Rafael Nadal smiles, Olympique Lyonnais lives again, the return of Estelle Mossely: the news on a set of March 18


What you may have missed between last night and this morning

1. Football – Europa League: Lyon qualified for the quarterfinals

Like Olympique de Marseille in C4 a little earlier, Olympique Lyonnais qualified for the quarter-finals of their European competition, thanks to their draw at home against FC Porto (1-1). Thanks to a goal from Moussa Dembélé, and a solid collective performance, the Lyonnais are giving themselves back the right to hope for qualification in the Champions League next year. On the other hand, there are only two French clubs left in Europe, after the eliminations of Paris and Lille in C1, and those of Monaco and Rennes last night in C3 and C4.

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2. Tennis – Indian Wells: Kyrgios puts on a show, but Nadal is strong

After a fight of almost three hours, Rafael Nadal overcame Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 (7-6, 5-7, 6-4). Still undefeated this season, the Spaniard was pushed to his limits by the Australian, who also stood out off the court: a run-in with actor Ben Stiller in the stands, a broken racket that almost hit a collector, falling out with a journalist at a press conference… For his 76th semi-final in the Masters 1000, Nadal will find his young compatriot Carlos Alacaraz on Saturday, victorious from Norrie a little later (6-4, 6-3), against whom he will hope to chain a 20th consecutive victory this season.

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3. Cycling – Milan-San Remo: Mathieu Van der Poel finally at the start?

This is information that comes to us from Belgium, and from the Sporza media: Mathieu Van der Poel could be at the start of Milan-San Remo on Saturday. While we are (almost) only talking about a Van Aert-Pogacar duel, the Dutchman could make a splash by aligning himself with the Primavera. Following Jasper Stuyven’s package, it is possible to see the cyclo-cross champion get involved in the fight on the first of the five monuments of the season, while he has been hampered by several injuries so far. Suspense…

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Basketball – NBA: Only one game on the program last night but a rather exceptional performance: Saddiq Bey’s 51 points in the Detroit Pistons’ victory against the Orlando Magic (134-120).

Football – Europa League: Sevilla FC, six-time title holders of the competition, were eliminated in the quarters after their 2-0 defeat at West Ham. It also stops there for Nabil Fekir’s Betis, released by Frankfurt after a draw (1-1) in Germany.

Basketball – Euroleague : the Spaniard Rudy Fernandez cracked Villeurbanne all by himself, beaten by Real Madrid 70 to 58 for the 30th day of Euroleague Thursday evening.

Football – Premier League: Everton offered themselves a precious success in search of maintenance against Newcastle (1-0), acquired thanks to a goal from Iwobi in the 99th minute of play! The Toffees move away from the red zone after this meeting, which will have seen a supporter steal the spotlight from the players.

Tennis – WTA Indian Wells: The Greek Maria Sakkari dominated Elena Rybakina (7-5, 6-4) and won a semi-final in the Masters 1000 against the Spaniard Paula Badosa.

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What you will be sure to follow today

1. Football – Champions League: A draw that promises to be explosive

From 12 p.m. this Friday, football’s eyes will be on Nyon in Switzerland, where the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw will be made. At this stage, no club is protected by its status, and there should be big posters to be expected. In the Europa League and Europa League Conference, Lyon and Marseille will also be fixed on their opponents for the next few weeks a little later, from 1 p.m. FC Barcelona and Leipzig will have to be avoided for OL, while OM could benefit from a more lenient draw if they avoid the scarecrow of AS Roma.

2. Biathlon – World Cup: The weekend continues in Holmenkollen

After the postponement of the ladies’ sprint on Thursday, there will be two races to follow this Friday in biathlon in Oslo. The French will first try to get a victory in the sprint (7.5km) at 1:15 p.m., followed by the men’s sprint (10km) from 3:50 p.m. A race in which Quentin Fillon Maillet, leader of the World Cup, intends to shine once again in the Norwegian capital.

3. Boxing – Estelle Mossely’s big comeback to follow on Eurosport!

The Frenchwoman is back in action after more than a year of absence to defend her IBO world belt against Yanina del Carmen Lascano in Dubai this Friday (from 5 p.m.). Very ambitious, the 2016 Olympic champion intends to enforce her law against the Argentine boxer, to keep her lightweight title. A fight that promises a good opposition, and which will be to follow on Eurosport live!

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