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    Bournemouth vs Man Utd: Red Devils look to keep up pressure on top four but face tricky trip to Cherries

    MANCHESTER UNITED face Bournemouth on Saturday knowing failure to win and their Champions League dream could be over. Erik ten Hag’s side currently sit sixth in the table, 11 points behind Tottenham in fourth and Aston Villa in fifth with just seven games remaining.Bournemouth beat United 3-0 earlier in the seasonCredit: GettyPressure will build on Erik ten Hag should Man Utd fail to qualify for the Champions LeagueCredit: APMan Utd are hoping English sides perform well in Europe and the Premier League is handed an extra Champions League spot.But a draw or loss on the south coast to Bournemouth and they could find themselves looking over their shoulder at the chasing pack rather than up the table amid pressure on Ten Hag.Man Utd will be out for revenge after being smashed 3-0 at Old Trafford against the Cherries earlier this season.Andoni Iraola’s side came into the game back in December unbeaten in four – but this time around a run of five without defeat was halted by Luton last week in the 90th minute.READ MORE IN FOOTBALLUnited have suffered lots of late heartbreak recently too, conceding stoppage time goals in the 1-1 draw to Brentford and 4-3 capitulation against Chelsea.They were also unable to hold on for three points in a 2-2 thriller with Liverpool last weekend.Team NewsBournemouth are without winger Luis Sinisterra and Marcus Tavernier with thigh injuries.Chris Mepham, Antoine Semenyo and Tyler Adams face late fitness tests.Most read in FootballAs for Man Utd, they are in the midst of an injury crisis, with defenders Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans all out.Harry Maguire has resumed training after his injury.Rasmus Hojlund names dream Man Utd five-a-side team but snubs Wayne Rooney and VidicBut 19-year-old centre-back Willy Kambwala remains in contention to start.Scott McTominay picked up a knee issue in the loss to Chelsea two weeks ago and will miss the next two or three games.There is also concern over Marcus Rashford after he picked up a knock versus Liverpool.Star Players Dominic Solanke has scored 16 goals for Bournemouth this season and netted in the reverse fixture.Only Erling Haaland, Ollie Watkins and Mo Salah have hit the back of the net more often.And United will be desperate for Rasmus Hojlund to rediscover his shooting boots.The Dane scored seven in six games at the beginning of the year but is goalless in his last three.SunSport PredictsBournemouth 1-2 Man UtdWhen is Bournemouth vs Man Utd?
    Bournemouth vs Man Utd will take place on Saturday, April 13.
    Kick off will be at 5.30pm BST.
    The Vitality Stadium will host.
    What TV channel is Bournemouth vs Man Utd on and can it be live streamed?
    Bournemouth vs Man Utd will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event/Premier League.
    Sky Sports customers can live stream the match via the NOW app/website.
    Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action by following SunSport’s live blog.
    What are the odds?Match resultREAD MORE SUN STORIES
    Bournemouth – 7/5
    Draw – 11/4
    Man Utd – 13/8
    *Odds courtesy of Paddy Power and are correct at the time of publication.Willy Kambwala wants to become rock at the back for Man Utd… but Erik ten Hag probably won’t be around to see itBy Ken Lawrence
    ERIK TEN HAG insists he is still the right man to take Manchester United forward.
    The Dutchman believes he can recapture their former glories, despite escaping for the second time in a row what could have been humiliation by Liverpool at the weekend.
    And teen Willy Kambwala revealed his “passion” is to become a rock at the heart of United’s defence after making just his second start of the season against their bitter rivals.
    United trailed 1-0 at half-time on Sunday but fought back to take a 2-1 lead before Mo Salah’s 84th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
    Ten Hag was pleased with the second-half performance, declaring it “another signal and message for the future,” before adding, “the team and squad have high potential.”
    Yet the Old Trafford chief sounds more and more like he has his finger stuck in a leaky dyke and does not think it is going to hold.
    Comeback or not, United still threw away a lead for the third time in eight days following their 4-3 defeat to Chelsea and 1-1 draw with Brentford — both deep into injury time.
    And his body language suggests he expects to be crossing it to go back to Holland with his P45 this summer
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    Arsenal vs Aston Villa: Arteta’s side face massive game against Villans as hunt for Premier League title goes on

