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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Football

Gunners fail to fire
Agencies
London, April 17, 2013
First Published: 03:11 IST(17/4/2013)
Last Updated: 02:26 IST(18/4/2013)

Arsenal missed the chance to take another step towards securing a Champions League place after fellow Europe-an hopefuls Everton held firm in a lively 0-0 Premier League draw at the Emirates on Tuesday.

The Londoners, who had won four in a row to move up to third are chasing qualification for the continent’s elite competition for a 16th straight season.

“The game was basically down to physical intensity, it was unbelievable from first to last minute,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “The referee let a lot go unpunished... I think (Everton midfielder) Darron Gibson could have been sent off. He got away with a few tonight. We are in a strong position but we have to win our next game.”

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Arsenal have 60 points from 33 games followed by Chelsea on 58 from 31, Tottenham Hotspur on 58 from 32 and Everton with 56 from 33.

Cardiff back in top flight after 51 years
London: Cardiff City were promoted to the Premier League on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw at home to Charlton Athletic guaranteed the Welsh side a top-two finish in the Championship with just three games left.

Cardiff, who have agonisingly missed out in the playoffs for the last three seasons, will play in the top flight next season for the first time since 1962.

The principality now has two representatives in the Premier League with Cardiff joining arch-rivals Swansea City, who won the English League Cup final this season.

Bayern win big, enter German Cup final
Berlin: High-flying Bayern Munich kept alive their dreams of becoming Germany's first team to win the treble by booking their German Cup final berth with a 6-1 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg in Tuesday's semi-final.

Having already won this season's Bundesliga crown, Bayern are bidding to become the first German side to win the European Cup, cup and league titles as they face Barcelona at home in the Champions League semi-final next Tuesday,

Bayern will discover their opponents for the cup final, which takes place on June 1 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium, when Stuttgart host Freiburg in Wednesday's other all-Bundesliga semi-final.

Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, in for suspended France wing Franck Ribery, impressed as he set up three of Bayern's goals for Mario Mandzukic, Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez, then scored one of his own.


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