Today in Football – 18th April

Leicester’s curtain comes down, Redknapp back in management and dead rats

 

Champions League bonanza 

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Leicester City graciously bowed out of the Champions League after losing on aggregate to Atletico Madrid 2-1.

Saul opened the scoring as he headed in for Atletico in the first half and despite Jamie Vardy pulling one back in the second, Diego Simeone’s men put in a solid defensive display to go through to the semi-finals.

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A dramatic game at the Bernabeau saw Real Madrid triumph over Bayern Munich in extra time.

The game was full of controversy with Bayern given a dubious penalty before Arturo Vidal was sent off after seemingly winning the ball fairly.

With the game tied 3-3 on aggregate, (1-2 to Bayern in normal time), Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio stepped up to score to see Madrid through 3-4 on aggregate.

 

Redknapp to the rescue?

Harry Redknapp has been appointed Birmingham City manager.

The decision comes after Gianfranco Zola resigned following a 2-0 loss to Burton on Monday which left the Blues a mere 3 points above the relegation zone with 3 games remaining.

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Redknapp, 70, told Talksport: “Birmingham are a proper football club but they are in a precarious position”

“I got a phone call last night at 7pm from the people at Birmingham.

“I drove to London and had a 10-15-minute meeting with them and said: ‘I’ll come and do it.’

The former QPR, West Ham and Tottenham manager will be assisted by former Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill.

Johnson in, Gradel out?

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Glen Johnson has signed a one-year extension at Stoke City that will keep him at the club until June 2018. The England full-back has made 50 appearances for the Potters

Elsewhere, Bournemouth’s Max Gradel has told BBC Sport he wants the leave Bournemouth at the end of the season after not starting a league game since August 2015.

He played all three of Ivory Coast’s group games in AFCON 2017 but wants to leave the Vitality Stadium over fears the lack of football will hamper his career.

 

Mentality changes at Wigan and Leeds

Leeds manager Gary Monk has urged his players to change their mentality after dropping out of the play-off positions following their loss to Wolves on Good Monday.

“I know 100% that this group will give everything in these next three games and if we take nine points then we give ourselves a great chance,” the former Swansea manager said.

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“We now have to change our mentality and it can be a dangerous situation for other teams because they can change their mentality to protecting a little bit. I have great belief in this group.”

Leeds had been in the top 6 since November

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Graham Barrow has said his clubs next 3 games are must wins.

“It’s as simple as that, that’s what we have to do. There’s no need to give up yet,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

The Latics are 4 points from safety following their 2-1 loss to promoted Brighton.

In other Championship news, Burton Albion’s Ben Turner’s charge of racial abuse by the FA is to be appealed by the club.

 

Dead Ratty

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A Danish league match has grabbed headlines after supporters of Brondby threw dead rat carcasses at Copenhagen defender Ludwig Augustinsson as he went to take a corner.

Neither club is yet to comment on the incident

 

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