Soccer Break Thursday – United roll on
Next up for Alex Ferguson’s men is the visit of title rivals Chelsea on Sunday, certain to be a much stiffer test than a disappointingly lacklustre Schalke 04 on Wednesday. Will United’s formidable home record count in their favour?
Staying in Europe, and Thursday is Europa League day. Porto take a 5-1 lead into the second semi-final leg against Villarreal, while compatriots Benfica beat fellow Portuguese club Braga 2-1 at home.
Braga, less fashionable than their illustrious rivals, play their home games at the Quarry. Could be an explosive match.
Taking a look at a wider football issue, are tickets too expensive? Read here for what Arsenal are doing to combat the rise in prices.
And finally, referees have a hard time, especially with the stakes so high in Europe, but read here to find out about a New Zealand official’s ’empty net’ penalty decision.
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Picture: Manchester United’s Chris Smalling (L), Darron Gibson (C) and manager Alex Ferguson react after his team beat Schalke 04 during their semi-final second leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England May 4, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble