The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 9 April 2014

 

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Late Ba strike seals Chelsea’s progress

Demba Ba’s late goal earned Chelsea a place in the Champions League semi-finals, as they beat PSG 2-0 on the night to progress 3-3 on aggregate thanks to their away goal. André Schürrle hit Chelsea’s opener before Ba struck the crucial second with just three minutes left. MORE

Real hang on to reach semi-finals

Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals despite losing their second leg with Borussia Dortmund 2-0. Real won the first leg 3-0 but conceded two goals from Marco Reus last night. Henrikh Mkhitaryan then hit the post for Dortmund, but they failed to score an equaliser. MORE

Moyes braced for Rooney gamble

Manchester United manager David Moyes insisted he would not jeopardise Wayne Rooney’s England World Cup chances by playing him against Bayern Munich tonight with a chipped toe bone. However, he added that “if he is determined we would be mad not to [play him]”. MORE

Iniesta ready for last-minute drama

Andres Iniesta would tonight welcome a repeat of his late goal that beat Chelsea and took Barcelona into the 2009 Champions League final. As Barça travel to Atletico Madrid with the tie at  1-1, Iniesta agreed: “This game has something of the Chelsea semi-final about it.” MORE

Sherwood offered old Spurs job back

Spurs want Tim Sherwood to return to his role as technical director, overseeing young players’ development, when they hire a new manager this summer. He will not be able to see out the final 12 months of his contract as head coach. MORE

Murray targets French Open win

Andy Murray will take a break from competition after four months of playing to prepare himself for the French Open. “The thought of winning another Grand Slam will be motivating me to train hard and get in the gym,” the Scot said. MORE

Farah feels fit for London Marathon

Mo Farah is confident of performing well in Sunday’s London Marathon, despite collapsing after finishing second in the New York half-marathon last month. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe I could win,” said the 31-year-old. MORE

Wessels hits 90 to give Notts control

Nottinghamshire are well placed to beat Lancashire in their First Division fixture. Nottinghamshire were all out for 220 in their second innings, Riki Wessels making an aggressive 90, setting a target of 349 for Lancashire, who closed on 7 for 1. MORE

McIlroy: I’m OK with Augusta hype

Rory McIlroy says he can handle the pressure of being joint-favourite to win this week’s Masters in the absence of the injured Tiger Woods. “I’m not uncomfortable with the position,” said the 24-year-old. pages MORE

Master designer

How did a GP from West Yorkshire, Dr Alister MacKenzie, manage to design Augusta National, the home of this week’s Masters? Roderick Easdale recounts the former army surgeon’s story. MORE

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