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Lampard gets Kante, Willian boost for FA Cup final

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Chelsea’s influential duo N’Golo Kante and Willian have recovered from injuries and are back in contention for today’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, manager Frank Lampard said as he looks to win his first trophy as a manager.

Kante missed Chelsea’s last six matches in all competitions due to a hamstring injury while Willian sat out their crucial Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that ensured the club qualified for the Champions League.

“Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved in the starting 11,” Lampard, who took charge of Chelsea in July last year, told reporters in a virtual news conference yesterday.

The result arguably means more to Arsenal, who need to win to qualify for the Europa League, but Lampard said Chelsea would not take their foot off the gas having already sealed Champions League qualification.

“We have to make sure we are not negatively affected by having qualified for the Champions League,” added Lampard, who won the FA Cup four times as a player.

Lampard will be pitted against another young manager in Mikel Arteta — whose Arsenal side beat Manchester City to reach the final — and the Chelsea boss said he was impressed with what the Spaniard had achieved in a short time.

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UCL: Ronaldo brace not enough as Olympique Lyon knock out Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, including an unstoppable long-range goal, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League on Friday.

However, it was not enough as the French side reached the quarter-finals on away goals.

After both sides converted contentious penalties in the first half, Ronaldo struck from out of the blue on the hour but Lyon clung on for a 2-2 aggregate draw which sent them to next week’s Final Eight tournament in Lisbon.

They will meet Manchester City in a one-legged quarter-final.

The defeat left Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri in an uncomfortable position as the Champions League title eluded the Turin side for another season.

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Although Juventus have won Serie A for nine seasons in a row, they have not been able to get their hands on the Champions League trophy since 1996 when they won it for the second time.

Despite continuing the domestic run, Sarri failed to give Juventus the flamboyant touch the club had been looking for as well as missing out on their main goal.

It was an uphill struggle for Juve from the moment they conceded an away goal in the 12th minute, albeit in controversial circumstances.

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Rodrigo Bentancur appeared to get the ball cleanly off Houssem Aouar but referee Felix Zwayer pointed to the spot and chose not to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Dempay converted with a cheeky Panenka-style penalty which sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.

Ronaldo saw a free-kick palmed away by Anthony Lopes but it was another controversial penalty that provided the hosts with their equalizer.

Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick struck Depay’s elbow in the wall and, although his arm was close to his body, the referee gave another penalty, again without consulting the pitchside monitor.

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Ronaldo converted.

Juventus seemed to be making little progress after halftime until Ronaldo found space for a shot and blasted the ball past Lopes from 25 meters on the hour.

After that, it became almost a Ronaldo one-man show as he set up a chance which Gonzalo Higuain headed over, then headed over himself and drilled a free-kick into the wall.

But even he could not find the winner.

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JUST IN: Man City thrash Real Madrid 4-2 aggregate to qualify for quarterfinals

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Manchester City reached the Champions League quarter-finals after knocking out record 13-time winners Real Madrid.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, City extended their aggregate lead through Raheem Sterling’s close-range finish after Raphael Varane’s mistake.

Karim Benzema equalised on the night with a header but Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus made it 4-2 on aggregate after another shocking error by Varane.

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City will play Lyon in a one-off quarter-final tie on 15 August.

It is the third successive season Pep Guardiola’s side, who finished second in the Premier League table, have reached the last eight in Europe’s premier club knockout competition.

City, seeking to win the Champions League for the first time, have not reached the semi-finals since 2015-16, when they were knocked out by Real Madrid.

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JUST IN: Lyon dump Juventus out of Champions League

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Lyon on Friday dumped Juventus out of the Champions League despite losing 2-1 at the Old Lady.

CRISTIANO RONALDO has scored a double to give Juventus hope of an incredible comeback against Lyon after both teams were awarded very controversial penalties.

Memphis Depay put the French side in front with a panenka from the spot despite Rodrigo Bentancur appearing to tackle Houseem Aouar cleanly.

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But Depay himself was a victim of a bizarre decision as the ball struck his arm while it was by his side from a free-kick.

And Ronaldo struck again on the hour mark to leave Juve needing just one more goal to progress.

Lyon, however, sailed to on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate play.

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