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Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Premier League/England

Lionel Messi magic puts Barcelona in command of semi-final with Liverpool | Football | The Guardian
Lionel Messi scored twice to give Barcelona a 3-0 win in their Champions League semi-final first leg over Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp says Reds produced ‘best away game for two seasons’ - BBC Sport
Boss Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool produced their best Champions League away performance for two seasons in Barcelona - despite losing 3-0.

How English football’s concussion rules have long been out of date – and dangerous | FourFourTwo
Jan Vertonghen’s concussion against Ajax shows how football’s rules need to change in Britain.

On Dulwich Hamlet And Community Football - Howler Magazine
In which yet another wide-eyed American realizes that small local sport is always and forevermore relatable and personal than giant corporatized sport. Kid’s clearly never been to a minor league baseball game.

Europe

Iker Casillas recovering in hospital after suffering heart attack | Football | The Guardian
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack during training.

Eintracht Frankfurt v Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri says defence ‘in trouble’ for Europa League semi - BBC Sport
Manager Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea are “in trouble” with their defence for their Europa League semi-final first leg at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Messi hits out at Barcelona fans for ‘ugly’ Coutinho whistles
Lionel Messi criticised Barcelona fans for jeering Philippe Coutinho when he was taken off in Barcelona’s win over Liverpool.

How Johan Cruyff reinvented modern football at Barcelona | FourFourTwo
Barcelona was far from a happy place when Johan Cruyff walked back through the door as coach in 1988.

As dissatisfaction with domestic success grows, PSG must rethink their short-term objectives and approach – The Athletic ($)
Eight years after giving themselves five years to win the Champions League, PSG have a Frankenstein team that might need rebooting.

Other

Souness *throws pen*: ‘I’m fed-up listening to people talk bull’ - Football365
Old people say old people things.