South Africa’s Orlando Pirates are a win away from a possible match up with Bayern Munich in soccer’s biggest intercontinental club competition, yet the chairman doubts the European champions could handle the rigors of Africa’s Champions League.
Juventus beat Napoli 3-0 to close within a point of Italian soccer league leader Roma, which was held to a 1-1 home draw by Sassuolo. Barcelona won 4-1 at Real Betis to open up a three-point lead in Spain.
Growth in television rights deals in Germany and England lifted broadcast revenues of Europe’s top five soccer leagues 25 percent to a combined 5 billion euros ($6.7 billion) a season, according to a report.
Roma surrendered its perfect start in the Italian soccer league by drawing at Torino. Atletico Madrid narrowed the gap to Spanish La Liga leader Barcelona to one point with a 2-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao.