FOOTBALL – It has taken Atlético Madrid 40 years to return to the CC/CL final and will now join Real Madrid in the first final of a European cup competition that will feature teams from the same city. It will also be the 17th time that two teams from the same country meet in a European final. And it will be the fifth time this occurs in the CC/CL. There has been one previous all-Spanish final in the CL. Real Madrid beat Valencia CF 3-0 in 1999/00.
FOOTBALL – Real reached the final of the CL/CC for the 13th time, a record. They last played and won in the final in 2002. Real have also won the trophy a record 9 times. Check read more for more facts&figures.
FOOTBALL – Arsenal defeated Newcastle 3-0 in the Premier League today. It was the sixth successive PL defeat for Newcastle. Newcastle had never lost six successive PL matches before. The last time they lost six in a row in the top flight was 27 years ago, between December 1986 and January 1987.
FOOTBALL – For the second time this season, FC Barcelona managed to turn a two-goal deficit into a victory by triumphing 3-2 at Villarreal CF after going 2-0 down. Barcelona also repaired this deficit at Getafe on 22 December and Real Sociedad is the only other team in the division to have achieved this in 2013/14. For the first time since 18 February 2006 (FC Barcelona-Real Betis 5-1), Barça benefited from two own goals by the opposition.
FOOTBALL – Fenerbahçe secured their 19th Süper Lig title on Sunday, equalling the Turkish record for most domestic league titles. This mark had been held outright by Fener’s crosstown rivals Galatasaray. Another Istanbul club, Besiktas, has won 11 league titles and no other side has won more than six since the Süper Lig was launched in 1959.
CYCLING – The 100th instalment of cycling’s classic race Liège-Bastogne-Liège has been won by Simon Gerrans, who became the first Australian rider to achieve this feat. Australia is the first country to join the winners’ circle in ‘La Doyenne’ since 2003, when Tyler Hamilton delivered the first victory for the United States.