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Vlog on the pitch – reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty miss

April 24, 2008

In our clip above, Cristiano Ronaldo says “football is like that sometimes” following his penalty miss in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

Snore draw or interesting tactical battle?

April 24, 2008

The neutrals have no doubt. “Flop. Fear wins at the Nou Camp” was Gazzetta dello Sport’s view from Italy of the 0-0 draw between Barcelona and Manchester United in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

Riise offers Grant a short reprieve from the media’s glare

April 23, 2008

Chelsea’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Liverpool on Tuesday was all about Avram Grant getting a reprieve from the hacks who only days earlier said his time under Roman Abramovich was almost up.

Most important own goal ever?

April 23, 2008

How did he manage that?

John Arne Riise’s astonishing own goal seems to have given Chelsea the edge in the first Champions League semi-final.

Vlog on the pitch – Do semis offer last chance for Rijkaard and co?

April 21, 2008

Has it reached the stage where a Champions League semi-final is not enough to safeguard a coach’s job?

Euro 2008 crackdown could spark penalties and cards galore

April 18, 2008

Flying elbows, mass punch-ups, mouthy players, shirt-tuggers and divers will be the main focus for referees when Euro 2008 kicks off in June.

Is the Premier League eating the rest of football?

April 10, 2008

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It was with more than the usual haste that I strode off from the Nou Camp after Frank Rijkaard’s customary non-committal news conference on the eve of Barcelona’s Champions League match against Schalke on Tuesday. Liverpool against Arsenal was being shown on terrestrial TV here in Spain and it was one of those games that you didn’t want to miss.

Unbelievable tension at Anfield will never be forgotten

April 9, 2008

Benitez and Wenger

Liverpool’s rivalry with Arsenal now involves 202 matches dating back to 1893 and Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final will, for the neutral, forever rank among the greatest of them all.

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2 — your views on an instant classic

April 8, 2008

Liverpool celebrate

For once a tie between two English sides in Europe brought out the best of the Premier League. A breathless second leg at Anfield has already been hailed as a classic after Liverpool won through 5-3 on aggregate to set up yet another semi-final against Chelsea, which will doubtless be slightly less of a classic.

Bad times return to Camp Nou

April 8, 2008

Henry takes a breatherOn Sunday night, after five years of calm, Barcelona fans finally exploded. The white handkerchiefs — a common way of showing frustration in Spain’s stadiums — were out, against the club president, the coach, the players … anybody involved in what seems set to be a second straight trophy-less year.