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On this Day, April 6 2010: Lionel Messi scored all four Barcelona goals as they eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League

Lionel Messi single-handedly eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League in 2010 

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ON THIS DAY IN SPORT

1896: The first modern Olympic Games, the brainchild of Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin, got under way in Athens. A total of 59 athletes from 10 nations took part.

1900: James J Jeffries successfully defended the world heavyweight title by knocking out Jack Finnegan after just 55 seconds.

1993: Guy Whittingham's fourth hat-trick of the season, in Portsmouth's 4-0 defeat of Peterborough, took his goal tally to 43 - equalling the club record set by Billy Haines in 1926-27.

1994: The English Football Association called off England's friendly against Germany, fixed for April 20, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birth, because of police intelligence discovering massive demonstrations being planned.

2003: Finland's Kimi Raikkonen was named the winner of an extraordinary Brazilian Grand Prix, which was stopped 18 laps early after an horrific collision involving Jaguar's Mark Webber and Renault's Fernando Alonso, denying Italy's Giancarlo Fisichella his maiden win. The results were later amended to declare Fisichella the victor.

2004: Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1, 3-2 on aggregate, to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

2010: Lionel Messi scored all four Barcelona goals as they eliminated Arsenal at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League after a 4-1 win at the Nou Camp made the aggregate score 6-3.

2017: World number one Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters just moments before he was due to start his first round at Augusta National because of the back injury he suffered in a "serious fall" in his rented house the day before.

 

SPORT BIRTHDAYS

Mark Venus (soccer) - former Wolves and Ipswich defender, born 1967.

Neil Thomas (gymnastics) - first British gymnast to win a World Championship medal when taking the floor exercise silver in 1993, born 1968.

Robert Earnshaw (soccer) - former Cardiff, Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Wales striker, born 1981.

James Wade (darts) - youngest player to win a major PDC title at the World Matchplay in 2007, born 1983.

Jerome Kaino (rugby union) - New Zealand back-row forward, born 1983.

Liam Plunkett (cricket) - Yorkshire and England bowler, born 1985.

Fabrice Muamba (soccer) - former Bolton midfielder, who had to retire after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch in a match at Tottenham, born 1988.

 

QUICK QUIZ

1 Liverpool winger Sadio Mane plays international football for which nation?

2 Sandy Park is home to which Aviva Premiership club?

3 Which cricketer lies third in the list of England's all-time leading Test wicket-takers?

4 Swimmer Rebecca Adlington won freestyle gold medals over which two distances at the 2008 Summer Olympics?

5 Red Rum won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and which other year?
Answers below

 

SPORT ON TV

Today (Friday, April 6)

SOCCER: Women's World Cup qualifiers, England v Wales - BBC 2 1845, Republic of Ireland v Slovakia - eir Sport 1 1630; Serie A, Spal v Atalanta - BT Sport/ESPN 1945; A-League, Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory - BT Sport 1 1045.

GOLF: Masters - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf 1900, eir Sport 1 2000.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: From Australia's Gold Coast - BBC1 0015 and 0915, BBC2 0600 and 1300.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Sale v Wasps - BT Sport 1 1900; PRO14, Edinburgh v Ulster - BBC2 Northern Ireland 1930, Ospreys v Connacht - S4C 1930; Super Rugby, Hurricanes v Sharks - Sky Sports Action 0830; Championship, Nottingham v Bristol - Sky Sports Action 1930; Hong Kong Sevens - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, St Helens v Hull FC - Sky Sports Arena 1930; NRL, Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters - Sky Sports Arena 0900, St George Illawarra Dragons v South Sydney Rabbitohs - Sky Sports Arena 1045.

MOTOR RACING: Bahrain Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1 1145 and 1545, Channel 4 and eir Sport 1 1155.

TENNIS: WTA, Charleston Open - BT Sport 2 0900.

SNOOKER: China Open - Eurosport 1 0655 and 1225.

CYCLING: Basque Tour - Eurosport 2 1430.

MOTORCYCLING: Argentinian MotoGP practice - BT Sport 2 1245.

CURLING: World Championships - Eurosport 2 1630.

BASKETBALL: NBA, Philadelphia 76ers v Cleveland Cavaliers - BT Sport 1 0000 (Sat).

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v San Diego Padres - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Sat).

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 7)

SOCCER: Premier League, Everton v Liverpool - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1230, Manchester City v Manchester United - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League 1730; National League, Ebbsfleet v Macclesfield - BT Sport 1 1200; Serie A, Sampdoria v Genoa - BT Sport 1 1930; Bundesliga, Hamburg v Schalke - BT Sport 1 1715; MLS, Toronto v DC United - Sky Sports Main Event 0030 (Sun); Welsh Cup semi-final, Connah's Quay Nomads v Bangor City - S4C 1915.

GOLF: Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1900 and Sky Sports Main Event 2000, BBC2 1930, eir Sport 1 2000.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: From Australia's Gold Coast - BBC1 2355 (Fri) and 1000, BBC2 0600 and 1200.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings - Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League, Salford v Warrington - Sky Sports Arena 1510.

RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership, Bath v Leicester - Channel 5 1330; PRO14, Cheetahs v Cardiff - S4C 1345, Scarlets v Glasgow - Sky Sports Action 1600; Super Rugby, Jaguares v Crusaders - Sky Sports Action 2235; Top 14 - Sky Sports Action 1340 and 1940; SWALEC Cup semi-final, Ebbw Vale v Merthyr - S4C 1700; Hong Kong Sevens - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action 0600, Sky Sports Action 0810.

MOTOR RACING: Bahrain Grand Prix practice - Sky Sports F1 1245, eir Sport 1 1255 and Channel 4 1300, Qualifying - Channel 4 1455, Sky Sports F1 1500 and eir Sport 1 1555.

TENNIS: WTA, Charleston Open - BT Sport/ESPN 1800.

SNOOKER: China Open - Eurosport 1 1225.

CYCLING: Basque Tour - Eurosport 2 1430.

MOTORSPORT: World Rally Championship, France - BT Sport 1 1000.

MOTORCYCLING: Argentinian MotoGP qualifying - BT Sport 2 1600.

HORSE RACING: From Kelso - ITV4 1330.

UFC: Men's lightweight title, Tony Ferguson v Khabib Nurmagomedov - BT Sport 2 0300 (Sun).

CURLING: World Championships - Eurosport 1 2130.

BASKETBALL: Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - BT Sport 1 0130 (Sun).

BASEBALL: MLB, Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs - BT Sport 2 2100.

 

QUIZ ANSWERS

1 Senegal; 2 Exeter; 3 Sir Ian Botham; 4 400m and 800m; 5 1977.

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