Admit it. It’s something that’s happened to you, too. You get psyched about a specific game, maybe it’s a Champions League match. You set the DVR or VCR to record it. You get home and it didn’t record. Or if it did tape, it gets cut off when the match goes to penalties. We’ve all been there, right?
The DVR gods weren’t on my side today as I got home early after feeling sick, deciding to rest in bed to get over my flu, woke up and then discovered that the Manchester United against Inter Milan match hadn’t recorded.
The DVR did tape Barcelona against Lyon, which I wasn’t as excited to watch. Barca eventually won the match 5-2, but many of those goals were gifts from a woeful Lyon who combined horrible marking with poor defending to gift Barcelona some wonderful goalscoring opportunities. Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Keita and Samuel Eto’o took care of the rest.
Back to the Man United match, I heard to experience it through the goal highlights which is often not a fair representation of how a game played out. Manchester United looked clinical in front of goal again, but Inter Milan had their chances too with two attempts that cruelly hit the woodwork.
Feel free to add your thoughts about Man United’s performance and anything I may have missed that you think would be worth mentioning.
Arsenal did well to go through on penalties against Roma, which means that four of the final eight teams in the Champions League will be English sides. What are the chances of an all England final once again?
On to other news, here are several stories that I’ve handpicked for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.
- “‘Hillsborough For Dummies’ – Facts Behind The Disaster” (Hillsborough For Dummies). It was as if this Dummies series was specifically created for one national soccer radio host in the United States. But seriously, this is a must visit site for any soccer fans with a heart who want to learn more about how the 96 people died in 1989 when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in a FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, Hillsborough. The site features a well produced 10 minute video slideshow that focuses on the facts and walks the viewer through what happened on that fateful day. There’s also a must-read 15 page document that goes into more detail about what went wrong on one of the most tragic days in English football history. I learned a lot about what really happened from this. I hope you do too.
- “UEFA Drops ESPN, And Picks Up Fox Sports Latin America For Champions League Coverage” (Fox Sports). Fox wins the first battle against ESPN in Latin America. Expect Fox and ESPN to square up soon when the bidding concludes for the Premier League TV rights in the United States in the next one to two months.
- “FA Announces Timing For Wembley FA Cup Semi-Finals” (The Guardian). On U.S. TV, we’ll get Arsenal or Hull City against Chelsea on Saturday, April 18 at 12:15pm ET, and Everton versus Manchester United on Sunday, April 19 at 11am ET. No decision has been made yet regarding which games will be on Fox Soccer Channel or Setanta Sports.
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