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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Everton 3 Oldham 1 (THE SUN)



GHOSTING IN ... Mirallas finds too much space to slot home the first goal
GHOSTING IN ... Mirallas finds too much space to slot home the first goal
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KEVIN MIRALLAS ended a five-month goal drought to help Everton see off Oldham and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Belgian struck after the Toffees negotiated a sticky first 15 minutes before Leighton Baines and Leon Osman put them three up.
But the brave Latics fought back through Matt Smith who once again headed himself into FA Cup history.
Everton, though, proved too tough a test for the visitors and managed to hold on to see the game out comfortably.
The League One side settled well but in the 15th minute Mirallas freed himself to tap home Darron Gibson’s cross.
Oldham nearly struck straight back through former Everton youngster Jose Baxter but his curling shot hit the post with Tim Howard beaten.
After the ball was played back into the Toffees’ box Phil Jagielka’s clearance bounced onto Gibson’s arm, but the Latics’ appeals were waved away.
SPOT ON ... Baines adds a second for Everton
SPOT ON ... Baines adds a second for Everton
In-form left-back Baines almost added a second with a brilliant low drive but Dean Bouzanis saved well.
Referee Michael Oliver was again involved 34 minutes in when he awarded a penalty after Connor Brown needlessly handled in the area.
And Baines stepped up to drive past Bouzanis who did well to get a hand to the ball but failed to keep it out.
Nikica Jelavic and Phil Jagielka had chances either side of half-time but neither could keep their effort down and trouble the goal.
Oldham made changes to shake up the game with the giant Matt Smith hoping to continue his superb cup scoring run.
But it was Lee Croft who missed a chance to pull one back as Oldham improved.
And Leon Osman made the visitors pay as his flick header squirmed agonisingly past Bouzanis who, to be fair, was distracted by Jelavic.
The Premier League side looked to be cruising but Smith refused to let his FA Cup dreams die without having a say.
The substitute capitalised on some poor marking just after the hour mark to head home from close range and spark hopes of an unlikely revival.
Gibson missed a chance to seal the win as he blazed high and wide but Everton held on to set up an all Premier League tie with Wigan.


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4814564/Everton-3-1-Oldham-Match-report-and-pictures.html#ixzz2M30yCvAQ

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3 (THE SUN)



Real Madrid win 4-2 on aggregate

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos
YOU'RE THE RON ... Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his opener with Sergio Ramos
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WHO would have thought it?

Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to the Copa Del Rey final with a double that floored Barca.
But it was the sheer scale of Madrid’s win that was stunning.
Raphael Varane made it three midway through the second half and it seemed like the end of an era.
Jordi Alba’s late consolation for Barcelona did nothing to change the impression.
Sir Alex Ferguson was here to spy on Madrid ahead of their trip to Manchester United next week. Ronaldo’s supershow has sent a shiver down Fergie’s spine.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Pinto
FANCY A PINT ... Cristiano Ronaldo send Jose Pinto the wrong way from the penalty spot
This triumph relieved the pressure on boss Jose Mourinho. It also plunged Barcelona into a full-blown crisis on a night of high drama at this vast venue.
Regardless of the result in Saturday’s Clasico in La Liga at the Bernabeu, Madrid will come to Old Trafford next Tuesday buzzing and full of belief.
Fergie sitting alongside No 2 Mike Phelan must have been stunned to see the ease with which Barcelona collapsed.
Madrid came here chasing the result after drawing 1-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg – just like they have to do against United.
Raphael Varane
VAR OUT, DUDE ... Raphael Varane heads Real Madrid's third goal
Led by the unstoppable Ronaldo, Mourinho’s men put on a show of tremendous organisation and discipline.
Yes it was controversial as Barcelona were denied a first-half penalty but the Catalans never took control.
This was probably Mourinho’s biggest win since he took charge at the Bernabeu three years ago given his team’s woeful season in La Liga where Barcelona have stormed 16 points clear of Madrid.
But this emphatic triumph proved they are far from finished and United’s task to get through next week will be a gigantic one.
Jordi Alba
THAT'S AL FOLKS ... Jordi Alba's late goal was little consolation for the hosts
Ronaldo put Madrid ahead on aggregate from the spot on 13 minutes after Gerard Pique brought him down in the box.
That opener sapped Barca’s confidence. They did not enjoy the occasion because they were not in control. For all they tried they could not actually find a consistent rhythm.
After 34 minutes Pedro was pushed by Xabi Alonso and fell in the box but the ref did not give the penalty.
The tie was decided 11 minutes into the restart as Ronaldo tapped home the second leaving Barca needing three goals to go through.
Varane’s 68th-minute header left the Nou Camp numb and Mourinho hugged the youngster and danced on the touchline in wild celebration.
Real Madrid
WE'RE BETTER THAN NOU ... Madrid players celebrate their victory
Alba grabbed a late consolation for Barcelona but frankly the Catalans will take a long time to recover from this shock.
When his team needed it most Mourinho’s men delivered. Whether it proves a turning point in his Bernabeu tenure it remains to be seen.
But this astonishing result has given Madrid a great chance of a trophy.
The piece of silverware they really want is their 10th Champions League. Boosted by this performance Ronaldo & Co will certainly be hard to stop for United.
Who would bet against the Special One running down the touchline towards the corner flag in celebration at Old Trafford AGAIN next week?
Carlos Puyol and Lionel Messi
IT'S ALL A MESS ... Carlos Puyol and Lionel Messi walk off the pitch dejected
Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Puyol, Pique, Alba, Xavi (Thiago 77), Busquets, Fabregas (Villa 59), Pedro (Tello 71), Messi, Iniesta
Real Madrid: Lopez, Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Alonso (Essien 83), Di Maria, Ozil (Pepe 73), Ronaldo, Higuain (Callejon 69)


