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So did you have to manually add in the championship fixtures? As when I loaded up that save (with the correct files from that other thread) Leeds were in the playoffs etc

I put the table as it was in real life into an excel spreadsheet and just used the results and updated that, ignoring what FM was saying. I’ve not played around with editing fixtures/results I’m afraid so I don’t know how easy/difficult it is.
Do you have save of this?
Or preferably do you have a save of the time football stopped for coronavirus? Id like to start a game from the day football stopped.

Ok, so to start the save from when football stopped you need to go to this thread and install what's needed and follow the instructions: https://sortitoutsi.net/downloads/view/50904/amls-real-fixtures-and-results-custom-start-date?page=2#comment_520700

Unfortunately this only covers certain leagues and the Cup results can't be adjusted so the fixtures won't be exact. I've had to use excel spreadsheets with the tables and the fixtures exactly as they should have been to ensure it's as accurate as possible.

I've attached the save file which will take you to May 25th as well. You will need the databases from the link above.
Anyone able to post the files for the current day? (Or date of last BPL / Championship games)
Would like to start a new save, from the point of the last game played

I've simmed the remainder of the season as if Coronavirus never happened here: https://sortitoutsi.net/careers/view/53227/finishing-the-201920-season

I can upload the save if you like? It's currently on 25 May.
League One Update


Coventry hold on to claim League One title



3 May
Accrington 2-1 Wycombe | Zanzala (24, 86) - Kashket (65)
Wimbledon 0-2 Coventry | Kastaneer (29), O'Hare (69)
Blackpool 2-2 Doncaster | Gnanduillet (8, 24), Howe sent off (29) - Sheaf (18), Anderson (39)
Burton 1-3 Portsmouth | Sbarra (38) - Pitman (9), Harrison (24), Raggett (85)
Gillingham 2-0 Bristol Rovers | Akinde (pen 9, 12)
Ipswich 2-0 MK Dons | Huws (21), Edwards (66)
Lincoln 3-1 Rochdale | Scully (4, 41), Morrell (74) - Henderson (17)
Oxford 3-0 Bolton Wanderers | Taylor (15), Woodburn (20), Moore (43)
Peterborough 2-0 Tranmere Rovers | Toney (2), Dembele (56)
Rotherham 3-0 Sunderland | Clarke (17), Smith (22), Adelakun (63)
Southend 2-0 Shrewsbury | Kelman (24, 28)


Coventry City held off the challenge of Rotherham United to clinch the League One title to put them back into the Championship for the first time since 2012. They beat Wycombe 2-0 on the final day of the season, whilst Rotherham smashed Sunderland 3-0, to end the campaign one point ahead of their rivals. Peterborough United beat Tranmere Rovers on the last day of the season to leapfrog Fleetwood Town into third on goal difference. Peterborough will face Oxford United in the playoffs who jumped up two spots to make the playoffs after victory against bottom placed Bolton and Fleetwood will face Doncaster Rovers in the other semi final.

Bolton and Southend go down, despite Southend winning on the final day of the season.



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I was willing them to hold on. If it hadn’t been for the stunning free kick routine they might have done so.

Should be a good final in both the UCL and UEL, though.
Europa League SF 2nd Leg


United bag late winner; Leverkusen overturn first leg deficit


Manchester United's Odion Igahlo scored a last minute goal to knock out five-time Europa League champions Sevilla.

For 179 minutes of the semi final tie both teams were unable to find the back of the net, but a mistake from Sevilla goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík gifted United a golden opportunity in the final minute of normal time, one Igahlo was not going to waste.

Sevilla had been largely disappointing on home soil despite coming into the match having never lost a Europa League semi final match at home.

Bruno Fernandes, who has been a revelation since joining the Manchester club in January, wasted a golden opportunity in the first half after weaving his way into the box only to drag his shot wide.

Half time came and went with little action of note, until midway through the second half the away side again threatened to take the lead, this time striking the post. Fernandes' flick with the outside of the boot set Anthony Martial in and he unleashed a first time shot that looked destined to find the bottom corner. Vaclík's incredible reactions allowed him to get the slightest of touches on the ball, deflecting it onto the inside of the post. Still not out of the woods, the ball preceded to roll the entire length of the goal line before being hacked away to safety.

Sevilla's fortunes would end in the dying moments of the game as Vaclík turned from hero to villain. His sloppy distribution allowed Daniel James to intercept and set Igahlo in on goal behind the defence. From a tight angle the Nigerian striker made no mistake, sending the travelling fans into pandemonium.

It will be only the second time United have contested the Europa League final, winning their only previous visit 2-0 against Ajax in 2017.

They face Leverkusen who overcame a first leg deficit to fly through to the final with four goals at home. It didn't take long for them to squash Istanbul Basaksehir's lead, Moussa Diaby smashing the ball into the roof of the net from close range on five minutes.

Basaksehir didn't let that get them down, though, and they had a vital away goal to move back ahead in the tie just seven minutes later. Enzo Crivelli's Cruyff turn created some separation between him and the full back before whipping in a delightful ball that curled away from the goalkeeper. Irfan Kahveci held off the defender to meet it on the volley and knocked it into the net before getting sandwiched by both goalkeeper and defender.

Leverkusen were gifted a way back into the match on the stroke of half time as Alexandru Epureanu dived in unnecessarily on Wendell giving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. However, Kai Havertz, usually reliable in front of goal, saw his penalty pushed round the post by Mert Günok.

The hosts came out after the break and levelled things up, although they still needed another goal to go through because of Basaksehir's away goal. The goal came through a perfectly worked free kick as Wendell laid it off to Karim Bellarabi on the edge of the box before the German winger smashed it into the top corner.

With 14 minutes to go Leverkusen had their lead in the tie, albeit in rather fortunate circumstances. Diaby's through ball set Lucas Alario through one-on-one with the keeper, who made an impressive save from close quarters. However, the ball bounced back off the defender trying to chase Alario and fell back into the Leverkusen player's path with an open goal in front of him.

Basaksehir knew another away goal would be enough but Leverkusen put an end to their hopes in the 86th minute. After Bailey had beaten his man down the left he drilled a low cross that just evaded the dive of Günok and found Havertz five yards from goal. He made no mistake this time, putting Leverkusen into their second ever Europa League final and first since 1988.


https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir https://i.ibb.co/xMF5zXV/130343.png
Diaby (5), Bellarabi (52), Alario (76), Havertz (86) - Kahveci (12)
Leverkusen win 4-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/fn8YrzB/1759.png Sevilla 0-1 Man United https://i.ibb.co/9NNGVGH/680.png
Ighalo (89)
Man United win 1-0 on aggregate

Champions League SF 2nd Leg


PSG reach first ever Champions League final where they'll face Bayern Munich


PSG have finally reached a Champions League final after holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the semi final at the Parc des Princes.

The French giants have been striving for Europe's top prize ever since Qatari investors pumped millions into the club and they are now within touching distance after a nervy but successful night under the lights in Paris.

Barcelona needed to not only overturn a defeat from the first leg but also the fact that PSG had three away goals to their name, meaning unless they could match them they'd need to win by two clear goals.

The away side started positively as you would expect, driving forward in waves with PSG looking to hold onto their clean sheet for as long as possible. Lionel Messi came within inches of scoring a spectacular volley as the ball bounced off the inside of the post and across the goal mouth before being cleared by the PSG defence.

Keylor Navas, a familiar opponent for many of the Barcelona eleven, was at his very best to deny Messi and Arturo Vidal, keeping the scores level as the game headed into the latter stages.

However, the pressure finally told as Barcelona took the lead with 9 minutes to go. Vidal played a ball into Messi whose first time pass avoided the diving Idrissa Gueye and found Antoine Griezmann just outside the area. The French striker's vicious first time shot flew past the outstretched Navas and into the top corner to give Barcelona a lifeline.

With Barcelona now throwing everything at PSG to try and snatch a dramatic late winner, the hosts hit them on the counter. Neymar's pass to Edinson Cavani gave the striker a chance to shoot. His effort was blocked by Jordi Alba but the ball looped up into the air, tempting Marc-Andre ter Stegen to come for it. Neymar reacted too quickly for him, however, reaching the ball before the German goalkeeper to nod home the equaliser that would secure PSG's place in the final.

They will meet five-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich after they defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the second leg to go through 4-2 on aggregate.

The highlight of the four semi final matches came in the 24th minute at the Allianz Arena when Leon Goretzka scored an outrageous goal to open up Bayern's aggregate lead to 3-1. Serge Gnabry's right footed cross took a wicked deflection on its way into the box where Goretzka was waiting. Having to adjust his position with the flight of the ball now behind him, Goretzka unleashed a sublime overhead kick that was struck with so much power that it left Ederson with no chance in the City goal.

That had deflated the visiting side who were looking to claim their first Champions League final appearance themselves. When Rodri clattered through the back of Joshua Kimmich inside the area just four minutes before the break the dream was all but over for another year. Robert Lewandowski stepped up and smashed his penalty into the top corner to extend their lead.

There was at least one moment of joy for the travelling fans as Riyadh Mahrez pulled one back after the break to give City a glimmer of hope. David Silva's ball forward set Sergio Aguero free. Looking up he spotted Mahrez free at the back post and drilled a low cross hard across the face of the goal. Mahrez scuffed his first attempt, hitting it straight at a sprawling Manuel Neuer, but fortunately for him it fell back to him and he made no mistake with the second chance.

Despite that giving City a chance to get into the match, Bayern then controlled the match from that point onwards and limited City to just a handful of half chances.

Bayern and PSG have faced off just eight times in their history, with only two meetings since 2001. PSG lead the head-to-head 5-3 but have always favoured home soil, winning all of their matches at home against the German champions. The two clubs will meet at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on 30 May to crown the 2020 Champions League winners.


https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png Bayern Munich 2-1 Man City https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png
Goretzka (24), Lewandowski (pen 41) - Mahrez (51)
Bayern Munich win 4-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png PSG 1-1 Barcelona https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png
Neymar (87) - Griezmann (81)
PSG win 4-3 on aggregate

Eredivisie Update


Ajax hold slender lead with two games to go



4 April
PSV 1-0 Heracles | Malen (2)
Sparta Rotterdam 1-1 Heerenveen | Joosten (23) - Ejuke (77)
VVV 0-2 Willem II | Cattermole sent off (43) - Pavlidis (35), Saddiki (80)
AZ Alkmaar 3-2 Vitesse | Druijf (4), Idrissi (29), Boadu (34) - Linssen (22, 57)
Utrecht 1-0 Groningen | Gustafson (46)

5 April
RKC Waalwijk 1-1 Feyenoord | Reijnders (48) - Berghuis (76)
ADO Den Haag 0-0 Emmen
Ajax 2-0 Zwolle | Neres (65), Marin (pen 68)
Twente 2-1 Fortuna Sittard | Vuckic (13), Lang (24) - Passiack (2)

