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Football: Del Piero sets up Sydney win to reach play-offs

Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero laid on both goals as Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 2-1 to clinch a play-off spot in Australia's A-League on Sunday. Del Piero, who may be playing in his last season with the Sydneysiders, provided the assists for both goals to Terry Antonis and Richard Garcia. Garcia's stoppage-time winner after being put into the clear by Del Piero's defence-splitting pass lifted the Sky Blues to fifth spot and a knockout match against Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Good Friday.

Football: Martino laments Barca's lack of killer instinct

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rued his side's profligacy in front of goal as their La Liga title hopes were all but ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Granada on Saturday. The Catalans dominated after Yacine Brahimi had fired Granada into a 16th minute lead, but despite enjoying more than 80 percent possession and having 29 efforts on goal, they failed to find a way past inspired Granada goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo suffers hamstring injury

Madrid, Apr 10 (EFE).- Real Madrid said new tests showed Cristiano Ronaldo has sustained a left hamstring injury but did not indicate how much longer the star forward would be out of action. "Medical tests performed on Cristiano Ronaldo have revealed an injury to the player's left biceps femoris muscle. Pending a medical evaluation," the team said in a brief medical update Thursday on its Web site.

Atletico, Bayern advance to Champions League semifinals

Madrid, Apr 9 (EFE).- An inspired Atletico Madrid advanced to the final four of the Champions League with a 1-0 home victory here over FC Barcelona in Wednesday's second leg of their quarterfinal clash. Atleti, which tallied a 2-1 victory on aggregate, came out bursting with intensity at Vicente Calderon Stadium and was rewarded in the 6th minute when midfielder Koke booted in a perfectly placed pass off the head of Adrian Lopez, who had replaced injured striker Diego Costa in the starting lineup.

Football: Koke winner sees Atletico past Barca into semis

Atletico Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 40 years with a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory. Koke put the hosts in front after just five minutes as he volleyed home Adrian Lopez's headed pass. Atletico also hit the woodwork three times in the first-half, but were given a late scare as Neymar came within inches of taking the game to extra time when his header went just wide. Defeat ends Barcelona's run of reaching six straight Champions League semi-finals.

Football: Atletico's Diego Costa misses Barca return

Atletico Madrid's top scorer Diego Costa was not even fit enough for a place on the bench as his side aim to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals when they host Barcelona on Wednesday. The Spanish international limped off with a hamstring injury after just half an hour of last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg of the quarter-final tie at the Camp Nou.

Football: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona starting line-ups

Starting line-ups from the Champions League quarter-final, second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday: Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Thibaut Courtois; Juanfran, Diego Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi (capt), Tiago, Raul Garcia; David Villa, Adrian Lopez. Barcelona (4-3-3) Jose Manuel Pinto; Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Xavi (capt), Andres Iniesta; Neymar, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas. Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) afp

Football: Germany 'pampered' for success, says Vogts

Germany have never been so well prepared to win the World Cup, according to former coaches Jurgen Klinsmann and Berti Vogts, who are now working with rivals the United States. Vogts told the daily Bild in an interview published on Wednesday that the German national team "have never been so pampered" by the German federation. Vogts, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and was coach when Germany won the European Championship in 1996, said Germany currently have a "super" team and have "never had so many players so well prepared technically and tactically".

Football: Dortmund defeat's a Real wake-up call

Captain Iker Casillas said Real Madrid were given a Champions League wake-up call as they lost 2-0 to last season's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund in their quarter-final second leg match but still went through to the last four 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday. Germany winger Marco Reus scored both Borussia's goals to spark hopes of the hosts reaching the semi-finals. However, Real held on but patently missed their star performer Cristiano Ronaldo, who was on the bench because he had not recovered fully from the knock to the knee he took in the first leg.

Football: Dortmund bow out despite beating Real

Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League with their heads held high on Tuesday, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in their quarter-final second leg but losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Having been beaten 3-0 in last Wednesday's first leg in Madrid, Dortmund ultimately gave themselves too much to do, but their coach Jurgen Klopp delivered on his pre-match promise that his side would bow out with an improved performance.
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