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4814541/Barcelona-1-3-Real-Madrid-Match-report.html#ixzz2M30pT77M

Cristiano reina en casa de Messi (MARCA)


EL PORTUGUÉS DECIDE Y AL ARGENTINO PASA INADVERTIDO


26/02/13 - 22:54.
Partidazo con mayúsculas de Cristiano Ronaldo en el Camp Nou. En una noche en la que a Messi casi ni se le vio, el portugués volvió a reivindicarse a los ojos de todo el mundo con una exhibición coronada por dos goles.
Cristiano se multiplicó, trajo en jaque a la defensa azulgrana y su actuación resultó decisiva para meter al Real Madrid en la final. Primero, provocando un penalti de Piqué que él mismo transformó en gol para encarrilar la eliminatoria.
El crack portugués apareció por todo el frente del ataque y sus galopadas sembraron el pánico en la zaga culé. De hecho, Piqué y Puyol vieron la cartulina amarilla tras sendas entradas a Ronaldo.
Apenas hubo noticias de Messi más allá de un libre directo antes del descanso que salió rozando el poste.

EL MADRID HUMILLA AL BARCELONA (MARCA)


Barcelona
1
3
R. Madrid
R. Madrid
LOS DE MOURINHO ALCANZAN LA FINAL DE COPA TRAS GOLPEAR A DOMICILIO A SU ETERNO RIVAL Y DEJARLO MUY TOCADO

El Madrid humilla al Barça

[foto de la noticia]
El Real Madrid se mete en la final de la Copa del Rey tras superar con claridad a un Barça que volvió a estar desconocido. Tras un buen arranque del Barça, el Real Madrid controló a su gusto a los culés, esperando su momento. El primero llegó en el minuto 12, en una contra de Cristiano Ronaldo que acabó derribado por Piqué en el área. El portugués materializó el penalti e hizo el segundo en el minuto 57, tras culminar otro contragolpe, esta vez de Di María. Varaneculminó la goleada y su gran eliminatoria con otro espectacular remate de cabeza. Jordi Alba hizo el de la honra en el 89'. El Barça, tras la derrota en Milan suma un nuevo varapalo que le deja tocado.

Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid


Barcelona
1
3
R. Madrid
R. Madrid
LOS DE MOURINHO ALCANZAN LA FINAL DE COPA TRAS GOLPEAR A DOMICILIO A SU ETERNO RIVAL Y DEJARLO MUY TOCADO

El Madrid humilla al Barça

[foto de la noticia]
El Real Madrid se mete en la final de la Copa del Rey tras superar con claridad a un Barça que volvió a estar desconocido. Tras un buen arranque del Barça, el Real Madrid controló a su gusto a los culés, esperando su momento. El primero llegó en el minuto 12, en una contra de Cristiano Ronaldo que acabó derribado por Piqué en el área. El portugués materializó el penalti e hizo el segundo en el minuto 57, tras culminar otro contragolpe, esta vez de Di María. Varaneculminó la goleada y su gran eliminatoria con otro espectacular remate de cabeza. Jordi Alba hizo el de la honra en el 89'. El Barça, tras la derrota en Milan suma un nuevo varapalo que le deja tocado.

