Soccer, Italy: Cristiano Ronaldo has saved his head coach Andrea Pirlo from possible dismissal at Juventus Turin. The old lady won 2-1 (1-0) against SSC Napoli and climbed to third place in the Serie A. League leaders Inter Milan managed the next one with a 2-1 (1-0) in the catch-up game against Sassuolo Calcio Step towards mastery. The Gazzetta dello Sport had reported on Tuesday that Turin’s club president Andrea Agnelli had already met with former Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri on the Easter weekend.
According to the sports newspaper, the 2006 world champion Pirlo should have left if he lost to Naples. Ronaldo (13th) brought the Bianconeri to victory with his 25th goal of the season, substitute Paulo Dybala (73rd) increased on his comeback after a three-month injury break. Lorenzo Insigne’s goal (90./Foul penalty) came too late. Juventus, champions of the past nine years, are now third with 59 points, but still twelve points away from Inter Milan. The front runner did his duty against Sassuolo thanks to goals from strikers Romelu Lukaku (10th) and Lautaro Martinez (67th).
Soccer, FC Bayern: Jérôme Boateng will not get a new contract with FC Bayern and will leave the record champions at the end of the season. “That was a joint decision of the club management,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Wednesday at the pay TV broadcaster Sky. “I explained that to Jérôme, he understood that too,” added Salihamidzic. The 32-year-old Boateng, whose contract expires on June 30th, moved from Manchester City to the Isar in the summer of 2011. He was part of the Bayern team for ten years and won the Champions League with them in 2013 and 2020.
Basketball, BBL: Bayern Munich’s successful coach Andrea Trinchieri has been suspended from the game and a fine of 2000 euros by the director of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) for “disrespectful behavior”. The Italian will not be able to look after the first German play-off participant in the EuroLeague in the home game on Sunday against Braunschweig, he is also banned from the hall. Trinchieri can appeal the decision within three days. In his reasoning, game director Dirk Horstmann stated that on March 27, after the lost league game at the Hamburg Towers (86:91 a.m.), Trinchieri behaved unsportingly towards Hamburg coach Pedro Calles and lacked due respect towards a referee.
Handball, Champions League: Defending champion THW Kiel followed their north rivals SG Flensburg-Handewitt into the quarter-finals of the Handball Champions League. The Kielers also won the second leg of the round of 16 against the Hungarian top club Pick Szeged 33:28 (18:15) after they had prevailed in the first game in Hungary with the same result. The Norwegian top star Sander Sagosen was the best THW thrower with nine hits in the overall sovereign victory, Patrick Wiencek and Niclas Ekberg each scored seven goals. At Szeged, the former Flensburg and Rhein-Neckar-Löwen professional Bogdan Radivojevic also scored seven goals.
In the quarter-finals (12/13 and 19/20 May) Kiel will face the winner of the match between RK Celje and Paris St. Germain, who will play their second leg on Thursday (first leg 37:24 for Paris). Flensburg has to deal with the Danes from Aalborg. The Final 4 will be on 12./13. June in Cologne. Flensburg had previously reached the round of the last eight without a fight because the two games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Flensburg had been canceled due to several corona cases at RK Zagreb. The cancellation of the original first leg in Zagreb was due to the Corona problem among the Croatians.