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Real Madrid 6-3 Girona: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in thriller

REAL MADRID 6-3 GIRONA - PETE JENSON: Anyone who had 2018 in the sweepstake for the year when Cristiano Ronaldo would finally go to seed should probably tear up their ticket. He has 21 goals since the turn of the year, more than any other player. With a spring in his step and a glint in his eye he scored his 50th career hat-trick at the Bernabeu on Sunday night as Real Madrid beat Girona 6-3. He now has 22 goals in La Liga – one more than Luis Suarez and three behind Lionel Messi. This end-to-end goal fest was perfect ground for him to show he’s still got as Madrid flexed their muscles before the international break. 

Jose Mourinho continues Manchester United blame game

CHRIS WHEELER: It is clear that Jose Mourinho is upping the ante at Manchester United, publicly challenging his players to raise their game to try to get a response. Luke Shaw (top right) may as well start planning a joint leaving-do with Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind this summer. Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial (bottom right), Juan Mata and Chris Smalling are among those who cannot guarantee they will be at Old Trafford beyond this summer, when United will also have to replace Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. 

An image is stuck in my mind about Mohamed Salah. He has been so good that teams have been doubling up to mark him but Tottenham put three men on him to try and keep him quiet.

With Tiger Woods prowling, Rory McIlroy ended his winless run at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a finish worthy of the legend whose name adorns the tournament.

How does a team create a winning mentality? Pochettino has said repeatedly that it is developed by consistent success in the Premier League, not by trophies.

Sometimes Mourinho can seem spiteful, but this assessment was more controlled. By demanding more character, desire and personality, he was trying to get a reaction.

United face Spurs at Wembley in the semi-final as the two highest ranked sides left in the cup were drawn together. The games will take place on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of April.

I'm totally behind Eddie Jones, as all England fans should be, but it's time to acknowledge that his team are encountering more than a few bumps in the road.

COMMENTARY: Tennis is used to pay battles between the sexes when it comes to competitors’ prize money, but that now looks set to spill over into the commentary box.

Leicester 1-2 Chelsea (AET): Pedro plays the FA Cup hero

LEICESTER CITY 1-2 CHELSEA (aet) - MATT BARLOW AT KING POWER STADIUM: Antonio Conte spent all winter in pursuit of a big man with an aerial threat only to find his season saved by header from a winger who can barely reach 5ft 6ins on his tiptoes. Sometimes it takes only a tiny spark to get things going and Pedro Rodriguez, Chelsea’s tiniest spark came off the bench in extra-time to win them this FA Cup quarter-final in the most unexpected fashion.

Jamie Vardy vs VAR and Willian in tights as Chelsea beat Leicester

Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup by edging past Leicester in extra time. Pedro headed home the winner, after goals from Alvaro Morata and Jamie Vardy had left the scores level at the end of 90 minutes. Sportsmail's ROBERT SUMMERSCALES was watching the action at the King Power Stadium closely and has picked out six things that you may have missed.

Southampton left the DW Stadium having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final, courtesy of an instinctive lash of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's right foot and a final flourish from Cedric Soares.

JACK GAUGHAN AT THE DW STADIUM: The headlines were omissions of James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond but perhaps the most telling decision of Mark Hughes' first game came up front.

Having only signed a short-term deal until June, Hughes is seen as a quick fix and needs one himself. It is perhaps why he looked quite so animated at full-time, punching the air and pumping his fists.

MATT BARLOW AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Alvaro Morata and Pedro scored the goals as the Premier League champions won 2-1 after extra time at Leicester.

TIM EVERSHED AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: Alvaro Morata repaid the faith of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with his first goal of 2018 in their FA Cup quarter-final with Leicester City.

RB Leipzig 2-1 Bayern Munich: Werner earns first win over Bayern

RB LEIPZIG 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH: Substitute Timo Werner scored a 56th-minute winner as RB Leipzig claimed their first win over Bayern Munich at the fifth attempt. Bayern looked set to consolidate their status as runaway Bundesliga leaders when Sandro Wagner headed the opener with just 12 minutes on the clock. However a stirring performance by the home side led to Naby Keita levelling just before half-time, before Werner's winner ended Leipzig's luckless record against their would-be title rivals.

Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao: Lionel Messi and Paco Alcacer strike

BARCELONA 2-0 ATHLETIC BILBAO - PETE JENSON: First half goals from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday as they took another step towards the La Liga title.Barcelona were without the suspended Luis Suarez but still proved too difficult for Athletic to cope with as Alcacer found the net from Jordi Alba's cross before Messi made it 2-0 after good work from Ousmane Dembele.

