Champions League quarter finals;Barcelona 4 Roma 1:Two own goals gift Barcelona the win

Sluggish and slow, Barcelona laboured through a first half hour in which neither side attempted much apart from occasional dives in the penalty area.

Edin Dzeko and Andrew Iniesta both went down looking, while Alessandro Florenzi hit the deck in the area with Nelson Semedo in attendance. The Dutch ref was unmoved by all.

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Source:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/04/04/barcelona-vs-roma-champions-league-live-score-updates/

Roma’s captain Daniele De Rossi hit an unstoppable shot into his own net to break the deadlock in the 38th minute of what had been a delicately poised game and a second own goal 10 minutes into the second half, this time by Greek defender Kostas Manolas, stretched the runaway La Liga leaders’ advantage.

Barca defender Gerard Pique piled more misery on the Italians four minutes later, mopping up on the rebound after Luis Suarez was thwarted by goalkeeper Alisson before Roma’s top scorer Edin Dzeko struck at the right end to give his side faint hope of a turnaround in the second leg.

Edin Dzeko of Roma and Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona battle for the ball

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Champions League; Manchester City hammered by Liverpool

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Composed Liverpool cruised to victory against premier league leaders Manchester City at Anfield to take charge of their Champions League quater final tie.

First half goals from Salah, Chamberlain and Mane salvaged a win for the host while Manchester City failed to get a shot on target.

Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after his tremendous finish put his side 2-0 up after only 20 minutes against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

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Both sides meet for the second leg on Tuesday 10th of April with Manchester City hoping to save themselves into the next round

Ronaldo in the form of his life?

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Cristiano Ronaldo stared as champions league holders Real Madrid defeated Juventus 3-0 in Turin to take take control of their Champions Leaugue quater-final tie.

Recently, Ronaldo has been in a wonderful goalscoring form, he has found the net 23 times in his last 12 appearances but his second goal in the 64th minute against Juventus in the Champions League game yesterday was magnificent.

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Ronaldo launching himself in the air to deliver a superp overhead kick.

 

A replay of 2013 FA cup final?

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The big guns have avaoided each other in the FA cup fifth round and fans will be treated to something more like a replay of the FA cup 2013 final as Manchester City will play against Wigan. With the matches to be played from February 16-18, here is a full list of the draw

Sheffield Wednesday vs Notts County or Swansea

West Brom vs Southampton

Chelsea vs Hull

Leicester vs Sheffield United

Huddersfield or Birmingham vs Man Utd

Millwall or Rochdale vs Newport or Spurs

Brighton vs Coventry

Wigan vs Man City

Edin Dzeko to Chelsea?

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Chelsea might have turned their attention to Roma in search of a striker after their supposed loan deal for West Ham’s Andy Carroll collapsed due to injury.

Reports from Sky Italy suggest Chelsea are interested in signing former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko from Roma

Their reports also say Chelsea are prepared to pay €50m for Dzeko and his team-mate Emerson Palmieri, who plays as left-back…..For some extra price though!

Chelsea are prepaird to let Roma have Michy Batshuayi on loan as part of the deal as Roma are not very willing to let go of Dzeko during this January window but the Italians are also asking for another €15m.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City: Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus injured

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It was a disappointing afternoon for leaugue leaders Manchester City as they were held to a goaless draw against Roy Hudson’s side Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Ederson proved to be the hero for City as he denied Luka Milivojevic from the penalty spot in added time due to a foul on Wilfried Zaha by Raheem Sterling.

Palace ended City’s Premier League winning run that span to 18 straight games and have now left Manchester City with injury worries. Gabriel Jesus was substituted in the first half due to a knee injury and is sidelined to be out for about two months.  City also have another injury worry as Kevin De Byune who has played a vital role this season was stretched out after a dangerous tackle with Puncheon