8 April
AZ Alkmaar 3-1 Feyenoord | Wijndal (16), Ouwejan (23), Margaret (72) - Ozyakup (19)

9 April
Utrecht 2-1 Ajax | Kerk (56), van der Maarel (86) - Tadic (29)

10 April
Groningen 2-1 Heerenveen | Lundqvist (22), Postema (59) - van Bergen (46)

11 April
Vitesse 0-0 RKC Waalwijjk
Feyenoord 1-2 VVV | Jorgensen (5), Haps sent off (39) - Opoku (56), Sinclair (73)
Heracles 1-3 AZ Alkmaar | Dessers (10) - Boadu (23), Druijf (56), Idrissi (88)
Willem II 2-1 ADO Den Haag | Saddiki (2), Kohlert (47) - Immers (6)

12 April
PSV 3-1 Sparta Rotterdam | Rosario (13), Ihattaren (16), Malen (59) - Smeets (39)
Emmen 0-3 Ajax | Ziyech (1), Huntelaar (7), Marin (74), van de Beek sent off (78)
Fortuna Sittard 1-0 Utrecht | Dianessy (44)
Zwolle 1-2 Twente | Ghoochannejhad (33) - Cantalapiedra (42), Vuckic (77)

21 April
AZ Alkmaar 2-1 PSV | Boadu (24), Vlaar (52) - Malen (26)
Sparta Rotterdam 2-1 PEC Zwolle | Rayhi (21), Ache (52) - van Duinen (27)

22 April
ADO Den Haag 1-1 Feyenoord | van Mil (79), Malone sent off (86) - Kokcu (6)
RKC Waalwijk 1-3 Willem II | Drost (77) - Queiros (22), Ndayishmiye (36), Pavlidis (43)
Groningen 1-0 Fortuna Sittard | Postema (82)
Utrecht 0-1 Heracles | Osman (85)
Heerenveen 0-1 Emmen | Woudenberg sent off (56) - Adzic (7)

23 April
Twente 2-0 VVV | Vuckic (33), Cantalapiedra (64)
Ajax 2-1 Vitesse | Alvarez (1), Huntelaar (33) - Matavz (9)

25 April
Fortuna Sittard 1-1 AZ Alkmaar | Dammers (9) - Boadu (32)
PSV 0-0 Utrecht
Emmen 0-2 RKC Waalwijk | Mulder (8), Elbers (78)
Feyenoord 2-2 Groningen | Botteghin (65), Sinisterra (90) - Postema (22), Lundqvist (35)
Zwolle 0-1 Heerenveen | Espejord (72)

26 April
Heracles 1-1 Twente | Drost (87) - Lang (6)
VVV 2-0 ADO Den Haag | Opoku (55), Darfalou (64)
Willem II 0-5 Ajax | Marin (7), Ziyrech (10), Tadic (11, 80), Promes (12), Onana sent off (61)
Vitesse 1-2 Sparta Rotterdam | Buitink (48) - Smeets (7), Joosten (13)


With two games there are just two points separating Ajax and AZ Alkmaar at the top of the Eredivisie table. Alkmaar finished the month unbeaten but a draw to Fortuna Sittard cost them the lead in the title race as Ajax smashed Willem II 5-0 the next day to regain top spot. Ajax play VVV next before a final day trip to Fortuna Sittard, whilst Alkmaar play Utrecht at home before travelling to Emmen.

In the race for third PSV leapfrogged Feyenoord in what was the only change in the top half of the table during April. Down the bottom there were several changes as Fortuna Sittard and FC Twente did their survival hopes the world of good with a solid month. RKC Waalwijk have given themselves a chance of avoiding automatic relegation, although they are already resigned to a playoff at the very least. As it stands Zwolle and ADO Den Haag will be fighting it out with the challengers from the Eerste Divisie although the pair could still drop Fortuna Sittard down if results go their way.


Primeira Liga Update


Benfica and Porto neck-and-neck in title battle



4 April
Pacos de Ferreira 2-1 Belenenses | Amaral (23), Denilson (28) - Cassierra (10)
Santa Clara 0-0 Portimonense | Afonso sent off (81) - Tabata sent off (89)
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0 Moreirense | Amoah (pen 16), Andre (22)
Famalicao 0-3 Braga | Eduardo (3, 49), Palhinha (64)

5 April
Boavista 1-0 Vitoria Setubal | Tagliapietra (21)
Maritmo 1-1 Gil Vicente | Correa (90) - Lima (75)
Sporting 2-0 Tondela | Acuna (4, 50)
Desportivo Aves 0-4 Porto | Nakajima (6), Luis (13, 62), Marega (29)
Rio Ave 0-1 Benfica | Jota (23)

10 April
Gil Vicente 1-3 Desportivo Aves | Baraye (77), Gomes sent off (44) - Mouandilmadji (28), Banjaqui (82), Milos (83)
Tondela 1-1 Pacos de Ferreira | Toro (90) - Castanheira (33)
Moreirense 1-2 Famalicao | Nuno (11) - Martins (4), Guga (31)
Belenenses 0-0 Sporting

11 April
Portimonense 1-0 Maritmo | Ali (3), Sa sent off (64)
Braga 2-0 Vitoria Guimaraes | Horta (11), Eduardo (30)
Benfica 4-0 Santa Clara | Seferovic (5, 53), Sousa (17), Tavares (25) - Sanusi sent off (49)
Vitoria Setubal 1-0 Rio Ave | Ghilas (pen 47), Mano sent off (62)
Porto 4-0 Boavista | Marega (7, pen 36), Luis (48, 57)

17 April
Sporting 4-0 Gil Vicente | Coates (12), Sporar (14), Mathieu (52), Paulista (74)
Rio Ave 2-1 Braga | Lopes (20), Al Musrati (51) - Silva (12)

18 April
Boavista 0-1 Santa Clara | Rashid (24)
Desportivo Aves 2-0 Moreirense | Yamga (59), Fernando (61)
Maritmo 1-1 Benfica | Joel (29) - Sousa (86)
Pacos de Ferreira 1-2 Porto | Denilson (17) - Luis (25), Telles (45)

19 April
Belenenses 0-2 Tondela | Koffi sent off (86) - Jaquite (22), Richard (90)
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 Vitoria Setubal | Bonatini (13), Wakaso (62) - Mansilla (21)
Famalicao 2-0 Portimonense | Anderson (12), Schiappacasse (87)

21 April
Moreirense 0-0 Sporting
Santa Clara 1-2 Maritmo | Carlos Jr (72) - Xadas (4), Joel (6)
Braga 1-0 Desportivo Aves | Paulinho (87), Sequeira sent off (29)

22 April
Porto 1-0 Belenense | Soares (71)
Vitoria Setubal 1-1 Pacos de Ferreira | Valente (15) - Denilson (13)
Benfica 3-0 Boavista | Seferovic (17), Vinicius (67, 70)
Gil Vicente 0-2 Rio Ave | Taremi (7, 22)
Tondela 1-1 Famalicao | Richard (13) - Goncalves (82)

23 April
Portimonense 0-3 Vitoria Guimaraes | Evangelista (7), Davidson (23), Bonatini (24)

25 April
Sporting 2-1 Santa Clara | Vietto (15), Bolasie (66) - Crysan (3)
Pacos de Ferreira 1-2 Braga | Santos (78) - Horta (24), Ruiz (31)

26 April
Belenenses 0-1 Moreirense | Nuno (10)
Boavista 1-3 Maritmo | Cardozo (43), Dulanto sent off (18) - Nanu (58), Joel (71), Pelagio (85)
Desportivo Aves 1-2 Vitoria Setubal | Jailson (57) - Bessa (52), Modesto (75)
Tondela 1-2 Porto | Murillo (19) - Oliveira (26), Marega (80)
Famalicao 0-2 Benfica | Pizzi (33), Taarabt (73)

27 April
Rio Ave 0-1 Portimonense | Boa Morte (84)
Vitoria Guimaraes 2-0 Gil Vicente | Davidson (9, 57) - Soares sent off (53)


This is going to go down to the wire as Portugal's two giants Porto and Benfica sit neck-and-neck with just three games to go. Porto had the better month in April winning all of their five matches, whilst Benfica's draw away at Maritmo allowed their rivals to join them level on points.Benfica have Vitoria Guimaraes and bottom side Desportivo Aves to play before hosting Sporting on the final game of the season. Porto also have to play Sporting, as well as Braga on the final day of the season, with Moreirense in between.

During April there were no real changes in the top half but down the bottom Tondela and Maritmo both jumped up three places, leapfrogging Gil Vicente, Boavista and Belenense who all dropped down towards the danger end. With only two sides facing relegation, though, it's between Sesportivo Aves, Portimonense, who doubled their win tally for the season in April, Pacos de Ferreira and Belenenses.


Bundesliga Update


Leipzig take lead as five teams remain in the hunt for title



3 April
Werder Bremen 3-0 Borussia Monchengladbach | Selke (14), Rashica (18), Eggstein (42)

4 April
Union Berlin 1-2 Mainz | Bukter (74) - Quaison (18), Dong-Won (43)
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Wolfsburg | Bellarabi (14), Aranguiz (pen 90) - Quilavogui (28)
Augsburg 3-0 Paderborn | Finbogason (8), Vargas (22), Jensen (42) - Schonlau sent off (15)
RB Leipzig 3-2 Hertha Berlin | Konate (27), Sabitzer (41), Poulsen (69) - Piatek (39), Darida (46)
Hoffenheim 2-0 Koln | Dabbur (1, 45)
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich | Brandt (14), Sancho (15), Gotze (34) - Coutinho (4), Lewandowski (36)

5 April
Frankfurt 3-1 Freiburg | Kostic (21), Silva (31), Rode (59) - Schmid (42)
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Schalke | Barkok (78) - Schopf (17)

8 April
Werder Bremen 3-0 Frankfurt | Rashica (3), Fulikrug (10, 14)

10 April
Freiburg 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen | Haberer (7) - Havertz (11), Volland (72)

11 April
Koln 2-2 RB Leipzig | Rexhbecaj (46), Modeste (54) - Poulsen (59), Forsberg (pen 60)
Hertha Berlin 0-2 Augsburg | Klunter sent off (64) - Finbogason (3), Jensen (87)
Mainz 1-2 Hoffenheim | Burkardt (83) - Dabbur (46, 51)
Paderborn 0-1 Borussia Dortmund | Hazard (78)
Wolfsburg 1-1 Frankfurt | Weghorst (18) - Kostic (46)
Bayern Munich 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf | Lewandowski (7), Tolisso (59)

12 April
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Union Berlin | Plea (1), Neuhaus (15)
Schalke 3-1 Werder Bremen | Serdar (pen 17, 52), Burgstaller (55) - Selke (15)

17 April
Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz | Silva (18), Sow (51), Gacinovic (63)

18 April
Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Hertha Berlin | Hummels (3), Hazard (15, 22), Gotze (45) - Darida (65)
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Hoffenheim | Stoger (27), Jorgensen sent off (71) - Kramaric (10)
RB Leipzig 3-1 Paderborn | Poulsen (3, 4), Olmo (54) - Holtmann (14)
Werder Bremen 1-0 Wolfsburg | Eggestein (27)
Union Berlin 1-2 Schalke | Gentner (26) - Mascarell (37), Kutucu (38)
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Bayern Munich | Bellarabi (42)

19 April
Augsburg 1-2 Koln | Vargas (18) - Uth (61), Hauptmann (88)
Freiburg 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach | Stindl (24), Plea (pen 41)

24 April
Wolfsburg 2-1 Freiburg | Klaus (17), Ginczek (21) - Hofler (89)

25 April
Koln 0-0 Union Berlin
Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 Borussia Dortmund | Hennings (50), Kownacki (57)
Mainz 2-0 Augsburg | Mateta (9), Burkardt (65)
Paderborn 1-1 Werder Bremen | Jastrzembski (45) - Selassie (56), Eggestein sent off (90)
Hoffenheim 0-1 RB Leipzig | Poulsen (pen 41), Upamecano sent off (75)
Bayern Munich 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach | Lewandowski (61), Goretzka sent off (81) - Raffael (67)

26 April
Hertha Berlin 3-2 Frankfurt | Dilrosun (7), Piatek (12), Klunter (64) - Silva (32), Gacinovic (60)
Schalke 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen | Serdar (61) - Aranguiz (25), Bailey (58)


Things have suddenly gotten very interesting in Germany. Bayern Munich picked up just four points from their four games in April and that has handed the advantage to Leipzig who now lead the standings by a point with three games to go. It has also brought Borussia Dortmund just one point behind them and Borussia Monchengladbach four points off the lead in fourth. Bayer Leverkusen continued their superb European and DFB Pokal form with victories in the league and they still have an outside chance of taking the title with six points to make up in the remaining games.

