Jesse Lingard will be welcomed back at Manchester United following his prolific loan stint at West Ham, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The midfielder has revived his career since moving to the London Stadium until the end of the season in January, registering three assists anRead More »
The Real Madrid team bus had a window smashed en route to Anfield for tonight’s Uefa Champions League quarter-final tie against Liverpool. Real’s bus was hit by at least one projectile as it made its way to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium, with one window smashed. Video posted on social media showed the broken glass being cleaned away from a window on the right-hand side of the vehicle outside Anfield.
Liverpool must pull off another famous European comeback at Anfield tonight if they are to knock out Real Madrid and reach the Uefa Champions League semi-finals. A 3-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real in Spain means Liverpool have it all to do in the second leg of their quarter-final tie - though Mohamed Salah’s away goal will give the Reds hope of setting up a last-four battle with Chelsea. It has been a disappointing season for Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions, with injuries and a loss of form leaving Liverpool likely to end the season empty-handed.
Northern Ireland’s most capped player, Julie Nelson, said her club was “inundated” with messages from girls wanting to take up football hours after the team qualified for Euro 2022. Kenny Shiels’ part-time outfit, ranked 49th in the world, made history by sealing qualification for next year’s championship, their first major tournament, with a 2-0 victory over Ukraine on Tuesday night. The win was all the more memorable for Nelson given that the match took place at Belfast’s Seaview stadium, the home of Crusaders Strikers, the club where she has spent the majority of her career. The 35-year-old, who will return to her day job at Ulster University’s sports centre on Thursday, said the momentous occasion was “the icing on the cake” of her 17-year international career, adding that it was already inspiring the next generation of female footballers in the country. “I was speaking to one of the girls from my club earlier on today and she said they’ve been inundated with messages this morning about girls wanting to take up football, so that’s just incredible to hear already,” Nelson told Telegraph Sport. “We hope through this journey into the Euros next summer that that continues to happen and that we can continue to be an inspiration for those girls coming through.” Nelson earned her 115th cap for her country in the historic win to continue a fairytale journey which began in 2004 against Portugal in the Algarve Cup. That match was the first Northern Ireland women played after being disbanded at the turn of the century, When asked whether the team’s achievement could help unite the country amid some of the worst riots Belfast has seen in recent decades, Nelson said: “I think our team is helping to do that. Thankfully it [the unrest] has settled down a bit this week so hopefully that continues going forward. To be honest, it wasn’t a focus of ours. We knew we were safe basically and it wasn’t going to cause us any issues, we were focused on the job we had to do.”