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What's trending: Real Madrid beat Man City in Champions League semifinal

Here are the latest stories from Thursday.

REAL MADRIDCristiano Ronaldo does not believe Real Madrid were lucky to advance past Manchester City to the Champions League final, with the Portuguese striker saying his team were more intense than their opponents over the two legs.

- Real were deserved winners against City, as Gareth Bale led the way for Los Blancoswrites Jonathan Smith.

- Real coach Zinedine Zidane said his team's hard work had paid off as they beat City 1-0 at the Bernabeu to book a Champions League final place against Madrid rivals Atletico.

- Midfielder Luka Modric and defender Pepe were Real's top performers vs. City, with each earning an 8/10 in Rob Train's ratings.

- Bale is a microcosm of the reason Los Blancos keep on making it to European finals and, more often than not, win them, writes Graham Hunter.

MAN CITYManuel Pellegrini insisted City didn't deserve to be knocked out of the Champions League.

- City goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted his side fell short of the performance needed to overcome Real and book the club's first-ever Champions League final on Wednesday, but called Real's decisive goal "very lucky" and claimed City could have easily seen themselves in Milan.

- City quietly exited the Champions League as evidenced by the number of 6/10s in David Mooney's ratings.

- VIDEO: Guardiola's Man City to-do list

ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal's comments that the Liga club played ugly football in their Champions League semifinal.

Miguel Delany looks at five key questions ahead of the San Siro showdown.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned that the Anfield atmosphere can make life "much more difficult for Villarreal than they imagine in this moment" in Thursday's Europa League semifinal second leg.

Divock Origi has said that he is making good progress as he recovers from an ankle injury and hopes to return to Liverpool's starting XI before the end of the season.

- VIDEO: Nicol - Liverpool need another dream performance

VILLARREAL: Villarreal manager Marcelino tried to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool by claiming striker Christian Benteke cost as much as the Spanish club's entire income last season.

LEICESTER: Leicester City defied seemingly insurmountable odds to win the English Premier League this season, and the city's ancient past, deep-rooted traditions and increasingly diverse fan base make it a richly complicated place, writes Wright Thompson.

MAN UNITEDManchester United have moved a step closer to securing a deal for Benfica's wonderkid Renato Sanches, according to the Express, who cite Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

- United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester City defender Robert Huth have both been given three-match bans by the Football Association after accepting violent conduct charges.

TOTTENHAM: Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele looks to be facing a lengthy ban after the Football Association charged him with violent conduct and said a standard three-game suspension "is clearly insufficient."

- After their Premier League dream ended, Tottenham must regroup and use the lessons of history to build on a fine season, writes Rory Smith.

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle United have released midfielders Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux with two matches of the season remaining despite the club still battling for survival in the Premier League.

North American Soccer League: Joe Cole has signed with the North American Soccer League (NASL) Tampa Bay Rowdies, the club announced on Wednesday.

RIVER PLATE: River Plate's quest to repeat as Copa Libertadores champions was thwarted by Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle in the round of 16.

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