From 7th to 15th there were position changes with Freiburg's poor month dropping them three places to 10th whilst Frankfurt and Augsburg pulled themselves away from the relegation battle. Both clubs in the capital suffered poor months and they are now in danger of falling into a relegation battle. Paderborn are down but Werder Bremen used their game in hand to propel themselves up to 17th and now have a chance of a miraculous escape. Six points separates 17th and 11th proving the bottom could be just as tight as the top come the final day of the season.



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Ligue 1 Update


PSG take third straight Ligue 1 title with games to spare



4 April
Montpellier 1-2 Lille | Delort (73) - Ikone (44), Fonte (56)
Toulouse 1-3 Saint Etienne | Koulouris (46) - Diony (47), Khazri (83), Cabaye (87)

5 April
Monaco 2-2 Nantes | Martins (7), Slimani (82) - Coulibaly (33, 48)
Amiens 0-2 Rennes | Raphinha (5), Siebatcheu (85)
Bordeaux 2-1 Reims | Oudin (18), De Preville (43) - Donis (23)
Dijon 3-0 Nice | Cadiz (5), Balde (35), Tavares (45)
Lyon 3-2 Nimes | Traore (31), Toko-Ekambi (pen 42), Aouar (54) - Deaux (49), Ripart (73), Martinez sent off (16)
PSG 2-1 Metz | Verratti (62), Icardi (89) - Diallo (49)
Strasbourg 0-1 Angers | Bahoken (35)
Brest 1-3 Marseille | Faussurier (54) - Benedetto (9), Thauvin (27), Sakai (75), Rongier sent off (48)

10 April
Angers 0-3 PSG | Mbappe (39), Kimpembe (68), Icardi (pen 75)

11 April
Bordeaux 2-0 Amiens | Briand (55, pen 63)
Metz 1-1 Lille | Diallo (35) - Gaitan (49)
Nice 0-0 Strasbourg | Durmisi sent off (89)
Marseille 2-1 Dijon | Kamara (4), Sanson (6) - Tavares (35)
Reims 1-1 Toulouse | Zeneli (53) - Boisgard (61)
Nimes 0-3 Montpellier | Hilton (24), Laborde (31), Delort (38)

12 April
Saint Etienne 0-2 Rennes | Gnagnon (29), Gelin (31)
Nantes 0-4 Lyon | Troare sent off (83) - Dembele (pen 34), Toko Ekambi (pen 43), Troare (52), Dubois (90)
Brest 2-1 Monaco | Cardona (29). Grandsir (48) - Ben Yedder (10)

17 April
Monaco 0-1 Bordeaux | Oudin (6)

18 April
Amiens 1-1 Nimes | Dibassy (44) - Ripart (19)
Dijon 2-2 Angers | Tavares (28), Ecuele Manga (79) - Thioub (4), Bobichon (pen 6)
Montpellier 1-2 Reims | Laborde (76), Ristic sent off (17) - Sierhuis (22), Doumbia (67)
Strasbourg 1-1 Brest | Mothiba (48) - Cardona (70)
Toulouse 1-1 Nantes | Boisgard (33) - Coco (24)
Lille 1-1 Nice | Osimhen (65) - Doiberg (36)

19 April
Lyon 0-1 Marseille | Lopez (46)
Rennes 2-0 Metz | Hunou (36, 54)
PSG 2-1 Saint Etienne | Mbappe (4, 6) - Khazri (1)

22 April
Reims 1-3 PSG | Sierhuis (33) - Verratti (10), Icardi (45, 61)
Saint Etienne 3-0 Angers | Boudebouz (2, 49), Khazri (11)

26 April
Bordeaux 0-2 Toulouse | Koulouris (5, 42)
Brest 1-1 Montpellier | Charbonnier (24) - Mollet (4)
Metz 0-2 Dijon | Cadiz (4), Balde (59)
Nantes 2-1 Amiens | Toure (pen 46), Coulibaly (90) - Guirassy (70)
Nimes 2-1 Lille | Ripart (27, 51) - Weah (8)
Lyon 0-0 Monaco | Mendes sent off (53)
Marseille 3-0 Nice | Payet (4, 59), Thauvin (24)
Rennes 1-1 Strasbourg | Niang (52) - Mothiba (47)


PSG clinched the title officially with six games to go to complete their third straight Ligue 1 title and ninth overall. In behind there were changes all over the shop. Marseille and Rennes flipped places yet again in the battle for second, two points separating them with four games to go.

The major movers during April were Bordeaux who jumped an incredible seven places in the table. They now lead the race for fifth although just five points separates them and Nice down in 14th, which should make for an exciting finish to the season.

Down the bottom of the table, Toulouse have been relegated with just 21 points from 34 matches. Amiens look set to join them but the final relegation spot is still up in the air as Nimes sit two points off Saint Etienne. Dijon, Metz and Brest could all still be dragged into a relegation scrap if they are not careful.



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Serie A Update


Juventus take control of Serie A title race



4 April
Cagliari 1-1 Atalanta | Simeone (3) - Pasalic (10)
Napoli 1-0 Roma | Mertens (41)
Juventus 2-0 Torino | Ronaldo (14, 58)

5 April
Sassuolo 0-2 Lecce | Saponara (42), Lapadula (55)
Brescia 2-0 Hellas Verona | Donnarumma (4), Torregrossa (13)
Parma 1-0 Fiorentina | Adorante (70)
Sampdoria 1-0 SPAL | Bonazzoli (76)
Inter Milan 2-1 Bologna | Lukaku (7, pen 66) - Palacio (67)
Lazio 1-1 AC Milan | Correa (7) - Paqueta (35)

6 April
Udinese 2-0 Genoa | Nestorovski (9), Okaka (48)

11 April
Atalanta 2-1 Sampdoria | Muriel (48), Freuler (84) - Bonazzoli (38)
Bologna 3-1 Sassuolo | Barrow (1, 40), Sansone (33) - Djuricic (90)
Fiorentina 2-1 Cagliari | Duncan (72), Kouame (85) - Pavoletti (6)
Genoa 2-1 Napoli | Pinamonti (20), Ankersen (42) - Denme (79)
SPAL 0-1 Udinese | Nestolovski (pen 16)
Hellas Verona 1-0 Inter Milan | Borini (74)
AC Milan 2-0 Juventus | Ibrahimovic (51), Leao (79)

12 April
Lecce 0-0 Lazio
Roma 2-1 Parma | Zaniolo (13), Veretout (23), Mancini sent off (26) - Adorante (81)
Torino 2-1 Brescia | Belotti (63, 77) - Torregrossa (78)

17 April
Udinese 0-2 Sampdoria | Nestorovski sent off (23) - Quagliarella (33), Depaoli (36)

18 April
Cagliari 3-1 Lecce | Rog (16), Paloschi (35), Nainggolan (61) - Barak (86)
Juventus 4-0 Atalanta | Ronaldo (37, 56), Higuain (40, 54)
Napoli 0-1 AC Milan | Kessie (73)

19 April
Fiorentina 1-1 Hellas Verona | Kouame (78) - Zaccagni (22)
Genoa 1-1 SPAL | Pinamonti (3) - Castro (12)
Inter Milan 2-0 Torino | Martinez (62, 87)
Lazio 3-0 Sassuolo | Immobile (33, 36), Correa (75)
Brescia 1-1 Roma | Torregrossa (25) - Kalinic (81)
Parma 0-0 Bologna

22 April
Atalanta 2-1 Brescia | Cortinovis (30), Zapata (49) - Sabelli (75)
Bologna 1-1 Napoli | Schouten (56) - Politano (36)
Lecce 0-1 Fiorentina | Chiesa (36)
AC Milan 1-1 Parma | Ibrahimovic (21) - Kulusevski (27)
Roma 3-0 Hellas Verona | Cristante (5, 85), Under (31)
Sampdoria 3-1 Cagliari | Quagliarella (25), Ramirez (52), Gabbiadini (68) - Pavoletti (43)
Sassuolo 0-2 Juventus | Brunori (46, 67)
SPAL 0-2 Inter Milan | Eriksen (11), Martinez (34)
Torino 0-1 Genoa | Pinamonti (48)
Udinese 0-3 Lazio | Parolo (36, 67), Caicedo (75)

25 April
Juventus 1-1 Lazio | Ronaldo (pen 5) - Milinkovic-Savic (68)

26 April
Napoli 3-1 Udinese | Politano (11, 26), Allan (84) - Okaka (25), Sema sent off (53)
Brescia 1-0 SPAL | Bisoli (43)
Cagliari 1-1 Sassuolo | Birsa (65) - Caputo (69)
Fiorentina 0-1 Torino | Zaza (69)
Genoa 0-2 Lecce | Lapadula (4, 34)
AC Milan 3-2 Bologna | Calhanoglu (13), Rebic (25), Ibrahimovic (69) - Barrow (14), Sansone (17)
Parma 0-1 Sampdoria | Linetty (8)
Roma 1-1 Inter Milan | Veretout (45) - Martinez (16), Skriniar sent off (62)
Hellas Verona 0-1 Atalanta | Zapata (11)


Juventus have pulled seven points clear of their nearest pursuers Lazio, although Inter Milan have a game in hand and could bridge that gap to six. Lazio managed to come away from their trip to Turin with a point but probably needed all three if they were to have a chance of knocking Juventus off their perch come the end of May.

Atalanta are nine points adrift back in fourth but they have extended their lead of Roma to five points with five games to go. Sampdoria (four places) and Fiorentina (two places) were the big movers during April as they put daylight between themselves and those at the bottom of the table.

Sassuolo have gone into free fall and now sit just two points above the relegation zone after picking up one point throughout April. There's just eight points between Genoa in 18th and Hellas Verona in 9th, proving just how close it is heading into the final stretch of the season. Unfortunately for SPAL and Brescia it looks as if their relegation to Serie B is inevitable.



