Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Chelsea exited the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 loss to French champions Paris Saint Germain. They lost the first leg by the same score in Paris, so lost overall on aggregate 4-2.
PSG progress to the Quarter Finals, along with Benfica who made light work of Zenit St. Petersburg.
On Tuesday evening, Real Madrid comfortably dispatched of Roma in the Champions League, with a 2-0 win on the night, and 4-0 on aggregate. VfL Wolfsburg also progressed to the next round with a solid win over KAA Gent. 1-0 on the night, and 4-2 on aggregate.
There was also action in the Scottish Premiership last night, as St. Johnstone managed to defeat Inverness Callie Thistle 1-0. Chris Kane’s late goal was enough to give the Saints the 3 points, after Inverness player Garry Warren was sent off in the second half.
Looking back to Tuesday night, Aberdeen closed in on league-leaders Celtic after a 2-1 win away to Partick Thistle. They now only trail the Glasgow side by 1 point.
Tonight’s main fixtures are from the UEFA Europa League, with the stand out being Liverpool against Manchester United. This mouth-watering class has drawn everyone’s attention, as both teams have never faced each other in a European competition before. There are also seven other first leg ties tonight, including Borussia Dortmund hosting Tottenham Hotspur.
Looking ahead to the weekend’s Scottish Premiership matches. On Friday, Motherwell are at home to Dundee United. Then on Saturday, Partick Thistle are back in action. They host leaders Celtic. Aberdeen face a struggling Kilmarnock team. Dundee play Hearts, and Inverness face Hamilton Accies. This last game is vital for both team who need points to help them avoid dropping them into the play-off/relegation zone.
In England, there is action in the Barclays Premier League and the FA Cup. In the league on Saturday, Manchester City face a relegation battler in Norwich. And on Monday night, leaders Leicester take on Newcastle. There are also two other matches over the weekend too. Moving on to the cup, and there are four Sixth Round (Quarter Final) matches. Crystal Palace travel to Reading on Friday night. A clash between heavy-weights Everton and Chelsea takes place on Saturday. And on Sunday, Arsenal take on Watford, while West Ham play away to Manchester United.
Coming up closer to home, Hawick Waverley play away to Leithen Rovers in the Cup on Saturday, before playing Chirnside United in the Border Amateur League Division A. This is a big game for both clubs as they are both level on points in the table.
Fellow club, Hawick Royal Albert are playing away to Ormiston on Saturday 19th March in their next East of Scotland First Division match. If Hawick were to win, they move from ninth, up to sixth in the table.