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What's trending: Atletico knock out Barcelona, Rashford inspires United

Here are the latest stories from Thursday.

BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted the better team had won after his team crashed out of the Champions League.

- 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.

- WATCH: Enrique -- We need to analyse ourselves

ALETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said his team had never stopped believing and stuck to their plan after his team beat Barcelona 2-0. The semifinal draw will take place on Friday.

- 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.

MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal earned yet another vital win, and Manchester United's hopes of silverware live on after they beat West Ham 2-1 in the FA Cup, writes John Brewin.

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 MUNICHPep 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.

WATCH: Nicol -- No one wants to play Bayern

BORUSSIA DORTMUND:  Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has pledged to hold nothing back with his team set to attack Liverpool from the off at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool striker Divock Origi has said he has learned from watching teammate Daniel Sturridge closely in training.

FRANCE:  Karim Benzema will not be part of the France squad at Euro 2016, the French Football Federation has confirmed.

- Benzema's lawyer has voiced his displeasure with French prime minister Manuel Valls following the decision not to select him for Euro 2016.

EVERTON:Jurgen Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer have both denied a report Wednesday that linked the national team coach to the manager position at Everton.

IVORY COASTThe 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.

CHELSEAEden Hazard has dismissed reports that Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign him from Chelsea this summer and insisted that he is happy at Stamford Bridge.

- 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.

REAL MADRID: A berth in the Champions League semifinals and an outside chance at a La Liga title has Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane on the upswing, writes Eduardo Alvarez.

ARSENALArsene 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.

MAN CITY: Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has no plans to leave the club, according to the player's agent.

- 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.

WEST HAMWest Ham will pay £2.5 million a season to play 25 games at the Olympic Stadium, according to documents published on Thursday.

LEICESTER: The Premier League has removed referee Kevin Friend from officiating Tottenham Hotspur's crucial match at Stoke on Monday... because he is a Leicester City fan.

MLS: Fatai Alashe and Chris Wondolowski scored to help the San Jose Earthquakes beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Wednesday night.



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