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Advantage Barcelona as Manchester United’s Luke Shaw scores own goal | Football | The Guardian
Barcelona took a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of the sides’ Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford.

Norwich City 2-2 Reading: Royals strike late to seal draw at Carrow Road - BBC Sport
Championship leaders Norwich City are held to a draw against Reading after Andy Rinomhota scores in the game’s final moments.

Brentford 2-0 Ipswich Town: Bees victory leaves Tractor Boys on the brink - BBC Sport
Brentford’s first win in six games edges Ipswich Town closer to the drop.

Non-league Padiham FC fined for leaving pitch in protest at racist abuse | Football | The Guardian
The club have been fined £165, after leaving the pitch in protest at racist abuse directed towards their goalkeeper Tony Aghayere by fans of Congleton

F365 says: Ashley Young is Man Utd decline incarnate... - Football365
There were positives from Man Utd even in toothless defeat, but looking for positives reveals decline.

Man Utd players ‘could jump ship’ over potential pay cut - Football365
Man United players are reportedly facing a pay cut of 25 per cent if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.


Ajax 1-1 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo scores 125th Champions League goal - BBC Sport
Juventus takes a slim edge thanks to an away goal in a draw in their quarter-final first leg at Ajax.

Police find hand grenade at ADO Den Haag supporters HQ – ProSoccerTalk
The grenade was hanging next to the building, which had also been sprayed with three red Xs.

Why Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly will be Europe’s most in-demand centre-back this summer | FourFourTwo
The dominating defender has been linked almost all of the continent’s major clubs at some point, not least Manchester United.

Jan Vertonghen says VAR could lead to 40 more penalties in Premier League | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen fears that VAR will fundamentally change the art of Premier League defending.


‘You’re good with me’: The unlikely friendship between Wayne Rooney and his driver – The Athletic ($)
Behind the scenes, Roray Molleda has become almost indispensable to D.C. United’s operations.

Gold Cup - US draw Trinidad & Tobago Mexico Canada in Group A
The United States will get their rematch with Trinidad & Tobago in the group stage of the 2019 Gold Cup.

LA Galaxy set to acquire Costa Rica international Gonzalez from Bologna - sources
The LA Galaxy have completed a deal with Serie A club Bologna to acquire defender Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Guadalajara under-17 player scores incredible fluke penalty - BBC Sport
This is so good.

Diego Maradona fined after dedicating win to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Diego Maradona has been fined for dedicating a recent victory to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The curious case of Florian Thauvin, a talent finally shining as one of France’s best
Having had controversy follow him for much of his career, Florian Thauvin is finally blossoming into one of France’s best players at Marseille.


Plastic: The football pitch made from recycled cups - CBBC Newsround
One company has found an inventive way of recycling some of the plastic waste produced during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Announcing expanded women’s soccer coverage from The Athletic – The Athletic (readable without subscription)
A new hire just in time for the start of the NWSL season and the Women’s World Cup.

Abby Wambach on Wolfpack, wage gap, and those “foreign guys” comments - All For XI
Abby Wambach has lived through and done things that the great majority of us can only ever dream of doing.