EXCLUSIVE: Former West Ham and QPR midfielder Allen, nicknamed Mad Dog, last departed the club in 2016 for a doomed role at Eastleigh. He had been lined up for a role on radio station Love Sport.

It was so cold at Anfield on Saturday that the wind felt as if it was slicing through you. Usually, with three points comfortably secured, Liverpool supporters would've made early darts for the exit.

Mourinho had lots to say after Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals with an unimpressive 2-0 win over Brighton. His post-match ramblings included plenty of criticism.

Aubameyang has imported part of his car collection worth £850,000

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is known for his flashy lifestyle and the striker's collection of supercars is evidence of his wealth. The Gabon international is starting to settle in England on the pitch and it appears that he is doing so off it as well as he has imported a selection of his cars, which are parked outside the luxury hotel that he is staying in. Aubameyang's stunning array of vehicles are worth around £850,000 combined, while he has another £2million worth of cars back in Germany, where he previously played for Borussia Dortmund. 

Lewis Hamilton driven to roar past Michael Schumacher

Anyone who wonders whether Lewis Hamilton's success has dimmed his competitive spirit should have heard the sound of him banging on a table near Turin. At Melbourne's Albert Park this weekend, the world champion begins his 12th season in Formula One where he started his first in dazzling style. His life has been transformed by four titles and tens of millions of pounds since he was a McLaren rookie, but he still carries the enthusiasm of old to the opposite side of the world.

PAUL NEWMAN IN AUCKLAND: England will decide on Tuesday if Ben Stokes is fully fit to give them the all-important balance they need in two Tests against New Zealand.

We have gone from white ball to pink and red within a week and we will be back with the pink ball under lights in the first Test in Auckland this week.

The England all-rounder is approaching a landmark he never thought would be within his capabilities, against New Zealand in Auckland this week.

The Championship clash was called off less than four hours before kick-off, with the midlands club claiming snow had rendered conditions 'unsafe for supporters, staff and officials'.

Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson has been suspended by the club after being charged by Northumbria Police for drink-driving. 

Sportsmail's Six Nations Awards 

Ireland's victory at the Natwest Six Nations capped off another iconic tournament of rugby. Joe Schmidt's side reaped reward for their dominance of play by scooping a Grand Slam victory against rivals England upon their own turf. Looking back across the tournament, Sportsmail hands out the awards for the most memorable moments. 

CHIEF SPORTS WRITER AT TWICKENHAM: Eddie Jones stood in the soulless underbelly of England's HQ, looking not one bit like a master of the universe.

CHARLES SALE - THE SPORTS AGENDA: The honeymoon period for RFU chief executive Steve Brown will be well and truly over when he faces the media for a Six Nations debrief on Wednesday.

WILL KELLEHER AT THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM: Warren Gatland's World Cup masterplan will kick into action as Wales plot their path to Japan having finished the Six Nations second.

With the Rugby World Cup in Japan just over a year away now, who from Eddie Jones' squad have increased or weakened their chances of selection?

CHRIS FOY AT TWICKENHAM: Never mind the quest for future prosperity. Never mind the World Cup for now. All that should play second fiddle to the pressing task of winning Test matches.

Steve Hansen's All Blacks contract expires after the next World Cup with his future beyond Japan 2019 undecided, but the 58-year-old is adamant he will not take charge of another international side.

Mo Salah apologises to Orestis Karnezis after scoring four past him

Mo Salah put Watford to the sword on Saturday night but that still didn't stop him from showing compassion towards the visitors. The excellent Egyptian scored four goals for Liverpool as they thumped their Premier League rivals 5-0 at Anfield. And after the match, Salah apologised to the Hornets' goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis for his unrelenting finishing.

Newcastle 1-1 Royal Antwerp: Matt Ritchie scores in friendly

Newcastle United brought an end to their four-day warm weather training camp in Spain with a friendly against Belgian side Royal Antwerp, which ended 1-1 after three 45-minute periods. With three weeks separating their last and next Premier League game, Rafa Benitez looked to keep his team match fit and named a 22-man squad for the game at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia. Matt Ritchie put the Magpies ahead with a fine goal after 40 minutes before Alexander Corryn drew Antwerp level. Newcastle were then granted an opportunity to win it in the 128th minute when Ayoze Perez was hauled down in the box.

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed many of his players were 'unprofessional' during his time in England. Van Gaal has also revealed the one signing he wanted.

Midfielder Matic admits it is 'difficult' working under Mourinho and has warned his fellow Manchester United players to be ready to meet the challenge laid down by their manager at Old Trafford.