    ARSENAL welcome Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa as they look to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League.The Gunners went toe-to-toe with German champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and the return leg could be on their minds as Villa visit The Emirates.Mikel Arteta’s side have looked unstoppable recentlyCredit: AlamyUnai Emery is bidding to get one over on his former employers againCredit: APBukayo Saka is finding his best form with another goal against Bayern Munich on TuesdayCredit: EPAArsenal need to win in Germany after drawing 2-2 but their clash with Villa is arguably even more important, as they cannot afford to drop points in a thrilling title race.Rivals Manchester City and Liverpool face easier opposition in Luton and Crystal Palace, though Arsenal’s confidence is sky-high after losing just one of their last 15 matches.Mikel Arteta’s side have picked up 31 points from a possible 33 and a number of stars are beginning to hit top form, like Kai Havertz and Leandro Trossard.However it was Villa who came out on top in their previous meeting this season, with John McGinn scoring the only goal of the game in the seventh minute.Unai Emery got the better of his previous side on that occasion and will be looking to provide a sting in the tail again as Villa chase Champions League qualification.Team newsArsenal came through the Bayern clash unscathed with Gabriel Jesus getting more minutes under his belt after his recent injury absence.Jurrien Timber remains a long-term absentee but Arteta will otherwise have plenty of options to keep things fresh and give some stars a much-needed rest.Meanwhile Villa will face a nervous wait over the fitness over Ollie Watkins, Jacob Ramsey and Matty Cash.Most read in FootballAston Villa take on Lille in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, and Emery’s selection could give an indication as to whether the above trio will be available for selection in North London.One player who will definitely be absent is Douglas Luiz, who is serving a two-match suspension.Recent formArsenal have not put a foot wrong in the Premier League since their New Year’s Eve defeat to Fulham.In the 11 Prem games since they have beaten Liverpool, drawn with City and thrashed the likes of West Ham, Burnley and Sheffield United.More recently they brushed aside Brighton in a commanding 3-0 victory, and they have conceded the fewest shots on goal in the league since the turn of the year.Aston Villa have been much more erratic in recent weeks and threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Brentford last weekend.They have won just one of their last five league games and suffered heavy defeats in that time against City and Tottenham.Star menIf Watkins passes fit to play his battle with William Saliba could decide this encounter.The England star has scored 18 goals and provided ten assists in the Prem this season, returning to form with a double against Brentford.He will look to stretch the Arsenal backline and create space for the likes of Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby on the flanks, who should prove dangerous on the counter-attack.However if there is one man who can stop Watkins it is Saliba.The Frenchman conceded a penalty against Bayern but he has otherwise been faultless in recent weeks.He is as assured in possession as he is dealing with attackers one-on-one, and the Gunners’ brilliant defensive record is in no small part down to him.William Saliba has barely put a foot wrong in recent weeksOllie Watkins has been Aston Villa’s biggest threat this seasonSunSport predictionVilla at their best are a very tricky customer but they have not been their usual selves in recent weeks while the Gunners have run rampant. 2-0 to the Arsenal.When is Arsenal vs Aston Villa?
    Arsenal’s big clash with Aston Villa will take place on Sunday, April 14.
    The match will kick off at 4.30pm BST.
    Emirates Stadium will play host to the game.
    What channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
    Arsenal vs Aston Villa will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.
    You can live stream the action on the NOW TV or Sky Go app, both of which are available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
    Arsenal – 2/7
    Draw – 9/2
    Aston Villa – 10/1
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    Real Madrid vs Man City LIVE RESULT – Champions League quarter-final: Valverde scores brilliant equaliser in thriller

    MANCHESTER CITY and Real Madrid played out a truly brilliant draw in the first leg of their titanic Champions League clash.Bernardo Silva had given Man City the lead less than two minutes into the game at the Bernabeu, catching Andriy Lunin sleeping.But Real Madrid fought back to lead with two goals in two minutes – the first a Ruben Dias own goal from a heavily deflected Eduardo Camavinga shot and the second a rapid counter from Rodrygo.Los Blancos were in charge before Phil Foden fired a rocket into the top corner, with Josko Gvardiol then scoring a stunner of his own to give City the lead.Real Madrid then struck back themselves, Federico Valverde brilliantly volleying home to share the spoils and set up a tense second leg.BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERCity enter busy schedule
    Aside from their Champions League exploits, Man City have to juggle three competitions over their next three games.
    It means a busy fixture list but Pep Guaridola would not have it any other way.
    Playing lots of games means you are being successful as a manager after all.

    Copy linkCopiedAll-square between two of football’s greats
    The spoils were shared as Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola squared off in Spain this evening.
    Both managers may feel that their side could have won the game but a draw was probably a fair result.
    They will do battle again now in the second leg in Manchester.
    The Italian seemed a bit perplexed with whatever Guardiola had to say to him at the final whistle.
    Credit: AFP
    Copy linkCopiedFoden continues stand-out season
    Phil Foden scored a stunning goal this evening to draw Man City level in the second half tonight.
    It was enough to see the midfielder awarded with the man of the match award in Spain.
    Man City fans will be hoping the injury that saw him hobble off is nothing to worry about as he is integral to remainder of their season.
    There seems to be nothing wrong with his selfie-arm, that is for sure.
    Credit: Getty
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    As ever, Toni Kroos pulled the strings in the heart of midfield for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.
    His ability to link play and pick the right passes allows Bellingham to venture forward.
    They did seem a bit lacking without the influential Luka Modric alongside him in the middle.

    Copy linkCopiedSilva lining for Pep in Madrid
    Bernardo Silva came back into the side this evening and showed his true worth to Pep Guardiola.
    From the first few minutes when he caught out Lunin at his near post to give the visitors the lead to the very end of the game.
    Real Madrid struggled to deal with the silky skills of the Portuguese playmaker.

