Liverpool and Athletico Madrid took giant strides toward their respective domestic football titles over the weekend. Atheltico ground out a two nil win over Getafe while their closest rival, Barcelona, lost at Granada. I was lucky enough to watch a Granada home game on my travels a couple of years ago and the atmosphere was incredible, and that was during a 3-1 loss. No doubt the stadium was buzzing as they upset one of the biggest names in world football. Real Madrid recorded a comfortable 4 nil win over the weekend but like Barcelona they are also reliant on Athletico slipping up in their remaining fixtures.

In England, an emotional day at Anfield saw Liverpool take a giant stride towards their first title in 24 years on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Sterling and Skirtel put Liverpool two nil up before half time and they looked to have City’s measure. City responded in the second half and levelled the scores up before some calamatous defending from one of the League’s surest defenders, City Captain Vincent Kompany, allowed Coutinho to rifle the ball into the bottom corner for the winner. Liverpool survived some nervous moments late on but held on and are now just four wins from that elusive title. At the other end of the table Fulham recorded their second win in a row to move closer to safety.

Hull will play Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup after a thrilling 5-3 win over Sheffield United. Around Europe, despite dominating their respective leagues with double figure points leads there were losses for Bayern Munich and PSG, while Ajax edged closer to a third consecutive championship with another home win.

On the Australian domestic front, Harry Kewell played his final competitive game. While his last couple of years haven’t been quite as successful as he would have hoped he remains one of the most gifted players to represent Australia. He lit up the left wing for Leeds United and at his best was one of the greatest left wingers in the game. Thanks for the memories Harry.

London was just one of many marathons that took place around the world over the weekend. Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won the mens in a course record 2:04:29, less than a minute outside his own world record, while in the womens Edna Kiplagat made up for some near recent misses in London, winning in 2:20:21.

Bubba Watson won his second green jacket in 3 years at Augusta. He led into the weekend and despite a few hiccups on Saturday Watson took control on Sunday afternoon to win by 3 shots. The turning point of the final round came on the 8th and 9th when the 20 year old Jordan Spieth, leading by 2, made consecutive bogeys while Watson birdied both holes.

Michel Bourez of Tahiti won the Drug Aware Margaret River pro with a victory over Australian Josh Kerr in the final. Having beaten Slater in the semifinal Bourez recorded his first top tier win with a score of 15.90 in the final which was good enough to grab the title.

Nikki Terpstra won his first monument with a well timed attack in the final 7 kilometres of Paris Roubaix. John Degenkolb continued his rise to prominence as a Classic’s contender as he won the sprint for second ahead of race favourite Fabian Cancellara. Check back tomorrow for a more complete race review.

Melbourne won their first game of the AFL season and in the process condemned Carlton to a fourth straight loss. The pressure will be on the Blues this week after a terrible start to the season. Hawthorn and Geelong tuned up for their Easter Monday clash with convincing wins while both Adelaide and Port Adelaide posted percentage boosting victories. Hawthorn and Geelong have played some incredible games over the last 5 years and there is no reason to believe Monday will be any different with both teams full of confidence.


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