Real Madrid & Chelsea both progress to the Champions League Quarter Finals

As expected Real Madrid and Chelsea both came through their second leg ties easy enough to complete the line up for the 2011 Champions League Quarter Finals.

Real Madrid had a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Lyon taking them to the quarter finals for the first time since 2004, and keeping alive Jose Mourinho’s dreams of winning the Champions League with a third team. They never looked in danger in the match and despite missing a host of chances early on, once they took the lead in nthe 37th minute the result was never in doubt. This was Real’s first ever win against Lyon having either lost or drawn in their previous 7 meetings.

The attendance was 76,489.

Chelsea had effectively won the tie in Copenhagen where they won 2-0 and despite creating 28 shots at goal they failed to add to their tally with the game ending 0-0. This will be Chelseas 6th appearance in the quarter finals in the last 8 seasons and they are just starting to find their form at the right time after going throug an indifferent spell by their standards.

The attendance was 36,454.

The final eight for 2011 are:

Barcelona

Real Madrid

Manchester United

Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur

Inter Milan

Shakhtar Donetsk

Schalke 04

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Scottish Cup Semi Final Draw

The Scottish Cup semi final draw on Monday was slightly unisual in the fact that 8 teams were still in it as none of the 4 ties had been settled. The holders Dundee United have managed to avoid Celtic and assuming they can beat Motherwell wil be favourites to reach the final again having drawn St Johnstone or Brechin.

Celtic who’s match at Inverness was postponed on Saturday will probably face Aberdeen who themselves have to overcome St Mirren to reach the semis.

Although its not often wise to predict at this stage we feel a Celtic v Dundee United final looks on the cards.
The semi-final ties will be played on the weekend of 16-17 April.

Full Scottish Cup semi-final draw:

Dundee United or Motherwell v Brechin or St Johnstone

St Mirren or Aberdeen v Inverness CT or Celtic

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Inter Milan Grab Big Win at Bayern Munich

Champions League Holders Inter Milan just got the better of the side they beat in last years final Bayern Munich, advancing on away goals after a thrilling 3-2 away win.

Trailing 1-0 fromthe home leg Inter wasted no time in tying the aggregate scores when Eto’o scored the opener after 3 minutes. However the lead didn’t last and two first half goals from Bayern left the aggregate at 3-1 and gave Inter a mountain to climb in the second half. However the holders are made of stearn stuff and when Wesley Sneijder pulled one back after 63 minutes the tide clearly turned and it was no surprise when Pandev pounced in the 88th minute to level the scores and send the Italians through on away goals.

Final Score Bayern Munich 2-3 Inter Milan aggregate 3-3

Attendance 69,000

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Manchester United Progress to Last 8 Of Champions League

Manchester United kept the dream of a second treble alive last night as they beat Marseille 2-1 to progress to the last eight of the 2011 Champions league.

In a game of few chances it was Javier Hernandez who made the difference grabbing two goals, both from close range to put United 2-0 up. The first came after 5 minutes as he instinctively got on the end of Wayne Rooney’s cross and when he added his second on 75 mins it looked like the tie was over. However Wes Brown unluckily put the ball into his own net in the 83rd min and this led to a nervous last few minutes as Marsailles drove forward looking for an equaliser which would have put them throuigh on away goals. Fortunately for the majority of the 73,996 Man utde held out and will now join Spurs as English reperesentatives in the last 8.  

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3 Scottish Cup Quarter Finals end with Draws

The 3 Scottish Cup Quarter Final matches which were playe this weekend ended in draws while Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic was postponed.

Aberdeen left it late in their tie at St Mirren scoring their equaliser in the 93rd minute, while Dundee United & Motherwell fought out an entertaining 2-2- draw.

Result of the round and possibly of this seasons competition to date however was Brechin’s excellent 2-2 home draw against SPL side St Johnstone with Rory McAllister grabbing the equaliser in the 78th minute to give the Scottish League 2 side a money spinning replay.

The attendance here was an impressive 3,472 which to put it into perspective is around half the population of Brechin as recorded in 2010!