    Copy linkCopiedFT: Real Madrid 3-3 Man City
    You would have to say that a draw was a fair result tonight.
    Taking into consideration the chances created, nothing could separate the two sides.
    Hopefully, we will see more of the same in the return leg.

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    The referee brings the game to a close in Spain.
    It finishes all square between these two powerhouses.
    What an entertaining game that proved to be.
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    90+2. Man City will still fancy their chances in this tie.
    Going back to The Etihad needing a win to progress.
    It offers the prospect of a special night in Manchester.
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    90. Modric swings a ball into the back post, trying to pick out Bellingham.
    It has to be dealt with as it is knocked behind for a corner.
    The hosts work it to the edge of the box but Carvajal’s shot is nowhere near the goal.
    We are going to have four minutes added.
    Credit: Getty
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    88. Brahim Diaz wins the ball off Alvarez and looks to counter.
    Bernardo Silva takes one for the team as he chops him down.
    Real Madrid had numbers on the break there.
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    86. Foden seems to have picked up an injury for City.
    Guardiola is taking no chances and is looking to change the youngster with Alvarez replacing him.
    That will be a concern for Man City fans to see.
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    84. The question on everyone’s lips now is whether either side can find one more goal.
    This game has been the sort you never want to end.
    In addition, we have seem real contenders for ‘goal of the quarter-finals’ in Spain.
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    82. What a final ten minutes or so we have now.
    Man City were looking comfortable and seemed like they were going to claim a stunning victory.
    Madrid draw level out of the blue and now it is Pep Guardiola’s side who are trying to hold on.
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    80. Out of absolutely nothing, Real Madrid are level.
    Vinicius Junior hangs a cross up to the back post.
    Valverde meets it on the volley and drills it low into the far corner.
    Credit: Getty
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    78. This was exactly the type of game we were hoping for tonight.
    Bellingham has been quiet in this game in the main, Real Madrid have missed his creativity and goals.
    The England midfielder has scored over 20 goals in his first season for the Spaniards.
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    76. This has been the proverbial ‘game of two halves’.
    Real Madrid felt they had the game in their hands coming out after the interval.
    Two stunning strikes by Man City have changed the whole complexion of this match.
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    74. Man City really have the chance to turn the screw here.
    Madrid need to get forward and try and find an equaliser at the very least.
    It means the visitors can pick them off on the break and inflict further punishment on Ancelotti’s side.
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    72. What a strike by Gvardiol.
    The ball is laid off to him by Foden, he knocks it out in front of him and bends one in the far corner from outside the box.
    Gvardiol has silenced the Santiago Bernabeu.
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    70. You would think Real Madrid have to go for this more now.
    They will not fancy their chances of going to Manchester level and getting the result they need.
    Last season, they got battered at The Etihad.
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    68. The warnings were there for Real Madrid.
    Man City were starting to dominate the ball in the final third.
    That goal by Phil Foden was deserving of winning any game.
    In the words of a famous ex-pundit, ‘take a bow son’.
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    66. Bernardo Silva plays it into Stones on the edge of the box, who immediately lays it off to Foden.
    He takes one touch to get the ball in front of him before rifling the ball into the top corner of the goal.
    There was no stopping that one, Lunin stood no chance.
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    64. The visitors could really do with a player like Doku on the pitch now to run at this Madrid defence.
    Grealish tries to get to the byline and wins a corner.
    The ball is cleared and Vinicius Junior breaks away with the ball.
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    Arsenal vs Bayern Munich LIVE RESULT – Champions League quarter-final: Trossard equaliser keeps Gunners hopes alive

    LEANDRO TROSSARD scored a smart equaliser to keep Arsenal’s Champions League dream alive.The Gunners – in the last-8 of the iconic competition for the first time since 2009-10 – had lead early through Bukayo Saka, who curled in a brilliant strike.But the home side suffered a mini-collapse with Bayern star Serge Gnabry striking back before Harry Kane then scored at the Emirates, again, with a penalty.Arsenal looked dead and buried for a period but Leandro Trossard scored from the bench to put the second leg on a knife edge.BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERThat’s all from the Emirates
    Action-packed. High-paced. Dramatic. Controversial. Enthralling. The Champions League is back, and Arsenal are a part of it.
    This quarter-final is still in the balance after a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, and these two giants of the game will reconvene next Wednesday for the second leg in Germany.
    We’ll be at the Allianz Arena to see how it all pans out, and you can join us for every exciting moment.
    Copy linkCopiedTuchel livid with ref explanation
    While the football world were busy debating the penalty claim incident involving Bukayo Saka at the end of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich, it appears all of us missed another much more controversial.
    Unnoticed by commentators and reporters at the time, midway through the second half, Gabriel picked up the ball to replace a free-kick passed to him by David Raya along the six-yard line.
    However, a second earlier, referee Glenn Nyberg had blown his whistle, meaning that Raya’s pass was in-play, prompting Harry Kane and co. to appeal for a spotkick.
    Afterwards, a furious Tuchel told the assembled press:
    It is a huge mistake. It’s a crazy situation, but they put the ball down, he whistles, he kicks the ball free and the defender picks the ball up in his hands. What makes us really angry is the explanation on the field, he told our players ‘it is a kid’s mistake’, and he will not give a penalty like this in a quarter-final. This is a horrible, horrible explanation.Thomas TuchelTNT Sports

