Sadio Man and Virgil van Dijk take Liverpool past Bayern Munich

Sadio Man scored twice, either side of a Virgil van Dijk goal, to give Liverpool a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and put them into the last eight It was a night when Liverpool reminded themselves why a banner can be seen at their games to proclaim European football royalty. And, finally, when the action was over, Jrgen Klopp was running across the pitch to pump his fists towards the Liverpool supporters in the highest tier of this spectacular stadium. His players could celebrate a hugely satisfying night of mature and controlled football and, for the first time since 2009, the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals. Not that Liverpools euphoria at the final whistle was, in any …

Real Madrids reign is over: now is the time to salute, not mock them | Barney Ronay

The humiliation by Ajax led to much mirth at Madrids expense but four Champions League crowns in five years is a period of dominance that history will look upon kindly Please allow me to introduce myself, Im a man of wealth and taste. Ive been around for well, quite a long time as it happens, most notably as champions of Europe for the last thousand days, an era of oddly room-temperature dominance that has now come to an end. The period of public mourning has been notably brief. Instead Real Madrids ejection from the Champions League on Tuesday night was greeted not by tributes and tears, but with a chorus of crowing delight. Sympathy for the devils Meringues? Theres not …

Bara revel in Messi’s clsico stranglehold over Real Madrid

Two Bernabu victories mean Barcelona now lead the head-to-head between the sides for the first time since 1932 Playing and winning here really turns me on, Gerard Piqu said. When the final whistle went on the caption read. It was only a short while and it wasnt particularly wild, which probably said something, but together they celebrated. Again. Three days after coming to the home of the greatest rivals they have the greatest rivals anyone has and by Legans and 1-0, 3-0. And no one had ever come here and won four league games in a row. Aggregate score: 11-2. By the end of the 242nd clsico, it felt like there was something inevitable about this result, even when there …

Stabbed Manchester United fan recovering after surgery in Paris

The Manchester United fan stabbed on Wednesday night in Paris may be able to return home at the start of next week United knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League last 16. United have been in contact with his family and are monitoring the situation. A club spokesperson said: We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game. Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery. The supporter is being treated at the Hpital Europen Georges-Pompidou in Paris and the Foreign Office is in contact with the French authorities regarding the incident.

The incredible rise of Atlanta United

(CNN)When some of world football’s biggest stars talk, you pay attention. A playoff appearance in Atlanta United’s first season arguably confounded expectations, but the early exit simply solidified the passion from a fanatical fanbase, who wanted more from a side who would play to more than 70,000 of these soccer savvy supporters, when the magnificent Mercedes-Benz Stadium was open to its fullest capacity. Attendance records have fallen, as have many of the opposing teams. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos The rest is indeed recent history. The Five Stripes, in just their second season, seemingly swept all before them during the 2018 campaign. And while they fell just short of locking up the Supporters’ Shield, they regrouped to romp …

Hakeem al-Araibi case shows limits of football as a PR tool for repressive regimes

(CNN)Hakeem al-Araibi’s 76-day prison ordeal ended Tuesday when the former Bahrain international footballer was flown from Thailand to Australia, where he has refugee status. Former Australian national football team captain Craig Foster, who spearheaded the campaign to release Al-Araibi, said on Twitter that the case was a “win for humanity, for the power of citizens of the world demanding that human rights be protected … and the beginning of a broader fight for the values of sport.” Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by local media Tuesday that al-Araibi’s guilty verdict would remain in place despite its decision to drop the extradition case. “The Kingdom of Bahrain reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against Mr. …

Emiliano Sala: Tears for missing footballer as Nantes pays emotional tribute in Ligue 1 match

(CNN)On an emotional evening in Nantes, players and fans paid tribute to missing footballer Emiliano Sala in the French team’s first match since the plane carrying the Argentine striker disappeared from radar last week. A video featuring the 28-year-old’s highlights was played before the match and in the warm-up Nantes players wore white shirts bearing a photo of Sala and the message “On t’aime Emi” — which translates as “We love you Emi” — on the back, while a picture of the player covered the center circle. As the players shook hands before kick-off, his name was spelled out by supporters using yellow and green cards in the stands. READ: Touching tributes to Emiliano Sala Some Cardiff fans had traveled …