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The Northern Territory news Fri 14 Apr 2017



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FRIDAY APRIL 14 2017 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Massive night in Europe Antoine Griezmann (right) celebrates with Atletico Madrid teammate Fernando Torres after his penalty against Leicester Monacos Kylian Mbappe (right) tangles with Borussia Dortmund opponent Lukasz Piszczek during yesterdays clash in Germany Atletico rolls Leicester Ronaldo stars once again Teenager lifts Monaco ANTOINE Griezmann converted a first-half penalty kick to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Leicester in their first leg of the Champions League quarter final yesterday, keeping the Spanish club on track to make it to the final for a second straight season. Griezmann coolly scored from the spot in the 28th minute in Madrid by sending goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way with a firm strike into the left corner. The penalty came after Griezmann was clipped by Leicester defender Marc Albrighton after making a long run down the left flank. Griezmann appeared to be still outside the area when he was fouled. Diego Simeones Atletico is trying to reach the semifinals for the third time in four seasons, while Leicester the shock Premier League winner last season is looking to make another stunning title run in its debut in the Champions League. The second leg takes place on Wednesday in Leicester. Atletico was in control from the start at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, creating several scoring chances while restraining Leicester. The hosts had three clear opportunities less than 15 minutes into the match. Leicester had no attempts on target for the entire game. It played better in the second half than in the first but still couldnt create any significant danger to the Atletico defence. Yesterdays win extended Atleticos unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches. It has conceded only two goals in its last eight games. Atletico has won 29 of its past 35 games in European competitions at the Vicente Calderon. TEENAGER Kylian Mbappe scored twice to give Monaco a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League quarter final first-leg match postponed after an attack on the home teams bus. Mbappe gave Monaco a 19th-minute lead yesterday shortly after Fabinho had missed a penalty for the visitors, and they went further ahead when Dortmund defender Sven Bender headed into his own net. Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund in the 57th minute but another defensive mistake allowed Mbappe to break away and grab a third goal for the Ligue 1 side. Shinji Kagawa gave the German side hope with a neat finish six minutes from time. German media had questioned whether the game should have gone ahead so soon after Wednesdays attack in which three explo sions went off as the Dortmund team bus travelled to the stadium, injuring Spanish defender Marc Bartra. Monaco should have gone ahead in the 18th minute after Mbappe won a penalty but Fabinho pulled his spot-kick wide of the post. One minute later Bernardo Silva burst out of the Monaco half and flicked a clever pass to Thomas Lemar whose low ball across the face of goal bounced off Mbappes knee and into the net. Monaco went further ahead in the 35th minute when Andrea Raggi sent an inswinging cross towards Radamel Falcao and, although Bender got to it first, he only succeeded in heading it past Roman Buerki. Thomas Tuchels double substitution at halftime galvanised Dortmund who went out on the attack and deservedly pulled one back. CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final yesterday, ending the German sides tournament record of 16 straight wins at home. Ronaldos second-half goals meant he became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind after Arturo Vidals 25th-minute header for Bayern to put the defending champions on course to reach the semi-finals for a seventh successive year. It was a bit unlucky. We were the better team in the first half. We believe we can still do it, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. Bayern was without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But it had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when it lost 4-0 to Madrid in the semi-finals. Madrid went on to win the title with Carlo Ancelotti, the current Bayern coach, in charge at the time. Ancelottis successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to backto-back titles in the Champions League era. Bayern forced several corners early on and the sixth finally paid off when Vidal headed home. Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball. Ronaldo scored two minutes after the interval with one touch to Carvajals cross. It ensured Madrid extended its Spanish record of scoring in 53 straight games. Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring one of his two goals for Real Madrid in the big win over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena Muscat calls for polished performance as Victory look to lift A LAST pre-finals tune-up awaits Melbourne Victory tonight and coach Kevin Muscat (pictured) wants a performance against Central Coast to boost the clubs push towards the ALeague championship. Not three points necessarily but a performance. And some goals would be nice too. Victory are goalless in their past 286 minutes of football, the longest they have endured without a goal under Muscat. Its not exactly the form that would inspire confidence, or the form that wins grand finals according to Muscat. In the wake of Victorys woeful 3-0 home loss to Wellington a fortnight ago, Muscat stressed no team could simply rock up to the finals and win without momentum. Might that be where Victory find themselves at a cru cial juncture of the season? That (goalless statistic) has taken me by surprise but Im not concerned, Muscat said. If we talk about form, the definition is whatever suits your case. Our form over 26 weeks has been bloody good. Over three weeks maybe not so good. Muscat said their goalless draw with the Wanderers last Saturday, marred by a second half red card to Danny Georgievski, represented a turning of the corner. For 50 minutes away to Western Sydney, who scored three goals in their last three games, we completely dominated, he said. There was nothing wrong with our performance for 50 minutes... and the remaining 40 minutes we showed a lot of grit and determination and care not to concede. Muscat says he had a good look at the Mariners and listed an ex-Victory man as the first player he considers a threat. Connor Pain left Melbourne in the off-season, with Mitch Austin heading the other way, and the 23-year-old has kicked on in Gosford. Muscat said he wasnt surprised to see him, and fellow Victory departee Scott Galloway, doing well.