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South Africa to Visit Pakistan for Two Tests, Three T20I Series in January: Latest Sports News Updates Live, December 9, 2020

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09 Dec, 15:20 (IST)
Cristiano Ronaldo was brilliant against Barcelona, scoring a brace to help Juventus progress as group winners to the knockout stages. ‘Always great to return to Spain and to Catalunya. Playing like this, we have nothing to fear until the end of the season’ said the 35-year-old.

09 Dec, 15:00 (IST)
Lionel Messi paid tribute to Argentine coach Alehandro Sabella, who recently passed away at the age of 66 after a battle with cancerLionel Messi Pays Tribute To Late Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella and heart problems. Sabella coached the national team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, leading Argentina to the finals.

09 Dec, 14:40 (IST)

09 Dec, 12:10 (IST)

Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on December 9, 2020 (Wednesday). ‘On this day I pause to assess how far I have come, the biggest wish I have is for my father to have been standing beside me, at the closure of my journey as a cricket player as he has thru most of my life and career’ the cricketer wrote. Read full report here.

09 Dec, 11:31 (IST)

Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The Gujrat-born wicket-keeper batsman played 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and 2 T20Is for the national team scoring over 1700 runs in all three formats combined.

09 Dec, 08:44 (IST)

The UEFA Champions League clash between PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday was postponed after the players walked off the pitch following an alleged racial insult by the fourth official towards the Turkish side’s Cameroonian coach Pierre Webo. 

09 Dec, 08:15 (IST)

Juventus advance from Group G as the winners after a brilliant display at the Nou Camp against Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot on either side of Weston McKennie’s strike to give the Bianconeri’s the crucial three points.

09 Dec, 08:13 (IST)

After the 3-2 defeat against RB Leipzig, Manchester United have crashed down to Europa League. The ed Devils are on the same points as PSG – who have a game in hand – but will finish third in the group regardless due to a poor head-to-head record against the Paris club. 

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India lost the third and final T20I match against Australia by 12 runs but clinched the series 2-1 to make it seven consecutive T20I series unbeaten. They have also now five successive T20I series. The 12-run loss, however, ended India’s 10-match winning run in T20Is. Virat Kohli’s men had won the first two matches to seal the series. In the third T20I, Australia batted first and posted 186 run on the scoreboard with Matthew Wade’s 53-ball 80 and Glenn Maxwell’s 54 from 34 deliveries and their 90-run stand propelling them to the big total. India the lost KL Rahul in first over. But captain Virat Kohli scored fine 85 runs from 61 balls to keep his side in the hunt. It, however, wasn’t enough for a win. Read Full Story

In football, NorthEast United FC fought back from a goal down to hold Bengaluru FC to a 2-2 draw in ISL 2020-21 on Tuesday. NorthEast United went ahead through Luis Machado in the fourth minute after Rochharzela’s left-footed shot from inside the box took a big deflection off the Portuguese and went into the net. But Juanan levelled the scores for Bengaluru FC 13 minutes later after a melee from a corner. Substitute Udanta Singh then put Bengaluru 2-1 up in the 70th minute and it looked all three points for the former ISL champions but a mistake from Juanan eight minutes later led to Machado scoring a brace and equalising for his side. See Updated ISL 2020-21 Points Table.

Juventus and Barcelona are set to face each other in what will be a reunion between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after a wait of two years. The pair, possibly among the greatest of this era, haven’t met in any competitions since Ronaldo left for Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018. Both teams have already confirmed their place in the next stage but Ronaldo vs Messi is a game to look forward to.

Elsewhere, Manchester United, PSG and RB Leipzig battle for two Champions League places in their final group stage matches. All three teams are level on nine points but United are on top due to a superior goal difference and need a draw to qualify to the round of 16. They play RB Leipzig who need to win to qualify. Paris Saint-Germain play Istanbul Basaksehir and a win will sail them through.

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