SOCCER

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will have to play much better if they’re to reach this season’s Champions League semi-finals.

They lost the first leg of their quarter-final 3-1 away to Real Madrid last night.

Mo Salah scored what could prove a vital away goal, but a Vinicius Junior brace ensured they’ll have a mountain to climb at Anfield next week.

The Liverpool boss says they’ll need to cut out the costly errors they made in Madrid, if they’re to progress to the last four:

 

 

Meanwhile, Manchester City will take a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund with them to Germany.

Phil Foden’s last minute goal swung the tie in City’s favour at the Etihad.

Tonight, Porto and Chelsea meet in the neutral city of Seville due to travel restrictions.

While last year’s champions Bayern Munich welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Allianz Arena.

Both games kick off at 8.

 

Norwich City thrashed Huddersfield by 7-goals to nil last night to edge closer to a Premier League return.

Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick, with the Canaries needing just five more points to secure promotion.

Elsewhere last night, Brentford and Birmingham played out a goalless draw.

Brentford have condemned racist abuse aimed at their striker Ivan Toney following the game.

Toney highlighted a message sent to him on Instagram which included the word “monkey”. The west London club says they “stand with Ivan, and all those who continue to suffer abuse online.”

 

The 12 host cities for this summer’s European championships must tell UEFA today the intended minimum number of fans that will be allowed in each stadium.

The FA hope to have at least 45-thousand fans at Wembley for the semi’s and final, while at least 10-thousand supporters will attend the group games.

But the Irish government says it’s still not in a position to provide assurances over people going to games in Dublin.

 

RUGBY

Munster are trying desperately to hold onto their senior coach Stephen Larkham, according to reports this morning. The Australian, who signed a three-year contract at Thomond Park when he arrived in 2019, is wanted by the Waratahs in his home country.

Munster exited the Champions Cup on Saturday after a 40-33 defeat to French giants Toulouse.

SNOOKER

Ken Doherty’s World Championship challenge ended before it began last night.

The 1997 Crucible champion lost his first round qualifier 6-4 to Lee Walker.

There’s an all-Irish battle of the Fergals this morning, with Dubliner Fergal O’Brien taking on County Tyrone’s Fergal Quinn.

Antrim teenager Robbie McGuigan faces Mitchell Mann.

While Stephen Hendry’s comeback continues against Xu Si.

GOLF

Rory McIlroy says this week’s Masters is just a step along the road of rebuilding his game. McIlroy will play alongside two of the world’s top-six on Thursday at Augusta, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele.

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry will spend Thursday in the company of Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar (PRON: KOO-CHUR).



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