The football association of Croatia say they will appeal against a UEFA decision ordering them to play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors in June after crowd trouble last month. UEFA made the decision after fans set off and threw missiles during a Group H match against Norway at Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb on 28 March. Football association president and former Arsenal striker Davor Suker said: “For us, the game with Norway was a step forward. Only six firecrackers went off, but it obviously wasn’t enough. “We have to find the culprits and punish them. We already have footage to identify them. We know what UEFA’s next moves will be – deduction of points and a ban from major international tournaments.”
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th competitive Real Madrid goal as they beat Rayo Vallecano to stay four points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Real had goalkeeper Iker Casillas to thank for being level at the break after being outplayed. Gareth Bale’s diving header was just wide after the break for the improved visitors before Ronaldo was denied a clear penalty. Ronaldo finally headed home before James Rodriguez curled in a second. The Portuguese’s 300 Real goals have come in 288 games since joining from Manchester United for £80m in 2009. He is the third player after Raul (323) and Alfredo Di Stefano (307) to reach 300 goals for Real. His rivals needed 741 and 396 matches respectively to reach that mark.
Napoli president Aurelio Di Laurentiis threatens to send his players to a training camp if they do not improve. Di Laurentiis was furious after his team continued their recent poor run of form by losing out to Lazio in the Coppa Italia semi-final. A run of five Serie A matches without a win has seen the Italian club drop from third place to sixth in the league table. “I want discipline,” Di Laurentiis said. “I have never failed to pay salaries or even delayed them. I have spent 386 million euros (£280m) on the purchase of players in 10 years and I demand commitment.”
Paris St-Germain remain in contention for a quadruple as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat-trick helped them reach the French Cup final with a 4-1 victory over St Etienne on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic is now PSG’s second highest all-time scorer on 102 goals, behind former Portugal forward Pauleta, who scored 109. The Ligue 1 leaders play Bastia in the League Cup final on Saturday and are still in the Champions League, of course, having knocked Chelsea out in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final with Barcelona.