would have kicked off Euro 2020 in Rome had the tournament not been postponed for a year." [12]=> string(178) "

More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the coronavirus with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan." [13]=> string(209) "

Both teams held a minute’s silence before kick-off for those who lost their lives to the virus before breaking out into applause for healthcare workers, three of whom were stood in the centre circle." [14]=> string(248) "

Juventus players warmed up before the match in T-shirts with the message “No Racism”, while Milan wore tops on with “Black Lives Matter” written on them, in solidarity with global protests over the death of George Floyd." [15]=> string(147) "

The few fans hanging around the Allianz Stadium told AFP that they were happy to see football come back as the country edges towards normality." [16]=> string(127) "

However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy." [17]=> string(196) "

“It’s hard for a team not to be able to count on the presence of the cheering fans,” said Massimiliano Balduzzi, 47, from Bergamo, one of the country’s worst-hit areas." [18]=> string(182) "

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Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty." [2]=> string(207) "

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March." [3]=> string(131) "

Napoli take on Antonio Conte’s Inter at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo on Saturday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  " [4]=> string(282) "

A feisty start belied the two teams’ long absence from the pitch, with Juve — missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain — roaring out of the blocks and Milan putting in some questionable challenges to try to stop themselves from being overrun." [5]=> string(180) "

Juve should have been ahead in with just 15 minutes on the clock when Andrea Conti clipped the ball in the penalty area with his elbow and conceded a penalty after a VAR check." [6]=> string(210) "

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head." [7]=> string(233) "

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured and Samu Castillejo suspended, Stefano Pioli’s side were missing some firepower going forward, but managed to create problems for Juve despite spending most of the match on the back foot." [8]=> string(197) "

Hakan Calhanoglu had Milan’s best chance two minutes after the restart, flashing a free header wide, while Simon Kjaer should have done better with another header 10 minutes from the end." [9]=> string(258) "

However Juve also had their chances, with Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma doing well to keep out Blaise Matuidi’s thumping close range effort on the half-hour mark, and two great efforts from Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro late in the second half." [10]=> string(40) "

– Virus dead tribute  –" [11]=> string(131) "

The match was played on the day Italy would have kicked off Euro 2020 in Rome had the tournament not been postponed for a year." [12]=> string(178) "

More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the coronavirus with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan." [13]=> string(209) "

Both teams held a minute’s silence before kick-off for those who lost their lives to the virus before breaking out into applause for healthcare workers, three of whom were stood in the centre circle." [14]=> string(248) "

Juventus players warmed up before the match in T-shirts with the message “No Racism”, while Milan wore tops on with “Black Lives Matter” written on them, in solidarity with global protests over the death of George Floyd." [15]=> string(147) "

The few fans hanging around the Allianz Stadium told AFP that they were happy to see football come back as the country edges towards normality." [16]=> string(127) "

However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy." [17]=> string(196) "

“It’s hard for a team not to be able to count on the presence of the cheering fans,” said Massimiliano Balduzzi, 47, from Bergamo, one of the country’s worst-hit areas." [18]=> string(182) "

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Juve squeeze past Milan to reach cup final as football returns to Italy

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus reached the Italian Cup final on Friday after a goalless draw with 10-man AC Milan in the semi-final, second leg in Turin on the day football returned to Italy after three months away." [1]=> string(290) "

Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty." [2]=> string(207) "

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March." [3]=> string(131) "

Napoli take on Antonio Conte’s Inter at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo on Saturday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  " [4]=> string(282) "

A feisty start belied the two teams’ long absence from the pitch, with Juve — missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain — roaring out of the blocks and Milan putting in some questionable challenges to try to stop themselves from being overrun." [5]=> string(180) "

Juve should have been ahead in with just 15 minutes on the clock when Andrea Conti clipped the ball in the penalty area with his elbow and conceded a penalty after a VAR check." [6]=> string(210) "

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head." [7]=> string(233) "

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured and Samu Castillejo suspended, Stefano Pioli’s side were missing some firepower going forward, but managed to create problems for Juve despite spending most of the match on the back foot." [8]=> string(197) "

Hakan Calhanoglu had Milan’s best chance two minutes after the restart, flashing a free header wide, while Simon Kjaer should have done better with another header 10 minutes from the end." [9]=> string(258) "

However Juve also had their chances, with Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma doing well to keep out Blaise Matuidi’s thumping close range effort on the half-hour mark, and two great efforts from Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro late in the second half." [10]=> string(40) "

– Virus dead tribute  –" [11]=> string(131) "

