Atletico Madrid routed Real Betis 5-0 to move within a point of Spanish soccer league leader Barcelona, which defeated Real Madrid at the weekend. Roma set a record for the best start to Italy’s Serie A.
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League round of 16, while Benfica secured its spot with a 2-2 draw at Manchester United that left the English club’s further participation in doubt.
Chelsea hired former Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez as interim soccer manager until the end of the season after firing Roberto Di Matteo, an appointment that may pave the way for an approach to Pep Guardiola.
US Group Led By Boston Executive Thomas DiBenedetto Signs Deal to Buy Roma By Associated Press April 15 (Washington Post) -- BOSTON — A group of American investors led by Boston executive Thomas DiBenedetto announced Friday they have signed a deal to buy three-time Italian champion Roma. Under the terms of the deal, DiBenedetto’s group will pay around $100 million for a 60 percent share of a new company that would own roughly two-thirds of the Serie A club. The deal, which still needs to be approved by regulators, would make the four-man American group the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club. In addition, Unicredit, which last year became co-owner of Roma following a debt-for-equity swap with the Sensi family, would retain 40 percent of the new Roma ownership company. DiBenedetto, 61, is also one of approximately 13 limited partners in the Boston Red Sox ownership group. The other members