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The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 2 April 2014

United earn crucial draw with Bayern

Manchester United earned a crucial 1-1 draw with holders Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg. Nemanja Vidic put United in front but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s half-volley levelled the score, before the German was sent off late on. MORE

Diego’s goal gives Atletico hope

Barcelona and Atlético Madrid drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp in their first-leg tie. Diego Costa scored a stunning goal from 30 yards to give Atlético the advantage, before midfielder Andres Iniesta produced a brilliant pass to allow Neymar to curl in the equaliser for the hosts. MORE

Mourinho hails PSG strike force

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lavished praise on PSG ahead of the teams’ Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie at Parc des Princes tonight. Mourinho said: “It is a team full of fantastic strikers and goalscorers, and that is what really makes the difference at this level.” MORE

Ancelotti backing for jeered Madrid

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stuck up for his team yesterday after they were jeered despite thrashing Rayo Vallecano 5-0 at the weekend. “The jeers are all forgotten now,” he said before tonight’s Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. MORE

Trott makes only four on his return

Jonathan Trott made his return to cricket yesterday after flying home early from England’s winter Ashes tour. The batsman played for Warwickshire in a two-day friendly against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston, but made just four runs. MORE

West Indies sail into semi-finals

World T20 holders West Indies secured an impressive 84-run victory over Pakistan, to set up a semi-final against Sri Lanka tomorrow. The Windies made 166-6, Dwayne Bravo hitting a sizzling 46, before Pakistan were dismissed for 82. MORE

Injured Woods misses Masters

Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will miss next week’s Augusta event following surgery on a pinched nerve in his back. The world No 1 said yesterday: “It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future.” MORE

Hammond keeps Leicester run going

Championship leaders Leicester needed Dean Hammond to score with three minutes remaining to preserve their 20-game unbeaten league record at play-off contenders Wigan. Hammond headed home from a corner to earn a 2-2 draw. MORE

Dude in the hunt for Grand National

Michael Scudamore’s Monbeg Dude, part-owned by former England rugby player Mike Tindall, is catching the eye ahead of Saturday’s Grand National. “He’s in the best shape we’ve ever had him,” said Scudamore. MORE

PSG’s grand plan

Ever since Qatar Sports Investments bought PSG, the club, who play Chelsea tonight, have been pursuing one of the oldest challenges in sport: converting money into credibility. MORE

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