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Alex Broun 26/04/2018
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Good morning – Alex Broun on deck and here is all you need to know this morning

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Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday.

Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.

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In other football news Dejan Lovren says that Mohammed Salah is now level with Messi and Ronaldo after another masterclass in the Champions League semi-final against Roma.

Arsenal host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final of the Europa League tonight and Diego Simeone says Diego Costa will be fit to start.

Zinedine Zidane has also cast fresh doubts over Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid.

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Amabati Rayudu was again the star with a swash-buckling 80 as Chennai Super Kings over-hauled the Royal Challengers Bangalore mammoth 8-205 in last night’s IPL.

Meanwhile David Gowers fears the ECB’s plans for 100-ball cricket are 12-years late.

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Al Ain’s treble dreams remain alive and kicking after 6-0 President’s Cup thrashing of Shabab Al Ahli while UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa secures third place finish on stage one of Tour de Romandie.

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James shone against his former teammates, but ended up on the losing side.

James shone against his former teammates, but ended up on the losing side.

James Rodriguez played with a point to prove on Wednesday against Real Madrid, technically still his employers until he turns his two-year loan agreement into a permanent deal at Bayern Munich.

Rodriguez got an assist in an excellent performance, but was on the losing side in Munich’s 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Here’s a closer look at how the Colombian fared.

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Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils captain and Bayern Munich v Real Madrid build up

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Hello – it is Niall McCague giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this evening.

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Delhi Daredevils’ Gautam Gambhir has decided to step down from the captaincy of the franchise after the side’s poor start to the IPL season.

The Delhi-based outfit have won just one and lost five matches in their campaign so far and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the eight-team table.

In a press conference on Wednesday attended by Gambhir and head coach Ricky Ponting, the outfit announced young Shreyas Iyer as the new skipper of the side.

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The build up to tonight’s semi-final first leg clash between European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Real Madrid continues on Sport360.com.

Zinedine Zidane insists James Rodriguez has nothing to prove to him when the Colombian faces Los Blancos with Bayern at the Allianz Arena.

James has shone at Bayern since Zidane let him leave Real on a two-year loan deal last July at the end of three often difficult seasons in Madrid.

In other news ahead of the Allianz Arena match-up, read our in-depth player comparison guide and tactical focus on the challenges facing Zidane and Jupp Heynckes.

Meanwhile, midfield great Xabi Alonso – who of course turned out for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern – discusses his split loyalties over who he wants to win this year’s competition. Watch the video, HERE.

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In the IPL this evening, India current and former captains will go head-to-head in the IPL when Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Both sides come into the clash on the back of impressive wins, but it sthe Super Kings who are the in-form team with four wins from five matches so far.

As mentioned above, Gautam Gambhir has stood down as skipper of the Daredevils.

Elsewhere, India and Pakistan will face off at Old Trafford on June 16, 2019.

The two subcontinent giants will meet one another in Manchester for the first time since the 2016 Champions Trophy final, in which the Men in Green won.

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Fresh from winning the Arabian Gulf League title on Sunday, Al Ain continue their pursuit of a treble.

The Boss will face off against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club in the semi-finals of the President’s Cup tonight at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (18:00).

In the build-up to tonight’s eagerly anticipated encounter, our man Matt Jones spoke to rising Al Ain star Rayan Yaslam.

In the other semi-final, Al Wahda take on Al Wasl at Al Ain’s Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium.

Meanwhile, in cycling news, UAE Team Emirates’ Yousif Mirza has been awarded the Outstanding UAE Athlete of 2017 prize, on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Mirza overcame stiff competition from 541 other nominated athletes, across 28 sports, to scoop the prestigious prize – adding to an already extraordinary year for the Emirati cyclist.

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Our man Chris Bailey looks ahead to the NFL draft.

Who will New England Patriots’ pick as Tom Brady’s successor in a quarterback-packed draft.