The match was played on the day Italy would have kicked off Euro 2020 in Rome had the tournament not been postponed for a year." [12]=> string(178) "

More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the coronavirus with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan." [13]=> string(209) "

Both teams held a minute’s silence before kick-off for those who lost their lives to the virus before breaking out into applause for healthcare workers, three of whom were stood in the centre circle." [14]=> string(248) "

Juventus players warmed up before the match in T-shirts with the message “No Racism”, while Milan wore tops on with “Black Lives Matter” written on them, in solidarity with global protests over the death of George Floyd." [15]=> string(147) "

The few fans hanging around the Allianz Stadium told AFP that they were happy to see football come back as the country edges towards normality." [16]=> string(127) "

However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy." [17]=> string(196) "

“It’s hard for a team not to be able to count on the presence of the cheering fans,” said Massimiliano Balduzzi, 47, from Bergamo, one of the country’s worst-hit areas." [18]=> string(182) "

“I believe that there should always be cheering at the stadium. Unfortunately, with what happened, we can only keep on waiting and hope that everything will go well.”" [19]=> string(4286) "

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus reached the Italian Cup final on Friday after a goalless draw with 10-man AC Milan in the semi-final, second leg in Turin on the day football returned to Italy after three months away.

Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March.

Napoli take on Antonio Conte’s Inter at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo on Saturday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.  

A feisty start belied the two teams’ long absence from the pitch, with Juve — missing the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain — roaring out of the blocks and Milan putting in some questionable challenges to try to stop themselves from being overrun.

Juve should have been ahead in with just 15 minutes on the clock when Andrea Conti clipped the ball in the penalty area with his elbow and conceded a penalty after a VAR check.

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with the resulting spot-kick, but while that should have been a reprieve for the away side, they found themselves a man down seconds later when Ante Rebic kicked Danilo in the head.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out injured and Samu Castillejo suspended, Stefano Pioli’s side were missing some firepower going forward, but managed to create problems for Juve despite spending most of the match on the back foot.

Hakan Calhanoglu had Milan’s best chance two minutes after the restart, flashing a free header wide, while Simon Kjaer should have done better with another header 10 minutes from the end.

However Juve also had their chances, with Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma doing well to keep out Blaise Matuidi’s thumping close range effort on the half-hour mark, and two great efforts from Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro late in the second half.

– Virus dead tribute  –

The match was played on the day Italy would have kicked off Euro 2020 in Rome had the tournament not been postponed for a year.

More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the coronavirus with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan.

Both teams held a minute’s silence before kick-off for those who lost their lives to the virus before breaking out into applause for healthcare workers, three of whom were stood in the centre circle.

Juventus players warmed up before the match in T-shirts with the message “No Racism”, while Milan wore tops on with “Black Lives Matter” written on them, in solidarity with global protests over the death of George Floyd.

The few fans hanging around the Allianz Stadium told AFP that they were happy to see football come back as the country edges towards normality.

However they were sad that matches had to take place without the passionate support that accompanies most matches in Italy.

“It’s hard for a team not to be able to count on the presence of the cheering fans,” said Massimiliano Balduzzi, 47, from Bergamo, one of the country’s worst-hit areas.

“I believe that there should always be cheering at the stadium. Unfortunately, with what happened, we can only keep on waiting and hope that everything will go well.”

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    Dublin (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland ended their long wait for a Nations...

  • Paris police chief admits security ‘failure’ at European final

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    Paris (AFP) – The head of Paris police acknowledged Thursday the “failure” of security operations for the Champions League final last month where crowd problems, tear-gas and street crime marred the biggest night in European club football." [1]=> string(275) "

    “It is obviously a failure,” Didier Lallement told a commission investigating the fiasco at the French Senate. “It was a failure because people were pushed around and attacked. It’s a failure because the image of the country was undermined.”" [2]=> string(241) "

    Lallement and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin have been under severe pressure since the May 28 game after they initially blamed the chaos on as many as 40,000 Liverpool fans at the stadium without tickets or with counterfeit tickets. " [3]=> string(195) "

    The figure has been widely disputed since by witnesses and media using images from the ground, leading Lallement to face repeated questions from senators who grew frustrated at his responses." [4]=> string(270) "

    “Perhaps I made a mistake with the figure I gave to the minister,” he said, saying he had based his estimate on the numbers of people using public transport and from feedback from the ground. “I never claimed that it was absolutely accurate.”" [5]=> string(226) "

    He admitted there were not 30-40,000 “at the gates of the stadium” but maintained that many thousands were “in the vicinity” of police checkpoints at the Stade de France to the north of the capital." [6]=> string(181) "