Williams is staying as Wales captain under Giggs and flew out to Nanning, China with the squad on Sunday night for a Far East friendly tournament.

Juan Martin Del Potro beats Roger Federer to Indian Wells title

Juan Martin Del Potro saved two match points en route to victory over Roger Federer at Indian Wells, ending the Swiss' perfect record in 2018 and clinching his first ATP Masters title at the BNP Paribas Open. The Argentinian wasted a match point of his own in the second set and appeared on the verge of defeat when Federer served for the match at 5-4 and 40-15 in the third. But Del Potro stormed back to force another tie-break which he breezed through 7-2 to claim a memorable 6-4, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/2) triumph.

Alexander Volkov is a true to life Ivan Drago

Fearsome heavyweight Alexander Volkov towered over Fabricio Werdum. All 6ft 7in of Russian belligerence hauled from his victim after landing a series of nightmarish shots. He appears to have been created by a Russian laboratory (though they would deny it). The man from Moscow may be a true to life Ivan Drago character, but this was a fight scene too violent for Hollywood. His freakish physique isn't much good horizontally however, with the Brazilian toppling his former training partner early on before using gravity, and his uncompromising top game to rain down punches in the first round.

Menna Fitzpatrick produced a golden run to shock favourite Henrieta Farkasova and end Great Britain's Paralympics in style. The 19-year-old, took the women's slalom vision impaired title.

The Japanese 20-year-old capped a dream run by overcoming her opponent 6-3, 6-2 to become the first unseeded champion at the event since Kim Clijsters in 2005.

The 32-year-old British heavyweight made light work of this American opponent after landing a series of punches, with the referee waving off the fight after giving Palmer a standing count.


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Nice 1-2 PSG: Dani Alves makes it nine wins in a row for leaders

Dani Alves' first Ligue 1 goal maintained Paris Saint-Germain's stranglehold on the title as they rode their luck to win 2-1 at Nice. Alves struck with a header eight minutes from time to complete a comeback which secured a ninth successive league win after Mario Balotelli had rattled the crossbar at the other end with the game finely poised. The impressive Allan Saint-Maximin had fired Nice into an early lead, but Angel di Maria levelled to leave a keenly contested game in the balance.

Marseille 2-3 Lyon: Memphis Depay scores winner in frantic match

MARSEILLE 2-3 LYON: Memphis Depay scored in the last minute of a frantic match to give Lyon a 3-2 win at third-placed Marseille that keeps alive their chances of Champions League football next season. In the fight for a playoff spot, fourth-placed Lyon closed the gap on Marseille to two points with eight games left. The match at Stade Velodrome ended with players pushing and shoving after the final whistle.

LAURIE WHITWELL AT BET 365 STADIUM: There will be those who say Charlie Adam’ s foul on Wayne Rooney was an obvious red card. Then there are others who judge it a yellow.

The idea that this could have been an ‘orange card’ tackle is wrong.Referee Martin Atkinson was absolutely right to dismiss Charlie Adam.

The irony is not lost on Dier that Wembley has switched from being Tottenham's house of horrors into a fortress. The question is whether they will have an unfair advantage in the FA Cup.

Important but not that important, he reasoned. Nice for the fans but it won't tick the bigger box. Never let it be said that Pochettino's relationship with the Cup is anything less than complex.

NEW The late Eric Whalley, without whom there would be no Stanley, had a match-day ritual as chairman that is as relevant now as ever. He would sit behind his desk with eyes fixed on CCTV.

Andros Townsend has been here before. The Palace winger bears the scars of 2016 with Newcastle United, which ended with the Geordies plunging through the trap door.

Sampdoria 0-5 Inter Milan: Mauro Icardi scores four for visitors

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi truly led from the front as he blew Sampdoria away on Sunday afternoon. The Argentine scored four goals as his side thumped their Serie A rivals 5-0. Ivan Perisic added the other but the match will belong to Icardi's brilliant display - who passed two century marks in style.

Villarreal 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Title hopes fade for Simeone's side

VILLARREAL 2-1 ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid's title hopes were further damaged after they conceded two late goals in a 2-1 loss at Villarreal on Sunday, allowing Barcelona to open an 11-point lead in La Liga with nine matches remaining. Second-placed Atletico looked set to keep pace with Barcelona until Enes Unal led Villarreal to a come-from-behind win with goals in the 82nd minute and in injury time. Antoine Griezmann had put Atletico ahead by converting a first-half penalty at the Ceramica Stadium.

