QPlay: Chelsea Knocked Out of Champions League, Oman beat Ireland
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Ibrahimovic Returns to Knock Chelsea Out of Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner in Paris St Germain’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday that sent the French team into the Champions League quarter-finals.
PSG, who won the first leg of the last-16 tie 2-1 in Paris, reached the last eight for the fourth successive season 4-2 on aggregate after having the upper hand for most of a compelling match.
They went ahead in the 16th minute when Angel Di Maria found Ibrahimovic, sent off in the first half when the sides clashed at the same stage a year ago, wide on the right. The Swedish striker’s cross eluded the Chelsea defence for Adrian Rabiot to tap in.
Chelsea hit back with a superbly constructed equaliser when Diego Costa checked past Thiago Silva to fire wide of Kevin Trapp after 27 minutes, but Chelsea lost their cutting edge when Costa went off injured on the hour and seven minutes later Ibrahimovic turned in Di Maria’s cross from close range.
Ronaldo Leads Real Madrid into Champions League Last Eight
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal by Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.
The Portugal forward, top scorer in the competition this season with 13 goals, netted for the sixth time in three games in all competitions by finishing off substitute Lucas Vazquez’s cross at the near post after 64 minutes.
Four minutes later Ronaldo, who put Real on the way to a 2-0 win in the first leg of the last-16 tie with a stunning strike, released Rodriguez with a delicate pass and the Colombia forward prodded the ball between the legs of keeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Oman Stun Ireland on Debut as Bangladesh Hold Nerve to Win
Oman celebrated their first appearance at an International Cricket Council event by stunning Ireland by two wickets in a World Twenty20 match in Dharamsala on Wednesday.
A team made up of mostly expats from India and Pakistan, Oman chased down Ireland’s total of 154-5 with two balls to spare after needing 14 runs off the last over.
Bangladesh avoided Ireland’s fate earlier in the day as the Asian test-playing nation staved off a spirited fightback from the Netherlands to kick off their campaign with a tight eight-run victory.
Indo-Pak World T20 Match Moved to Kolkata
The most anticipated match of the World Twenty20 between hosts India and arch-rivals Pakistan was shifted to Kolkata on Wednesday over concerns about security in the original venue for the March 19 clash at Dharamsala.
The marquee contest between the neighbours ran into trouble with Indian war veterans in the state of Himachal Pradesh, where Dharamsala is located, opposing the hosting of a match against Pakistan after militants killed seven security personnel in a Jan. 2 attack on the Indian Air Force base at nearby Pathankot.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) delayed the departure of the men’s and women’s teams and sent a delegation to review security at Dharamsala, which boasts one of India’s most beautiful stadiums with snow-capped mountains in the background.
Bad Start for India at All England Championship
Indian shuttlers had a bad day in office as Ajay Jayaram and H S prannoy failed to cross the opening hurdle at the prestigious All England Championship on Wednesday.
World No. 21 Ajay Jayaram’s fight ended with a narrow 18-21 21-19 19-21 loss to Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus, world no. 16 in men’s singles event. In another match, H S Prannoy played his heart out before going down 20-22 15-21 to Xue Song of China.
2010 Commonwealth Games champions Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a 24-26 17-21 loss to Samantha Barning and Iris Tabeling of The Netherlands in the opening round of the women’s doubles event. In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy too went down fighting 21-16 13-21 15-21 against Malaysian combo of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan.
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