Wednesday Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Tottenham will have to come from behind next week in Amsterdam if they’re to make it to a first ever European Cup final.

It’s advantage Ajax after last night’s first leg in North London, Donny van de Beek’s goal on the quarter hour mark securing their all-important away goal.

It means Spurs will have to win next week’s return leg in the Netherlands if they’re to get through to the decider in Madrid.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino says he’s confident his side can overturn the defecit.

Pochettino has also said that the health of Jan Vertonghen was always the priority, after his head injury last night.

The defender received treatment after a collision, before attempting to play on. He had to be withdrawn by staff after nearly collapsing.

Pochettino trusts the decisions taken by his medical team.

Liverpool will put their unbeaten record at the Nou Camp on the line tonight, in their semi final first leg with Barcelona.

The 5-time European champions have never lost away to Barcelona in four previous games.

Kick off tonight is at 8.

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Bristol City kept their Championship playoff hopes alive by coming from behind to win 2-1 away to Millwall last night.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Shaun Williams missed a Millwall penalty that could have put the hosts 2-nil ahead.

However, those playoff hopes of City’s may be snuffed out tonight should Derby win away to Swansea.

SNOOKER

David Gilbert needs just three-more frames this morning to reach the World Championship semi finals.

He leads Kyren Wilson 10-6 after winning six of last night’s eight frames on offer.

On the other table this morning, Gary Wilson will resume 9-7 up on Ali Carter.

This afternoon, Neil Robertson and John Higgins resume at 4-frames apiece.

While Judd Trump holds a healthy 7-1 lead over Stephen Maguire.

RACING

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo is set to go off as a co-favourite for the Coral Gold Cup at Punchestown today.

He’ll do battle with stablemate Kemboy, who got back to winning ways at Aintree.

That goes off just after six o clock and Dave Keena previews all today’s action on the eight-race card.

There’s also racing today in the UK

They go at Ascot from 2.15 – good-to-firm, good in places

Pontefract at 2.25 – also good-to-firm, good in places

Brighton 4.35 – good to firm

Bath 4.50 – good to firm, firm in places

There’s a midday start on the standard track at Southwell