Chelsea sets up FA Cup quarterfinal clash with Manchester United

Updated 01 March 2013
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Chelsea sets up FA Cup quarterfinal clash with Manchester United

LONDON: Rafa Benitez watched his Chelsea side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night and then announced he would leave at the end of the season, delivering an emotional outburst that included a swipe at the club’s fans and hierarchy.
As with most games in his turbulent reign that began in November, Benitez was barracked by a section of supporters at Riverside Stadium.
An unconvincing win was sealed by goals from Ramires and Victor Moses in the second half, setting up an eye-catching quarterfinal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 10.
A defiant Benitez wasn’t in any mood to celebrate after the match, however.
“They should concentrate on supporting the team,” Benitez said of the club’s fans. “In the end, they are not making any favors to the club, to the rest of the fans and the players.
“They put pressure on the players and don’t create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. They have to realize they rare making a big mistake. ... it would be much better to have a good atmosphere.” Referring to the club’s hierarchy, Benitez added: “It’s because someone made a mistake. They put my title (as) ‘interim manager,’ and I will leave at the end of the season.” Benitez had spent the build-up to the match playing down media speculation of a fierce confrontation with players at a training session, with John Terry widely reported to have been involved in the alleged row.
Terry, rested for the 2-0 loss at Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, was recalled as one of eight changes to the starting lineup but a team containing several fringe players was unconvincing in the first half, failing to trouble home goalkeeper Jason Steele. The defending champions improved after the break and Ramires opened the scoring in the 51st minute by curling in a shot from the edge of the area that took a slight deflection of Fernando Torres.
Moses sealed victory by tapping home in the 73rd minute at the end of a well-worked move. The result was better than the performance, though, with Chelsea sluggish for the most part. Torres again endured another miserable night up front, showing no sign of a return to form.
It keeps Chelsea, the winner of the FA Cup for four of the past six seasons, in the hunt for silverware on two fronts this season. The team also through to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Bayern, Stuttgart
in semis
In Frankfurt, Germany, Arjen Robben scored late in the first half for Bayern Munich to beat title-holder Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Wednesday night and reach the German Cup semifinals.
Dortmund beat Bayern 5-2 in last season’s final and won its second consecutive Bundesliga championship. But this has been Bayern’s season and it has a 17-point lead over Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Robben curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area after Dortmund lost possession, giving Bayern its first win over Dortmund after five straight losses and one draw.
Stuttgart also advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2007 with a comfortable 2-0 victory over second-division Bochum.
Christian Gentner scored with a deflected shot in the 18th and Vedad Ibisevic notched his first goal of 2013 in the 83rd to secure Stuttgart’s victory.
Bayern and Stuttgart, which won the Bundesliga in 2007, join Wolfsburg and Freiburg in the semifinals.
Atletico in Copa final
In Sevilla, Spain, Atletico Madrid advanced to a Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid after holding Sevilla to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday, sealing a 4-3 victory on aggregate in the semifinals.
First half goals by Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao proved decisive in the second leg match, following a 2-1 home win last month.
Costa opened the scoring after six minutes, wrong-footing three defenders before beating goalkeeper Antonio Bastos with a shot inside the far post.
Costa then raced up the left flank and made a precise cross to the center of the penalty area for Falcao to score his 63rd goal for Atletico in the 29th minute.

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas pulled one back with a spectacular long shot in the 39th, while Ivan Rakitic equalized in injury time.


Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

Real Madrid's players celebrate after their Welsh forward Gareth Bale scored the the 3-1 during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. (AFP / Sergei Supoinsky)
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Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

  • adrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

KIEV, Ukraine: Gareth Bale’s eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured.

Bale’s jaw-dropping overhead kick put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.

Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.

Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.

Madrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.

The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.

For Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.

The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.

His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.

Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.

It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.

Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.

If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.

Isco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.

It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.

Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.

But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.

The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.

Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.

Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.