UEFA NEWS: Results and Round of 16 qualifiers
Bayern München and Manchester City booked their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tickets on Wednesday.
Holders Bayern are through to the round of 16
Bayern München and Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, while Real Madrid beat Inter in a group nevertheless still topped by Borussia Mönchengladbach and Liverpool lost at home to Atalanta. (UEFA NEWS)
Bayern 3-1 Salzburg
Neuer on Bayern win
A ruthless Bayern performance secured qualification from Group A. In an end-to-end encounter, it was Salzburg who came out of the traps faster only for Robert Lewandowski to break the deadlock just before the break. Kingsley Coman doubled the hosts’ lead and Leroy Sané headed Bayern’s third moments after Marc Roca’s dismissal had reduced them to ten men. Mergim Berisha’s effort was not enough to threaten the holders’ fourth win from four.
Key stat: Bayern extended their competition record-breaking Champions League winning streak to 15 matches.
Atlético 0-0 Lokomotiv Moskva
Visiting goalkeeper Guilherme earned his side a share of the spoils to prevent the second-placed Spaniards from pulling clear of Lokomotiv. The 34-year-old made several saves to cap a fine rearguard display. Atleti could have clinched it late on, but José María Giménez headed narrowly wide.
Key stat: Atleti failed to score for the first time in 23 Champions League group stage home games. (UEFA NEWS)
Inter 0-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid beat Inter in Milan
The 13-time winners went second in Group B with a crucial victory at the bottom club. Madrid were quick out of the blocks with Eden Hazard sweeping in a penalty after Nacho was felled by Nicolò Barella. Inter’s hopes were further damaged when Arturo Vidal was dismissed in the 33rd minute. Substitute Rodrygo’s shot deflected in off Achraf Hakimi to complete the win.
Key stat: Madrid’s victory was their first away to Inter in European competition, the Merengues having lost on five of their previous seven visits.
Mönchengladbach 4-0 Shakhtar
Gladbach maintained their place at the group summit with a dominant display against Shakhtar. Breel Embolo’s overhead kick was the pick of the goals, adding to Lars Stindl’s 17th-minute penalty and Nico Elvedi’s powerful header. Oscar Wendt then scored his first in the Champions League from a free-kick.
Key stat: Mönchengladbach have lost only one of their last eight Champions League matches, also scoring the first goal in each of their previous eight home games in the competition.
Olympiacos 0-1 Manchester City
Guardiola delight after City secure last 16 spot
Man. City booked their place in the knockout stage following a display far more dominant than the final scoreline suggests. Pep Guardiola’s side had 21 attempts on goal to their hosts’ two, yet only Phil Foden’s neat first-half finish – after a sublime Raheem Sterling back-heel – found the back of the net.
Key stat: City have now qualified for the last 16 for eight seasons in a row. (UEFA NEWS)
Marseille 0-2 Porto
Goals in either half from defender Zaidu Sanusi and Sérgio Oliveira (his third in as many Champions League games) mean Porto are one point away from reaching the last 16. Both teams ended with ten men as Marko Grujić and Leonardo Balerdi saw red. Darío Benedetto went closest for André Villas-Boas’ men, hitting a post with a late header.
Key stat: Marseille have lost a competition-record 13 consecutive Champions League games and are yet to score in Group C.
Ajax 3-1 Midtjylland
Ajax got the better of Midtjylland in Amsterdam
Three second-half goals moved Ajax to within two points of Group D leaders Liverpool ahead of their trip to Anfield next week. Jesper Hansen’s save from Zakaria Labyad kept Midtjylland level at half-time but a spectacular effort from Ryan Gravenberch was quickly added to by Noussair Mazraoui. David Neres drilled in a third before Awer Mabil pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Key stat: Midtjylland will finish bottom of the section having lost all four fixtures so far.
Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta
Liverpool’s perfect group record was ended by a vibrant Atalanta. The visitors took the impetus from the start and Josip Iličić finally made the breakthrough when he prodded in Alejandro Gómez’s cross. Liverpool made four changes straight after that goal, but they were soon two behind when an unmarked Robin Gosens hit the target.
