Atletico boot Barca out European Champions League

first_imgMADRID (AP):Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give AtlÈtico Madrid an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday.Griezmann opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then sealed the victory with a late penalty kick to allow Atletico to reverse the 2-1 first-leg loss at Camp Nou with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.The result sent Diego Simeone’s team, which had played most of the first-leg match with 10 men, to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons. And it shattered the hopes of favourites Barcelona, who have reached the semi-finals seven times in the last eight seasons.AtlÈtico Madrid left Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after their striker, Fernando Torres, was sent off in the 35th minute. Yesterday, it was Barcelona who had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fern·ndez that appeared to be inside the area but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.Lionel Messi’s ensuing free kick sailed over the crossbar in his team’s last chance.In yesterday’s other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. The draw in the return leg of their quarter-final meant Bayern went through 3-2 on aggregate after their 1-0 win at home. Unfancied Benfica made the German club fight till the end, though, as substitute Talisca’s curling free kick beat Manuel Neuer in the 76th to make it level on the night.Ra?l JimÈnez’s 27th-minute goal, when he met a lobbed pass from Eliseu and beat two defenders to head past Neuer, put Benfica level over the two legs and fired up the Portuguese team.Arturo Vidal replied for Bayern in the 38th with his second goal over the two legs. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson pushed out Philipp Lahm’s cross as far as the Chile midfielder, who was alone on the edge of the area and fired a shot into the empty goal.Thomas Mueller, who hadn’t scored in his past three games, made it 2-1 for the Bundesliga club on the night with a header in the 52nd.Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL is set to lose its link with Oatfields sweet factory, sources have told we revealed the factory’s owners have struck a deal to sell the Letterkenny premises to German supermarket giant Lidl.Informed sources confirmed our story – that the site is to be sold to Lidl – and the last 15 jobs will go, bringing to an end an 80-year association with the town. The Mayor Gerry McMonagle said there is a ”growing frustration and anger” amongst the workforce with their employers’ refusal to clarify for the workforce where the future of the plant lay.Zed Candy and Donegal Creameries are joint owners of the site. They are refusing to say anything – as their massive property deal worth €1.9M is subject to Lidl getting planning permission.“There is a sad reluctance amongst the workforce that they are to lose their jobs,” Cllr McMonagle said.”Some of those at the meeting have been working at Oatfields for 40 years and are now very angry at how their loyalty is being repaid.” Oatfield sweets have been manufactured in Letterkenny for more than 80 years.Zed Candy bought the Oatfield brand from McKinney and Co.Lidl’s move to open a second store in the town is a response to their rivals Aldi which opened a second store just before Christmas.The supermarket wars could erupt further if Tesco gets the go ahead for a new entrance to its store.A new Lidl however on the sweet factory site could cause more concerns over traffic in the area. LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comOATFIELDS TO CLOSE – SITE TO BE TURNED INTO SUPERMARKET was last modified: January 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal NewsdonegaldailyletterkennyOatfieldssweet factorulast_img read more