Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Liverpool escaped to the semi-finals with a 4-2 win over Arsenal. Make no mistake about it despite the score, with less than 10 minutes to go they were out of the tournament all together with a 2-2 draw as Arsenal drew level. Then a the controversial penalty and the back-door score late in the game sealed the deal. The Blues on the other hand solidly took care of business vs. Fenebahce 2-0, as the staples of Ballack and Lampard came through with goals.
Man U took it’s time but scored in the 70th minute on a great header by Tevez to advance 1-0 over Roma. It was more formality than anything else as United were two-nil up from the first leg and Sir Alex Ferguson rested several players for the game. His policy may have back-fired as in the 28th minute when Alessandro Mancini went down under a Wes Brown challenge for a dubious penalty. But Daniele De Rossi skied the resulting spot-kick over to the relief of Old Trafford. From there is was all over but the singing.
A 43rd-minute strike by Yaya Toure gave Barcelona an unconvincing 1-0 win over Schalke and sealed their passage into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Barca were firm favourites at the Nou Camp having won the first leg 1-0 in Germany, but the visitors gave them a real scare as they went close to levelling the tie on numerous occasions during the opening half-hour. Toure pounced just before the break to give Barca an undeserved lead and that proved to be enough for the Spanish giants as Schalke offered little resistance in the second half.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

recent stories

French President Nicolas Sarkozy suggested Tuesday that a boycott of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics was a possibility -- the first world leader to raise the prospect of punishing China over its ongoing crackdown in Tibet. If the French want to make a statement then they should boycott the Olympics in general not just show up late.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlos Queiroz have been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. The charges arise from media comments made by Manchester United's management team in the aftermath of the FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth last month. Ferguson complained about the performance of match referee Martin Atkinson and was also critical of PGMO general manager Keith Hackett. Queiroz was also unhappy with Atkinson's display in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, where United were not awarded an early penalty for a challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo by Sylvain Distin. Both Ferguson and Queiroz have until 17th April to respond to the charge.