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Summary

  1. Salah inspires Liverpool rout of Roma
  2. Egyptian tipped for Ballon D'or
  3. 50 days to go until World Cup
  4. GET INVOLVED: Who will win World Cup golden boot?

Live Reporting

By Greg O'Keeffe

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That's all for now

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Arsenal fan frustration over lack of spending - Campbell

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More from former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, when asked if the the 'Wenger Out' campaign had a case.

"Some fans wanted to vent their anger and frustration, but I think that was borne out of frustration over the last 10 years. Winning the FA Cup and things like that is great, but frustration in not going toe-to-toe with some of the big numbers other teams are spending."

Wenger 'one of the greats' Campbell

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid - Thursday (20:05 BST)

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Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a shock. Everyone knew it was going to happen but obviously now it has happened, it is a shock.

"For me, I remember his time there as what he brought to the club, philosophy, style of play, the way he thought about the good and bad of a player and made them think about football. Eating habits, mind, body and soul, the details that make you believe and make you go for it.

"He should be remembered as one of the greatest managers for Arsenal and in the Premier League ever."

The Amazing Auba-Man

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid - Thursday (20:05 BST)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (second from right) wears a Spiderman mask to celebrate a goal for former club Borussia Dortmund
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (second from right) wears a Spiderman mask to celebrate a goal for former club Borussia Dortmund

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a penchant for eye-catching celebrations.

One of them has, in the past, involved whipping out a Spiderman mask.

He's told Arsenal's website why.

“The very first time I put a mask on, it was Spiderman when I was at Saint-Etienne,” he said. “It was a tribute to a goalkeeper at the club, Jeremie Janot.

“When I was younger he came out on to the pitch in the full Spiderman suit and played in goal. It was crazy!

“On his birthday, I put the mask on to celebrate that. The second time, it was my son’s birthday, when I was playing for Dortmund. I did Batman and Robin with Marco Reus against Schalke in the derby.

“There are others [for fans to see], for sure. Don’t worry about that! Of course after a few goals, I’ll share some nice celebrations with the fans.”

Get Involved - Did Roma's two late goals make a difference?

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Nathan: Don't think it's likely Roma will put three past us without us scoring..anything can happen though.

Dave Robins: It showed against Barcelona that away goals make a big difference. Hopefully Klopp doesn’t become too complacent as Roma yet to concede in the Champions League at their ground.

Dan Owen: Roma turned up against Barcelona at there maximum. Can’t see them troubling Liverpool enough and repeating Barcelona result, I agree with klopp on this one.

Neville loving life in new role

Phil Neville: England women's manager says job is highlight of his career

Phil Neville says managing the England women's team is the "best thing" he's ever done, and says the Lionesses could win the next World Cup.

Fifa secretary general reported to ethics chiefs over World Cup bid

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

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Fatma Samoura

One of Fifa's most senior executives, Fatma Samoura, has been reported to the organisation's powerful ethics committee.

Samoura, who was appointed secretary general of football's world governing body by its president Gianni Infantino in 2016, is accused of alleged breaches of its ethics code relating to "duty of disclosure, co-operation and reporting" and "conflicts of interest".

Read more here.

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Liam Ryder - Leroy Sane

Hassan Anfield: Christian Eriksen

Hariharan Nadaradjan: Edison Cavani - considering the group Uruguay have.

Ceaser Mwanachiwena: Mo Salah

Jack: Isco

Will Ozil win his race to be available?

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Will Mesut Ozil be fit for the first leg of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid?

We are hoping to find out later when Arsene Wenger speaks to the media.

'Suddenly that old sense of destiny'

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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'There will be slight apprehension that Liverpool had both feet in Kiev before being dragged back a couple of paces - but the manner in which they have grown into the Champions League means there is suddenly that old sense of destiny enveloping the club and its supporters that they are on course to renew acquaintance with the giant trophy that would put them back on Europe's pinnacle.'

Read more from Phil on last night here.

Heart-warming mascot story

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Robot fulfils Jack McLinden's Everton mascot experience

"I can see it taking off. There are children like Jack all over the world who would love the opportunity to do it."

