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Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

Weekend Live! (11-13 April)

  • REAL MADRID 3-0 ALMERIA[realmadrid]
    Benzema goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he fails to connect cleanly with Morata's inviting cross.
    4/12/2014 9:31:19 PM
    Esteban makes yet another save as he holds Benzema's low shot. The Almeria goalkeeper hasn't had much protection tonight.

    4/12/2014 9:33:49 PM
  • REAL MADRID 3-0 ALMERIA[spanishfootball]
    NO PENALTY! Isco plays a delicate ball over the top and Morata takes a tumble under Mane's challenge. Replays show the defender didn't make contact with the ball.
    4/12/2014 9:35:44 PM
  • REAL MADRID 3-0 ALMERIA[penalty-missed]
    Modric's free-kick hits the wall and falls perfectly for Morata, who backheels the ball into the path of Benzema. But the Frenchman opts to go for power from close range and blazed his shot over the bar. Not his night it seems.
    4/12/2014 9:38:15 PM
  • [goal]GOAL! REAL MADRID 4-0 ALMERIA (Morata)
    Illarramendi dinks a delightful ball over the top and some non-existent defending allows substitute Morata to lob Esteban.
    4/12/2014 9:40:32 PM
  • REAL MADRID 4-0 ALMERIA[realmadrid]
    Isco squanders a glorious chance to extend Real's lead, scuffing his shot after he was played in by Benzema.
    4/12/2014 9:45:39 PM
  • REAL MADRID 4-0 ALMERIA[added-minutes]
    We'll have at least two minutes of added time.
    4/12/2014 9:47:07 PM
  • REAL MADRID 4-0 ALMERIA[full-time]
    Real move level on points with city rivals Atletico after the most routine of victories over struggling Almeria. Goals from Di Maria, Bale, Isco and Morata lifts Carlo Ancelotti's side above Barcelona, who they face in the Copa Del Rey final on Wednesday.
    4/12/2014 9:49:03 PM
  • It's tight at the top of La Liga. Atletico will move three points clear if they win at Getafe tomorrow[spanishfootball]

    4/12/2014 9:50:10 PM
  • THAT'S ALL FOLKS![recommend]
    That's all from us for today. We'll be back with you tomorrow for a cracking day of football, which includes the titanic Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Cheers for your company. Speak to you in the morning.
    4/12/2014 9:55:43 PM
  • [supersunday] Good morning and welcome back to Weekend Live! on another huge day of Premier League action. If yesterday was all about the teams fighting the drop, then the race for the title is unquestionably the focus for today. We start at Anfield as Liverpool take on Manchester City (1.37pm SS1) in one of the biggest games of the season so far, before Swansea host Chelsea (4.07pm SS1) at the Liberty Stadium with Jose Mourinho's side still in with a shout. There's also the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley as Hull City and Sheffield United go head-to-head to decide who meets Arsenal in the final. We'll have build-up, team news, analysis, video, goal updates and more throughout the day. In the meantime, we have the Sunday Supplement followed by Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports 1 and we'll be bringing you all of the best lines.
    4/13/2014 8:00:17 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] The Sunday Supplement is now underway on Sky Sports 1 and joining host Neil Ashton in the studio are Steve Bates from The People, Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday and Jason Burt from the Sunday Telegraph. They will be mulling over all of the big talking points in the game right now and we will be bringing you all of the best bits.
    4/13/2014 8:04:38 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] As mark of respect to the 96 fans that lost their lives at Hillsborough, all games this weekend have kicked off seven minutes later than scheduled, something which Jason Burt welcomes as we approach the 25th anniversary of the disaster:
    I think the tributes have been very good. I like the idea of the games kicking off seven minutes later - it's a great gesture. I thought leaving the 96 seats empty as well was good. The tributes around the country have been impressive. I think Liverpool as a football club are handling it fantastically well.

    4/13/2014 8:10:22 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] The focus will be on Anfield this afternoon as Liverpool clash with Manchester City. Rob Draper reckons that Brendan Rodgers will be the more relaxed of the two managers:
    I think there is more pressure on Manuel Pellegrini with the squad he's had and the budget he's had. 
    While Jason Burt also praised the Liverpool boss:
    He's an incredibly quick learner - he's learned something from everywhere he's been. He's been willing to adapt too.

