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Dzeko double sees Roma beat Empoli 2-0
MILAN --- Edin Dzeko con-
tinued his astonishing season
with a double to help Roma
beat Empoli 2-0 in Serie A
The goals took Dzeko's tally to
33 for the season in all compe-
titions. He is the league leading
scorer with 23, one more than
Torino's Andrea Belotti.
Dzeko is just three off his best
tally of 26 league goals for Wolfs-
burg in the 2008-09 season. There
are eight Serie A matches remain-
It is all a far cry from last season,
when Dzeko managed just eight
goals in 31 appearances in his first
Serie A campaign.
Roma will hope he can deliver
again when they play city rival
Lazio in the second leg of their
Italian Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
"We had an average match,"
Dzeko said. "Maybe our minds
were on the derby a bit but we did
our bit and we got the three points.
"The cup match is such an im-
portant test. It will be difficult to
overturn the 2-0 deficit, but we
are a strong team."
Dzeko scored his first early
when Antonio Rudiger flicked
on Leandro Paredes' corner and
it went in off Dzeko's knee.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina
forward doubled his tally in the
second half. Mohamed Salah nod-
ded down Diego Perotti's cross and
Dzeko swept it past Empoli goal-
keeper Lukasz Skorupski, who is
on loan from Roma.
Salah almost got on the score-
sheet in the 70th but his header
came off the crossbar.
Roma moved to five points
behind league leader Juventus,
which visits third-placed Napoli
on Sunday. (AP)
SASSUOLO 1, LAZIO 2
Schweinsteiger scores in his MLS debut
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill --- Bastian
Schweinsteiger scored in his
MLS debut, Luis Solignac
scored in second-half stoppage
time, and the Chicago Fire tied
the Montreal Impact 2-2 yes-
Schweinsteiger, a World Cup
winner with Germany, was ac-
quired from Manchester United on
March 21st after the 32-year-old
struggled to replicate the highs of
his Bayern Munich career.
Schweinsteiger headed in David
Accam's cross in the 17th minute
to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. The
Fire played the short option on a
corner kick and Schweinsteiger
was unmarked in the box. In the
third minute of second-half stop-
page time, Solignac chested a long
pass from Dax McCarty and turned
on a shot from just outside the 18-
Matteo Mancosu headed in Chris
Duvall's cross at the back post as
Montreal tied it at 1-all in the 61st
minute. Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla,
making his first MLS start, sent
a shot from distance in the 90th
minute to give Montreal a 2-1 lead.
Chicago's Juninho was shown
his second yellow card in the 71st
for breaking up a counter attack
near midfield. Montreal's Víctor
Cabrera was given a red card in the
80th for bringing down Solignac
on a breakaway. (AP)
PSG wins 4th straight French Cup
LYON, France --- Paris Saint-Ger-
main crushed Monaco 4-1 to win
the French League Cup yesterday
for a record fourth straight year
and seventh time overall.
Monaco has been one of Europe's
best attacking teams, scoring a
whopping 130 goals in all compe-
titions, but this time poor defending
allowed PSG to dictate a one-sided
PSG remained on course to defend
its domestic treble from last season.
Both sides are in the French Cup
quarterfinals next week, and Monaco
leads the French league, three points
ahead of PSG, with eight games left.
Striker Edinson Cavani scored
twice to set a new personal season
best with 40 goals.
Cavani volleyed in PSG's third
goal after an exquisite pass from
midfielder Marco Verratti to beat
his previous best of 38 with Napoli
in the 2012-13 season --- just before
he joined PSG for a French trans-
fer record of 64 million euros ($68
million). He hit a clinical half-vol-
ley in the last minute from Angel Di
Maria's superb cross from the left.
Cavani also missed an open goal
and had a first-half chance brilliant-
ly saved by goalkeeper Danijel Suba-
sic, but the striker has largely carried
PSG with his goals this season and
he has excelled since Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic left for Manchester United.
