The Week in Sport (17-23 Apr)

It is time for another recap of The Week in Sport with action including Munster and Leinster both falling to defeat in the European Champions Cup, while Chelsea and Arsenal set up an all-London FA Cup final.

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick helped Real Madrid hold off a Bayern Munich fight back to book their place in the semi-finals with a 4-2 victory after extra time, while Kylian M’Bappe was on the score sheet once again as Monaco saw off Borussia Dortmund 3-1.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick helped Real Madrid hold off a Bayern fight back
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There was to be no repeat of Barcelona’s heroics in the last round as Juventus remain on course for a first European Cup in 21 years with a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp, while Saul Niguez scored the only goal as Atletico dumped out Leicester 1-0. More details here.

The draw for the semi-finals was made on Friday and it will see a repeat of last year’s final as Atletico Madrid face holders Real Madrid, while Monaco will take on Juventus.

Marcus Rashford scored an extra time winner for Man United in a 2-1 win over Anderlecht and they will now face Celta Vigo in the semi-finals, after the Spanish side’s first leg win helped them through following a 1-1 draw at Genk.

French side Lyon knocked out Beskitas 7-6 on penalties, after a 2-1 win for the Turkish side in the second leg. They will meet Ajax in the semis, as they advanced on the away goals rule despite a 3-2 extra time loss to Schalke.

Chelsea booked their spot in the FA Cup final after they edged out Premier League title rivals Tottenham 4-2 in the semi-finals, while Alexis Sanchez scored an extra time winner as Arsenal beat Man City 2-1 to reach a third final in four years. Read more here.

In the Premier League, Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since January as Man United beat Burnley 2-0 to keep their top four hopes alive, while Bournemouth thrashed Middlesbrough 4-0 to push Boro closer to the drop. More week 34 results here.

Lionel Messi’s last gasp winner gave Barcelona the bragging rights in El Clasico, as the Argentine’s 500th goal for the club saw Barcelona beat ten-man Real Madrid 3-2 to go top of La Liga.

In Serie A, Juventus made it 33 home games unbeaten with a 4-0 thrashing of Genoa, Mauro Icardi’s hat-trick was not enough for Inter who lost to Fiorentina 5-4 and five goals inside 26 minutes helped Lazio beat Palermo 6-2.

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich went four games without a win as Thiago Alcantara rescued a 2-2 draw against Mainz, while Borussia Dortmund edge out Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 to move back into the top three.

Kylian M’Bappe was on the score sheet again as Ligue 1 leaders Monaco beat Lyon 2-1, but PSG kept the pressure on the leaders as goals from Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria helped them to a 2-0 win over Montpellier.

Brighton have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time as Chris Hughton’s side sealed promotion with a 2-1 win over Wigan and Huddersfield could only draw at Derby.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was named the PFA’s Player of the Year in a ceremony on Sunday night, while Spurs’ Dele Alli won the Young player of the year for the second season in a row.

In sad news, Former England defender and Tottenham Under 23’s coach Ugo Ehigou has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club’s training ground on Thursday afternoon. He was 44.

Man United have been dealt a double injury blow with news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Rojo are set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after both suffered knee ligament damage in Man United’s Europa League win over Anderlecht.

In other news, Harry Redknapp is back in management after taking over from Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham, while Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Mako Vunipola’s try helped Saracens end Munster’s Champions Cup dream
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Rugby

Defending champions Saracens booked their spot in the European Champions Cup final, as tries from Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles helped them overcome a strong Munster challenge 26-10 to reach a third final in four years.

Clermont Auvergne will meet the reigning champions in the final on 13 May, as early tries from Peceli Yato and David Strettle helped them survive a Leinster comeback to clinch a 27-22 victory to keep hopes a first European Champions Cup alive.

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has named his squad for their tour of New Zealand, with Wales back row Sam Warburton captaining the side and England’s Dylan Hartley missing out in the 41 man selection.

Horse Racing

Our Duke lived up to his favourite tag as the Jessica Harrington trained racehorse stormed to victory in the Irish Grand National, with Gordon Elliot’s Bless The Wings in second and Ellmarie Holden-trained Abolitionist third.

Vicente made up for his early fall in the Aintree Grand National as Sam Twiston-Davies edged out his father on Cogry to win the Scottish Grand National to the second year running at Ayr.

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