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Manchester City Through To FA Cup semi Final

Manchester City overcame a dogged Reading side to set up a Manchester Derby in the FA Cup semi final. Reading came with a game plan which entailed defending in depth and trying to frustrate their multi millionaire opponents, and for 84 minutes it looked like they might just succeed in earning a replay. However defender Micah Richards popped up with the winner to set up the all Manchester clash.

City deserved their 1-0 win, creating 18 shots at goal to Readings 4 and they had just the better of the possession.

The attendance at Eastlands was 41,150 around half the that expected for the Wembley Semi Final.

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2011 FA Cup Semi Final Draw

The draw for the 2011 FA Cup Semi Finals has just been made and its thrown up the possibility of an all Manchester semi clash.

The full draw (all 2 of them)

Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City

Manchester United v Manchester City or Reading.

The Man City v Reading Game is live as I type.

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FA Cup Quarter Finals What The Blogs Say

Arsene Wenger. Original photograph by Olaf Nor...

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Here are a few Blog headlines from todays FA Cup Quarter Finals  which saw Arsen Venger come under increasing pressure as the Gunners crashed out of their 3rd Cup competition in as many weeks.

 

Birmingham 2 Bolton 3 | The Sun |Sport|Football

CHUNG-YONG LEE headed a last-gasp winner to send Bolton into the FA Cup semis.

Publish Date: 03/12/2011 14:03

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3464050/Birmingham-2-Bolton-3.html

Mark Lawrenson column: Arsenal lack leaders and Arsene Wenger must

Arsene Wenger must win a trophy this season – or look at changing his philosophy at Arsenal.

Publish Date: 03/12/2011 7:59

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/opinion/columnists/mark-lawrenson/Mark-Lawrenson-column-Arsenal-lack-leaders-and-Arsene-Wenger-must-get-a-grip-on-Robin-van-Persie-ahead-of-Manchester-United-FA-Cup-test-article712853.html

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0 | The Sun |Sport|Football

FABIO and Wayne Rooney made it a hat-trick of cup exits for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Publish Date: 03/12/2011 17:02

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3464178/Manchester-United-2-Arsenal-0.html

Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal FA Cup half-time report: Fabio da

Arsenal had better of the first 45 but lacked cutting edge in front of goal.

Publish Date: 03/12/2011 18:10

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Manchester-United-1-0-Arsenal-FA-Cup-half-time-report-Fabio-da-Silva-puts-Reds-ahead-at-the-break-article713081.html

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Manchester United & Bolton Both Advance To The FA Cup Semi Final

Both of Saturdays FA Cup quarter finals were decided without replays as Bolton struck a late winner to beat League Cup Winners Birmingham 3-2 at St Andrews. Birmingham had just the better of the play, but just as it looked like a replay was beckoning Chung-Yong Lee hit the winner to send the home fans slightly aggrieved. The Attendance was a slightly disapointing 23,699.

Manchester United faced Arsenal in the tie of the round and Arsenals season continued to unravel big style as they were eliminated from their 3rd Cup competition in as many weeks, despite United starting with a somewhat unconventional line up which included 7 defenders. Despite having the better of the chances and possession Arsenal never looked like getting back into the game after going 1-0 down mid way through the 1st half and when Wayne Rooney popped up with their second 5 minutes into the second half the game was as good as over. Arsenal have now been knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup and lost to Birmingham in the League Cup Final, leaving only the Premier League title for them to try and end their barren silver ware run. The official Att: 74,693

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Darlington Come From Behind To Win FA Trophy Semi 1st Leg

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Darlington battled back from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final thanks to Liam Hatch who scored two late goals.

In a slow opening, not helped by the poor pitch Gateshead settled better and  Nathan Fisher scored the opener for them on 21 minutes with a low drive, and Adam Rundle doubled their advantage just before half time sending the Tynesiders in for the break in good spirits. However the second half belonged to Darlington and ex Carlisle United player Marc Bridge-Wilkinson pulled one back on 53 minutes before Hatch hit his brace which means its advantage Darlington going into the second leg.

The final score:

Darlington 3-2 Gateshead

Attendance: 4,243

 

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