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Spanish trio reach Europa semi-finals

Posted Friday, April 06, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

BERNE, April 5 (Reuters) - Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid both overcame German opposition to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday while fellow Spaniards Valencia joined them by demolishing AZ Alkmaar. Sporting completed an all-Iberian line-up by knocking out Ukraine’s Metalist Kharkiv after a 1-1 draw away from home to go through 3-2 on aggregate. Athletic, Manchester Uni...Full Story »

Ox fancies England's chances - Young Gunners winger wants place in Euro 2012 squad

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by skysports.com

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Bullish over England's chances at Euros Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping to earn a spot in England's European Championship squad and insists the Three Lions are contenders to win the tournament this summer. The clamour for Arsenal winger Oxlade-Chamberlain to be a wildcard pick for this summer's finals has grown since the start of the year, with the 18-year-old having...Full Story »

Aston Villa striker Bent off crutches as he continues rehabilitation from ankle injury

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by Goal.com

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is able to walk without crutches as he continues his recovery from ankle ligament damage. The England international is keen to get back on the training pitch as soon as possible but insists that he is not specifically targeting a spot with the Three Lions at Euro 2012 this summer. He said: "It's too early to say for England. We'll have to wait until I'm outsid...Full Story »

Kaka: I have confidence in myself again

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by Goal.com

Real Madrid midfielder Kaka believes that he is again at his finest following his side's 5-2 Champions League quarter-final second-leg victory against APOEL. The Brazilian playmaker scored a stunning goal from distance and sent another shot against the post as he turned in an impressive display against the Cypriots. Having been afflicted by several injuries since joining Madrid from AC Milan...Full Story »

Mata: Barcelona are a great side - it's not just Messi

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by Goal.com

Juan Mata has warned that Chelsea will have to contend with more than just star player Lionel Messi when they meet Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final clash. The Argentine attacker has scored more than 50 goals this season and is widely acknowledged as the best player in the world at the moment - if not all-time. But Mata believes the rest of the Barcelona team are also more than ...Full Story »

Mancini: It has to be the magnificent seven

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by The Sun

FINE MARGINS ... Roberto Mancini know Man City cannot afford to slip up ROBERTO MANCINI has told his Manchester City team they must win all seven of their remaining games to stay in the title hunt. The moneybags outfit dropped seven of the last 12 available points to surrender the initiative to bitter rivals Manchester United. By the time City kick off against Arsenal on Sunday, they could fi...Full Story »

Alex Ferguson: Experience is key to United title glory

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by The Sun

EXPERIENCE ... Alex Ferguson ALEX FERGUSON believes Manchester United’s title-winning pedigree has helped them leave their rivals trailing in recent weeks. The champions opened up a five-point lead over Manchester City this week — and it could be eight by 4pm on Easter Sunday. And while City have shown signs of cracking, United have taken everything in their stride. The City squa...Full Story »

Atalanta’s Masiello questioned over match-fixing

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

BARI, Italy (AP)—Atalanta defender Andrea Masiello was questioned for more than six hours on Wednesday in the ongoing Italian probe into match-fixing. Masiello was arrested on Monday and kept in custody after reportedly admitting his part in the scandal during his time at Bari. He spent four hours in the morning being questioned before being further interrogated by Bari prosecutor Antonio...Full Story »

Guangzhou holds Kashiwa; Brisbane hangs on to draw

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

KASHIWA, Japan (AP)—South Korean champions Jeonbuk Motors got its Asian Champions League campaign back on track Wednesday with a 2-0 win over previously undefeated Burriram United of Thailand. In other early matches, J-League champion Kashiwa Reysol was held to a 0-0 draw at home by China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in Group H, while A-League champion Brisbane Roar held on for a 1-1 away...Full Story »

Ribery lashes out at Marseille fans

Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012 by YAHOO Sport

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery took a swipe at Marseille supporters after Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal second-leg win at the Allianz Arena. The Frenchman stated that he had enjoyed playing in front of 'real fans' in reference to the hostile reception he received at the Stade Velodrome last week. The France international was whistled and booed every time he touched the ball at th...Full Story »

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