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La Liga Update


Barcelona start to pull away in title race



3 April
Valencia 2-0 Osasuna | Rodrigo (9), Guedes (60)

4 April
Real Sociedad 2-1 Real Madrid | Portu (21), Isak (45) - Vazquez (84)
Granada 1-1 Villarreal | Fernandez (47) - Iborra (49)
Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Valladolid | Saul (1), Koke (7), Trippier (52), Felix (61)
Sevilla 0-3 Barcelona | Puig (8), Messi (28, 70)

5 April
Celta Vigo 3-2 Alaves | Aspas (24), Smolov (70), Bradaric (74), Joselu (14), Lucas (67), Pina sent off (21)
Mallorca 3-1 Leganes | Sevilla (22), Sastre (26), Rodriguez (74) - Carrillo (72)
Getafe 1-3 Eibar | Dakonam (52), Cabrera sent off (45) - Charles (45), Inui (65), Soares (67), Orellana sent off (78)
Espanyol 1-0 Levante | De Tomas (2)

6 April
Athletic Club 1-0 Real Betis | Aduriz (17)

10 April
Eibar 1-2 Valencia | Enrich (20) - Rodrigo (2), Parejo (31)

11 April
Levante 0-2 Atletico Madrid | Costa (2, 7)
Real Sociedad 1-0 Celta Vigo | Isak (38)
Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Club | Fati (90) - Nunez sent off (83)
Real Madrid 0-0 Mallorca

12 April
Leganes 0-0 Granada
Villarreal 0-0 Sevilla
Alaves 0-1 Osasuna | Garcia (10)
Real Betis 2-3 Espanyol | Carvalho (9), Juanmi (pen 52) - De Tomas (pen 12), Corchia (15), Calleri (49)
Real Valladolid 2-2 Getafe | Hervias (17), Sandro (45) - Jason (31), Mata (44)

21 April
Sevilla 2-2 Real Valladolid | Jordan (20), Ocampos (73) - Guardiola (15), Olivas (70)
Villarreal 1-1 Valencia | Alcacer (6) - Parejo (50)

22 April
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Alaves | Herrera (1), Morata (8), Saul (11)
Celta Vigo 1-4 Barcelona | Bradaric (90) - Suarez (21), Rakitic (27), Pique (33), Fati (66)
Getafe 2-2 Real Sociedad | Jason (11), Molina (48) - Isak (3), Illarramendi (47)
Granada 1-1 Eibar | Fernandez (6) - Kike (89)
Athletic Club 4-0 Mallorca | Garcia (1), Villalibre (19, 49), Cordoba (60)
Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid | Campuzano (87) - Bale (21, 25), Ramos (70)
Levante 0-1 Real Betis | Juanmi (4)

23 April
Osasuna 2-0 Leganes | Adrian (pen 4), Avila (52) - Perez sent off (66)

25 April
Real Valladolid 1-1 Levante | Vilarrasa (70) - Morales (20)
Real Betis 0-1 Villarreal | Alcacer (19)
Valencia 1-2 Athletic Club | Rodrigo (17) - Gomez (72), San Jose (83)
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid | Dembele (1), Suarez (59), Pique sent off (88) - Saul (39), Costa (78)
Real Madrid 3-0 Getafe | Modric (8), Jovic (11), Varane (54)

26 April
Mallorca 2-3 Celta Vigo | Junior (3), Hernandez (43) - Smolov (8, 20, 90)
Leganes 0-0 Sevilla
Alaves 0-1 Granada | Vico (89)
Real Sociedad 4-0 Espanyol | Illarramendi (28), Isak (29), Merino (41), Oyarzabal (69)

27 April
Eibar 1-1 Osasuna | Enrich (62) - Oier (10)


Barcelona are in firm control of the La Liga title race after Real Madrid picked up just one point from matches with Real Sociedad and Mallorca at the beginning of the month. Barcelona could wrap it up before the final day regardless of Real's results if they win their next four.

There were some big movers in the middle of the table with Atletico Madrid finally making their charge towards the top three. Getafe suffered a tough month and dropped from 4th to 8th, whilst Osasuna pulled away from the relegation battle by jumping from 15th to 11th.

No one has been relegated just yet by Leganes and Espanyol are six points adrift tied at the bottom of the table. Mallorca are three points from safety but will be hoping to close the gap to Eibar and Celta Vigo who are both dangerously close to the drop.

League Two Update


Swindon Town crowned League Two champions on dramatic final day



4 April
Bradford 1-3 Colchester | Novak (27) - Robinson (18), Prosser (59), Nouble (68)
Cambridge 1-1 Walsall | Dunk (27) - Adebayo (1)
Carlisle 1-1 Port Vale | Jones (61) - Cullen (9)
Cheltenham 1-1 Exeter | Broom (9) - Williams (70)
Crewe 3-0 Northampton | Kirk (40), Wintle (60), Anene (63)
Mansfield 1-2 Macclesfield | Sweeney (81), Watts sent off (84) - Wilson (11), Gnahoua (76)
Morecambe 1-1 Crawley | Brewitt (37) - Lubala (2)
Newport 0-2 Grimsby | Hanson (68), Vernam (84)
Oldham 2-1 Stevenage | Missilou (11), Smith (24) - Folami (17)
Plymouth 2-0 Forest Green | Moore (58), Grant (72)
Scunthorpe 2-1 Leyton Orient | van Veen (31), Miller (55) - Sterling (29)

10 April
Crawley 1-2 Leyton Orient | Lubala (37) - Sterling (18), Angol (52)
Crewe 1-2 Newport | Kirk (26) - Amond (39), Khan (51), Baker sent off (17)
Exeter 1-0 Morecambe | Collins (41)
Forest Green 1-0 Bradford | McGinley (79)
Northampton 0-2 Colchester | Gambin (5), Nouble (59)
Oldham 1-2 Cambridge | Azankpo (25) - Ross (19), Dunk (58)
Port Vale 2-1 Grimsby | Bennett (33), Pope (48) - Waterfall (79)
Salford 1-1 Carlisle | Wilson (71) - Kayode (27)
Scunthorpe 3-1 Macclesfield | Liddle (3), Slater (9), Green (48) - Kirby (13)
Stevenage 0-1 Mansfield | Preston (56)
Swindon 1-3 Cheltenham | Doyle (61) - Nichols (9, 14), May (39)
Walsall 3-1 Plymouth | Holden (27), Lavery (28), Kinsella (69) - Mayor (34)

13 April
Bradford 0-1 Crewe | Lowery (1)
Cambridge 2-1 Port Vale | Darling (12), Mullin (13) - Archer (48)
Carlisle 0-1 Scunthorpe | Gilliad (51)
Cheltenham 3-1 Crawley | Lloyd (3), Varney (17), Sheaf (18) - Palmer (5)
Colchester 1-0 Oldham | Senior (13)
Grimsby 2-0 Walsall | Clifton (24), Davis (73)
Leyton Orient 2-2 Salford | Johnson (11), Sterling (21) - Wilson (16, 83)
Macclesfield 1-0 Stevenage | Wilson (58)
Mansfield 2-2 Exeter | MacDonald (53), Rose (85) - Bowman (4), Taylor (49)
Morecambe 1-1 Swindon | O'Sullivan (8) - Doyle (59)
Newport 1-0 Forest Green | Matt (5)
Plymouth 3-0 Northampton | Mayor (16), Hardie (pen 59), Telford (86) - Goode sent off (60)

18 April
Crawley 1-0 Macclesfield | van Velzen (72)
Crewe 1-1 Grimsby | Wintle (16) - Tiley (35)
Exeter 1-1 Carlisle | Richardson (29) - Kayode (80)
Forest Green 2-0 Cambridge | Hall (2), Adams (36)
Northampton 0-1 Bradford | O'Connor (26)
Oldham 1-1 Plymouth | Azankpo (pen 52) - Moore (58)
Port Vale 1-1 Newport | Worrall (33) - Demetriou (26)
Salford 1-1 Morecambe | Rooney (16) - Leitch-Smith (26)
Scunthorpe 1-0 Mansfield | Lawrence-Gabriel (65)
Stevenage 1-2 Cheltenham | Kemp (61), Cuthbert sent off (78) - May (1), Thomas (87)
Swindon 1-2 Leyton Orient | Doyle (2) - Angol (3), Marsh (68)
Walsall 0-1 Colchester | Nouble (59)

25 April
Bradford 3-0 Walsall | French (3), Guthrie (19), Taylor (72)
Cambridge 2-2 Crewe | Taft (4), Roles (8) - Ng (42), Porter (74)
Carlisle 0-1 Stevenage | Parkhouse (79)
Cheltenham 0-1 Salford | Towell (14)
Colchester 2-1 Forest Green | Poku (10), Lapslie (33) - Winchester (39)
Grimsby 0-1 Oldham | Rowe (7)
Leyton Orient 3-1 Exeter | Angol (12), Brophy (28), Maguire-Drew (62) - Bowman (43)
Macclesfield 1-2 Swindon | Kelleher (62) - Doyle (29), Hope (44)
Mansfield 2-3 Crawley | Knowles (79), Sterling-James (85) - Camara (50), Young (70), Lubala (86)
Morecambe 0-1 Scunthorpe | Sutton (86)
Newport 1-0 Northampton | Inniss (19)
Plymouth 1-2 Port Vale | Telford (12) - Bennett (25, 86)


Heading into the final day Swindon Town sat two points behind Plymouth Argyle and needed a miracle to be crowned champions. A miracle it was as Plymouth conceded in the 86th minute to go behind at home against Port Vale and squander the title as Swindon held on for the win away to Macclesfield. Crewe Alexandra were also in the hunt but a draw at Cambridge resigned them to third place, although with four going up this year that was enough for automatic promotion.

Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Exeter City and Port Vale also made the playoffs with little change during the final month of the season. Northampton Town had been in the hunt for a playoff spot but they failed to score a single goal in April, losing all of their games to drop way back to 12th.

At the bottom of the table, Stevenage, as expected, were dumped from the Football League after finishing bottom of the table by nine points.