Read more from the mum of brave Jack McLinden, who became the world's first remote mascot via robot on Monday, here.

Dark night for Chesterfield

Chesterfield have been relegated to the National League after Morecambe drew at home against Cambridge on Tuesday.

The Spireites, bottom of League Two, are 10 points from safety with three games of the campaign remaining.

It means Chesterfield will play in non-league for the first time since re-joining the Football League in 1921.

Jack Lester, who had won just nine of his 37 games in charge,left as manager on Monday,while his backroom staff also departed the club.

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Former Chesterfield striker Jack Lester left his role as manager on Monday after seven months in charge

Report - Roma fan was 'armed with hammer'

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Scenes outside Anfield before Liverpool v Roma

From the Liverpool Echo comes this report that police are investigating claims that a Roma fan was armed with a hammer during the unrest outside Anfield last night.

Two arrests were made after a 53-year-old Liverpool supporter was left in a critical condition.

Both clubs have condemned the violence.

Chelsea keeper launches libel claim against former Belgium boss

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Thibaut Courtois shakes hands with former Belgium manager Marc Wilmots in 2014

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he and his father have initiated "proceedings for libel and defamation" against ex-Belgium boss Marc Wilmots.

In an interview with Qatar-based beIn Sports, Wilmots said he was told Courtois' father had leaked team selections during the 2016 European Championship.

Read more about this story here.

Salah overtakes Messi in Ballon d'Or odds

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Liverpool's Mo Salah points to the sky after scoring against Roma at Anfield

Liverpool's Mo Salah is now just behind Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or winner, according to bookmakers across the country.

They’ve installed the Egyptian forward as the second favourite for the award, cutting his odds from 11/1 into just 7/4.

Following his star-studded performance against Roma last night, he’s received a whopping 78% of bets for the individual award, and sent his odds tumbling.

Ronaldo is still 13/8 favourite to scoop the trophy come December, Salah is second at 7/4, now in front Lionel Messi who is drifting to 4/1.

Brazil's Neymar comes next at 14/1, followed by Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne at the same price.

The Egyptian star has also been backed for top scorer at the World Cup, attracting 86% of bets for the Golden Boot.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “Mo Salah has had a quite phenomenal season, but last night was the icing on the cake.

“Given that the Ballon D'Or betting is over the course of the calendar year rather than a season, Messi will need a phenomenal World Cup to get involved.

“In our book, Salah should be favourite and represents huge value still.”

Piece of cake - When Dortmund downed Real

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Robert Lewandowski has scored twice as many Bundesliga goals - 28 - as anyone else this season

Tuesday marked the fifth anniversary of when Robert Lewandowski returned home from a particularly successful day at work.

Greeted by his wife Anna, along with 15 others who had come round for a late barbecue at the Lewandowskis', a cry of "Bravo!" went up for the Polish striker as he came through the door.

He had after all just scored all four of Borussia Dortmund's goals in their 4-1 Champions League semi-final win against Real Madrid.

Read Archie Rhind-Tutt's piece here.

Best players out of contract this summer

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Arjen Robben (left) and Franck Ribery are both Bayern greats - and both out of contract soon

The football season is coming to a close, which can only mean one thing: agents gearing up for business over the summer.

The Premier League transfer window doesn't officially open until 17 May but there are many out-of-contract players ready to pack their bags.

Among them could include Jack Wilshere, who has been offered a new deal at Arsenal, serial Bayern Munich winners Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can.

Read more here.

Roma 'condemns abhorrent' Liverpool fan attack

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Roma respond to attack

Roma have released a statement condemning the attack outside Anfield last night that has left a 53-year-old man in a critical condition.

The victim, thought to be a Liverpool fan from Ireland, has a head injury and is being treated in hospital.

"AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behavior of a small minority of traveling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma’s well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night’s fixture," said the club.

"There is no place for this type of vile behavior in football and the club is now cooperating with Liverpool Football Club, UEFA and the authorities."The club’s thoughts and prayers are with the 53-year-old Liverpool fan in hospital and his family at this time."

