What's trending: Real Madrid beat Man City in Champions League semifinal
Here are the latest stories from Thursday.
REAL MADRID: Cristiano 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 Blancos, writes Jonathan Smith.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
10 - Real Madrid have kept a clean sheet for the 10th time this CL season, equalling the CL record set by Arsenal in 2005-06. Wall.- OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) May 4, 2016
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