Key stat: Liverpool were unbeaten in 25 European home games (W18 D7) before defeat by Atlético in last season’s round of 16 second leg; they have now lost two of their last three Champions League matches at Anfield. (UEFA NEWS)
Kelechi Iheanacho Sends Leicester To First FA Cup Final Since 1969
Leicester City book their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Kelechi Iheanacho’s second-half strike seals Wembley win over Southampton
Leicester City have reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 after Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike saw off Southampton at Wembley.
The striker converted from close range in the 55th minute after good work from Jamie Vardy set him up during a counter attack.
It is the fifth time the Foxes have reached the FA Cup final and they will now face Chelsea next month after the Blues defeated Manchester City in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Iheanacho’s strike was the 14th he has scored in this competition since 2015 and no player – not Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane – has scored more FA Cup goals during that time. The cup has become his playground.
David de Gea ‘could leave Manchester United on loan’
The 30-year-old was between the sticks for his team’s Europa League clash with Granada on Thursday night but appears to have dropped behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Henderson is expected to start Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, with De Gea set to drop back down to the bench.
The Spain international has recently been linked with a move away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but he still has more than two years left to run on a lucrative contract at Old Trafford.
According to ESPN, Man United are unlikely to find a buyer for De Gea in the upcoming market and could therefore decide to loan him out for the 2021-22 season.
The former Atletico Madrid youngster has made 435 appearances for the 20-time English champions in all competitions, including 30 outings during the current campaign
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
NXT takeover stand and deliver results 7th April 2021
Here are the results for the NXT takeover pay per view
Zoey Stark vs. Toni Storm (Pre-show): Stark continued to impress as she has in a series of matches with stop stars, hitting some nice early moves, including a good-looking springboard missile dropkick. Storm took over the match after the strong start, using some power offense with snap suplexes and a body slam, but before she could capitalize, Stark hit a superplex from the second rope to start a comeback. A half-nelson suplex set up a running knee for the first convincing near fall of the match. Stark continued to keep up the pressure until Storm hit a series of German suplexes before going for Storm Zero, which was countered awkwardly by Stark into a small package for the victory. (NXT takeover)
Pete Dunne vs. Kushida: An exchange of submission attempts opened the match as both men were attempting to establish their technical superiority early. Kushida had a small edge in the grappling until the action spilled outside where Dunne hit an X-plex onto the ring apron. Dunne brutally went after the arm of Kushida for a brief run, but Kushida fired up and ran the length of the entrance ramp for a kick. After an exchange of strikes, Dunne went back to work on the arm — and the fingers — of Kushida.
The action continued to flow back and forth, with Dunne’s aggression being met by Kushida blow-for-blow. Kushida hit a superplex while holding his Hoverboard Lock, switching to an armbar, but Dunne managed to get a foot on the ropes for a break. Kushida continued going for Dunne’s arms, locking in another Hoverboard Lock and then switching arms with the hold when Dunne reached the ropes. Dunne went back to the fingers, softening up Kushida for a kick to the head and Bitter End to bring the match to a close.
Leon Ruff vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis vs. LA Knight (Gauntlet Eliminator for North American championship opportunity): Scott jumped Ruff before the match, getting off to an early advantage when they were the first two men in. Ruff eventually hit a cutter on Scott, springboarding off the announce table to hit the move. That wasn’t enough to keep Scott down, as he continued to blitz Ruff with big moves until Ruff countered a top rope powerbomb into a rana before Reed entered the match. Reed ran wild until hitting a double-German suplex on Scott and Ruff. Grimes came into the match and paid off Scott to help him go at the other competitors. During Lumis’ entrance, Scott was able to quickly pin Ruff to take him out of the match. Lumis delivered suplex after suplex until running into Reed with the two big men exchanging strikes and neither getting the upper hand. Knight made his entrance as the final man into the match and soon pinned Lumis as Lumis had Grimes locked in Silence. Reed eliminated Knight moments later after a senton, leaving Scott, Reed and Grimes as the final three in the match. (NXT takeover)
Grimes and Scott teamed up against Reed, but Reed shrugged off strikes from both men until the temporary alliance fell apart and Scott rolled up Grimes with a handful of tights — reversing Grimes’ own attempt to grab Scott’s tights in a pin — for the elimination. Reed went to the top rope, but Scott caught him with a kick and then slammed Reed from the top rope onto the ring apron. Scott followed up with a 450 splash for a near fall. Reed fired up through a trio of House Call kicks from Scott before hitting Tsunami for the victory.