    Copy linkCopiedArteta rues early White miss
    Mikel Arteta was delighted with the way his Arsenal side started the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, and believes they would have had one foot in the semis had Ben White bagged a first half chance.
    The defender was denied at point blank range by Manuel Neuer shortly after Bukayo Saka had opened the scoring, and the the Gunners boss believed it was the incident which swung the game.
    The game had different moments. We started really well and were dominant, we didn’t concede anything. We scored a really good goal and then after that is the moment of the game when Ben [White] is in front of [Manuel] Neuer. If it was 2-0 it would have been a very different game. I have a lot of belief we can go there and beat them. We have to prepare really well.Mikel ArtetaTNT Sports

    Copy linkCopiedExtra! Read all about it!
    Attentions have already turned to next Wednesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena, but let’s recap on tonight’s events with Charlie Wyett’s match report of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
    It was anything but perfect and Arsenal still have a hell of a lot of work to do. But on a night which threatened to go horribly wrong, Mikel Arteta and his team gave themselves a chance of squeezing through to the semi-finals – despite Bukayo Saka being denied a late penalty.Charlie WyettThe Sun

    Copy linkCopiedKane had studied Raya’s game
    Harry Kane scored another penalty against Arsenal, and then afterwards admitted that he had been studying David Raya when it comes to facing spotkicks.
    The Bayern striker rolled the ball home after the Gunners keeper went to ground early during his stuttered run-up, silencing thousands of booing fans in the process.
    It was a tough game. Of course we are never happy when we don’t win. Arsenal are having a good go at trying to win the league and they are top for a reason. I had done some research of [David Raya’s] game against Porto so it was nice to see him go down early and make it easier for me.”Harry KaneTNT Sports

    Copy linkCopiedSaka in good company with Henry
    Bukayo Saka’s evening may have ended in frustration with his stoppage time appeal for a penalty turned away, but it started so, so well.
    With his wonderful opener, the England international took his Champions League goal involvements to eight for the season (four goals and four assists).
    Only Thierry Henry with 10 in 2002-03 and 11 in 2003-04 has ever recorded more for Arsenal in Europe’s stellar competition.

    Copy linkCopiedDraw a good base for Bayern
    The bad news for Arsenal is that Bayern Munich have progressed from six of the eight previous Champions League ties in which they have drawn the first leg away from home.
    The good news for Arsenal is that on the two occasions in which they failed to so – against Milan in the 2006-07 quarter-final, and Liverpool in the 2018-19 last 16 – their triumphant opponents went on to win the competition.
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    Leandro Trossard’s 76th minute equaliser was the game’s first attempt on target since Harry Kane’s converted penalty after 32 minutes.

    Copy linkCopiedFull time – Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich
    The first leg ends in an enthralling draw.
    A game that swung from one end to the other, and the scoring followed suit.
    Arsenal led early through Bukayo Saka but soon found themselves behind when Serge Gnabry equalised and Harry Kane converted a penalty.
    In a second half high on energy but low on chances, substitutes Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard combined for a Gunners equaliser that leaves this tie in the balance ahead of next week’s second leg.

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    90+5. Bukayo Saka skips around Manuel Neuer and goes down!!
    Penalty to Arsenal!? No!!
    Saka is insistent. Sixty-thousand Arsenal fans are insistent. The commentators are insistent. But referee Glenn Nyberg waves play-on and nobody watching can believe it.
    Replays show that there is definitely contact as the Bayern goalkeeper meets the Arsenal forward, but is it because Saka flicks out his leg into the shin of Neuer?
    Controversy right at the end.

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    90+3. Finally, Bayern decide to drop some players back into a defensive unit.
    A draw certainly keeps this one in the balance heading to Munich for the return.
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    90. Coman hits the post!
    As the board goes up to signal five minutes of stoppage time, the Bayern substitute flicks Musiala’s centre through the legs of Raya at the near post and against the base of the woodwork.
    Bayern so close to a first leg winner!
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    89. Tactical foul klaxon.
    Thomas Partey is carded for bringing down Jamal Musiala after the Bayern forward threatened to break free from his marker.
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    87. Gone are the days when these ties used to see one side shutting up shop for the last 25 minutes, this will be end-to-end to the final whistle.
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    84. Saka is penalised for a foul on Musiala, although there wasn’t much the Arsenal player could have done to get out of the way.
    Meanwhile, Thomas Partey is on for Kai Havertz.
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    82. Saka and Davies continue to battle it out for pace down the right flank.
    This time, Saka comes out on top, and dinks a delightful delivery across the face of goal after exchanging passes with Odegaard.
    Unfortunately for Arsenal, nobody gambles on the cross and the opportunity passes.
    It’s time like this you want a traditional nine rather than a false one.
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    80. Into the last ten!
    Bayern haven’t settled for a draw either, and push forward with Coman on the right.
    The substitute does well to cut inside, and then ruins it with a weak shot straight at Raya.
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    78. There’s no sign of this tie settling down – even with the prospect of another 90 minutes next Wednesday.
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    76. Arsenal are back on level terms!
    And it’s hats off to Mikel Arteta and his substitutes!
    Leandro Trossard is the one that scores the equaliser, but it’s all down to the incredible footwork of Gabriel Jesus.
    The Brazilian receives Bukayo Saka’s pass, tricks his way past one defender, skips inside another, and then cushions a pass into the path of Trossard, who cooly sweeps home.
    The Emirates is now bouncing – and Arsenal aren’t finished yet!

