By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 May 2012 • 12:20
FOOTBALL – Chelsea (England) will play Bayern Munich (Germany) in the Champions League final later this month.
In the semis, Chelsea k’od Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate, after a 2-2 second leg draw with ten men at the Nou Camp.
Unfortunately Barca’s Lionel Messi missed a penalty after John Terry had been dismissed.
Terry will now miss the final along with three colleagues, Ivanovic, Meireles and Ramires and two from Bayern.
In the other semi, Bayern beat Real Madrid on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate score. Cristiano Ronaldo, who earlier netted his 25th successive spot-kick, missed from 12 yards in the shoot-out.
The Europa League final, also later this month, will feature Athletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao. In League football, it’s still all to play for at the top and bottom of the Premiership.
The epic Manchester derby on Monday ended City 1 United 0. United now face Swansea at home and Sunderland away, while rivals City play Newcastle away and QPR.
Wolves are down but who will join them in the championship? It’s any two from Aston Villa, Bolton, Blackburn, QPR (who crashed 6-1 at Chelsea for whom Fernando Torres netted a hat-trick on Sunday) and in form Wigan who demolished Newcastle 4-0.
Elsewhere Luis Suarez hit a treble in Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Norwich.
Congratulations to Reading and Southampton (4-0 winners over Coventry) who will be at Old Trafford and The Emirates next season while West Ham face Cardiff and Birmingham play Blackpool in this week’s play-off semi-finals.
League 1 winners Charlton (going for 100 points) will be joined automatically in the Championship this weekend by one of the two Sheffield clubs – Wednesday play at home while United visit relegated Exeter who go down with Wycombe and Chesterfield all drop into League 2.
Swindon (champions) and Shrewsbury (second) have won promotion to League 1 but sadly Macclesfield have been relegated from the FL – replaced by Fleetwood.
• WBA boss Roy Hodgson could be the new England manager as you read this!
• Barcelona chief Pep Guardiola is leaving having won 13 trophies at the Nou amp.
• Robin van Persie (Arsenal) is the 2012 PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year.
• Phil Dowd will referee Saturday’s FA Cup final between Chelsea & Liverpool.
• Some joy at Molineux as Wolves women beat Stoke 2-0 in the League Cup final. • Ex-Rangers owner Craig White has been banned from Scottish football for life as the Ibrox club received a 12-month transfer embargo and a £160,000 fine.
• Former boxer Terry Spinks, an Olympic gold medalist, aged 18 in 1956, has died.
• Lee Westwood successfully defended his Indonesian Masters golf title.
• Cyclist Bradley Wiggins won the Tour of Ramaindie in Switzerland.
• Sophie Hitchon has broken her own GB record by throwing the hammer 70.47m.
• The Olympic flame will be lit in Greece on 10 May. • Drugs cheat Dwain Chambers has been cleared to run for GB in the Olympics.
• GB’s Olympic men’s footballers will play in the same group as Senegal, Uruguay and the UAE.
The other competing nations are Belarus, Brazil, Egypt, Gabon, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain and Switzerland. And David Beckham, Joe Cole, Chris Brunt, Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Steven Fletcher could be in GB’s team to play a friendly against Brazil at Middlesbrough
• Sebatian Vettel (53 pts) leads the F1 driver’s championship, ahead of Lewis Hamilton (49) and Mark Webber (48).
By finishing third in Bahrain, Roman Grosjean became the first Frenchman since 1998 to stand on the podium.
• Casey Stoner won the Spanish MotorGP in Jerez last Sunday.
• Ulster beat Edinburgh 22-19 in a classic Heineken Cup semi-final and will meet Leinster in the final.
• And Tony McCoy is National Hunt champion jockey for the 17th successive year and Paul Nicholls top trainer, again.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1921-22, Small Heath (Birmingham City) did not play in the FA Cup – because the club secretary failed to submit the entry form.
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