League One Update


Coventry and Rotherham set for final day title battle



4 April
Blackpool 2-2 Burton | Dewsbury-Hall (9), Garrity (20) - Akins (29), Broadhead (47)
Bolton 2-1 Lincoln | Lowe (24), Politic (68) - Scully (13)
Coventry 0-0 Peterborough
Doncaster 2-1 Tranmere | Ennis (7), Sheaf (28) - Morris (pen 55)
Gillingham 0-0 Accrington
Ipswich 0-1 Southend | Kelman (56)
MK Dons 1-1 Fleetwood | Morris (51) - Thorvaldsson (18)
Rochdale 2-0 Oxford | Dooley (21), Henderson (27) - Brannagan sent off (79)
Sunderland 0-1 Shrewsbury | Cummings (5)
Wycombe 0-2 Rotherham | Smith (8), Crooks (9)

10 April
Oxford 1-1 Bristol Rovers | Browne (62) - Matthews (11)
Accrington 0-2 Fleetwood | Evans (27), Coutts (69)
AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Sunderland | Lamy (17), Pigott (88) - Lafferty (55, 59)
Blackpool 3-0 Rochdale | Howe (2), Ronan (39), Madine (44)
Burton 2-2 Shrewsbury | Edwards (12), Murphy (pen 46) - Edwards (34), McAleny (48)
Gillingham 1-1 Coventry | Mandron (76) - Walsh (2)
Ipswich 1-1 Bolton | Sears (7) - Murphy (68)
Lincoln 1-2 Doncaster | Bostwick (8) - John (3), Ennis (50)
Peterborough 1-1 MK Dons | Mason (39) - Healey (1)
Rotherham 3-1 Portsmouth | Ihiekwe (45), Smith (pen 62, 85) - Williams (79)
Southend 2-0 Wycombe | Kelman (10), Humphrys (74)

13 April
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Burton | Mitchell-Lawson (30), Holmes-Dennis (79), Craig sent off (37) - Broadhead (80)
Coventry 1-1 Oxford | Bakayako (79) - Taylor (13)
Fleetwood 1-1 Lincoln | Evans (4) - Hopper (80)
MK Dons 2-1 Accrington | Gilbey (47), Mason (53) - Clark (37)
Portsmouth 2-2 Blackpool | Williams (70), Evans (72) - Ronan (52), Madine (79)
Rochdale 1-2 Southend | McLaughlin (61) - Humphrys (15, 30)
Shrewsbury 1-1 Ipswich | Cummings (44) - Edwards (28)
Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough | Maguire (5), Power (42)
Tranmere 0-2 Rotherham | Barlaser (43), Ihiekwe (89)
Wycombe 1-1 AFC Wimbledon | Sanders (3)

14 April
Bolton 0-4 Gillingham | Akinde (pen 15, 46, pen 89), Fuller (47)

18 April
Rotherham 2-3 Doncaster | Smith (41), Lindsay (86) - Ennis (36), Coppinger (51), Gomes (90)
AFC Wimbledon 0-2 MK Dons | Morris (pen 23), Brittain (66)
Accrington 0-1 Bristol Rovers | Clarke-Harris (15)
Blackpool 1-1 Coventry | Gnanduillet (pen 70) - Westbrooke (15)
Burton 1-2 Sunderland | Akins (pen 13), Murphy sent off (67) - Semenyo (81), Scowen (83)
Gillingham 1-1 Tranmere | Hanlan (22) - Vaughan (3)
Ipswich 1-0 Rochdale | Jackson (pen 34)
Lincoln 2-2 Wycombe | Hesketh (6), Scully (14), Coventry sent off (70) - Smyth (50), Onyedinma (82), Freeman sent off (85)
Oxford 1-1 Fleetwood | Brannagan (36) - Burns (46)
Peterborough 1-1 Shrewsbury | Eisa (78) - Cummings (29)
Southend 1-1 Portsmouth | Kelman (pen 2) - Marquis (52)

21 April
Portsmouth 0-0 Bristol Rovers
Shrewsbury 1-1 Bolton | McAleny (16) - Georgiou (75)
Tranmere 1-0 Fleetwood | Vaughan (12)

25 April
Bolton 0-3 Rotherham | Adelakun (19), Smith (37, 60)
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Lincoln | John-Jules (8)
Coventry 1-0 Burton | O'Hare (53)
Doncaster 0-1 Ipswich | Judge (43)
Fleetwood 3-0 Southend | Evans (1, 38), Dempsey (75)
MK Dons 1-1 Blackpool | Nombe (65) - Madine (80)
Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough | Toney (pen 85)
Shrewsbury 3-0 AFC Wimbledon | Cummings (2), Edwards (41), Walker (78)
Sunderland 1-0 Accrington | Maguire (10)
Tranmere 0-2 Oxford | Browne (59), Taylor (81)
Wycombe 3-1 Gillingham | McCarthy (11), Gape (45), Kashket (71) - Akinde (57)


Another title fight going down to the very last matchday. Coventry and Rotherham are separated by just one point heading into the final day of the season but Coventry hold the one point advantage and play already relegated AFC Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Rotherham have to host playoff chasing Sunderland.

Fleetwood's season is over due to the odd number of teams in the league but are guaranteed a playoff place. However, the remaining spots are still up for grabs with Doncaster, Sunderland, Peterborough, Wycombe and Oxford all in with a chance. Portsmouth's poor late season form saw them drop out of contention in what will prove a disappointing season. None of the playoff contenders play each other on the final day of the season which should make for interesting viewing.

All the relegation spots have been decided before the drama of a final day with AFC Wimbledon joining Southend and Bolton in dropping down to League Two.


Championship Update


Championship title goes down to the final day



03 April
Blackburn 0-2 Leeds | Shackleton (4), Augustin (43)

04 April
Bristol City 2-1 Cardiff | Smith (13), Diedhou (58) - Glatzel (18), Morrison sent off (43)
Derby 1-1 Nottingham Forest | Marriott (16) - Grabban (29)
Brentford 1-1 Wigan | Jansson (18) - Moore (41)
Charlton 1-0 Millwall | Aneke (63)
Fulham 3-0 Birmingham | Cairney (21, 37), Mitrovic (81)
Huddersfield 1-1 Preston | Smith Rowe (pen 10) - Nugent (38)
Luton 1-1 Reading | O'Kane (6) - Adam (55)
Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR | Fletcher (75)
Stoke 1-0 Barnsley | Verlinden (51)
Swansea 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday | Grimes (69) - da Cruz (55)
West Brom 1-0 Hull | Austin (54)

10 April
Millwall 1-0 Middlesbrough | Bradshaw (6)
Birmingham 1-2 Swansea | Colin (67) - Brewster (16), Grimes (22)
Brentford 3-0 Charlton | Watkins (19, 33), Benrahma (54)
Bristol City 3-0 Hull | Massengo (18), Watkins (31, 84)
Cardiff 2-1 Blackburn | Tomlin (17), Connolly (47) - Samuel (82)
Leeds 1-1 Stoke | Augustin (32) - Campbell (16)
Luton 1-1 Barnsley | O'Kane (56) - Brown (62)
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Fulham | Da Costa (86) - Cairney (pen 33)
Reading 1-0 Huddersfield | Joao (63)
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Preston | Borner (38) - Bodin (13)
West Brom 2-1 Derby | Grosicki (68), Pereira (67) - Rooney (60)
Wigan 2-0 QPR | Lowe (19), Dowell (90)

13 April
Barnsley 0-0 Wigan
Blackburn 1-1 West Brom | Bennett (67) - Peltier (22)
Charlton 2-0 Reading | Hemed (3, 43)
Derby 0-0 Brentford | Rooney sent off (58)
Huddersfield 1-0 Luton | Stearman (66)
Hull 2-1 Millwall | Scott (16), Magennis (61) - Bradshaw (70)
Middlesbrough 1-1 Bristol City | Fletcher (72) - Weimann (15)
Preston 2-1 Nottingham Forest | Potts (45), Stockley (54) - Da Costa (65)
QPR 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday | Manning (29, 40) - Harris (43)
Stoke 1-0 Birmingham | Oakley-Boothe (47)
Swansea 1-0 Leeds | Ayew (6)

14 April
Fulham 1-2 Cardiff | Mitrovic (33) - Pack (5), Glatzel (65)

18 April
Birmingham 1-2 Charlton | Kieftenbeid (24) - Taylor (22), Aneke (40)
Brentford 2-0 Preston | Dasilva (7), Jansson (51)
Bristol City 2-1 Stoke | Weimann (14), Benkovic (17) - Gregory (pen 60)
Cardiff 3-0 Derby | Tomlin (36), Murphy (54), Glatzel (72) - Shinnie sent off (34)
Leeds 1-1 Barnsley | Klich (39) - Bahre (26)
Luton 3-1 QPR | Bolton (80), Lee (82), Bree (88) - Hugill (45)
Millwall 0-1 Blackburn | Gallagher (19)
Nottingham Forest 3-2 Swansea | Lolley (24), Diakhaby (64), Grabban (65) - Byers (21), van der Hoorn (59)
Reading 0-0 Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Huddersfield | da Cruz (30), Harris (57) - Stankovic (70), Stearman (87)
West Brom 2-1 Fulham | Pereira (10), Austin (11) - Reed (15)
Wigan 2-1 Hull | Jacobs (47), Balogun (70) - Wilks (49)

25 April
Derby 1-2 Leeds | Waghorn (2) - Hernandez (16), Shackleton (49)
Barnsley 0-2 Nottingham Forest | Silva (15), Da Costa (79)
Blackburn 1-1 Reading | Rothwell (7) - Boye (42)
Charlton 1-0 Wigan | Hemed (pen 59)
Fulham 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Huddersfield 2-2 West Brom | Stearman (9), Grant (39) - Grosicki (23), Krovinovic (43)
Hull 0-1 Luton | Collins (21)
Middlesbrough 3-1 Cardiff | Roberts (16), Clayton (78), McNair (83) - Adomah (11)
Preston 2-0 Birmingham | Maguire (18), Potts (81)
QPR 1-2 Millwall | Clarke (2) - Wallace (17), Woods (37)
Stoke 1-1 Brentford | Ince (26) - Jansson (20)
Swansea 1-2 Bristol City | Dyer (82) - Weimann (7), Diedhou (80), Henriksen sent off (75)


The Championship title is going down to the wire. Just like over the last two months, the lead changed again as West Brom gained the upper hand and now know that victory against Queens Park Rangers at home on the final day will clinch the title. Leeds take on Charlton on the final day but the turning point could prove to be the 1-1 draw against bottom of the table Barnsley that allowed West Brom to take the lead in the title race.

The playoff places are all but secured with Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Brentford guaranteed a spot. Preston look set for 6th baring any disasters on the final day, although Bristol City and Swansea will be applying the pressure with the former winning all their games in April and needing a four goal victory against Preston on the final day to give themselves a chance.

Down the bottom of the table Barnsley's loss to Nottingham Forest confirmed relegation for the Yorkshire club. However, Luton, Birmingham, Hull, Stoke and Huddersfield could all still join them in dropping down to League One. Birmingham lost every game in April and will need to turn things around against Derby on the final day. None of those in danger of going down play each other on the final day so there will be a lot of score watching throughout the 90 minutes.


