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Barca wait on Messi, Real and Bayern smell semis

 

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have one foot in the Champions League last four as they go into this week’s quarter-final second legs while Barcelona face a harder fight for their berth with doubts over the availability of injured Lionel Messi.

With Real holding a comfortable 3-0 lead over Galatasaray before Tuesday’s trip to Istanbul and Bayern travelling to Juventus with a 2-0 advantage on Wednesday, two semi-final spots seem already taken.

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Omonia and AEK close gap on Cyprus league leaders

Comprehensive 3-0 victories for both Omonia and AEK over APOEL and Anorthosis respectively blew the title race wide open as the gap between the league leaders and Omonia in fourth position is now reduced to 10 points with five matches remaining.

“We took advantage of their mistakes and deservedly won the match. When you have an opponent like APOEL, beating them without conceding a goal is a great achievement. We were passionate and thirsty for success,” said Omonia coach Toni Savevski.

“My players are … staying focused as we still have a difficult battle ahead of us,” he added.

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OBITUARY-Iron Lady Thatcher changed face of Britain

Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, was a towering figure in British 20th century politics, a grocer’s daughter with a steely resolve who was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions and privatised vast swathes of industry.

She died on Monday, aged 87, after suffering a stroke. During her life in politics Some worshipped her as a moderniser who transformed the country, others bitterly accused her of entrenching the divide between the rich and the poor.

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"Iron lady" Margaret Thatcher has died

Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who dominated British politics for two decades, died on Monday following a stroke, a spokesman for her family said. She was 87.

Britain’s only woman prime minister, the tough, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century.

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Cyprus remain in Davis Cup Group II despite Baghdatis absence

 

Cyprus secured Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II participation in 2014, after Petros Chrysochos defeated Magloire Yakpa 6-1, 6-1, 6-0, to help his side claim a 3-2 victory over Benin on Sunday, at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia.

“I felt much more pressure than I did on Friday, but fortunately everything went well and we won,” said Chrysochos who turned 17 yesterday.

After winning the doubles on Saturday alongside Rares Cuzdriorean, Baghdatis was advised to pull out of Sunday’s reverse singles as a precaution, having recently been sidelined with a right shoulder injury.

Had he played, Baghdatis would have had the chance to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of 33 successive Davis Cup singles victories. 

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