A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
After four rounds of games in a two-week span, Premier League teams are expected to rotate weary players in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Manchester United is at home to West Ham, whose manager, David Moyes, returns to the club where he coached for less than a year as the successor to Alex Ferguson in the 2013-14 season. Moyes is rebuilding his reputation at West Ham, which is sixth in the league and a legitimate challenger for a Champions League qualification spot. The FA Cup offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer one of two realistic chances of winning a first trophy — along with the Europa League — while in charge of United as Manchester City looks unstoppable in the Premier League. Burnley hosts second-tier Bournemouth in the early game that kicks off the last 16 of the world’s oldest club knockout competition. There are more games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Real Madrid tries to gain momentum when it hosts city rival Getafe in a Spanish league match postponed from the first round. Madrid is trying to win for the third time in four matches after a streak of disappointing results that included an embarrassing elimination against third-division club Alcoyano in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. The match was postponed as European competitions finished later into last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Madrid sits third in the league standings, eight points behind leader Atlético Madrid, which has a game in hand. Getafe, winless in three straight league games, is in 13th place.
Inter Milan travels to Juventus looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal. Cristiano Ronaldo scored both Juventus goals in that match last Tuesday and also netted on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over Roma in the league, a day after celebrating his 36th birthday. Inter beat Juventus 2-0 in Serie A last month in coach Antonio Conte’s first victory over his former club. Atalanta hosts Napoli in the other semifinal on Wednesday, having drawn 0-0 in the first leg. The final is on May 19.
Top-flight teams enter the fray as the round of 64 of the French Cup unfolds this week. Flying high on the league table, Lyon will be looking for a fifth consecutive win in all competitions against second-division side Ajaccio. Lyon is without Belgium defender Jason Denayer, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Also, Reims hosts Valenciennes and Lorient takes on Paris FC.
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