Premier League Update


Liverpool crowned Premier League champions for the first time



4 April
Bournemouth 2-0 Newcastle | Brooks (26, 54)
Arsenal 2-1 Norwich | Pepe (4), Martinelli (15) - Aarons (pen 61)
Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves | Dendoncker (58), Doherty sent off (12)
Brighton 1-2 Man United | Allister (1) - Mata (52), Fernandes (55)
Crystal Palace 1-2 Burnley | Ayew (38) - Rodriguez (48), Barnes (pen 54)
Sheffield United 2-1 Tottenham | Mousset (22), Fleck (77) - Sissoko (39)
Watford 1-2 Southampton | Deeney (21) - Armstrong (15), Obafemi (36)

5 April
Man City 2-1 Liverpool | Sane (31, 57), Rodri sent off (29) - Milner (84)
West Ham 0-1 Chelsea | Barkley (70)

6 April
Everton 1-0 Leicester | Iwobi (34)

10 April
Newcastle 0-2 West Ham | Bowen (22), Yarmolenko (50)

11 April
Man United 3-1 Bournemouth | James (25), Fernandes (31), Rashford (80) - Ibe (70)
Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United | Wood (74) - Baldock sent off (8)
Leicester 3-1 Crystal Palace | Pereira (44), Gray (52), Ndidi (56) - McArthur (pen 21)
Norwich 1-1 Brighton | Pukki (4) - Maupay (27)
Southampton 0-3 Man City | Sterling (8, 18, 59)
Tottenham 3-1 Everton | Kane (pen 10), Moura (48), Fernandes (88) - Niasse (80)

12 April
Chelsea 3-0 Watford | Alonso (10), Giroud (12, 31)
Liverpool 5-0 Aston Villa | Firmino (5), Matip (7), Gomez (8), Salah (15), Wijnaldum (56)

13 April
Wolves 0-3 Arsenal | Coady sent off (47) - Pepe (8), Aubameyang (13), Lacazette (29)

18 April
Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea | Tomori (46)
Bournemouth 2-1 Tottenham | Wilson (52), Solanke (84) - Kane (2)
Everton 2-1 Southampton | Richarlison (10, 17) - Long (54)
Watford 1-1 Norwich | Deeney (2) - Pukki (8)
West Ham 0-3 Burnley | Masuaku sent off (4) - Rodriguez (40), Wood (46), Mumbongo (89)
Arsenal pp Leicester

19 April
Sheffield United 0-1 Wolves | Campana (46)
Aston Villa pp Man United

20 April
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool | Alzate (47) - Firmino (28), Mane (39), Salah (76)

22 April
Chelsea 0-0 Man City
Leicester 0-3 Brighton | Tielemans sent off (48) - Alzate (19), Trossard (33), Propper (50)
Norwich 0-1 Everton | Calvert-Lewin (9)

23 April
Newcastle 3-0 Aston Villa | Bentaleb (19, 43), Hayden (46)
Man United 3-2 Sheffield United | Mata (7), Martial (14), Fernandes (46) - Fleck (6), Mousset (33)
Southampton 2-1 Arsenal | Redmond (5, 84) - Aubameyang (pen 39), Xhaka sent off (70)

25 April
Liverpool 3-1 Burnley | Lallana (2), Oxlade-Chamberlain (18), Shaqiri (35) - Wood (12)
Bournemouth 3-2 Leicester | Brooks (12), Fraser (32), Wilson (82) - Gray (4), Vardy (40)
Norwich 0-1 West Ham | Bowen (26)
Wolves 3-1 Everton | Jota (40), Jimenez (47, 58) - Bernard (8)
Brighton 1-2 Man City | Gross (58) - B Silva (pen 26, 82)

26 April
Sheffield United 1-0 Chelsea | Sharp (10)
Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal | Alderweireld (52), Fernandes (62) - Bellerin (44)
Man United 3-2 Southampton | Fernandes (1), Lingard (2), Pereira (7) - Ings (21), Redmond (60), Hojbjerg sent off (87)
Watford 1-1 Newcastle | Deeney (7) - Carroll (45)

27 April
Aston Villa 3-1 Crystal Palace | Samatta (16), Grealish (69, 70) - Benteke (64)


Liverpool win the title - no shocks there. Manchester City did hand them their third loss of the season despite having Rodri sent off in the first half. However, Liverpool's emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa meant they could clinch the title away to Brighton the following week and they did just that. Leicester City endured a torrid month, winning just once to allow Chelsea to join them on 59 points, although they do have a game in hand. Manchester United were in fine form, matching their FA Cup and European performances to move within two points of 3rd place. Sheffield United's lack of games meant they slipped right down to 9th, whilst Tottenham suffered defeats to Arsenal, Bournemouth and Sheffield United to take them all but out of the hunt for a Europa League spot.

At the bottom end of the table things have gotten tight. Seven points separate Bournemouth in 13th and Watford in 18th, whilst Aston Villa still hold two games in hand on the majority of those in the relegation fight. Norwich City's loss to fellow strugglers West Ham United confirmed their relegation, whilst Watford picked up just two points to drop into the danger zone. With five games still to play Newcastle United look safe whilst Bournemouth's three wins in April looks to have kept them in the Premier League for another season.



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Europa League SF 1st Leg


Late winner has Basaksehir within touching distance of final


Istanbul Basaksehir are one match away from a historic Europa League final after a last gasp winner in Turkey gives them a slender lead in their tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Turkish side, who were founded in 1990 and have only spent 11 seasons in Turkey's top flight, have been the surprise contenders in this year's Europa League and proved they fear no one with a brilliant display in front of their home fans.

Had star player Edin Visca scored from the spot on 35 minutes things could have been even better for Basaksehir but he dragged his penalty agonisingly wide of the post.

Both goalkeepers produced some top class saves throughout the 90 minutes, none better than Mert Gunok's fingertip save to deny Leverkusen's Lucas Alario at his near post.

The home supporters must have been wondering if it would be their night when Eljero Elia rose brilliantly to meet Visca's cross only to see his header clip the outside of the post and go wide with the goalkeeper rooted to his spot.

However, as the minutes ran down towards the final whistle Basaksehir found the goal they were after. Irfan Kahveci took the ball inside and spotted the run of Junior Caicara who was straining to get forward. The pass allowed Caicara to take a touch on the run and fire his shot into the bottom corner to give his side the win.

They will now head to Leverkusen in a week's time hoping to preserve their aggregate lead, although an away goal would give them a massive chance of making it to the final in Gdansk.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United and Sevilla fought out a tight and largely uneventful goalless draw to leave the tie wide open heading into the second leg.

Daniel James had the best chance of the first half as he watched his powerful effort tipped around the post from a tight angle by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

After the break Bruno Fernandes sliced his shot wide of the post as United dominated both possession and the few chances that presented themselves across the 90 minutes.

Sevilla came closest late on, David De Gea producing a top save at full stretch from Oliver Torres' long range strike.

The Spanish side will be confident of getting the win they need to progress to yet another Europa League final having won every single one of their four home semi final matches in the competition's history.


https://i.ibb.co/xMF5zXV/130343.png Istanbul Basaksehir 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png
Caicara (90)

https://i.ibb.co/9NNGVGH/680.png Man United 0-0 Sevilla https://i.ibb.co/fn8YrzB/1759.png

Champions League SF 1st Leg


PSG and Bayern make light work of 'home advantage'


Heading into the second legs of the Champions League semi final, both PSG and Bayern Munich hold not only an away goals advantage but also an aggregate advantage after coming away from their respective away matches with victories.

PSG were able to secure their first ever win at the Nou Camp after scoring three unanswered goals to gain a firm upper hand in the tie, although Barcelona will take heart from the fact they scored six goals to comeback in that historic second leg of the last 16 against PSG back in 2017.

Luis Suarez had handed the hosts the lead after 20 minutes with a typical Barcelona attack. Some slick one touch passes ended with Lionel Messi squaring the ball to Suarez on the edge of the box who needed just one touch before striking the ball into the bottom corner.

From then onwards PSG took charge of the game, Neymar levelling the tie just three minutes later with a superb solo goal. Thomas Meunier then put his body on the line to put PSG ahead, clattering the back post as he scrambled in a delightfully lobbed cross from Juan Bernat that looped over Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the Barca goal.

Idrissa Gueye was then afforded time and space inside the Barcelona box as their defence parted like the Red Sea, curling his shot into the corner to ensure PSG would be going home in firm command of the tie.

However, a late goal from Sergio Busquets may have shifted momentum slightly heading into the second leg as Suarez turned provider to find him amongst a sea of players in the PSG box.

PSG have never reached this stage of the competition and their desperation to lift the trophy could see nerves jangle when the sides meet in a week's time.

In Manchester, Bayern needed two late goals to defeat Man City, who had Ederson to thank for a simply stunning performance in goal.

City had the lead after just four minutes courtesy of their star striker Sergio Aguero. Raheem Sterling's good work down the left gave him a chance to whip a cross in with his left foot and the ball found Aguero inch perfectly. Aguero's textbook striker's header bounced into the ground, looping up over Manuel Neuer's outstretched hand before striking the underside of the bar and dropping in.

Bayern soon started to pick up momentum but were denied by a handful of quality saves from Ederson. In particular, a close range save from a Thomas Mueller volley stunned the visiting supporters who thought they were back in the game, before substitute Kingsley Coman was denied twice in the same attack by the Brazilian goalkeeper.

Amidst the great saves, Robert Lewandowski also had his header from a corner cleared off the line by Bernado Silva at the near post.

Unfortunately for the home side the pressure told and on 79 minutes Bayern were level. Muller's blocked pass fell back at his feet and with his second attempt he made no mistake in finding Thiago Alcantara in between two defenders. Thiago's drilled shot from 12 yards left Ederson with no chance of pulling off more heroics and City were now on the back foot.

With just a minute of normal time left Thiago had his second. Lewandowski's drive into the box gave him a chance to look up and see his teammate waiting on the penalty spot and, when the ball made its way to him, Thiago made no mistake with a shot just out of the reach of a diving Ederson.

City will now need to replicate their one and only victory in Munich back in 2013 if they are to progress to their first ever Champions League final.


https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png Man City 1-2 Bayern Munich https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png
Aguero (4) - Thiago (79, 89)

https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png Barcelona 2-3 PSG https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png
Suarez (20), Busquets (86) - Neymar (23), Meunier (45), Gueye (77)

25 April
Coupe de France Final


Magic Mauro leads PSG to cup victory


Mauro Icardi scored a 22-minute hat trick, the fastest in Coupe de France Final history, to land PSG yet another piece of silverware at the Stade de France in Paris.

The Argentine striker became only the third player in history to score a hat trick in the final of France's premier cup competition, scoring all three of his goals inside 22 minutes.

It took just six minutes for Icardi to find the net for the first time and it couldn't have been easier for him. Neymar did all the hard work, driving into the box before squaring across the face of the goal where Icardi was waiting to tap the ball into the open net.

On 13 minutes Icardi had his second, Neymar once again proving too much for the Saint Etienne defence. This one was anything but easy, Icardi having to use his skill to get Neymar's slightly wayward pass under control before driving a right footed shot that swerved inside the post to double their lead.

He perhaps saved the best for last, though, completing his hat trick with just 22 minutes on the clock. Idrissa Gueye played a ball forward for Angel Di Maria who in turn laid it off to Icardi just inside the box. Icardi, using the defender as a marker, curled a first time shot towards goal that had enough whip on it to beat the goalkeeper and nestle into the back of the net.

Whilst spectacular, that somewhat ended the final as a contest, although Saint Etienne, who were playing in their first final since 1982, clawed one back to their credit just five minutes into the second half.

Ryad Boudebouz's corner was flicked on by Loic Perrin at the near post causing a mass scramble inside the PSG penalty area. Keylor Navas gets a touch on it but William Saliba throws his leg at it and pokes the ball across the line to give the underdogs a consolation.

PSG have now won the Coupe de France 13 times and, with the Ligue 1 title already won, the Champions League is the final trophy left in what would be a historic treble.

https://i.ibb.co/NT4NqtV/868.png PSG 3-1 Saint Etienne https://i.ibb.co/dfTm2h7/828.png
Icardi (6, 13, 22) - Saliba (50)


It wasn't until writing that last sentence that I realised I hadn't simmed the Coupe de la Ligue Final between PSG and Lyon. I then quickly simmed it before publishing this post - they lost 3-2 to Lyon in an absolute thriller.

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21 April
DFB Pokal Semi Finals


Saarbrucken's historic run ends in five-goal thriller


Saarbrucken's fairytale cup run ended in defeat but the first fourth tier side to reach a DFB Pokal semi final gave their all as they went down 3-2 at home to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen.

