Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Manchester United are out of the Champions League.

They lost 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate to Barcelona in their quarter final.

Lionel Messi (PRON: Lee-on-nell) scored twice in the second leg at the Nou Camp (PRON: Nu).

Messi’s first goal in the 16th minute was a piece of individual brilliance and 4 minutes later, his effort was fumbled into the net by the United keeper David De Gea (PRON: De Hay-a).

Philippe Coutinho (PRON: Coo-teen-yo) added the third goal with a curling shot that found the top corner just after the hour mark.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (PRON: Sol-shar) was full of generous praise for Messi.

Barcelona will now play Liverpool or Porto in the semi finals.

The Reds take a 2-0 advantage into their second leg in Portugal tonight.

Kick off is at 8pm.

Ajax (PRON: Eye-ax) are into the other semi final.

Teenage captain Matthijs De Ligt (PRON: Mat-teese de Likt) headed home a second half winner as the Amsterdam club beat Juventus 2-1 on the night in Turin and 3-2 over both legs.

Ajax await the winners of tonight’s quarter final tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are 1-0 up from the first leg.

Once again it’s an 8pm start at the Etihad Stadium.

Third from bottom club Cardiff City defeated Brighton 2-0 to cut the gap between the sides in the Premier League drop race to 2 points.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (PRON: Lang) and Sean Morrison got the goals in either half for Neil Warnock’s side.

BOXING

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight boxing clash with Jarrell Miller is in doubt.

The British world champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed there was an adverse finding in a doping sample provided by Miller last month.

Joshua is due to take on the American for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in New York on the 1st of June.

RACING

Trainer Noel Meade plans to run Tout Est Permis, who is unbeaten since his arrival in his yard, in next Monday’s Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.

He believes Tout Est Permis will handle the step up in trip and is happy to let him take his chance.

There’s horse racing today at Dundalk, with the first off there at 5.45pm.

In the UK they run at Newmarket, good to firm-good in places, at 1.50; Cheltenham, good, at 2.05, Beverly, good to firm-good in places, at 2.15 and on the standard track at Southwell from 6 o’clock.