Monday, February 25, 2013

ATP RANKING - TENNIS


Rank, Name & NationalityPointsWeek ChangeTourn Played
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB)12,960019
2 Federer, Roger (SUI)9,855020
3 Murray, Andy (GBR)8,480020
4 Ferrer, David (ESP)6,865026
5 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)5,755019
6 Berdych, Tomas (CZE)4,545024
7 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG)4,410022
8 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)3,660026
9 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB)3,125029
10 Gasquet, Richard (FRA)2,880024
11 Cilic, Marin (CRO)2,535126
12 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP)2,480-125
13 Simon, Gilles (FRA)2,390027
14 Monaco, Juan (ARG)2,220124
15 Isner, John (USA)2,125127
16 Nishikori, Kei (JPN)2,100623
17 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI)2,050022
18 Raonic, Milos (CAN)2,050-424
19 Haas, Tommy (GER)1,815-123
20 Seppi, Andreas (ITA)1,730-128
21 Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER)1,720-126
22 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR)1,715125
23 Querrey, Sam (USA)1,695-226
24 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)1,525024
25 Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)1,401024
26 Janowicz, Jerzy (POL)1,371023
27 Klizan, Martin (SVK)1,270128
28 Mayer, Florian (GER)1,260130
29 Anderson, Kevin (RSA)1,260125
30 Benneteau, Julien (FRA)1,235126
31 Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS)1,210125
32 Fish, Mardy (USA)1,170118
33 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)1,137123
34 Granollers, Marcel (ESP)1,125127
35 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)1,1251229
36 Baghdatis, Marcos (CYP)1,115024
37 Bellucci, Thomaz (BRA)1,032126
38 Paire, Benoit (FRA)1,030130
39 Matosevic, Marinko (AUS)9551429
40 Stepanek, Radek (CZE)950-322
41 Zeballos, Horacio (ARG)950028
42 Istomin, Denis (UZB)9302132
43 Fognini, Fabio (ITA)930130
44 Troicki, Viktor (SRB)925-229
45 Tomic, Bernard (AUS)920128
46 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS)915-325
47 Andujar, Pablo (ESP)900-231
48 Haase, Robin (NED)845231
49 Melzer, Jurgen (AUT)835-2226
50 Malisse, Xavier (BEL)826-226
51 Goffin, David (BEL)820-225
52 Baker, Brian (USA)800022
53 Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN)790129
54 Gimeno-Traver, Daniel (ESP)788432
55 Bautista Agut, Roberto (ESP)788225
56 Ramos, Albert (ESP)785-131
57 Lorenzi, Paolo (ITA)785-135
58 Hanescu, Victor (ROU)778127
59 Falla, Alejandro (COL)776130
60 Zemlja, Grega (SLO)772224
61 Rosol, Lukas (CZE)749430
62 Dodig, Ivan (CRO)743-127
63 Muller, Gilles (LUX)739726
64 Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA)728223
65 Bolelli, Simone (ITA)725230
66 Giraldo, Santiago (COL)718224
67 Llodra, Michael (FRA)703-1619
68 Lu, Yen-Hsun (TPE)700428
69 Soeda, Go (JPN)699429
70 Lacko, Lukas (SVK)697427
71 Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)680525
72 Russell, Michael (USA)6791428
73 Kuznetsov, Andrey (RUS)671724
74 Sijsling, Igor (NED)666-324
75 Berlocq, Carlos (ARG)660231
76 Harrison, Ryan (USA)659-723
77 Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)657522
78 Kavcic, Blaz (SLO)653129
79 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)6351620
80 Ito, Tatsuma (JPN)624329
81 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)614331
82 Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)606-727
83 Kubot, Lukasz (POL)605-224
84 Rufin, Guillaume (FRA)603125
85 Becker, Benjamin (GER)595-2129
86 Nalbandian, David (ARG)585-818
87 Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)584017
88 Pella, Guido (ARG)584025
89 Montanes, Albert (ESP)575125
90 Kamke, Tobias (GER)567228
91 Alund, Martin (ARG)563229
92 Tursunov, Dmitry (RUS)5622722
93 Sousa, Joao (POR)556-430
94 Hajek, Jan (CZE)544-324
95 Levine, Jesse (CAN)543-126
96 Ramirez Hidalgo, Ruben (ESP)543031
97 Brands, Daniel (GER)542023
98 Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)540915
99 Blake, James (USA)5381020
100 Cipolla, Flavio (ITA)529-128