Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Tottenham are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League following a 1-nil win in the second leg of their last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Harry Kane scored the only goal in Germany which gave Spurs a comfortable 4-nil victory on aggregate.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful the home leg of their quarter-final can be played at their new stadium

The defending Champions Real Madrid are out after they were thrashed 4-1 by Ajax in their last 16 second leg tie at the Bernabeu.

The Dutch club were 5-3 victors on aggregate.

Tonight, Manchester United will try to turn around a 2-nil deficit against Paris Saint Germain.

No club has ever progressed to the next round of the competition after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals.

Elsewhere, Italian side Roma lead FC Porto 2-1 ahead of their second leg in Portugal.

Longford Town are into the second-round of the E-A Sports Cup.

Adam Evans grabbed the winner as the Midlanders defeated non-league Cockhill Celtic 1-nil last night.

RUGBY

Leinster hooker Sean Cronin could be left out of the Ireland squad for the last two rounds of the Six Nations.

Head-coach Joe Schmidt is expected to instead call up Ulster’s Rob Herring.

Munster fly-half Joey Carbery is in line to be included, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury sustained ahead of the win against Italy.

Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Garry Ringrose and Jordan Larmour are also in line to return.

GAELIC GAMES

Seamus O’Shea looks set to miss the rest of Mayo’s Allianz Football League campaign.

The 31-year-old injured his ankle in training last week and sat out the weekend defeat to their rivals Galway.

O’Shea has reportedly sustained ligament damaged and could be out of action for a month.

It adds to a lengthy injury list for manager James Horan – with Evan Regan, Cillian O’Connor, Ger Cafferkey, Paddy Durcan and Ciaran Treacy currently sidelined.

Mayo are Kerry’s next opponents in the Division 1 of the Allianz Football League when the sides meet under the lights at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday March 16th.

CRICKET

Ireland have levelled their one-day international series against Afghanistan.

Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin took two wickets each as Ireland held their opponents to 256 for their 50-overs in India.

Andy Balbirnie then scored 145 runs as the men in green secured a four-wickets victory.

RACING

Dundalk hosts the remainder of last Friday night’s card this evening.

Willie Buckley, a member of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s security team, died after being taken ill during last Friday night’s meeting at the County Louth track.

The first of tonight’s seven races is due off at ten-past-five.

In the UK, the run at Fontwell at 2.10 – soft and heavy in places

Catterick at 2.20 – good, good to soft in places

And on the standard tracks at Lingfield and Kempton at 2.30 and 4.55 respectively.