NXT UK Championship — WALTER (c) vs. Tommaso Ciampa: Ciampa looked to try to neutralize WALTER’s strength with speed early but eventually snapped and blitzed WALTER with a flurry of strikes. That only served to anger the champion, leading him to deliver a series of titanic chops. WALTER tried to deliver another chop as Ciampa was leaned on the announce table, but Ciampa moved out of the way, causing WALTER to chop through a portion of the table. Ciampa tried to take advantage of the now-injured hand of WALTER but ran into a big boot. When WALTER had trouble locking in submissions due to not being able to use any strength in his grip, he resorted to delivering more big kicks to the face of Ciampa. Ciampa delivered clothesline after clothesline, trying to take WALTER off his feet, sending the champion stumbling before falling into the ropes where Ciampa’s clotheslines continued until WALTER delivered a chop. Ciampa came right back with yet another clothesline, finally driving WALTER to the mat. After another flurry of offense, Ciampa hit the Fairy Tale Ending for a near fall.
WALTER came back with an attempt at a choke before a German suplex and lariat for a two count of his own. Ciampa continued his incredible performance, blasting WALTER with strikes and forcing the big man to turtle up. Another strike exchange followed shortly after before WALTER focused in on the neck of Ciampa with a series of stomps and powerbombs, again resulting in a near fall. Walter hit another suplex and a big chop, this time putting Ciampa down for the three count, retaining his title. (NXT takeover)
Tag Team Championship — MSK vs. Grizzled Young Veterans vs. Legado Del Fantasma: This match was for the vacant title. Pure fire from the jump with everyone in the match flying around the ring at full speed. Every team in the match got early spots to shit, with Grizzled Young Veterans taking the early action before MSK took over and Legado del Fantasma finally took control with simultaneous dives and then a pair of Van Terminators (without the chair) on Nash Carter for a near fall. Legado continued their run of control by continuing to take the fight to Carter until he finally made a tag to Wes Lee, who took out all four men on the other teams before a huge dive and a series of backflips into a Pele kick to the back of James Drake’s head. (NXT takeover)
Zack Gibson finally involved himself to take out Lee, holding his hand inside the turnbuckle pad so Drake could deliver a dropkick to the already inured hand. Gibson locked up Lee’s hand and Lee was ready to tap until Carter was able to crawl through a Drake choke to grab his partner’s hand. Things broke down to GYV vs. MSK, with Lee hitting a double cutter and then a twisting blockbuster while Carter had Gibson lifted up to score the win and take home the titles.
Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Raquel Gonzalez: Gonzalez used her power early, forcing Shirai to have to resort to slick defensive maneuvers and quickness, hitting a rana and then taking the fight to Gonzalez in the corner. Gonzalez caught a Shirai stomp and tried to reverse the momentum but found herself on the outside, getting knocked to the floor after a Shirai asai moonsault. Gonzalez was finally able to slow down the champ by driving her into the ring post before going back to the ring where she began to toss Shirai around the ring.
Every time it seemed Gonzalez had Shirai on the defensive, the champion would find a way to counter and launch into her own high impact offense, including a Code Red for a near fall. Gonzalez caught Shirai on the top rope and tried to walk her to the center of the ring for a chokeslam, but Shirai managed to counter and roll into a crossface, forcing Gonzalez to crawl to the ropes for the escape. Shirai followed up with a moonsault from the top rope onto the entrance ramp. Shirai wandered out of the ring area before appearing on top of the giant skull that made up the set background on the ramp, hitting a diving crossbody onto Gonzalez. (NXT takeover)
Gonzalez refused to stay down, coming back to hit a chokeslam outside the ring and throwing the champion in for a near fall. Moments later, Gonzalez managed to hit a big lariat and then another chokeslam to score the pinfall and win the belt.