Leeds 'must rethink' Myanmar tour

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Leeds United would be "morally corrupt" if they go ahead with a planned post-season tour of Myanmar, says shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.

The Championship side are scheduled to play fixtures on 9 and 11 May in the country, where families have fled their homes because of military operations.

Dr Allin-Khan said: "No club should promote a country which carries out state-sponsored mass murder.

"They must rethink. History will judge them to be on the wrong side of this."

Read more here.

Klopp: 'Still work to do in Rome'

Liverpool 5-2 Roma

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Jurgen Klopp - There's still work to do in Rome

Here's what the Liverpool manager had to say after last night's thriller.

Get Involved - World Cup Golden Boot suggestions

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Germany's Timo Werner is a contender

Shane: Thomas Muller - big heart for goals

Ivan: Luis Suarez

Kevin Van Hugh: Ronaldo , Messi, Salah, Kane - looking forward to the World Cup just hope violent fans don’t spoil it

Danny: Harry Kane will claim it

Kevin G Conroy: Firmino???

Sandy Cameron: Timo Werner

John Odande: Thomas Muller

Gary Marshall: Anthony Martial.

Have you seen this yet?

Watch former Chelsea player Marin's comical tumble

Watch former Chelsea player Marko Marin take an unusual dive in a Greek Super League game between Olympiacos and Apollon Smyrnis.

Enrique to Arsenal?

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Arsenal are hoping to convince former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique to succeed Arsene Wenger as their manager. The Gunners' head of football relations Raul Sanllehi worked with Enrique at the Nou Camp.

But Carlo Ancelotti won't be coming to the Emirates, because he's been offered the Italy job.

And could Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta be gracing the Premier League soon? A potential reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is in the offing...

...well, according to the gossip. Here are all the latest football transfer rumours.

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Alaba faces test as Zidane stays positive

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David Alaba of Bayer Munich

Defender David Alaba will face a late fitness before Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.

Here's our preview to tonight's second Champions League semi-final.

Read what Real boss Zinedie Zidane thinks too.

End of an era nigh?

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid - Thursday (20:05 BST)

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Atletico Madrid

All the talk might be of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal exit - but it could also be the end of an era for Atletico Madrid.

Read Andy West'sanalysis of all things Atleti here ahead of their Europa League semi-final first leg against Arsenal tomorrow.

Wenger to speak again

Arsenal v Atletico Madrid - Thursday (20:05 BST)

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Arsene Wenger

Meanwhile, Arsene Weger will speak for the second time since announcing he would leave Arsenal in the summer last week, during his pre Europa League semi-final press conference at 10:30am this morning.

We will bring you live updates here.

Liverpool still looking strong

Liverpool 5-2 Roma

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'They told me I couldn't play football because I'm a girl'

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Liverpool's stunning victory over Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League is the sort of moment to inspire people to play 'the beautiful game' - just like Jessie has been by Sheffield United...

'They told me I couldn't play football because I'm a girl'

Girls Football Week - running now until 29 April - is all about getting as many girls as possible playing the game.

You can find out more about it here and find an event near you for girls to give it a go.

Blackburn back in Championship

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Charlie Mulgrew celebrates his all-important strike

Blackburn Rovers sealed promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt after a narrow victory at Doncaster Rovers.

Captain Charlie Mulgrew's 14th league goal of the season was enough to seal the win for the visitors.

The 32-year-old centre-back glanced in Bradley Dack's left-wing corner with 10 minutes remaining.

Rovers remain second in League One but are one point behind leaders Wigan with two games of the campaign remaining.

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Uefa respond to fan attack

Simon Stone

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“Uefa is deeply shocked by the vile attack that occurred ahead of the Liverpool FC v AS Roma match and our thoughts are with the victim and his family.

“The perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with utmost severity by the authorities.

“Uefa is waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.”

'A really bad injury'

It wasn't all good news for Liverpool last night as they wait to find out the extent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury.

The 24-year-old midfielder was taken off on a stretcher in the 15th minute after appearing to hurt his knee when challenging Aleksandar Kolarov.

