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London: Chelsea on Thursday appointed former midfielder Frank Lampard as their manager on a three-year deal. He will succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge in June to take charge of Juventus.

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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil winger Willian will miss Sunday's Copa America final at the Maracana stadium with a leg muscle injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The Chelsea player suffered the setback late in Brazil's 2-0 semifinal victory over Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The 30-year-old remained on the pitch until the final whistle because Brazil coach Tite had already used his three substitutions.

Scans on Wednesday confirmed a hamstring tear in his right leg, a CBF spokesperson said, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi (R) is comforted by Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson after losing 2- to Brazil at the end of their Copa America football tournament semi-final match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on July 2, 2019.

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 to reach Copa America final.

On Tuesday, Argentina came close to scoring themselves but both Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi hit the woodwork, reports Xinhua news agency.

Jesus opened the scoring in the 19th minute in the Mineirao Stadium after a samba-style play from right-back Dani Alves. It was the striker's first goal in the tournament.

Firmino added the second at the 71th minute assisted by Jesus in front of 56,000 fans.

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Players of Chile celebrate after defeating Colombia in the penalty shoot-out after tying 0-0 during their Copa America football tournament quarter-final match at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 28, 2019.

Sao Paulo: Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals.

Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick.

It was just rewards for the champions after dominating a match in which Colombia held on thanks to a couple of tight VAR calls.

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Venezuela's goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez (R) pulls off a save during the Copa America football tournament quarter-final match against Argentina at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 28, 2019

Rio de Janeiro: Argentina defeated Venezuela 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America, where they will face host nation Brazil.

On Friday, Venezuela turned out with a solid performance, but were not up to the task of stopping Argentina, who continue to win despite captain Lionel Messi's lack of form, reports Efe news.

The outcome of the quarter-final sets up yet another edition of the South American classic between five-time World Cup winners Brazil and their main regional rivals, who have won the World Cup twice.

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Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah (C) kicks the ball and scores a goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Cairo International Stadium on June 26, 2019. 

Cairo: Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.

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Japan's Shoya Nakajima celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 24, 2019

Rio de Janeiro: Japan and Ecuador were left heartbroken as their 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte on Monday saw them miss out on the Copa America quarter-finals, with Paraguay qualifying instead.

Uruguay, meanwhile, topped Group C as Edinson Cavani's goal eight minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over champions Chile, who also qualify, at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Japan and Ecuador faced a must win match in their bid to reach the knock-out stages as one of the two best third-placed finishers.

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Manchester: "You know when you lose all your hair? When your wife of 41 years is a United fan simply because she used to babysit two of Denis Law's five kids for a brief period," chuckles Dave Oldham, one of Manchester City's veteran tour guide.

A few minutes drive at the Old Trafford, you meet 20-something Oliver, who works at the Manchester United museum.

Do you know Oliver, how to go to Etihad Stadium from Old Trafford, you ask hoping for a reply.

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Qatar's Boualem Khoukhi (L) and Argentina's Sergio Aguero vie for the ball during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 23, 2019

Porto Alegre (Brazil): Argentina downed Qatar 2-0 courtesy goals by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio "Kun" Aguero, thus moving to the quarterfinals for Group B in Copa America.

On Sunday, the Argentine squad played acceptably, without any real flashes of brilliance although they controlled the game all the way through and Qatar never really threatened, before 39,100 fans at Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, reports Efe news.

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Venezuela's Jhon Chancellor (C) and Ronald Hernandez greet each other after defeatig Bolivia 3-1 in a Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 22, 2019. 

Belo Horizonte (Brazil): Venezuelan striker Darwin Machis got his team into the Copa America quarterfinals as he showed the Bolivia squad what its day was going to be like by slamming the ball into the net just 75 seconds into the match, which led the way to a 3-1 Venezuela victory.

On Saturday, a lightning header by Machis scored the fastest Copa America goal of this century, quicker than the 88 seconds that Costa Rican Johan Venegas needed against Colombia in 2016, reports Efe news.

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