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  • Arsenal beat Wigan to win FA Cup semi-final on penalties

    Arsenal beat Wigan Athletic on penalties to win the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley today after the teams drew 1-1 at the end of extra time. Jordi Gomez scored to put Wigan ahead from the penalty spot after 63 minutes with Per Mertesacker heading...

  • Floriana back to winning ways

    TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0 FLORIANA 2 Floriana returned to winning ways against nine-man Tarxien Rainbows. A tame opening had Jorge testing waters with a low shot that was well saved by Mintoff in the 11th minute. Tarxien’s methodical and controlled play...

  • City crush sorry Mosta 5-0

    Valletta sent a strong warning to leaders Birkirkara on their title aspirations as the Citizens crushed Mosta 5-0 at the Hibs Stadium. Denni gave a stark reminder of his importance to Valletta’s title quest as the nippy Brazilian scored his team’s...

  • 96 seats left empty as Wembley remembers Hillsborough tragedy

    Ninety-six seats were left empty and draped with Liverpool scarves at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium today as English soccer paused to remember the Hillsborough tragedy that took place 25 years ago this weekend. Matches in the top eight...

  • Seventh successive win lifts Everton into top four

    Everton won 1-0 at bottom club Sunderland to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League and the battle at the other end of the table intensified with wins for three clubs in danger of relegation. The only goal at the Stadium of Light...

  • Qormi strike late to sink Naxxar

    Qormi took a giant step towards securing their Premier League status for another season as a last-gasp goal from Alfred Effiong earned them a 1-0 win over Naxxar Lions at the Hibs Stadium. Qormi were the better team for much of the opening 45...

  • Vittoriosa sweat to keep survival hopes alive

    RABAT 1 VITTORIOSA 2 Vittoriosa Stars had to summon all their fighting qualities to come from behind and tuck in maximum points against the already-doomed Rabat Ajax. Rabat made an uninhibited start and were rewarded with a penalty inside the...

  • We must win at all costs – Borg

    Valletta defender Steve Borg has summed up his team’s cautious mindset by describing today’s encounter with fourth-placed Mosta at the Hibs Stadium (6pm) as the toughest game in their title run-in. After Mosta, Valletta will meet Balzan before a...

  • Tedesco to make debut as Floriana coach

    Naxxar Lions vs Qormi (today at 4pm, Hibernians Stadium). Level at the top of the Relegation Pool on 23 points, Naxxar Lions and Qormi will effectively secure their Premier League status if they emerge victorious from their direct clash. Both are...

  • Bayern and Real clash in semis

    Holders Bayern Munich and nine-times winners Real Madrid will face each other in a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final this month with Atletico Madrid up against Chelsea. Yesterday’s draw in Nyon not only paired powerhouses Bayern and Real...

  • Juventus face Benfica roadblock

    Juve face a difficult task to reach a Europa League final in their own stadium after the Italian champions were handed a tough semi-final draw against Portuguese league leaders Benfica at UEFA headquarters in Nyon yesterday. Both sides remain...

  • Arsenal target FA Cup success

    Arsenal will be determined to remain on course for their first trophy in nine years when they take on holders Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, today. Last weekend’s defeat to Everton in the Premier League has piled the...

  • Soccer pauses to commemorate Hillsborough

    Every senior match in England will kick-off seven minutes later than normal this weekend as soccer marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool fans died at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest. Nowhere will...

  • Inter, Milan fighting over Europa League crumbs

    Accustomed to fighting for the game’s biggest honours, Inter and Milan finds themselves in a seven-team scrap for a place in the unloved Europa League as their patchy Serie A campaigns draw to a close. Seven-times European champions Milan host...

  • Van Gaal outlines Dutch preparations

    Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal will take a group of home-based players to a training camp next month at the start of his World Cup preparations, the Dutch Football Association said yesterday. He will start on May 7 in Hoenderloo with the best of...

  • Bayern face Dortmund amid bitter loan row

    Champions Bayern Munich meet second-placed Borussia Dortmund with Bundesliga bragging rights already awarded this season but a bitter row over an old loan between the clubs has fanned the rivalry for the league’s top two teams. The Bavarians have...

  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff

    Three stadiums are not ready and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will “be the most successful of all time”, the head of FIFA told Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter...

  • It must be hard to be Messi – Barca coach

    Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi following sharp criticism of the four-times World Player of the Year’s limp performance in Wednesday’s Cham-pions League defeat at Atletico Madrid. Messi, who has excelled in so many past...

  • Ancelotti plays down Ronaldo injury problems

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has played down Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury problems and suggested the Portugal captain may recover in time for Wednesday’s King’s Cup final against Barcelona. Top scorer in both La Liga and the Champions League...

  • Sporting briefs

    Berti Quits: Newell’s Old Boys coach Alfredo Berti, given a hard act to follow when he replaced Gerardo Martino last July, has resigned after a third defeat in a row put his team out of the Libertadores Cup. The Argentine side, twice Libertadores...

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