The big match was in England where Leicester City hosted Napoli. Ayoze Pérez finished a superb team move to put Leicester ahead and Harvey Barnes added a second. However, Victor Osimhen scored a brilliant first before thumping in a header from Matteo Politano’s cross to earn his side a point, Leicester losing Wilfred Ndidi to a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Paris St Germain have been crowned champions of Ligue 1 after the French football season ended early due to the coronavirus crisis.
PSG had a 12-point lead over second-placed Marseille when the season was suspended as part of the French government’s measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Didier Quillot, chief executive of the French League, said:
“We have decided there would be two promotions and two relegations.
The two teams who will be relegated from Ligue 1 are Amiens and Toulouse while Lens and Lorient will be promoted, while will drop down to Ligue 2.
The 2019-20 Ligue 1 season in France has been cancelled after the prime minister Edouard Philippe announced football games, even behind closed doors, will not be allowed before September.
Last week, the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced plans for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 to resume on June 17, with UEFA setting a deadline of August 2 for domestic leagues to be completed.
All football has been suspended in Europe’s major leagues due to the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not clear when, or indeed if, the campaign will be concluded.
What we do now have is a deadline, set by Ceferin during an interview with German television station ZDF.
“It must finish by August 3, both the Champions and Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible on dates and kick-off times. If the crisis eases earlier, then we can start sooner.”
The Twitter account LaLigaenDirecto, run by mathematics graduate Fran Martinez, has calculated the percentage chances of each club being drawn together in the last-16.
It was a weekend to forget for a number of European sides who suffered shocking losses. In England, the news of the day was Sunday’s 6-1 home drubbing of Manchester United by city rivals Manchester City.
Across the continent, things were not too good for Bayern Munich, Lyon, Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus. In Germany, Bayern Munich suffered their first defeat in more than 2 months when Hanover stunned them 2-1 at home.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes however, was angered by the referees decision to hand Hanover a penalty claiming that Hanover midfielder Sergio Pinto dived. With a penalty converted and playing with only 10 men, it was bound to be a tough mountain to climb for the Bavarians.
Europe’s finest clubs will take to the pitch on Tuesday in what is considered one of the most extravagant football competitions – the Uefa Champions League. European action is back after a lengthy summer break and champions Barcelona will look to add another title in their trophy cabinet as they start their campaign against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday.
With a 70 million euros appearance fee for making it to the group stages, all 32 clubs will look to make an instant impact on match day 1. This season also sees a return to Europe for 7 time winners AC Milan. With Kaka no longer at Milan, Ronaldinho has vowed to replicate the form that saw him win the FiFa World Player of the Year award twice in row.