    Copy linkCopiedSuper subs deliver!

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    74. Are Arsenal preparing themselves for a final burst at Bayern?
    The players are up for it. The manager is up for it. And the crowd is certainly up for it.
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    72. There has not been a single shot on target in the second half which says a lot about how Thomas Tuchel and his team have nullified Arsenal since going ahead.
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    70. Sure enough, Gnabry hobbles away to the dressing room for treatment, and it’s Raphael Guerreiro on in his place.
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    69. Here’s a potential blow for Bayern.
    So soon after deciding to replace Leroy Sane, Thomas Tuchel is now faced with the prospect of losing Serge Gnabry.
    The former Arsenal forward has picked up an injury, which is no surprise considering the amount of running he has done on his return to North London.
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    67. And two changes for the Gunners!
    Mikel Arteta sends for attackers Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard, replacing Gabriel Martinelli and deep-lying midfielder Jorginho.
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    Real Madrid vs Man City – Champions League quarter-final: European giants face off in thrilling first leg – stream, TV

    HOLDERS Manchester City take a trip to serial winners Real Madrid for the first leg of their thrilling Champions League quarter-final tie.Pep Guardiola’s side secured maximum points in Group G before annihilating Copenhagen with a 6-2 aggregate scoreline in the last-16.Manchester City are looking to make a historic defence of their Champions League crownCredit: AlamyReal Madrid got embarrassed in their last game with Manchester CityCredit: GettyAnd the Treble winners will be oozing with confidence as they head into this match fresh from a 4-2 mauling triumph against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.However, Madrid matched City’s group stage points tally and their Champions League heritage makes them one of the most dangerous clubs in Europe.Furthermore, Carlo Ancelotti’s men also go into this game off the back of a win – beating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga.But City will still feel as if they have the upper hand after their complete domination the last time these two giants met.Read more in Champions LeagueIn the Champions League semis last season, City drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu before thumping the Spaniards 4-0 in the second leg.What is the team news?Real Madrid manager Ancelotti will still be forced to play without first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) and defender David Alaba (cruciate ligament).Manchester City gaffer Guardiola is hoping that the trio of Kyle Walker (hamstring), Nathan Ake (calf) and Josko Gvardiol (knock) shake off their injuries before the first leg.What is their form like?Man City have managed to keep their Premier League title hopes alive after beating Crystal Palace 4-2.Most read in Champions LeagueGuardiola’s last defeat was back in December, a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa.They sit third in the Premier League just one point behind Liverpool and Arsenal.Meanwhile, Real Madrid now lead LaLiga by eight points after their 2-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao.Carlo Ancelotti’s squad have faced just one defeat in the league this season, a 3-1 loss against rivals Atletico Madrid – who face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals.Ones to watchDespite missing the first half of the season due to a hamstring injury Kevin De Bruyne has been in spectacular form since returning to the squad.And in Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park the Belgium international scored twice.He has made 14 goal contributions in all of his 16 appearances this season across all competitions.Real Madrid’s star man continues to be Jude Bellingham.The £114million signing has more than lived up to his price tag since the start of the campaign.Despite suffering minor injuries and recently a two-game suspension, the midfielder has scored 20 goals and created 10 assists in 32 appearances across all competitions this term.What has been said?Ex-Barcelona boss Guardiola is relishing the challenge of facing his old rivals yet again.He said: “It’s a bit like a tradition, three years in a row playing the king of the competition who have won 14 Champions Leagues.“It is what it is, hopefully we can have a good moment.“[There are] still a few weeks before the first game in Madrid. We’ll see.”Ancelotti accepted that City is a tough draw but to win the Champions League you play against the best.The ex-Chelsea and Everton gaffer said: “The idea is to win the competition, and for that you have to beat the best. “City may be one of the best in Europe at the moment, it will be tough, of course. “But if you want to be European champions, you have to eliminate City,”SunSport’s score predictionReal Madrid 1-1 Manchester CityWhen is Real Madrid vs Man City?
    Real Madrid and Manchester City battle in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final TOMORROW – Tuesday, April 9.
    It is scheduled to kick off at 8pm BST.
    The Bernabeu in Madrid is the allocated arena for this huge match and it can host a staggering 81,044 passionate fans.
    City humiliated Madrid 4-0 (5-1 on aggregate) when the sides last met in last season’s semi-final.
    What TV channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
    Real Madrid vs Manchester City will be broadcast LIVE on TNT Sports 2 in the UK.
    Coverage is expected to get underway from 7pm BST – a whole hour before kick-off.
    Fans can also head to discovery+ to stream the entire action.
    Alternatively, SunSport will have minute-by-minute coverage of the whole match through our live blog.
    What are the odds?
    Real Madrid to win 9/5
    Draw 12/5
    Man City to win 11/8
    Real Madrid 13/8
    Man City 4/9
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    Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Champions League quarter-final: Gunners welcome bruised Germans for huge first leg