Napoli moved within two points of Serie A leaders Juventus, who were held to a 0-0 draw at SPAL on Saturday. In the 72nd minute, Albiol deflected in a corner at the near post with his back to the goal.

Michy Batshuayi scored yet another goal on his successful loan spell from Chelsea as Borussia Dortmund snuck past Hannover on Sunday afternoon.

The sight of Bournemouth scoring their first free-kick in the Premier League may have left manager Eddie Howe feeling ever so slightly smug on Saturday evening.

Patrick Cutrone and Federico Chiesa, both 20-year-old forwards, have received their first call-ups to Italy's squad for friendlies against Argentina and England.

A video was posted on social media of the defender - who on Sunday withdrew from Scotland squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary - being subjected to sectarian insults.

Brendan Rodgers was forced to revert to a three-man defence featuring Dedryck Boyata, Kristoffer Ajer and Hendry after the Scotland left-back suffered a calf problem at the end of last week.

After another busy weekend of League Two action, Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY reflects on the thrills and spills... Plymouth, with 29 from a possible 36, have won the most points in 2018.

After another busy weekend of League Two action, Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY reflects on the thrills and spills including Coventry's promotion push and Grimsby's winless run.

Dillian Whyte was shot and stabbed, now a world title is in sight

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY OLIVER HOLT: Underneath the railway arches, around the corner from Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, a couple of mechanics stare out at the pouring rain from a garage that promises 'crash repairs'. One or two jalopies come and go. A bashed-up wreck with flat tyres is parked nearby. It looks like a lost cause. Next door, at the end of a small alley, is Miguel's. A sign near the entrance proclaims it to be 'London's friendliest gym' but Dillian Whyte has not come here to be amiable. 'I don't like getting up early on Monday morning to get smashed in the mouth,' he says, 'but that's how it goes: you can't swim without getting wet.'

Chicago Bulls 109-114 Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James stars in win

As he exited the court, LeBron James brought a young fan to tears. The Cavaliers' superstar made the boy's night by tossing him his sweat-soaked arm sleeve on the way to the locker room. As for the Bulls? All he gave them was more misery. James scored 33 points as part of a triple-double, Jordan Clarkson had a tie-breaking four-point play with 1:27 left and Cleveland beat Chicago 114-109 on Saturday night.

ROBERT COTTINGHAM IN NEW YORK: The NBA are considering implementing an additional FA Cup-style tournament in the future to increase fan engagement during the regular season.

Alastair Cook has revealed how close he came to the end of his record-breaking career during England’s latest Ashes defeat before his recent return to form.

‘Perfect,’ was Niki Lauda’s simple verdict on Lewis Hamilton’s state of mind as Britain’s most successful driver prepares for his next shot at history after a winter of keeping his life unusually private.

Greig Laidlaw admits he had to turn a deaf ear to the Italian tannoy blast to ensure Scotland's NatWest 6 Nations did not end on a sour note.

WILL KELLEHER AT THE PRINCIPALITY STADIUM: This match is one of the few Six Nations rivalries that does not have a trophy for the winner but there was a second place finish on the line.

RORY KEANE AT TWICKENHAM: There were fascinating duels across the board at Twickenham, but Owen Farrell versus Johnny Sexton was the box office clash.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Monday's meetings at Newcastle and Newmarket.

Trainer Paul Nicholls wants to avoid an Aintree meeting with Pacha Du Polder to concentrate on trying to win a third Foxhunters’ Chase with the gelding at next year’s Cheltenham Festival.

A Shot in Time: Arsenal goalscoring hero Ted Drake, the knockout hit

MICHAEL WALKER - A SHOT IN TIME: Rampaging Arsenal striker Ted Drake once scored seven goals in a match at Aston Villa. It was the season after he had scored 42 in the league, and both of those facts explain why it took Drake a mere 108 appearances to score 100 goals for the club. It is still a club record. Thierry Henry, by comparison, needed 181 games, Ian Wright 143. Drake’s goal tally at Villa Park also remains a top-flight record. This was some player. Drake was not just fast and prolific, he was, as this photograph from 1938 at Brentford confirms, indomitable. That combination of qualities that brought Southampton-born Drake two league titles as a player, an FA Cup winner’s medal and five England caps.

It baffles me, the job he's doing at Kilmarnock with the players he's got, with Saturday's win at Ibrox just the latest great result.

It was 12 minutes of me, me, me. Twelve minutes of excuses for that lame, laboured, dour apology of a performance against Sevilla last Tuesday.

IAN HERBERT: You could have bet the house on something extraordinary from Mourinho on Friday. A 12-minute soliloquy was within the bounds of expectation because words are his weapon.

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