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La Liga

Barcelona Win La Liga Title

la-liga-trophyFC Barcelona have won the Spanish championship for the 22nd time after Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol.

Tonight’s result leaves Barça seven points clear at the summit ahead of their trip to Atletico Madrid tomorrow, with Jose Mourinho’s side now only having two league games left this season.

It is the first trophy Barça have won under Vilanova, having lost to Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa at the start of the season and suffered semi-final defeats in the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey to Bayern Munich and Madrid, respectively.

Premier League

Emotional Weekend Ahead In Premer League

moyes-fergieAll eyes will be on Old Trafford and Goodison Park on Sunday as Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes say their emotional farewells at the end of one of the most dramatic weeks in the history of the Premier League.

The world will be watching as Ferguson takes charge of United at Old Trafford for the last time, while Moyes will also be under the microscope ahead of his official move to Manchester on 1 July.

There will be more than a few tears as the 71-year-old Ferguson bids farewell, but the overriding emotion should be joyous celebration of his incredible achievements at United.

Premier League

Sunderland Get Valuable Point As Relegation Battle Intensifies

PaoloDiCanioTen-man Sunderland took a small step towards Premier League survival after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke on Monday.

Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea rescued a point for Paolo di Canio’s side, already a man down after Craig Gardner was sent off, when he scored from close range in the 63rd minute following a corner.

Jon Walters had given Stoke a ninth minute lead, reacting first to fire home after his header from Charlie Adam’s cross was blocked.

Champions League

Bayern Munich School Barcelona Again

robbenBayern Munich completed a stunning Champions League semi-final mauling of Barcelona, with a 3-0 win in the Camp Nou tonight to win the tie 7-0 on aggregate. Bayern will now meet Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley later this month.

The victory sees Bayern through to their third final in four years and they will hope to improve on their runner-up finishes against Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea last year.

Leading 4-0 from the first leg, Bayern were similarly clinical at the Nou Camp tonight with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique, who put through his own net, and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided win over a sorry Barça side for whom Lionel Messi was an unused substitute.

Champions League

Dortmund Heading To Wembley As Real Rally Falls Short

BVB Macro 1Borussia Dortmund have reached their second Champions League final despite losing 2-0 to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu as they prevailed 4-3 on aggregate.

Needing a huge turnaround from the first leg last week Real seemed to have run out of steam after Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil had passed up early opportunities However, after Robert Lewandowski had smashed the underside of the bar and Diego Lopez prevented Ilkay Gundogan with an incredible save from close range, Madrid were given a lifeline in the 83rd minute when substitute Karim Benzema swept home Ozil’s low cross.

Premier League

Villa Thump Sunderland And Take Big Step Towards Survival

The side of the Trinity Road stand at Villa ParkChristian Benteke scored a hat-trick as Aston Villa thrashed Sunderland 6-1 on Monday to give themselves real hope of avoiding relegation from the English Premier League. Victory saw Villa pull five points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play.

FA Cup finalists Wigan, who have a game in hand over Villa, now look the most likely club to join the already relegated Queens Park Rangers and Reading in the Championship next season.

Defeat halted Sunderland’s revival under Italian manager Paolo di Canio and this loss was compounded by the sending-off of Stephane Sessegnon.

Champions League

Real Madrid Survive Gala Scare

CRonaldo5Real Madrid are back in the Champions League semi-finals after beating Galatasaray 5-3 on aggregate despite a 3-2 defeat in Istanbul.

Already three goals up from the first leg at the Bernabeu, the tie was seemingly over when Cristiano Ronaldo scored after just eight minutes.

But an Emmanuel Eboue thunderbolt after 57 minutes brought Gala back level on the night, before Wesley Sneijder put the home side ahead after 70 minutes.

Seconds later Didier Drogba reduced the aggregate deficit further and although Real substitute Alvaro Arbeloa saw red late on, Ronaldo notched his second in injury time, as Madrid’s quest for a tenth European Cup continued.

Premier League

Fulham Beats QPR To All But Send Rangers Down

Welcome To FulhamQueen Park Rangers’ chances of beating the drop look bleaker than ever after defensive mistakes cost them dear in tonight’s west London derby 3-2 loss at Fulham.

Harry Redknapp has just seven matches left to pull off the greatest of escapes after tonight’s utterly avoidable 3-2 defeat by the Thames. Last season QPR suffered a staggering 6-0 defeat at Craven Cottage and it looked like there could be a similar scoreline after a dominant first-half display by the hosts.

FA Cup

Chelsea Beat United To Set Up FA Cup Semi Final Showdown With City

FA Cup and MeA spectacular strike from Demba Ba saw FA Cup holders Chelsea to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in their quarter-final replay.

The Blues, who have lifted the trophy in four of the last six seasons, will now face Manchester City at Wembley in the semi-finals – with another fixture added to an already hectic April schedule for Rafa Benitez’s side.

This game took a while to warm up and it took over half an hour for the first meaningful effort on goal to be mustered, with Ba forcing David de Gea into a low stop with his feet.

Europe, World Cup

Balotelli Helps Italy Draw 2-2 With Brasil

BRASILVITALYDaniele De Rossi sparked Italy’s fightback and Mario Balotelli scored a superb second-half equaliser as the Azzurri battled to a 2-2 draw in a match tonight between two of the best five teams in the world in Geneva today.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side looked poor in their 1-0 defeat by England in February, but they jumped out to a commanding 2-0 half-time lead through goals by Fred and Oscar.

Italy had created several chances in the opening half, including a curling effort from Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, but ultimately struggled with Brazil’s pacy rhythm.