The Sport Matrix: Thursday 27 February 2014


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Chelsea frustrated by Galatasaray

Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw away at Galatasaray in their last-16 first-leg tie. Fernando Torres tapped home to put Jose Mourinho’s side ahead in the ninth minute, but Didier Drogba’s Galatasaray levelled through Aurelien Chedjou’s effort in the 64th minute. MORE

Bale at the double in Real thrashing

Real Madrid have all but sealed their place in the quarter-finals after thrashing Schalke 6-1 in their last-16 first-leg tie. Gareth Bale scored in each half, while Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo also struck twice each for the visitors. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored Schalke’s only goal. MORE

Moyes has 12 games to prove himself

Manchester United manager David Moyes has 12 games to show the Glazer family that he is the man they should trust with a £200m summer transfer kitty, to fulfil their aim of winning the league next season. This comes after their dismal first-leg defeat away at Olympiakos. MORE

Campbell eyes return to Arsenal

Joel Campbell hopes his goals for Olympiakos will earn him a future with Arsenal. The 21-year-old, on loan at the Greek club, played a starring role in Manchester United’s defeat on Tuesday and said: “I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season.” MORE

Johnson sweating on England call-up

Adam Johnson fears his World Cup dream will be over if he is not included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad to face Denmark in next week’s friendly. “It all depends on this next squad,” admitted Johnson ahead of today’s announcement. MORE

Sherwood: Spurs must raise game

Tim Sherwood has challenged his Spurs players to raise their game tonight as they bid to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Dnipro. He said: “Some of them have to prove they have the character to be able to play for Tottenham.” MORE

Tuilagi dismisses cross-code talk

Manu Tuilagi, who will be reunited with England next week after his chest injury, has dismissed speculation about a cross-code switch to rugby league, describing as “utter rubbish” rumours of a move to Salford Red Devils. MORE

Gibson rules out coaching England

West Indies’ highly regarded coach Ottis Gibson has distanced himself from the vacant England coaching job. “My name is firmly in the hat for this job I’m doing,” said Gibson, who follows Gary Kirsten in ruling himself out for the role. MORE

GB team pursuit flops miss out

Olympic champions Britain missed out on a medal ride in the men’s team pursuit on day one of the Track Cycling World Championships, coming eighth in the event, clocking four minutes 04.419 seconds. MORE

The rise of Syers

David Syers scored his first hat-trick in league football last Saturday, and has enjoyed a promising rise in football since being a 22-year-old fresh out of university, as Simon Hart explains. MORE