Frustrated OM, great start from the Giro, Alcaraz-Nadal, Miami unprecedented: Friday’s news on the set


1. Football – Europa League Conference: no C4 final for Marseille (0-0)

At the end of the match there was the first final to aim for in the history of the Europa League Conference. But OM can’t find the key at Vélodrome, against Feyenoord Rotterdam, who manage to contain Marseille’s attacks to start with a 0-0 draw. Dimitri Payet’s teammates, sidelined with an injury, may harbor regrets. Mattéo Guendouzi also indicated that OM “had the team to win the competition”. But the 3-2 first-leg defeat in the end weighed heavily and dulled Marseille’s hopes. Feyenoord will face AS Roma in the final, after the Italians’ 1-0 victory over Leicester.


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2. Europa League: Rangers surprise, Leipzig eliminated despite Nkunku

Small sensation: Glasgow Rangers managed to overthrow Leipzig (3-1) by qualifying for the C3 final, despite a new goal from Christopher Nkunku. The Scottish side will face Eintracht Frankfurt, which confirmed their victory in the first leg against West Ham (1-0). The final will be played in Seville on 18 May. Leipzig’s defeat does not help French clubs who could hope for a direct 3rd place qualification in Ligue 1 for the next Champions League at the end of the season. For this it was particularly necessary for the German club to win the C3. He missed.

3. Tennis – Madrid Masters 1000: Alcaraz works against Norrie, Nadal at the end of the suspense

A rather easy success was expected from the young Spaniard, in front of his audience. But Carlos Alcaraz ultimately had to fight to afford a dream quarter-final against his major Rafael Nadal. Not always inspired in his choices, he needed three sets (6-4, 6-7, 6-3) and 2h39 of play to bring out the captivating Cameron Norrie, 11th player in the world.

Previously, Rafael Nadal experienced all the excitement during his round of 16 win on Madrid’s clay court. Dominant for a set and a half, uninterrupted while serving for the match of the second set, the Majorcan finally got away with the decisive tie-break, saving 4 match points (6-3, 5-7, 7 -6).

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  • Football – Transfers: Soon the result in the Kylian Mbappé file? According to information from Le Parisien, PSG is preparing to extend the contract of its world champion forward, whose current contract expires on 30 June. However, Fayza Lamari, Kylian Mbappé’s mother, denied any “deal” before assuring Marca that Real Madrid remained in pole position.
  • Tennis – WTA Madrid : Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the last representative of the top 10 in the race, qualified for the most prestigious final of her career in Madrid, her first in the WTA 1000, beating 6-2 Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova (45th) , 6-3 in an hour Thursday. In the final on Saturday Jabeur will face the American Jessica Pegula (14th), victorious at midnight in front of the Swiss Jil Teichmann (35th) 6-3, 6-4.
  • Soccer : The Chilean Football Federation (FFCh) has seized Fifa to challenge the validity of the Ecuadorian nationality of the player Byron Castillo, deployed against his national team in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Chile finished seventh in the Amsud area and is therefore eliminated from the World Cup in Qatar, while Ecuador, fourth behind Uruguay (3rd), Argentina (2nd) and Brazil (1st), qualified.
  • Basketball-NBA: Memphis guard Dillon Brooks has been banned for one game after being barred in Game 2 of the Western Conference semi-final against Golden State, while Warriors forward Draymond Green will have to sit down and pay a $ 25,000 (EUR 23,700) fine for his behavior towards the public, the NBA announced Thursday.
  • Football – TV Rights : The suspense over the French football team’s TV rights dossier is over: groups TF1 and M6 will share the broadcast of the Blues matches during the next League of Nations, as well as the broadcast of Euro-2024.
  • Football – Premier League : Chelsea manager Roman Abramovich denied rumors on Thursday that he would seek repayment of the £ 1.5bn (€ 1.8m) loan to see his former club sell off.



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1. Cycling – Giro d’Italia: Let’s go to the Giro 2022!

The Giro starts this Friday in Budapest (Hungary) for a very flat first stage, then a last climb perhaps favorable to punches. This 105th edition will be 3,445.6 kilometers long and will take place from 6 to 29 May 2022. Third in the last Tour de France, Richard Carapaz is the only favorite of the Giro but does not advance as announced triumph. This Giro d’Italia can fall into the hands of a myriad of riders as the list of contenders is long. From Carapaz then, to Bardet, Almeida, Landa, Lopez, Yates or many others.

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2. Football – Ligue 1: Monaco return to OM?

And if the Monegasques (4th) got the big shot by temporarily taking the place of second place at the OM (2nd). It is in any case what will be in all the heads of the players of the Principality who will move on the lawn of the LOSC (10th), Friday at 21. Monaco intend to continue their streak of 7 wins in a row, while Lille still dreams of secure a European seat for next season. The Monegasques will once again be led by striker Wissam Ben Yedder, second in the league table with 21 goals (against 24 by Mbappé).

3. Tennis – Masters 1000 in Madrid: The student Alcaraz will challenge the master Nadal

A little less than two months after their semi-final hanging in Indian Wells, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz find themselves this afternoon in the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 in front of a Spanish crowd drooling in advance. If clay is the surface of choice for the Majorcan, his younger brother has in his favor a dynamic of victories favorable to inverting the balance of power. Especially since his major was pushed to the third set tiebreaker by David Goffin in the previous round. Beginning of the showdown no earlier than 4pm

4. Formula 1 – Miami Grand Prix: unprecedented free practice on the new Florida track

The Miami International Racetrack, in the elegant Miami Gardens neighborhood of Florida, is finally a reality. This weekend, Formula 1 will launch the second stage of its American rocket there, which should establish the popularity of the premier category on the other side of the Atlantic. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) should once again fight to compete for the championship lead. What will happen to Mercedes, where Lewis Hamilton has a hard time starting his season? Free practice starts at 20:30.


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