Thursday Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Scotland’s poor start to their Euro 2020 qualifying group has cost Alex McLeish his job as manager.

A 3-nil defeat away to Kazakhstan was followed by an underwhelming 2-nil victory away to San Marino.

Scotland had already secured a playoff spot via the Nations League, but the SFA board believe a change in management is needed to “reinvigorate” their campaign.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists they won’t attempt to sit back on their 2-nil lead in tonight’s Europa League quarter final second leg away to Napoli.

Chelsea hold a 1-nil lead over Slavia Prague ahead of their second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Valencia lead Villareal 3-1 going into tonight’s game at the Mestalla.

While Benfica take a 4-2 lead to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Watford manager Javi Gracia says the club have lost an appeal against Troy Deeney’s red card.

The Premier League club’s captain was sent off just 11-minutes into Monday’s defeat to Arsenal after a clash with Lucas Torreira.

Deeney will now be banned for 3 matches but he’ll be back in time to play in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.

CYCLING

Ireland’s Sam Bennett has maintained leadership of the Tour of Turkey.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider followed his victories in the first two stages with a second place finish in today’s third stage.

Bennett now holds a 22-second lead on general classification over his team-mate Felix Grossschartner.

GOLF

Shane Lowry’s making a decent effort to banish his poor Masters showing from memory.

The Offaly golfer leads the RBC Heritage following a 6-under par opening round of 65.