HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014


Injured Ronaldo a doubt for King's Cup final

Cristiano Ronaldo has sustained a muscle injury in his left thigh, Real Madrid announced on Thursday, making the Portuguese striker a doubt for next week's King's Cup final against Barcelona.

Bayern dismissive of Dortmund league clash

European champions Bayern Munich have dismissed Saturday's Bundesliga showdown against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund as no more than a clash for bragging rights between Germany's top sides.

Champions League: Five reasons Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Atletico Madrid sealed an historic triumph over Barcelona on Wednesday as they progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Here's how Diego Simeone's men overcame the Catalans.

Champions League: Bayern, Atletico into semis; Barca, Man Utd out

Atletico Madrid's resurgence continued just a year after they were forced to sell leading scorer Radamel Falcao to reduce their huge debts as they eliminated Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years.

Dortmund go out in a blaze of glory

Borussia Dortmund may have missed out on a Champions League semi-finals berth following an agonising 3-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid but the German club can regard themselves as winners on many levels.

Cech hails Chelsea's 'moral strength'

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech hailed the team's "moral strength" on Wednesday after a last-gasp goal sent the Blues past Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League semi-finals the day before.

Demba Ba's turn to shine as Chelsea prevail again

A week after bemoaning his lack of lethal strikers, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho had all three of them on the pitch at the end of their 2-0 win over Paris St Germain with the least celebrated of the trio emerging as the ultimate hero.

United march into Munich with greater confidence

Bayern Munich must be patient in attack and wary of Manchester United on the break in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday, coach Pep Guardiola said.

Chelsea will outscore PSG, says confident Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in no doubt his side have the scoring capabilities to overturn a two-goal deficit in their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Liverpool on top as Everton down Arsenal

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as his side returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win away to West Ham on Sunday.

Bayern's Guardiola under-fire for rotation policy

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has come under fire from his Bundesliga peers for fielding a weakened team ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, second-leg at home to Manchester United.

Manchester City storm past Southampton

Manchester City kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 4-1 win at home to Southampton in Saturday's early kick-off match. Victory saw City close to within a point of Liverpool.

Rooney doubtful for Bayern clash

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney will miss Saturday's Premier League game at Newcastle United with a bruised toe and is doubtful for next week's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Bayern Munich, manager David Moyes said.

Creaky Chelsea look to halt slide

After a damaging loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Chelsea will seek to resurrect their creaking title challenge in Premier League against Stoke City on Saturday.

Real resume title battle sans Ronaldo

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso believes his side still have every chance of claiming the La Liga title this year despite falling into third place with just seven games remaining.
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