The writing looked on the wall for the home side when Leverkusen took a two goal lead inside the opening half hour but a second half fight back gave the Ludwigsparkstadion supporters hope before Kai Havertz once again proved his quality with 15 minutes to go.

Leverkusen took just 16 minutes to get on the scoresheet. Karim Bellarabi fed his ball into Lucas Alario who, with his back to goal, shifted it onto his left and took a shot on the turn. The precision of his effort gave the goalkeeper no chance as the ball shaved the inside of the post and found its way into the back of the net.

Havertz doubled their lead on 29 minutes after receiving a stunning no-look pass from Charles Aranguiz that nutmegged a Saarbrucken defender on its way through. Inside the box, Havertz swung his left foot at the ball and beat the goalkeeper for power.

The half-time team talk from Saarbrucken manager Lukas Kwasniok clearly did the trick as the minnows sparked into life on 55 minutes. Hitting Leverkusen on the counter, Tobias Janicke found himself through on goal and with only the goalkeeper to beat his powerful shot clawed one back for the home side.

The comeback was complete on 69 minutes, Gillian Jurcher benefiting from a lucky rebound after his first shot was saved to poke the ball beyond the goal line underneath a scrambling Lukas Hradecky in the Leverkusen goal.

Leverkusen spoiled the party with 16 minutes remaining, though, Havertz once again scoring a superb solo goal just as he did in Leverkusen's recent Europa League victory. Taking on two players to get himself into the box, he then strikes the ball with the outside of his left boot, ensuring that the goalkeeper's fingertips can't quite get to it as it sneaks inside the post.

Somewhat surprisingly, Leverkusen will play Bayern Munich for the first time in a DFB Pokal final as the 19-time champions needed extra time to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich.

Both sides had goals chalked off for offside in normal time, including a stunning volley from Frankfurt's Tommy Chandler.

The deciding goal came just four minutes into extra time as Kingsley Coman used his pace to deadly effect. Receiving a long ball forward he burst beyond the last defender before feigning to square it inside. He instead cuts back onto his right foot and lashes an unstoppable shot into the far corner.


https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png Bayern Munich 1-0e Frankfurt https://i.ibb.co/cxTDvxL/912.png
Coman (94)

https://i.ibb.co/R3W3j4D/949.png Saarbrucken 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png
Janicke (55), Jurcher (69) - Alario (16), Havertz (29, 74)
Man, this is such an enjoyable read. Great work! Are you going to do the next season too?

Thanks for reading! I'll have to see when I get to the end. Wouldn't mind doing the Euros as if it happened this year.

oh man basaksehir are shocking the whole europe by beating olympiacos and imagine basaksehir winning the europa league and being pot 1 in champions league this will be glory

Basaksehir have done brilliantly and they've probably got the luck of the draw again missing United and Sevilla. Who knows what might happen.


Up next will be the DFB Pokal Semi Finals...
19 April
KNVB Beker Final


Feyenoord need extra time to sink gutsy Utrecht


For the third time in five years Feyenoord lifted the KNVB Beker after needing extra time to see of FC Utrecht in a repeat of the 2016 final.

Despite dominating for the entire 90 minutes, Feyenoord were unable to turn their possession and chances into goals. In the first half alone they had 12 shots on goal but found the net with none of the them.

Utrecht gave Feyenoord a scare before the break, a golden opportunity tipped around the post only for the offside flag to be raised anyway.

The second half continued in similar vain until the 82nd minute. Nicolai Jorgensen's shot from a tight angle was well saved by Jeroen Zoet, however, Jens Toornstra was quickest to react and made no mistake with the rebound.

The goal seemed to shock Utrecht into action for the first time in the match and they stunned Feyenoord immediately. A deep cross from Gyrano Kerk found Kristoff Peterson at the back post who knocked it back across the six yard box first time where Sean Klaiber arrived to knock it into the gaping net.

That sent the match into extra time but it was quickly back in the hands of Feyenoord. Leroy Fer played the ball into Jorgensen who then handed it back to Fer with a neat back heel. He took a couple of touches to set himself before smashing his right footed shot into the back of the net.

The game was sealed seven minutes before the end of extra time as Ozyakup rose highest to meet a cross from Haps in between the last defender and goalkeeper. His bullet header flew past Zoet to hand Feyenoord their 14th KNVB Beker title.

https://i.ibb.co/RPbJTmz/1010.png FC Utrecht 1-3e Feyenoord https://i.ibb.co/x65j0vP/1013.png
Klaiber (84) - Toornstra (82), Fer (95), Ozyakup (113)

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18-19 April
FA Cup Semi Finals


Late United comeback sets up Manchester Derby final


A four-minute spell turned Manchester United's day from one of frustration to one of delight as they came from behind to dump Arsenal out of the FA Cup and set up a final against their Manchester rivals.

Arsenal had started brightly and made their possession count to take the lead thanks to a Mesut Ozil strike after just 12 minutes. Dani Ceballos was the provider, using some skillful footwork to shed Nemanja Matic before playing a through ball into Ozil. David De Gea managed to get a hand to Ozil's shot but was unable to keep it out.

From that point onwards United took command of possession and the chances but were unable to find a leveller, Bruno Fernandes coming close with a beautiful strike that cannoned off the bar from 20 yards.

It took until the 73rd minute for them to finally find the back of the net. A beautiful one-two between Anthony Martial and Fernandes saw the Frenchman get to the byline before cutting it back to the on-rushing Fernandes who drilled it past Bernd Leno with his laces.

And four minutes later they were ahead. Substitute Scott McTominay found himself free in the area after receiving a pass from Mason Greenwood. McTominay took one touch to set himself before launching a shot towards goal and, despite Leno getting a strong hand to it, the Arsenal goalkeeper was unable to keep it from creeping into the corner.

They will face fierce rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final for the first time ever after City came away from the King Power Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

Leicester City dominated in front of their home supporters in the first half but were unable to make it count, James Maddison's free kick shaving the outside of Ederson's post early on.

The second half was a completely different story. Raheem Sterling, who had been contained to almost no touches in the first half, picked up a through ball from Phil Foden before shooting first time with his left foot. Despite not connecting with it sweetly, the accuracy was enough to beat a diving Kasper Schmeichel and hand the visitors the lead.

Just four minutes later they doubled their lead, Foden turning from provider to scorer. Kevin De Bruyne's sublime outside of the boot pass set Foden beyond the final Leicester defender and his low shot had far too much power for Schmeichel to keep it out.

As time ran down Leicester pushed forward and almost had one back through Ayoze Perez, only to be denied by Ederson's fingertip save from a narrow angle forced the ball onto the post and away to safety. Ederson was once again forced into action in the dying seconds, this time denying the deadly Jamie Vardy in a one-on-one.

Despite having won the FA Cup 18 times between them, the two Manchester clubs have never faced each other in their 31 combined finals. The entire city will now prepare to descend on London for the finale to the English season at Wembley Stadium on 23 May.


https://i.ibb.co/qMRfg6Y/673.png Leicester City 0-2 Man City https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png
Sterling (51), Foden (56)

https://i.ibb.co/5WVtrm8/680.png Man United 2-1 Arsenal https://i.ibb.co/7QZgStZ/602.png
Fernandes (73), McTominay (77) - Ozil (12)

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18 April
Copa del Rey Final


Garcia hat trick ends Bilbao's 36-year drought


It couldn't have been sweeter for Athletic Bilbao as they ended a 36-year Copa del Rey drought by thrashing rivals Real Sociedad 4-1 at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville.

Raul Garcia proved to be the hero for Bilbao, scoring a hat trick in what could be described as the 33-year-old's finest hour in professional football, having only previously won the trophy with Atletico Madrid after coming on as a sub in extra time of the 2013 final.

The Spanish midfielder had failed to score in any of the seven Copa del Rey matches in the build up to the final but put on a scintillating display of finishing as Bilbao dominated against their Basque rivals.

It took just 20 minutes for Garcia to find the net, Ander Capa firing a hard pass into his path from wide allowing Garcia to use the pace on the ball to hit a first time shot with his instep. The viscous swerve and dip was too much for Real Sociedad goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli to handle and the ball nestled into the back of the net.

Real Sociedad replied before half-time through Willian Jose whose header from Portu's deep cross was saved by Unai Simon but fell kindly back to the striker and made no mistake with his second attempt.

It was fitting that after the break Iker Muniain would be the man to put Bilbao ahead once again having spent his entire career with the club. The goal was made possible by some slick passing between Dani Garcia and Inigo Cordoba around the edge of the box, the latter breaking beyond the back line before cutting the ball back to a waiting Muniain on the edge whose sweetly struck shot found the corner.

On 67 minutes Garcia had his second and Bilbao's third after some good work from Unai Lopez drew in the defence. Garcia held back in space and when Lopez found him with his pass he finished with supreme confidence.

Garcia provided the cherry on the top of the cake with just four minutes of normal time to go with his third, the first hat-trick in the Copa del Rey final since 1950, fittingly also scored by a Bilbao player, Telmo Zarra, in a 4-1 victory, although he bagged all four that day.

The goal epitomised Garcia's hunger as he out-jumped a Real Socieda defender to win a header at the back post and beat the scrambling goalkeeper before running into the stands to celebrate the historic moment.

Bilbao's victory was their 24th all-time bringing their record to an exact 50% final win ratio. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad have now lost six of their eight Copa del Rey final appearances.

https://i.ibb.co/5nZkJNd/1742.png Real Sociedad 1-4 Athletic Bilbao https://i.ibb.co/1L85GPr/1664.png
Willian Jose (39) - Garcia (20, 67, 86), Muniain (54)
Europa League QF 2nd Leg


United thrash Basel to set up mouthwatering semi-final with Sevilla


Nemanja Matic scored twice on another brilliant European night at Old Trafford as Manchester United booked their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Basel.

Heading into the second leg, United had a crucial away goal to give them the upper hand in the tie but they had to wait until the 35th minute to open the scoring. Bruno Fernandes, who has been somewhat of a saviour since joining United, scored the best goal of his short career in Manchester - a superb bit of skill on the corner of the box giving him a yard of space before he bent his shot perfectly into the top corner.

Basel responded almost immediately thanks to Samuele Campo who received a fantastic ball from Fabian Frei before taking a touch and sliding his left footed shot past the outstretched leg of David De Gea.

Eight minutes into the second half United had the lead again, Anthony Martial playing a no-look pass to Matic after drawing the defence in, leaving the Serbian to rifle home his shot from a one-on-one position with the goalkeeper.

The game was wrapped up inside the last 15 minutes thanks to Martial and Matic once again, the former controlling a chipped pass from Mason Greenwood with his knee before lashing a volley on the turn into the net. Matic scored his second in the final minute, meeting Daniel James' cross with a powerful header.

They face Sevilla after the five-time Europa League champions secured a 2-1 victory away to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Ever Banega scored from the spot having missed a penalty in the first leg, before Nolito doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.

Marlos gave Shakhtar their first goal of the tie with a brilliant free kick on 72 minutes but they couldn't claw anything back in the final 20 minutes.

Undoubtedly the game of the night was in Germany between Bayer Leverkusen and Inter Milan. Having lost 2-0 at home Inter had it all to do and the task got even taller when Lucas Alario found the net for the hosts after 20 minutes.

