Horoya defied a stunning Mamelodi Sundowns comeback to claim a 2-2 home draw in the CAF Champions League on Tuesday.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 51st minute, Ocansey Mandela pouncing from close range, but Khama Billiat capitalised on chaotic defending at the other end to slot a neat finish into the bottom-right corner.
And when Horoya goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye brought down the speedy Billiat in the box, Gaston Sirino stepped up to convert the penalty and seemingly complete a seven-minute comeback.
But Sundowns were denied their first win in this season’s CAF Champions League when Aboubacar Camara rose highest in the box to head home and keep Horoya unbeaten in Group C.
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) May 22, 2018
Derby County have confirmed Gary Rowett has requested permission to speak to Stoke City regarding the vacant manager’s position at the relegated club.
The Potters last week parted company with Paul Lambert, who failed to keep the team in the Premier League after replacing the sacked Mark Hughes in January.
Stoke are preparing for life back in the second tier after 10 seasons in the Premier League.
Derby, meanwhile, lost in the Championship play-off semi-finals to Fulham, having finished sixth during Rowett’s first full season in charge.
“Derby County Football Club can confirm that Gary Rowett has asked for permission to speak with Stoke City regarding the vacant manager’s position at the bet365 Stadium,” a club statement read.
“The club is now in discussion with Stoke regarding the matter and will update our supporters in due course.”
Rowett had been the subject of interest from Stoke following the departure of Hughes, only to sign a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Rams.
The 44-year-old previously impressed during spells with Burton Albion and Birmingham City.
Arkadiusz Milik scored his second goal in as many games as Napoli ended their season with a 2-1 home win over Crotone that condemned the Calabrian side to Serie A relegation.
The 24-year-old striker took his total for the 2017-18 league season to five goals in 16 appearances and he will head to the World Cup with Poland in confident mood after a strong end to the campaign for the Serie A runners-up.
Jose Callejon scored the second of Napoli’s goals, both of which were made possible by Lorenzo Insigne’s superior vision and accurate crossing, with Marco Tumminello’s late strike for the visitors their last in Serie A for the next year at least.
Milik propelled Napoli into the lead after 22 minutes, heading the ball back across goalkeeper Alex Cordaz and into the bottom corner of the net from close range after Insigne showed his quality with a run, turn and cross that opened up the Crotone defence.
Insigne’s unselfish play created Napoli’s second nine minutes later, the 26-year-old curling a cross from the left corner of the penalty area to the far post, where Callejon met it with a first-time shot on the half volley, side-footing the ball high into the net.
@J21Calleti sticks it away after Insigne’s cross from the left
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 20, 2018
Maurizio Sarri – whose future at Napoli remains in doubt – sent on Dries Mertens and club captain Marek Hamsik to see out the victory and, although Tumminello powered home in the 90th minute for third-from-bottom Crotone, the visitors ultimately knew from the outset victory at Stadio San Paolo to save themselves from the drop was a tall task.
Eden Hazard deflected talk of a possible Chelsea exit as he preferred to soak up the glory of a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup final win over Manchester United.
The Belgium international scored the only goal from the spot in the 22nd minute to give Antonio Conte his second trophy in English football.
Rumours suggest it could be the cool-headed attacker’s last act for the club, with the 27-year-old believed to be considering his options after the Stamford Bridge outfit’s largely underwhelming campaign saw them finish fifth in the Premier League.
Hazard shied away from discussing his future as he celebrated a fifth piece of silverware with the Blues.
“Now I’m just happy. To see the fans celebrate the trophy is something we like,” Hazard told the BBC.
“We didn’t play a great season but we finished well. That’s the most important thing.”
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) May 19, 2018
Chelsea’s workmanlike victory will hardly go down as a classic after they were forced to scrap against a United side that struggled to carve out clear opportunities.
Hazard admitted the team will need to evolve if it is to challenge at the top end of the Premier League table next season.
“It was not an easy game. United have a lot of good players,” he said.
“We tried to defend well, we kept a clean sheet and we scored one goal.
“It is enough today but if we want to win a lot of games we need to play better because we had to play very defensively.”
David Silva will train with Spanish third division side Navalcarnero ahead of the World Cup.
The 32-year-old missed a number of games in Manchester City’s Premier League run-in as he made trips to Spain to see his prematurely-born son.
And in a bid to sharpen his fitness ahead of their World Cup opener against Portugal on June 15, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has arranged for Silva to train with the club managed by his friend Julian Calero.
Navalcarnero’s Joaquin Cerda, told AS: “You can imagine how delighted we are. We’re pleased because it’s a reward for the season the team have had. You’ve got to enjoy it.
“Lopetegui needs players who are match fit, like us, and he needs Silva to be with players of a certain level. We play with high intensity and that will help him.”
Lopetegui will name his 23-man squad for Russia on Monday with 119-cap Silva a near certainty to be included.
— David Silva (@21LVA) May 6, 2018
Pep Guardiola insists he must continue to make progress with his players in order to see out the remaining three years of his renewed Manchester City contract.
Guardiola has signed a two-year extension to keep him with the Premier League champions until the end of the 2020-21 season.
If he sees out his full term, this will represent the 47-year-old’s longest tenure at a club, following four years with Barcelona and three at Bayern Munich.
City smashed Premier League records on their way to a dominant title triumph after picking up the EFL Cup this term, with Guardiola named League Managers Association and Premier League Manager of the Year this week in recognition of his achievements.
But the celebrated Catalan tactician knows the criticisms of his trophy-less first year at the Etihad Stadium will return if City’s youthful squad veer away from the standards set over the past nine months.
“The contract and the manager always depends on the result. We have extended two years to stay for the next three years but we depend on results,” Guardiola told his club’s official website.
“In football, what you have done in one year can change absolutely everything. But I have confidence with the club, with the chairman [Khaldoon Al Mubarak], with [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain]. We know [each other] perfectly.
“When we feel things are not going well, we are going to change and I am going to make a step back.
“I am trying, with all my efforts and desire to avoid that, and instead of making a step back we are going to make a step forward to maintain the level of this club.
“We have a contract because we have to have a contract, but the club knows me and when I have the feeling that our relationship with the players is not good I am going to make a step back and another guy is going to come to help the players maintain this high level.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 17, 2018
It has been a startlingly high level – 100 points, 106 goals, 18 consecutive top-flight wins and a goal difference of +79 standing among the competition bests racked up by City this season.
Guardiola has been granted a seemingly more favourable working environment in Manchester to realise this vision, free form the behind-the-scenes politicking at Barcelona and the over-arching influence of former players at Bayern.
His relationships with chief executive Ferran Soriano and Begiristain, a former Barcelona team-mate, appear to have been key factors in City tying down the mastermind of their magnificent campaign.
“I think I have a good relationship with the chairman,” Guardiola added. “Ferran and Txiki, we have known each other for a long time – Txiki is almost part of our family.
“We have all the conditions to be stable like a club and are trying to be ready for the next years.
“I am focused on the pitch and the club has other important people working in other departments. We are going to try every day on the pitch to improve our players.
“It is a young squad and if we are stable mentally – don’t believe too much what we are and think about what we can do to improve our game – maybe we can compete with the rest of the teams in England and Europe.”