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O’Shea gives Manchester United advantage over Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona share the spoils at the Nou Camp, will Barry stay at Aston Villa?, and more



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April showers apparently brings May flowers, and the end of this month brings the very, very real possibility of a rematch in the UEFA Champions League final. How did we get to that point? Catch up on what you missed from the first legs of the CL semis and more below.

UEFA Champions League Semifinal First Leg: Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal

Thanks to an early goal from John O’Shea and a clean sheet by Edwin Van der Sar, Manchester United are in a good position to give themselves a chance to repeat as European champions. Soccerlens brought you live match commentary.

Knighthood in the Cards for Ryan Giggs?

Manchester United living legend and newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Ryan Giggs made his 800th appearance for United this evening, and it should be only a matter of time before even bigger honors are headed his way.

UEFA Champions League Semifinal First Leg: Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea

As unlikely as it may have seemed before kickoff, Chelsea were able to keep Barcelona off of the scoresheet at the Nou Camp in Tuesday’s first leg. If you want to relive the action, you can check out Soccerlens’ live match commentary of the match, along with a match report from The Chelsea Blog.

Fat Frank Becomes Fab Frank

It’s safe to say that Chelsea wouldn’t be in the position they are without Frank Lampard, who’s quietly having arguably the best season of his career. Lampard takes a lot of flack from all directions, but it’s time to praise him for the quality player he is.

Premier League or Champions League – Which Is More Coveted by the Fans?

As a fan, would you rather see your team win the Premier League title or be crowned European champions?

Should Barcelona Go for Victory at Real Madrid?

With the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against Chelsea coming up, could Barcelona concede this weekend’s massive derby showdown at the Bernabeu and miss out on a chance to put the La Liga title beyond doubt?

Everton to Face MLS All-Star Team

Planning on going to this year’s MLS All-Star Game? Those who make the trek to Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium will be treated to a showdown between the MLS All-Stars and the potential FA Cup winners.

FA Cup Final Ticket Allocation Leaves Loyal Fans Out in the Cold

Thanks to the FA Cup’s ticket allocation policies, could there be some Everton fans who miss out on the chance to see their side take on Chelsea at Wembley next month?

The Big Decision Webb and the Media Missed

Howard Webb is going to be the man with the whistle in the FA Cup final, and though he apologized for one mistake in Saturday’s Manchester United-Tottenham match, the FA might be reconsidering their decision because he whiffed on an even bigger call.

Will Gareth Barry Stay At Aston Villa?

Gareth Barry stayed at Aston Villa after being linked with an exit nearly all of last summer, but will the Villa skipper go in pursuit of greener pastures this summer? If he does, you might as well blame Howard Webb, since it’s only a matter of time before he gets blamed for even global warming, the Ice Age, and your bad hair day.

Babe of the Day: Francoise Boufhal

I don’t need to say much about why she’s the BOD, but I’ll say this much – those initials are very, very fitting when it comes to her.