"It's probably a really bad injury," said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. "If you can say that already before the scan then it's never good news."

Worry for England too, with the 2018 World Cup starting on 14 June.

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At least he didn't celebrate...

Roma must regret selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool after last night, right? Well, according to owner James Pallotta they didn't really have a choice once the Egypt winger told the club he wanted to return to the Premier League.

Speaking to the World Football show on BBC World Service after Roma's thrilling comeback win over Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Pallotta said: "Salah had one year left on his contract and what were we going to do? Either keep him for that year and then get zero or sell him.

"He has obviously had an incredible year. Jurgen Klopp has clearly figured out how best to utilise him, playing in sort of a different position than here at Roma.

He also revealed that not many teams other than other than Liverpool were "banging down the door" to buy Salah, adding: "A lot of other teams are probably kicking themselves that they didn't take a closer look at him."

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Juventus and Argentina's Paolo Dybala

Sam Martin: I don't see any reason why Mohamed Salah isn't in with a shout for the Golden Boot with Egypt. He's torn it up this season and I personally think Egypt have a sub-par group.

Rob Thomas: Super Mo

Marti Zaddock: Mo

Esheya Emmanuel: Victor Moses

King Arnie: Depends how many Kane fancies claiming I suppose

Rob Osborne: Mo Salah but Harry Kane will probably try and claim it

Frank Nuwamanya Muhwezi: Paolo Dybala

Is he on Planet Cristiano-Messi?

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Salah's stunning statistics

The stats which keep getting better

  • Salah is the first African player in history to score at least nine goals in a single European Cup/Champions League season.
  • He has scored in each of his past five Champions League starts - the only Reds player to score in five consecutively before the Roma tie was Steven Gerrard between October 2007 and February 2008
  • Salah's haul of 43 goals is the most by any player in all competitions in Europe's top five leagues this season.
  • He has surpassed England's 1966 World Cup-winning hero Roger Hunt (42) in terms of goals in a single season for Liverpool. Only Ian Rush has scored more (47).
  • Salah has scored 10 goals in the Champions League this season - the most, along with Roberto Firmino, by a Liverpool player in a single season in European competition.
  • The Egyptian is just the fifth player in Premier League history to be involved in more than 40 goals in a single season (31 goals, nine assists). Alan Shearer (47 in 1994-95), Andrew Cole (47 in 1993-94), Thierry Henry (44 in 2002-03) and Luis Suarez (43 in 2013-14) are the others.

"You've got to give him the Ballon d'Or," - Robbie Savage

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Mo Salah aka The Egyptian King (if you're a Liverpool fan)

Mohamed Salah was named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year on Sunday. Two days later, he established himself as one of the best in Europe. Next step: the world?

On a memorable European night at Anfield, the Egyptian scored twice and made two more goals as Liverpool routed Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Read more here.

Attacked Liverpool fan still critical

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A man was attacked outside the Albert pub in Walton Breck Road

There was news too last night of a very concerning incident outside Anfield that left a 53-year-old man in hospital badly hurt before Liverpool played Roma.

You can read more about that unsettling story here.

Scenes outside Anfield before Liverpool v Roma

World Cup Golden Boot quiz

See how many you can get

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Who won the Golden Boot in past World Cups?

Are you a World Cup sharp shooter?

Click here to take our quickfire quiz against the clock to see how many World Cup Golden Boot winners you can name since 1966.

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Can Lionel Messi outscore them all in Russia?

Goals, lots of them, and subsequent top scorer lists are on the agenda today thanks to a certain Mr Salah.

But what about the World Cup - who will set it alight this summer and win the Golden Boot?

Argentina and Barca superstar Lionel Messi, as ever, must be among the favourites. What too of Brazil's Neymar, France's Antoine Griezmann or the ever-excellent Cristiano Ronaldo after another stunning season for Real Madrid?

The there's Brazil's Gabriel Jesus, Germany's Timo Werner, Belgium's Romelu Lukaku or Spain's Diego Costa.

A word too, perhaps, for England's Harry Kane.

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