    ARSENAL host German giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.The Gunners are in the last-8 of the iconic European competition for the first time since 2009-10, ending a run of seven straight last-16 exits.Arsenal advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals on penalties against PortoCredit: GETTYHarry Kane returns to North London for the first time since his summer move to Bayern MunichCredit: GETTYArsenal were pushed all the way to penalties by Portuguese giants Porto in the last round but eventually booked their place in the quarter-finals thanks to David Raya’s heroics in the shootout.Mikel Arteta’s side are still firmly in the race for the Premier League title after superb domestic showing this season.The same can’t be said for Bayern Munich as they look set to miss out on the Bundesliga trophy for the first time in 12 seasons.However, their presence in the Champions League can’t be understated, especially with England skipper Harry Kane up top for the German giants.When is Arsenal vs Bayern Munich?
    Arsenal vs Bayern Munich will take place on Tuesday, April 9.
    Kick off will be at 8pm BST.
    The Emirates will host.
    What TV channel is Arsenal vs Bayern Munich on and can it be live streamed?
    Arsenal vs Bayern Munich will be broadcast live on TNT Sports 1.
    TNT Sports customers can live stream the match via the discovery+ app/website.
    Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action by following SunSport’s live blog.
    Team newsBukayo Saka marked his return from injury with a goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Brighton on Saturday and is set to feature on Tuesday night.Jorginho and Gabriel required treatment during the Gunners’ triumph at the Amex but both players finished the 90 minutes unscathed.Most read in Champions LeagueThomas Tuchel has revealed that captain Manuel Neuer is a doubt, as well as first team regulars Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman.Full-back Noussair Mazraoui will also potentially be unavailable, but Sacha Boey, Bouna Sarr and Tarek Bunchmann will definitely miss the trip to the Emirates.What are the odds?Match result
    Arsenal – 8/11
    Draw – 11/4
    Bayern Munich – 7/2
    To qualify
    Arsenal – 4/5
    Bayern Munich – 19/20
    *Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and are correct at the time of publication. More

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    Chelsea vs Man Utd LIVE RESULT: Cole Palmer scores HAT-TRICK as Blues come from behind to win seven-goal thriller

    CHELSEA have beaten Manchester United 4-3 in one of the games of the season at Stamford Bridge. Conor Gallagher and Cole Palmer put the Blues ahead after just 20 minutes but a mistake from Moises Caicedo allowed Alejandro to ghost in and pull a goal back. Bruno Fernandes equalised soon after with a header and Garnacho grabbed his double with a deft finish deep into the second half. Palmer then equalised with a 100th-minute penalty to rescue a point for Chelsea before securing his hat-trick a minute later.
    Kick-off time: 8.15pm BST
    Stream/TV: TNT Sports 1
    BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERFollow all the action below with our live blog… Who will be the star men?Cole Palmer has been Chelsea’s standout player this season and bailed them out with a brace against Burnley.The former Manchester City man is one of the few players that have justified their price tag under Todd Boehly’s £1billion revolution and is no doubt Chelsea’s most important player.United seem to be back to their old ways despite going into the international break off the back of a thrilling 4-3 win over Liverpool.Mason Mount was a bright spark in the dismal display against Brentford and could play a crucial role should he start this game.Most read in FootballWhat have the managers said?When Ten Hag was asked if his team were lucky to draw with Brentford, he said: “Yes. I think so. But if you are winning, you shouldn’t give it away. Normally we are a strong side, we are strong in situations and we bring it over the line. It’s very disappointing.”Pochettino meanwhile admitted his side are “missing something” from their “hearts and heads” after their 2-2 draw with Burnley.He said: “That is why I’m so upset and disappointed. It’s more here [in the heart] and here [in the head] than in your legs. It’s about being strong like a group, strong like a team.”We are too slow evolving in this area. That was the key today. The team played well, we had energy. When we have the ball, we go forwards.”But when we didn’t have the ball, we don’t have the same energy. Today, sorry, I am not happy with the performance when we don’t have the ball.”It’s difficult to accept not to win. It was a must-win game to be in a position to attack.”When is Chelsea vs Man Utd?
    Chelsea’s clash against Manchester United takes place on TONIGHT, Thursday, April 3.
    The game will kick off at 8.15pm GMT.
    Chelsea vs Manchester United will be held at Stamford Bridge.
    What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
    United’s visit to Stamford Bridge will be shown live on TNT Sports 1 in the UK.
    You can live stream the action from the Discovery+ app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
    Chelsea – 1/1
    Draw – 14/5
    Man Utd – 9/4
    *Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.That’s all from Stamford Bridge
    It’s probably just as well midweek Premier League games aren’t a regular feature in the calendar. I’m not sure supporters could cope.
    A thrilling round of fixtures was brought to a close with the most dramatic match of the lot, a game that swung one way and then the other, an end-to-end classic that had us stunned all the way to its finale.
    At the final whistle, it was Chelsea that emerged victorious, having won from the jaws of defeat – jaws they had only entered when seemingly in an unassailable first half lead.
    Utterly absorbing, exhausting stuff.
    And there are little more than 36 hours before the Premier League goes again. We’ll be back to cover every kick. Nights like this are why you should join us.
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    Before we bring the most eventful, bonkers and chaotic night to a close, let us try to make sense of what we’ve seen with Charlie Wyett’s match report of Chelsea’s 4-3 win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
    United had turned the game on his head when Palmer levelled for 3-3 with his second penalty in the 100th minute after Diogo Dalot fouled Noni Madueke. And that was not enough. Certainly not for this brilliant midfielder who simply has to go with England to Euro 2024. Smelling blood, he grabbed the winner in the 101st minute with a shot which deflected into the net off Scott McTominay.Charlie WyettThe Sun