    Many Liverpool supporters struggled to enter the stadium, leading to kick-off to be delayed by more than half an hour and crushes at the entry gates, where police fired teargas." [7]=> string(193) "

    Fans also complained about bottlenecks leading up to the stadium created by police, but Lallement said the checkpoints were anti-terror measures “for a risk that is still real”." [8]=> string(263) "

    The government’s initial decision to blame Liverpool fans for the problems caused tensions between France and Britain, while questions have also been raised about the capacity of Paris to host the rugby World Cup next year and the Olympic Games in 2024." [9]=> string(32) "

    – Street crime –" [10]=> string(216) "

    Lallement said he was “sorry” for authorising the use of tear gas to move supporters away from the stadium before the game, which affected mostly Liverpool fans including children and disabled people." [11]=> string(241) "

    “We needed to get people to move back,” Lallement explained. “We asked people to move back, then we used tear-gas… it’s the only way to our knowledge of moving a crowd back, except for a baton charge.”" [12]=> string(111) "

    His decisions that night had saved lives, he argued, saying: “I would do the same thing again.”" [13]=> string(103) "

    “The line running through my actions is to avoid people dying,” he told the commission." [14]=> string(160) "

    Lallement was also asked to explain why frustrated rail passengers had been tear-gassed at a Paris station last weekend after their trains were cancelled. " [15]=> string(233) "

    He encouraged supporters from Liverpool and Real Madrid to file complaints if they were victims of counterfeited tickets or street crime outside the stadium “so that we can find the guilty parties and prosecute them”." [16]=> string(209) "

    Around 300-400 “delinquents” were outside the stadium, Lallement estimated, with many fans reporting being robbed or physically assaulted as they left after the game, which Real Madrid won 1-0." [17]=> string(116) "

    The mayor of the Liverpool city region Steve Rotheram is due to testify to the Senate commission later Thursday." [18]=> string(84) "

    He was a victim of pickpockets after the game, losing his phone and possessions." [19]=> string(170) "

    Rotheram said he was “outraged by the treatment of Liverpool fans at the hands of the French police”, accusing them of “looking for conflict”." [20]=> string(4286) "

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    Paris (AFP) – The head of Paris police acknowledged Thursday the “failure” of security...

  • Austrian federation X-rays pitch ahead of France game

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    Vienna (AFP) – The Austrian football federation (OFB) said it was having the pitch at the Ernst-Happel Stadium X-rayed ahead of a game with France after a huge hole appeared during a Nations League match against Denmark." [1]=> string(177) "

    On Monday, after winning their Nations League game 2-1, Danish players complained about the hole that had appeared in the centre circle. They said it was at least 30cm deep." [2]=> string(134) "

    “I don’t know what’s going on with this amateur stadium,” midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg told the press." [3]=> string(151) "

    The OFB has warned that if there is a danger of further holes appearing, Friday’s sold-out game against France in Vienna could be called off." [4]=> string(145) "

    “The field is being examined with X-rays with a special device to see if other cavities can appear,” an OFB spokeswoman told AFP." [5]=> string(171) "

    “The analysis should be completed on Wednesday evening” when, she said, a meeting was scheduled between stadium officials and European governing body UEFA." [6]=> string(181) "

    “It is likely that there was a significant increase in the level of groundwater from the nearby Danube, caused by heavy rains on Sunday night to Monday,” she said. " [7]=> string(125) "

    “The waters exerted upward pressure on the pitch, which caused the formation of a cavity, leading to a hole.”" [8]=> string(167) "

    The OFB said it had 1,000 square meters of turf available “in the event that the top layer of grass must be changed quickly” if new holes are detected." [9]=> string(54) "

    It said it had used a roller to compress the soil." [10]=> string(132) "

    On Tuesday, OFB president Bernhard Neuhold told local media that he could not “say that there is no further danger”." [11]=> string(105) "

    “There can always be scenarios that could lead to a cancellation of the match,” he added." [12]=> string(48) "

    Monday’s game was beset with problems." [13]=> string(51) "

    Kick-off was delayed 90 minutes by a power cut." [14]=> string(198) "

    “The outage affected neighbouring districts of Vienna and was caused by faulty power lines. The technicians say that the heavy rains on Sunday caused this problem,” the OFB told AFP." [15]=> string(59) "

    More rain is forecast in Vienna on Thursday and Friday." [16]=> string(4286) "

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    Vienna (AFP) – The Austrian football federation (OFB) said it was having the pitch...

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