A moment of magic from Lautaro Martinez provided the spark Inter needed to get back into the tie after Romelu Lukaku's blocked shot fell to the Argentine international 25 yards from goal and his inventive chip beat both the goalkeeper and defender who were desperately trying to rush back towards the goal line.

Lukaku handed Inter the lead after 58 minutes but dreams of a dramatic comeback were dented just two minutes later by Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby who made no mistake in a one-on-one with Samir Handanovic.

The game wasn't done and dusted, however, as Martinez's second goal of the night from a narrow angle with ten minutes to go gave the visitors a glimmer of hope. It wasn't to be for the Italian giants as Leverkusen held on to win 4-3 on aggregate and book their place in the Europa League semi-finals for the first time since 1995.

Istanbul Basaksehir continued their sensational run in the tournament by beating Olympiakos 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw on the night.

The tie looked to be in the balance after an opening goal from Olympiakos' Andreas Bouchalakis on 34 minutes but momentum shifted moments before the half-time whistle after Olympiakos failed to clear a corner. Corner taker Edin Visca found himself back on the ball and in turn dragged it back into the path of Eljero Elia who smashed it first time across the face of goal and into the back of the net.

They are now just two games away from a historic Europa League final and will have Bayer Leverkusen standing in their way.


https://i.ibb.co/xMF5zXV/130343.png Istanbul Basaksehir 1-1 Olympiakos https://i.ibb.co/r2GBnY4/981.png
Elia (45+1) - Bouchalakis (34)
Istanbul Basaksehir win 2-1 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/85S0V8L/1895.png Shakhtar 1-2 Sevilla https://i.ibb.co/fn8YrzB/1759.png
Marlos (72) - Banega (pen 13), Nolito (44)
Sevilla win 3-1 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Inter Milan https://i.ibb.co/6Pr0QqB/1135.png
Alario (20), Diaby (66) - Martinez (33, 80), Lukaku (58)
Bayer Leverkusen win 4-3 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/9NNGVGH/680.png Man United 4-1 Basel https://i.ibb.co/G2Sn1nR/1849.png
Fernandes (35), Matic (53, 89), Martial (75) - Campo (37)
Man United win 5-2 on aggregate

Semi-Final Draw

https://i.ibb.co/xMF5zXV/130343.png Istanbul Basaksehir vs Bayer Leverkusen https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png
https://i.ibb.co/9NNGVGH/680.png Man United vs Sevilla https://i.ibb.co/fn8YrzB/1759.png

Champions League QF 2nd Leg


Man City reach second ever UCL semi final as PSG cruise to their first


Man City were made to sweat for a place in their second ever Champions League semi final but prevailed thanks to goals from talismen Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

Heading into the second leg with Leipzig, they knew that a win would send them through and the comfort of two away goals from the first leg had given them some breathing room. Any nerves from the home fans at The Etihad were quickly calmed as De Bruyne stepped up to take a free kick on the edge of the area after just 17 minutes and duly popped it up and over the wall and into the back of the Leipzig net.

Aguero doubled their lead just after the half hour mark helped by some sloppy play by Leipzig as they looked to play out of the back, instead handing the ball straight to Ilkay Gundogan who took full advantage to slip in Aguero. The Argentine made no mistake in doubling the hosts lead, knocking the ball past the charging goalkeeper and slotting into an open net.

There would be a moment of panic for the home side late on as Timo Werner capitalised on a scramble in the City box from a corner to momentarily give the German side a glimmer of hope. However, City kept the ball for the remaining few minutes without alarm to progress to the last four of the competition, a feat they have only achieved once before when they lost 1-0 on aggregate to eventual champions Real Madrid in 2016.

They will play Bayern Munich in the semi finals after the German champions needed extra time to beat Lyon away from home in a game that saw Benjamin Pavard sent off for a reckless challenge on Martin Terrier in the first half.

Robert Lewandowski had levelled things on aggregate inside five minutes after a Cruyff turn gave him space on the edge of the box to unleash a powerful left footed strike beyond the goalkeeper.

The sending off rather evened things out and neither side looked like throwing caution to the wind as the prospect of extra time soon became a reality. The deciding goal would come just minutes into the extra period, substitute Philippe Coutinho cleverly dropping a shoulder to turn his marker before finding the back of the net with a deadly accurate shot to the far corner.

Things were much more straightforward for five-time winners Barcelona as they dumped out the last remaining Italian side Atalanta with a 4-1 victory at the Nou Camp. Goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann settled the tie within half an hour, although Josip Ilicic's goal on the stroke of half time gave the travelling supporters something to shout about.

Dreams of a magical comeback were quickly squashed after the break as Arthur Melo made it 7-2 on aggregate to ensure the European giants would make the semi finals for the second year running.

PSG will be their opponents after stunning Atletico Madrid with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the Spanish capital to reach their first ever Champions League semi final.

With little goalmouth action for the majority of the first half, two back heels in the build up allowed Angel Di Maria to run free into the box with seconds to go before the half time whistle. His low shot was saved but the rebound fell kindly for Mauro Icardi who made no mistake in giving PSG the lead. Edinson Cavani, saviour in the first leg, then popped up with two goals in the second half to silence the home crowd and hand his side a place in the last four, an achievement that's alluded them despite the involvement of Qatari investors since 2011.

Neither PSG or Man City have ever made a Champions League final but both could feature in the main event on 30 May, although they will have to get past two teams that between them have won Europe's elite competition 10 times and reached 18 finals.


https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png Barcelona 4-1 Atalantahttps://i.ibb.co/W0v1jn4/1106.png
Messi (7), Suarez (18), Griezmann (28), Arthur (48) - Ilicic (45+1)
Barcelona win 7-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/16h25Nn/865.png Lyon 0-2e Bayern Munich https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png
Lewandowski (4), Coutinho (93), Pavard sent off (21)
Bayern Munich win 2-1 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/P1hmv9M/1666.png Atletico Madrid 0-3 PSG https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png
Icardi (45+1), Cavani (59, 84)
PSG win 5-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png Man City 2-1 Leipzig https://i.ibb.co/pwtqbrh/leipzig-logo-small.png
De Bruyne (17), Aguero (32) - Werner (90)
Man City win 4-3 on aggregate

Semi-Final Draw

https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png Man City vs Bayern Munich https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png
https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png Barcelona vs PSG https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png

Europa League QF 1st Leg


Leverkusen surprise Inter, United earn crucial away goal


All four Europa League ties are still up for grabs following the first leg matches, although Inter Milan will have to overcome a two goal deficit in Germany if they are to qualify after being beaten by Leverkusen on home soil.

Kai Havertz scored one of the goals of the season to take the lead on 11 minutes, picking up the ball just inside the Inter half before running at the Inter defence. His sharp cut inside made space for a shot from 25 yards out which curled into the top corner with what seemed like minimum effort.

Inter dominated the majority of the game but were again undone at the back midway through the second half. Moussa Diaby played a neat one-two with Charles Aranguiz giving him space in the box before shooting low and to the right of the goalkeeper's right hand and into the back of the net.

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against Basel but grabbed a crucial away goal thanks to Mason Greenwood's quick thinking after having the rebound of his own shot fall to his feet inside the box. Samuele Campo ensured that Basel were very much still in this tie at the half way stage, unleashing a half volley that left David De Gea with no chance of stopping it.

Istanbul Basaksehir provided somewhat of a shock in Greece as they beat Olympiakos 1-0 to hold a valuable lead heading back to Turkey. Eljero Elia scored the crucial away goal from a brilliant lone breakaway that saw his speed completely outpace the Olympiakos defence before keeping his composure to slot into the corner.

Sevilla will feel they could have won by more at home to Shakhtar Donetsk but will have to settle for a slender 1-0 advantage heading into the second leg. They wasted a golden opportunity from the spot after VAR was called on for a handball shout, Ever Banega getting underneath his penalty kick and sending it into the crowd. Luuk De Jong's header from a corner proved to be a match winner and they will feel confident heading to Ukraine in a week's time.


https://i.ibb.co/r2GBnY4/981.png Olympiakos 0-1 Istanbul Basaksehir https://i.ibb.co/xMF5zXV/130343.png | Elia (57)
https://i.ibb.co/fn8YrzB/1759.png Sevilla 1-0 Shakhtar https://i.ibb.co/85S0V8L/1895.png | De Jong (72)
https://i.ibb.co/6Pr0QqB/1135.png Inter Milan 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png | Havertz (11), Diaby (65)
https://i.ibb.co/G2Sn1nR/1849.png Basel 1-1 Man United https://i.ibb.co/9NNGVGH/680.png | Campo (63) - Greenwood (19)

Champions League QF 1st Leg


Messi hat trick lights up Quarter Final first leg


Lionel Messi, as he so often does, stole the show during the first round of Quarter Final matches by scoring a superb hat trick to put Barcelona in firm control of their tie with Italian side Atalanta.

The Argentine maestro scored two brilliant free kicks, the second of which came from 30 yards out, to ensure the Spanish giants travel back to the Nou Camp with a healthy advantage and three away goals.

Josip Ilicic had given the home side a glimmer of hope in response to Messi's two first half goals but when Messi lined up a free kick 30 yards out with just over an hour on the clock and curled it beyond the goalkeeper you felt that was the tie done and dusted.

In Munich there was a major shock as Juventus' conquerers Lyon beat Bayern Munich 1-0 thanks to a 57th minute winner from Moussa Dembele.

Lyon had to soak up some serious pressure for the full 90 minutes with Bayern dominating possession but creating very little against a resolute defensive set up. The visitors relied on counter attacks and it eventually paid off, Dembele finding space inside the box before slotting beyond Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, PSG and Atletico Madrid and Leipzig and Man City played out thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draws. In Paris, PSG had to come back from 2-0 down to give them hope of progressing to the semi final in Madrid in a week's time. Joao Felix cut inside and curled a perfect shot into the far corner to open the scoring just before half time before substitute Diego Costa headed in a Kieran Trippier corner to double the advantage.

The introduction of Edison Cavani from the bench changed the momentum of the tie, however, as the striker reacted quickest to Kylian Mbappe's parried shot to half the deficit. Drama soon followed as Cavani thought he had scored the equaliser with just minutes to go only to see it ruled out for offside by VAR. With seconds remaining he did get the equaliser, though, thanks to some neat play by Neymar and Marco Verratti opening up the Atletico defence for him to slam the ball home.

It was a topsy-turvy match between Leipzig and Man City which saw the two star strikers steal the show with a brace apiece. Timo Werner twice put the hosts ahead but Sergio Aguero responded each time, the second coming with just eight minutes left on the clock to set up a mouthwatering second leg in Manchester.


https://i.ibb.co/W0v1jn4/1106.png Atalanta 1-3 Barcelona https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png | Ilicic (41) - Messi (11, 22, 63)
https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png Bayern Munich 0-1 Lyon https://i.ibb.co/16h25Nn/865.png | Dembele (57)
https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png PSG 2-2 Atletico https://i.ibb.co/P1hmv9M/1666.png | Cavani (66, 90+4) - Felix (41), Costa (59)
https://i.ibb.co/pwtqbrh/leipzig-logo-small.png Leipzig 2-2 Man City https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png | Werner (19, 45+3) - Aguero (31, 82)

Going to switch things up a little - I'm going to report on all the cup games through April before doing an update on each league individually covering the whole month. Next up will be the Champions League QF first leg results.