Winger Julian Draxler opened
the scoring for PSG in the fourth
minute, collecting an unselfish
pass from Di Maria for an easy tap
in, and returned the favour when he
set up Di Maria to make it 2-1 just
Attacking midfielder Thomas
Lemar gave Monaco hope when he
scored the goal of the game in the
27th, a brilliant curling shot from the
edge of the area that wrong-footed
goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Monaco was missing top scorer
Radamel Falcao through injury and
key midfielder Fabinho through sus-
Fabinho's absence was more keen-
Monaco's midfield backed off too
much and Marco Verratti was giv-
en too much space to advance. He
threaded a pass through to Di Maria,
who unselfishly squared the ball to
give Draxler a tap in, although tel-
evision replays showed Draxler was
Monaco got back into the game
after 18-year-old forward Kylian
Mbappe forced a corner with a
surging run. Strike partner Valere
Germain's glancing header from
the corner went just wide.
Lemar's equalizer came shortly
after, after good work from play-
maker Bernardo Silva and fullback
Di Maria twice went close to scor-
ing again late, but found his range as
provider for Cavani.
MARSEILLE 1, DIJON 1
BASTIA 0, LILLE 1
EPL clubs want
LONDON --- English Premier League
clubs owners urged the government on
Thursday to explore measures to pro-
tect the competition from being dam-
aged by Britain's impending departure
from the European Union.
With the British government insisting it
must regain the right to control immigration
and end free movement from the EU bloc,
the ability of England's top soccer clubs to
sign players from Europe could be impeded.
After a meeting of executives from the
Premier League's 20 clubs, the owners of
Stoke and West Ham called for immigra-
tion exemptions to preserve the flow of top
footballers from the continent.
"We'd expect them to be included (in ex-
emptions), but we have to wait and see,"
Stoke owner Peter Coates said. "In Eu-
rope, we can get free movement and that
will change, or may change, I don't know.
We don't know."
The English Football Association two
years ago persuaded the government to
adopt tougher visa requirements for play-
ers trying to sign from outside Europe. But
Premier League clubs feel they could be put
at a competitive disadvantage in Europe,
where they can qualify for UEFA compe-
titions, if they cannot easily trade in talent
from the continent.
The uncertainty could exist as the terms
for the dissolution of Britain's 44-year rela-
tionship with the EU are formalized before
the exit deadline on March 29, 2019.
"The Premier League is the greatest
league the world has ever known," West
Ham co-chairman David Gold said. "It's
a fantastic advert for Britain, for England.
I know people talk about the wealth that's
there, but these guys (players) are on huge
salaries and all the tax is going into the ex-
chequer (treasury). Why would you stifle
that? Why would you want that to change?
"It's a great advert. The Premier League
goes around the world and it's ever ex-
panding. I don't see a government doing
something potty (daft) to disturb that. I
don't know about free movement but the
structure would be that the best players
would receive work permits."
The FA has highlighted a potential ad-
vantage of Brexit being more opportunities
for homegrown players in Premier League
teams, swelling the pool of English talent
for a national team whose only major title
came at the 1966 World Cup.
The two-year process that will end with
Britain exiting the EU was triggered on
Wednesday but the more immediate impact
has been a collapse in the pound since the
June 2016 referendum.
"It's already affecting us because players
are more expensive to buy because of the
pound," Gold said.
Premier League executive chairman Rich-
ard Scudamore, who endorsed the campaign
to remain in the EU, said he would not com-
ment on the impact of Brexit as he left the
meeting of his 20 teams at a London hotel.
Coates, who owns gambling firm Bet365
along with Stoke, was a high-profile pro-
ponent of staying in the EU.
"I'm pessimistic about leaving," Coates
said. "Nothing's changed my mind. Hope-
fully, football will find a way of looking after
Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, left, challenges for the ball with PSG's Roberto Edinson Cavani during their
League Cup final soccer match in Decines, near Lyon, central France, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) celebrates after
scoring a goal in the first half of an MLS soccer game against the
Montreal Impact at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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