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The Sport Matrix: Thursday 13 March 2014
Messi and Alves knock out City
Manchester City followed Arsenal out of the Champions League, losing 2-1 to Barcelona on the night to go down 4-1 on aggregate. Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored either side of Vincent Kompany’s consolation goal. PSG wrapped up a 6-1 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen. MORE
Burnley held in Birmingham thriller
Burnley threw away the lead three times at Birmingham as a 3-3 draw lost them ground on Championship leaders Leicester. Wigan moved level on points with Reading in the final play-off spot after a late Jordi Gomez penalty earned a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. MORE
Spurs ‘got stressed’ in crisis meeting
Tottenham’s players held frank discussions after Saturday’s 4-0 humbling at Chelsea. “We had a meeting,” midfielder Sandro said. “Sometimes one player got stressed and we tried to calm him and talk in a nice way. We spent about two hours. Every player had their fair share to say.” MORE
Arteta: Arsenal can take positives
Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal can take positives from their performance at Bayern Munich on Tuesday. “It’s encouraging,” he said of the 1-1 draw. “The second-half performance was very good. We can take a lot of positives. And the way we keep them pretty quiet as well.” MORE
Sire De Grugy gives Moores debut win
Sire De Grugy won the Betvictor Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, Jamie Moore winning by six lengths ahead to give Moore & Son a first ride into the Festival’s winning circle. 2011 winner Sizing Europe finished fourth. MORE
Giles: England T20 hopes receding
Coach Ashley Giles says England’s recent T20 failures means they will be unfancied at the World Twenty20. “We’ve lost five in a row. Clearly we’re not playing very good T20 and haven’t done for a period now,” said Giles. “We’ll go into that as underdogs.” MORE
Schumacher family remain confident
The family of Michael Schumacher remain confident that the seven-time world champion will make a recovery from his skiing accident, contrary to recent speculation about the former Formula One champion’s state of health. MORE
British duo ready to go all out for gold
British skiers Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell will risk losing a fourth Games medal as they seek an elusive gold. They missed out in the slalom but may now go for broke in tomorrow’s Super Combined, where they currently lie second. MORE
Thomas and Cav lead the way
Geraint Thomas finished second in the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice to take the yellow jersey. Elsewhere, fellow Briton Mark Cavendish took the opening-day overall lead in the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico.
“We can see [beating Wales] as a bridge crossed. We lost in 2012 [and] last time, and with them being in our World Cup pool, it would have left us with a huge task. We hadn’t beaten them. Now, we have.” MORE
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