The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 19 March 2014


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Chelsea canter into last eight

First-half goals from Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill took Chelsea through to the last eight of the Champions League last night, a 2-0 success securing a 3-1 aggregate win over Galatasaray. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Schalke 3-1 on the night, and 9-2 overall. MORE

Moyes planning for United future

Manchester United’s manager, David Moyes, remains optimistic over his future Old Trafford. “My future has not changed,” he said ahead of tonight’s match with Olympiakos. “I have a great job and know the direction I want to go in. I have ideas I want to put in place.” MORE

Owls swoop to beat depleted Rangers

Sheffield Wednesday all but secured their Championship safety, beating 10-man QPR 3-0 at Hillsborough to damage the visitors’ promotion prospects. Yeovil held in-form Wigan 3-3 at the DW with five goals in the final eight minutes, while Charlton beat Bournemouth 1-0.

England lose again in T20 warm-up

England were again well beaten in their latest warm-up match for the World Twenty20, Eoin Morgan’s side going down by seven wickets to West Indies in Fatullah. Morgan top-scored (43) as England made 131 for 7, a total West Indies overhauled inside 17 overs.

Warburton sits out tour of South Africa

Wales captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of the summer tour to South Africa after dislocating his shoulder against Scotland last weekend. Leigh Halfpenny is also a doubt for the excursion with his own shoulder complaint. MORE

Wiggins third as Contador wins

Sir Bradley Wiggins came third in the race-ending time trial as Alberto Contador won the Tirreno-Adriatico yesterday. Contador finished two minutes and five seconds ahead overall of Nairo Quintana and Roman Kreuziger in Italy.

Marquez limps into title defence

Marc Marquez admits he will begin the defence of his MotoGP title this weekend still feeling the effects of a broken leg. “I don’t expect to be 100 per cent,” the Spaniard said ahead of Sunday’s season opener in Qatar. “But I will try my hardest.”

Afghanistan record first-ever T20 win

Afghanistan recorded their first World Twenty20 victory, beating Hong Kong by seven wickets with their captain Mohammad Shahzad hitting 68. Also in Group A, hosts Bangladesh beat Nepal by eight wickets to remain on course to qualify.

Mercedes chief:  We must win title

The chief of Mercedes Motorsport believes the team would be failures were they not to win the world title this year. “We have a bit of a margin,” Toto Wolff said. “Losing that would be something I’d consider as a failure.”

Steve Bunce

The second meeting between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, in Manchester in July, is a real British heavyweight title fight that can take the sport back to the glory nights at Wembley. MORE