    Copy linkCopiedTen Hag bemoans sloppy mistakes
    Erik ten Hag looked a broken manager as he faced up to the cameras following an extraordinary evening at Stamford Bridge.
    Yet the Manchester United boss was quick to praise his players for how they performed for large parts of the contest – until he was forced to relive his side’s late errors that cost them once again.
    It was an amazing game for the neutral. A fantastic football game with a lot of quality. We dominated the game but we made individual errors that cost us the game. We have to learn from it. When you are a Man Utd player you should already know how to deal with this circumstance. I enjoyed how my team were playing. We dominated the ball and we dominated the opponent. In five days we dropped five points. That is unacceptable. We should have a high standard if we want to compete for Champions League football.Erik ten HagBT Sport

    Copy linkCopiedUnited have 99-minute problems
    In their last five Premier League games, Manchester United have conceded goals in the 90+1st, 90+7th, 90+9th, 90+10th and 90+11th minutes.
    In fact, with United leading in this game at 99:17, it has become the latest a side has ever led a Premier League match that the have gone on to lose.
    Fergie Time has gone through the looking glass.
    Copy linkCopiedPalmer produces more late magic
    When all at Stamford Bridge were losing their heads, one young man remained cool as ice – cold, if you will.
    Cole Palmer bagged two penalties and a deflected winner to turn defeat to victory in the blink of an eye, and afterwards paid tribute to his manager for encouraging them all the way.
    It was a crazy game. A hat-trick is a hat-trick. It was my first and I’m really happy about it. When we scored [Mauricio Pochettino] said ‘two minutes, come on!’ He’s always trying to drive us on. We went for it and thankfully we scored. It’s a big winner. It’s a massive momentum booster. It puts everyone in a good mood. Hopefully we can kick on.Cole PalmerBBC Sport

    Copy linkCopiedMatch stats from Stamford Bridge
    Since 2015-16, there have only been two Premier League matches with 47+ shots recorded – tonight (47) and Chelsea’s game on Saturday against Burnley (51).

    Copy linkCopiedFull time – Chelsea 4-3 Man Utd
    One of the most bonkers Premier League games of all time.
    A game which Chelsea had no idea how they lost – right until they inexplicably won it.
    From two-nil up and cruising to three-two down and losing, time was running out for the Blues.
    But Cole Palmer continues to shine at Stamford Bridge. He held his nerve to dispatch a 99th-minute penalty, and then 81 seconds later belted in a deflected winner.

    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 4-3 Man Utd
    Downhearted from the equaliser, Manchester United’s players felt they had seen off a last-gasp Chelsea charge by seeing the ball out of play.
    But they switched off from the corner, and when it was played short to Cole Palmer, the young Mancunian star had time and space to line up a drive goalwards.
    It thumped into the legs of Scott McTominay, evaded Andre Onana, and sent those Chelsea fans still inside Stadium Bridge into raptures.
    Three for Palmer. Four for Chelsea. Reprieve for Poch. Heartbreak for Ten Hag.

    Copy linkCopiedUNBELIEVABLE!

    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 3-3 Man Utd
    90+11. This game is still going!
    Chelsea are still going! They could win it here!
    A great challenge from Mount inside the box holds them up, and then Chukwuemeka’s shot is blocked behind for a corner.
    They couldn’t, could they?
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 3-3 Man Utd
    90+10. Equaliser!
    A different end but same player, same foot, same spot, same outcome.
    Cole Palmer just doesn’t miss penalties, and he wasn’t going to start now.
    The young man from Manchester has denied his boyhood club and earned Chelsea a point.