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Football: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid – 22:45

Cricket: Royal Challengers v Super Kings – 18:30

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Salah the star of the show for Liverpool and more in today's Daily Digest

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Hello – it is Stuart Appleby giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this morning.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (11) celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with team mates Jordan Henderson and Trent Alex Arnold of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Liverpool and A.S. Roma at Anfield on April 24, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World-class performance: Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool‘s giant step towards a first Champions League final for 13 years was marred by a likely season-ending injury to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that could also rule the England international out of the upcoming World Cup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had to be stretchered off after just 18 minutes of Liverpool’s 5-2 semi-final, first leg victory over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

“The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp’s men looked certain for the final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane’s strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.

However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury soured Klopp’s mood.

“It looks like this unfortunately,” added Klopp when asked if the player’s season was over.

“That’s the reason I’m not flying mood wise. We lost a fantastic player tonight.”

Read more reaction from Klopp, HERE.

We also bring you expert post-match analysis from our team of writers, with player ratings, an in-depth look at Salah and a more general take on the game, meaning we have every base covered from an eventful night at Anfield.

Stretched off: Liverpool and England star Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Stretched off: Liverpool and England star Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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The build up to tonight’s mouthwatering first leg clash between European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Real Madrid continues on Sport360.com.

Zinedine Zidane insists James Rodriguez has nothing to prove to him when the Colombian faces Los Blancos with Bayern in their Champions League semi-final.

James has shone at Bayern since Zidane let him leave Real on a two-year loan deal last July at the end of three often difficult seasons in Madrid.

In other news ahead of the Allianz Arena match-up, read our in-depth player comparison guide and tactical focus on the challenges facing Zidane and Jupp Heynckes.

Meanwhile, midfield great Xabi Alonso – who of course turned out for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern – discusses his split loyalties over who he wants to win this year’s competition. Watch the video, HERE.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa is set to be fit to face Arsenal in their Europa League semi-final first leg at the Emirates on Thursday evening while we reveal the highest-earning players in Ligue 1.

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In the IPL last night, the Mumbai Indians’ hopes of reaching the play-offs appear in tatters after a humbling 31-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad, in which they returned their lowest-ever total – 87 – with the bat.

Our man Alex Broun followed the encounter and brings you all you need to know, HERE.

In other news – and in case it escaped your attention – it was Sachin Tendulkar’s 45th birthday yesterday! But how did the Indian icon celebrate? Read more about the Little Master’s celebrations!

Meanwhile, two of England’s biggest names have had their say on controversial plans for a new 100-ball limited-overs competition.

Test captain Joe Root believes the England and Wales Cricket Board’s proposal could actually help attract a new audience to Test cricket while the nation’s all-time leading run-scorer Alastair Cook said he fears for the long-term future of five-day Tests if the new format gets the green light for 2020.

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The Champions League is of course dominating the headlines – and rightly so – but there’s some big football action tonight in the UAE.

Al Ain, fresh from capturing the Arabian Gulf League title on Saturday after a thumping 4-0 triumph away at Al Nasr, now continue their pursuit of an unprecedented treble.

The Boss have the President’s Cup on their mind as they go up against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club in the semi-final of the competition.

As ever, our reporter Matt Jones has everything you need to know ahead of the match in Abu Dhabi and spoke to rising talent Rayan Yaslam. Read more, HERE.

In other news, Zahoor Khan and Fahad Nawaz were among the bowlers who impressed with the ball as the UAE made it four wins out of four and qualified for the second round of the World Twenty20 qualifying campaign.

Their 43-run victory against minnows Maldives on Tuesday maintained their 100 per cent record in the ICC Asia Regional qualifiers in Kuwait and are assured of a place in the next stage of the competition.

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Our reporter Matt Jones has been a busy man – and nothing escaped his attention at Anfield last night!

Like Mohamed Salah, he covered every blade of grass following the Egyptian’s fortunes during Liverpool’s success – and he brings you analysis from the Kop star’s latest world-beating display.

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Mohamed Salah gave a perfect performance against Roma

Mohamed Salah netted a brace.

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Twitter went into Champions League overdrive last night! Read our full round-up HERE and check out some of the Tweets below.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

Football: Bayern Munich v Real Madrid – 22:45

Cricket: Royal Challengers v Super Kings – 18:30

Tennis: Barcelona Open – from 13:00

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