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Football: Rooney set to ignore pain to face Bayern

Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney is set to face holders Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg, aided by a pain-killing injection after he trained on Tuesday. The 28-year-old missed United's 4-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday due to a toe injury, sparking fears that he could be forced to sit out Wednesday's return leg at Munich's Allianz Arena with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 after the first match.

Football: Rooney set to ignore pain to face Bayern

Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney is set to face holders Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final, second leg, aided by a pain-killing injection after he trained on Tuesday. The 28-year-old missed United's 4-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday due to a toe injury, sparking fears that he could be forced to sit out Wednesday's return leg at Munich's Allianz Arena with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 after the first match.

Football: Adrian ready to step into Costa's shoes - Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes bit-part striker Adrian Lopez is up to the task of replacing top scorer Diego Costa for his side's Champions League quarter-final, second leg at home to Barcelona on Wednesday. Costa is a major doubt for the match due to a hamstring injury that forced him off just half an hour into last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg. Adrian has scored just twice this season in 31 appearances, but Simeone insisted he will partner former Barca striker David Villa in attack if Costa doesn't recover in time.

Football: Adrian ready to step into Costa's shoes - Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes bit-part striker Adrian Lopez is up to the task of replacing top scorer Diego Costa for his side's Champions League quarter-final, second leg at home to Barcelona on Wednesday. Costa is a major doubt for the match due to a hamstring injury that forced him off just half an hour into last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg. Adrian has scored just twice this season in 31 appearances, but Simeone insisted he will partner former Barca striker David Villa in attack if Costa doesn't recover in time.

Football: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona factfile

Factfile on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg tie on Wednesday: Form: Atletico continue to lead the way in La Liga with just six games remaining as despite being without top scorer Diego Costa and captain Gabi they did enough to squeeze out a 1-0 win over Villarreal on Saturday to secure a sixth straight league win. Barcelona remain on their heels just one point behind as they too laboured to 3-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend.

Football: Simeone counting on Calderon cauldron for Barca return

Diego Simeone has called on the Atletico Madrid fans to contribute to a memorable night as they host Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. The tie is level at 1-1 as Neymar's equaliser cancelled out Diego's incredible strike for Atletico to ensure there has still not been a winner in four meetings between the sides so far this season.

Football: Llorente brace as Juve restore eight-point lead

A brace from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente gave Juventus a 2-0 win over Livorno to restore their eight-point lead over Roma and edge the champions closer to a third consecutive scudetto on Monday. Roma's faint hopes of a first Serie A title since 2001 were given a boost by Juve's shock 2-0 loss to Napoli last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo back in Real Madrid lineup

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Striker Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Real Madrid lineup Monday as the Blancos prepared for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund. The Portuguese international sat out the weekend La Liga match with Real Sociedad after leaving last week's first leg against Dortmund with an injury. Though playing hurt, Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid in the 3-0 rout of the German side, notching his 14th goal of the current edition of the European tourney to equal the mark set in 2011-2012 by Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Placido Domingo honored for support of Spain's national soccer team

Las Rozas, Spain, Apr 7 (EFE).- Opera tenor Placido Domingo was visibly moved on Monday upon being awarded the gold medal with diamonds by the Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, for his support of the national team over 30 years. The award was presented by RFEF president Angel Maria Villar at a ceremony held at the federation's Soccer City complex in the Madrid suburb of Las Rozas.

Football: Atletico, Barca maintain title push with narrow wins

Barcelona remain just one point behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid as they overcame Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Atletico registered their sixth straight league win earlier in the day with a tense 1-0 victory over Villarreal. Lionel Messi put Barca in front from the penalty spot before Jordi Figueras' comical own goal doubled the hosts' advantage. Ruben Castro brought Betis back into the game moments later, but Messi killed the game off four minutes from time by slotting home the rebound after Antonio Adan had saved his second penalty of the day.
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