    Copy linkCopiedPalmer does it again!

    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd – Penalty to Chelsea!
    90+7. One last break from the Blues sees Madueke get in around the back of Dalot.
    As the substitute darts towards goal, the United defender loses his balance n his attempt to get back, clipping the winger on the way down.
    The Matthew Harding Stand roar for a spotkick, and – after another dramatic pause – Jarrod Gillet duly obliges.
    Cole Palmer has the ball, Chelsea have their second penalty, and it could not have come any later in the game!

    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    90+4. Ally McCoist has just misspoken by saying Chelsea should be expecting more from Fernandez and Caicedo given the ‘quarter of a million that they spent on the pair.’
    Let’s face it. That’s exactly what they should have cost.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    90+2. The Chelsea fans warm-up for the booing of their own players, manager and owner at full time by booing Mason Mount each time he touches the ball.
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    90. The board goes up to signal EIGHT minutes of additional time.
    That means it’s a last throw of the dice for Mauricio Pochettino, who chucks on Noni Madueke for Conor Gallagher.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    89. It’s hearts in mouth time as the ball ricochets dangerously around inside the Manchester United penalty area.
    Sterling tries to wriggle free in the chaos until it drops into the path of Chukwuemeka.
    The sub looks set to strike until a perfectly-timed tackle denies the substitute.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    87. There have been some worrying moments tonight when Antony has looked a really good footballer.
    Thankfully, he’s still got some of his old tricks in his locker and runs straight into Cucurella when presented with an opportunity to kill the game.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd – Man Utd substitution
    85. Mason Mount comes on for two-goal Alejandro Garnacho.

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    83. Mason Mount is getting stripped in the Manchester United dugout, and is preparing to come on against his former club.
    “You suspect he’d get a warm welcome from his old supporters,” ponders TNT Sports commentator Darren Fletcher.
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    81. Into the final ten minutes, and the game is being played almost entirely in the Manchester United half.
    It’s just that Chelsea are no longer challenging the Red Devils defence and creating chances with ease.
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    79. On the edge of his own penalty area and facing the Chelsea goal, Rashford somehow manage to slice so wildly that it goes behind for a corner.
    He should be on the plane to Germany just for that.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    77. Gilchrist almost makes an instant impact.
    The substitute connects with a corner, but – having travelled through a crowd of players – Gilchrist is almost caught by surprise as he heads it up and over.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd – Chelsea substitutions
    75. The hosts make another double switch, this time of a defensive persuasion.
    Alfie Gilchrist and Trevoh Chalobah are sent into action, taking over from Malo Gusto and Axel Disasi.
    Copy linkCopiedChelsea 2-3 Man Utd
    74. It’s the United fans that have been making all the noise this past hour, but now the home supporters decide to have one last go at lifting their team.
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    Brighton vs Arsenal: In-form Gunners face tricky away test as title race continues to heat up – stream, TV, team news

    ARSENAL’S title race run-in continues with a tough trip to Brighton – and they cannot afford any slip-ups.The Gunners are on a rich vein of form having won nine out of their last ten Premier League games.Arsenal comfortably beat Luton 2-0Credit: GettyAnd relegation-threatened Luton most recently fell victim to Arsenal’s good run courtesy of Martin Odegaard’s opener and Daiki Hashioka’s own goal.But Mikel Arteta’s men now face a Brighton side who they have had many issues with in the past.However, Arsenal should feel confident as the Seagulls failed to beat 15th-placed Brentford in their last outing and they have been inconsistent all season.When is Brighton vs Arsenal?
    Arsenal’s next fixture in the title race run-in against Brighton will take place on Saturday, April 6.
    It is scheduled to get underway at 5:30pm BST.
    Amex Stadium is the chosen venue for this thrilling match and it can host approximately 30,666 fans.
    Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kai Havertz helped Arsenal secure a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
    Read more in ArsenalWhat TV channel is it on and can it be live streamed?
    Brighton vs Arsenal will be broadcast LIVE on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK.
    Coverage is expected to commence from 5pm BST on both channels – 30 minutes before kick-off.
    Fans can stream the entire action through NOW TV.
    Alternatively, SunSport will have minute-by-minute coverage of the whole match through our live blog.
    What is the team news?Roberto De Zerbi is expected to be forced to continue without some key names for this crucial fixture.Evan Ferguson (knock), Jack Himshelwood (foot), Kaoru Mitoma (back), Solly March (knee), James Milner (thigh) and Billy Gilmour (knee) are all likely to miss the clash.Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta will be hoping star boy Bukayo Saka will be fit enough to return having missed the 2-0 win against Luton.Most read in FootballBukayo Saka wasn’t in the squad for the Luton winCredit: AlamyBut it looks as if it is too soon for Jurrien Timber to be back in the squad despite being in full training after his long-term knee troubles.What are the odds?
    Brighton to win 4/1
    Draw 16/5
    Arsenal to win 4/7
    *Odds courtesy of Paddy Power are correct at time of publication More