    4/13/2014 8:14:59 AM
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    4/13/2014 8:16:44 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool's absence from Europe this season has aided their title chances, but Steve Bates thinks that a return next year could provide some new dilemmas:
    It's clearly been a big help not being in Europe. A, he's not got the squad for Europe in the Champions League and B, how are they going to manage Steven Gerrard in that? Is he going to be as influential playing a big Premier League game and then a Champions League game three days later? He's got a whole different set of problems next season.

    4/13/2014 8:20:19 AM
  • [newspaper] For an idea of some of the stories the Sunday Supplement panel are currently debating, here is this morning's Paper Review:

    4/13/2014 8:22:20 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] After Chelsea were drawn with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, it remains to be seen whether Thibaut Courtois against his parent club. However, Jason Burt thinks the two clubs will arrange something to benefit each other:
    Chelsea can't afford to take on that political fight. It will be very interesting to see how it plays out between Atletico and Chelsea. Obviously Atletico want to sign Courtois again next season, while Chelsea have been keen on Diego Costa, so both sides have things to lose. I think they will come to an agreement.

    4/13/2014 8:27:43 AM
  • [manchestercity] Ahead of today's game between the two, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he would not swap striker Sergio Aguero for Liverpool star Luis Suarez:
    I wouldn't swap. I think a lot of Suarez. He is a great player, not only a striker. He scores goals but he also plays a lot for the team. But if you tell me I could change him for Sergio, I'd say no. I am absolutely sure any team who played with Sergio would be improved.

    4/13/2014 8:31:02 AM
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    4/13/2014 8:35:21 AM
  • [manchestercity] More from Manuel Pellegrini and the Manchester City boss believes it would be "disappointing for football" if Chelsea were to win the Premier League this season:
    It would be very disappointing, for football, for the fans, for everyone. I think that the most attractive football, the more goals you can score, should be rewarded. I'm not saying it's not important to defend very well. Football is attacking and defending. But I think that big teams must play as big teams.

    4/13/2014 8:40:16 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Following stories this week that a Cardiff member of staff had leaked the team to Crystal Palace, Rob Draper thinks that journalists are often undeservedly banned from reporting on teams for getting line-ups right:
    I don't see anything unethical or unfair in getting a team line-up. There is a paranoia from managers, which I understand. It's a competitive environment but I can see nothing morally wrong with finding out the team.

    4/13/2014 8:47:37 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] After the sacking of Chris Hughton at Norwich last weekend, Steve Bates believes it's a reflection on the high-pressure environment of the Premier League:
    I don't think it'll matter to owners whose only focus is to stay in the Premier League. The model of having an Alex Ferguson in charge for 25 years is outdated. It was a one off and it'll never happen again. The reality is, with the increasing money in the Premier League, teams will do anything to stay there. If that means two or three managers a season, the owners will be prepared to do that.

    4/13/2014 8:51:04 AM
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    4/13/2014 8:52:06 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] From this morning's show, the Sunday Supplement panel discuss the Hillsborough tributes:

    4/13/2014 8:54:48 AM
  • [newspaper] There are some interesting lines in the Sunday papers this morning including talk of Louis van Gaal replacing David Moyes at Manchester United, a comparison between Liverpool and Manchester City's wages, the possibility of Mauricio Pochettino going to Tottenham and much more. It's all in our Paper Talk.
    4/13/2014 9:00:59 AM
  • [twitter] Coming up at 10.30am on Sky Sports 1... 

    4/13/2014 9:03:33 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Louis van Gaal has been heavily linked to the Manchester United job, but Jason Burt thinks that the club will not be prepared to axe David Moyes so soon:
    They believe, rightly or wrongly, that they don't want to go down that road of continually changing managers. They want to do it differently.

    4/13/2014 9:06:44 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] Newcastle fell to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke yesterday and sections of the travelling fans voiced their anger at Alan Pardew. He was also mocked by the local press after claiming there was an agenda against him, but Rob Draper insists that is not the case:
    I think he's clearly lost perspective on that. I know some of the guys up there and there's no agenda against him. Since his ban, the form has dropped but there's no direction at the club. Since Joe Kinnear was appointed, no one really knows where the club is going. They had that good season where they reached Europe but they haven't built on that.

