What's trending: Atletico knock out Barcelona, Rashford inspires United
Here are the latest stories from Thursday.
- For the second time in three seasons, Barcelona's Champions League campaign has ended at the quarterfinal stage, at the hands of Atletico Madrid. Samuel Marsden's player ratings.
- Spanish media was full of praise for Atletico Madrid's fighting spirit as they ended Barcelona's hopes of a second consecutive Treble.
- Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta and defender Gerard Pique have acknowledged that the players are suffering a major dip in form at just the wrong time this season.
- Atletico Madrid are deservedly moving on to the Champions League semifinals, but they do so at the expense of a drained and bewildered Barcelona, writes Graham Hunter.
- Antoine Griezmann and Saul were both superb in leading Atletico Madrid past Barcelona, and fully deserving of their 9/10s in Joe Walker's ratings, while Simeone's plan worked to perfection to end Barcelona's dream of a historic double Treble, writes Dermot Corrigan.
- United manager Van Gaal said sealing a place in the FA Cup semifinals was not important for him personally -- but was for the club as a whole.
- Marcus Rashford and David De Gea each excelled for Man United vs. West Ham, the former an 8/10 and the latter a 9/10 in Musa Okwonga's ratings.
- WATCH: Van Gaal -- I told Rashford to shoot
BAYERN MUNICH: Pep Guardiola complimented his Bayern Munich team's stability over the years, saying "[we] are always there," after the team advanced to the Champions League semifinals with a 3-2 aggregate win vs. Benfica.
- Guardiola said he feels sorry for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo after guiding Bayern into the Champions League last four.
- Arturo Vidal turned in a powerful display as Bayern Munich advanced to the Champions League semifinals, writes Mark Lovell in his player ratings.
- Emboldened Benfica gave Bayern Munich a stern test, but the German champions' experience shone through as they progress to the Champions League semis, writes Stephan Uersfeld.
- Benzema's lawyer has voiced his displeasure with French prime minister Manuel Valls following the decision not to select him for Euro 2016.
IVORY COAST: The Didier Drogba Foundation is to be investigated by the Charity Commission over "serious regulatory concerns," but the former Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast international vehemently denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to take legal action over a report by the Daily Mail which sparked the probe.
- TRANSFER TALK: N'Golo Kante has a £20 million buy-out clause in his Leicester contract, according to the Daily Mail, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham circling ahead of a summer move.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could be back in full training next week, while Jack Wilshere will continue his return to fitness by playing with the under-21s again Thursday.
- A string of Manchester City stars make our Champions League Team of the Week after Manuel Pellegrini's men reached the semifinals for the first time in their history.
- City have got it right on the pitch but off it, there's still work to be done regarding ticket prices, says David Mooney.
MLS: Fatai Alashe and Chris Wondolowski scored to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Wednesday night.
0 - Lionel Messi has not shot on target for the first time in a #UCL game since April 2014, against Atlético too. Neutralized.- OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 13, 2016
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