    4/13/2014 9:13:29 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] After edging past Wigan on penalties to reach the FA Cup final, Steve Bates speaks of the pressure on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:
    Arsenal were just going nowhere yesterday and it was quite alarming. The Arsenal fans were quite close to us and I thought it was quite telling that when he took off Lukas Podolski and replacing him with Olivier Giroud, that the fans started booing. They wanted Yaya Sanogo to be taken off who wasn't having the greatest game. The fans really were turning on him.

    4/13/2014 9:19:27 AM
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    4/13/2014 9:20:58 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] From this morning's show, the Sunday Supplement panel are critical of Chelsea's loan policy:

    4/13/2014 9:24:20 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] The panel sign off by giving their predictions ahead of this afternoon's game at Anfield. Rob Draper and Jason Burt are backing Liverpool, while Steve Bates is going with City. Stay with us for updates from Goals on Sunday coming up on Sky Sports 1 next.

    4/13/2014 9:27:08 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Goals on Sunday is now underway on Sky Sports 1 and joining Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara in the studio are Roberto Martinez and Peter Reid (later in the show). They'll be looking back at all of yesterday's action and we will have the best lines for you once again. If you have any questions for the guests, you can Tweet: @GoalsOnSunday using the hashtag #GOS.
    4/13/2014 9:31:21 AM
  • [soccersaturday] As Ben and Kammy begin a look back at yesterday's action, this was how it unfolded on Soccer Saturday:

    4/13/2014 9:32:52 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Roberto Martinez is on the verge of securing a top four finish with Everton and he says that having the foundations there has helped him ease into the job:
    I've been very fortunate walking into a football club like Everton with the history and the heritage we have.This club is has been a perfect fit. David Moyes for 11 was there and did a terrific job. For a manager to walk into such a strong structure has been a big help. There are some strong players in the dressing room. It had to be a patient approach and the support of the fans has been vital.

    4/13/2014 9:38:29 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and Roberto Martinez and his Everton side are set to pay tribute to the 96 that tragically lost their lives:
    It was a big, big tragedy. The whole of football was affected. We've always been shoulder to shoulder with our neighbours. There'll be two memorials - one at Anfield and one at Everton. It's important for us to show our support at this significant moment and there will be representation from Everton at Anfield as well.

    4/13/2014 9:42:28 AM
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    4/13/2014 9:47:15 AM
  • [sundaysupplement] From this morning's installment of the Sunday Supplement, the panel mull over Chris Hughton's sacking at Norwich:

    4/13/2014 9:50:54 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Christian Eriksen rescued a point for Spurs at West Brom yesterday with a stoppage-time equaliser, and Roberto Martinez was full of praise:
    That's him at his best. Ajax's school teach the young lads to pull back and find the space. He recieves it on the left foot and it's a clinical finish with the right. The technical ability to receive it on the left, come inside and have the composure to finish it in the 94th minute is quite a good example.

    4/13/2014 9:56:55 AM
  • [twitter] A couple more lines from Roberto Martinez on this morning's Goals on Sunday:

    4/13/2014 9:59:30 AM
  • [goalsonsunday] Roberto Martinez casts an eye over the unrest at Newcastle after yesterday's 1-0 defeat at Stoke:
    It's difficult but as a player you've always got something to play for. Whether that's personal or for the team to finish as high as they can as the financial rewards are greater. The expectations are high at Newcastle after a good start, but they've lost Remy. When we played Newcastle a few weeks back, I could see a real fighting spirit on the pitch.

    4/13/2014 10:04:11 AM
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  • [goalsonsunday] Roberto Martinez reflects on upsetting the odds to lift the FA Cup with Wigan last season:
    It is a very, very difficult achievement when you look into the modern game. I would say that very close to 10 out of 10 times, the favourite team wins. On the day, we found a win to beat the better side. It was one of those magic moments of the FA Cup.

    4/13/2014 10:13:08 AM
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