New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh’s entry into the Indian cricket team was spectacular. In 2000, playing in the ICC Champions Trophy, the 19-year-old bulldozed the Australians into submission with a blazing 84 to knock the world champions out of the competition. Seven years later, he gave India plenty to cheer by becoming the fourth player overall to hit six sixes in an over, accomplishing this feat in the 2007 World T20 in Durban against England. Having played a major role in the 2007 World T20 title triumph, Yuvraj gave India even more glory in 2011. His splendid all-round display guided India to their first 50-over World Cup triumph in 28 years.Read More | Happy Birthday, Yuvraj Singh – India’s greatest match-winner turns 37On December 12, Yuvraj turns 37 years of age and fans and fellow cricketers took to Twitter to wish Yuvraj a happy birthday. Recently, about two weeks ago, Yuvraj and his wife Hazel Keech, who is also a Bollywood actress, celebrated their second wedding anniversary.Read More | Gautam Gambhir farewell – When tension was dispelled in style For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
He and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth.___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week.The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether. March 31, 2020 The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers.Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” ___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million). Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least. McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago.Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open.He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association. Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue. The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California. The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___ Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June. Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Associated Press It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled. The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed. Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___ The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___ ___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi. The Latest: Patrick McEnroe says he has coronavirus Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.” Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
“I have to admit I trained extremely hard to win this tournament after winning it in 2006 and followed it up by winning the Nigeria Cup in Lagos in 2007. I waited for 13 years to reclaim my title. The hard work paid off and I am pleased and satisfied with what I have achieved so far,” he gushed.The 13-handicapper, who now has a new handicap of 11.7 flourished at the expense of a clutch of single handicappers, including Dipo Sanya, Suleiman Mohammed and Okey Igweh.Though Sanya finished four off Onyejegbu, the 7-handicapper finished as the best nett player in handicap 0-10 flight beating Jimmy Ahmed and Emmanuel Israel.Terngu Tsegba carded 69 nett to hold off Paul Kyari-Lassa and S. Olusa by one strong for the bragging rights in men Handicap 11-18.Chairman of tournament planning committee, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, singled out Onyejegbu’s feat as an acknowledgement of the high standard of play by the field.“The standard I saw was high. Can you imagine a 13-handicapper winning as the overall winner? That means the standard is getting higher, when you have single handicapper. That means the competition is getting better,” Anosike declared.Anosike, who is also IBB Club Vice-Captain, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for contributing to the success of the tournament by assigning the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare to represent him at the tee off ceremony.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaGeoff Onyejegbu was on cloud nine after ending a 13- year wait to emerge the overall winner of the recent Independence Day Golf Tournament in Abuja.He reclaimed the tournament that he first won in 2006 by shooting 66 nett.
Related Stories DEVIL’S X: Faceoffs doom Syracuse as Duke beats Orange 16-10 in national championship gameDuke’s plethora of offensive weapons one-ups Syracuse at own gameLamolinara’s strong title-game performance not enough to lift Syracuse past DukeRice carries Syracuse offense as Orange builds 5-goal lead, fades away in second half of NCAA title gameGallery: Duke defeats Syracuse 16-10 in NCAA championship game Published on May 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — JoJo Marasco could only stand and watch from the sideline as the final seconds ticked away and Duke hoisted the 2013 national championship trophy.He was rendered helpless — like he was for most of Monday’s 16-10 national championship loss to the Blue Devils — as his team’s desperate comeback officially fell short.Seven years ago he sat feet away from where he stood as Monday’s game ended, in the section of bleachers directly behind the penalty area for Virginia’s 2006 national championship. When he took a penalty with 15.8 seconds remaining, it ensured he’d stand in that area as his season and career ended, just as helpless as he was on that Memorial Day in 2006.“There was only 15 seconds left, and I wasn’t trying to do anything dirty or anything,” Marasco said, “just trying to make a play.”In an act of desperation, Marasco committed a rare penalty fighting to force one last turnover.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs the careers of Marasco and fellow senior Brian Megill come to an end there will be detractors. They were part of 2012’s 9-8 campaign, a rare stain on the Orange’s proud lacrosse tradition, and of course the big one: They never won a national championship.In decades that may be their legacy – one of the rare four-year stretches without a ring — but the 2013 season was an accomplishment. Ranked No. 18 after a week-one loss to Albany, this wasn’t a team to end a three-year title drought. But as the weeks went on it seemed it would at least have a chance with Marasco and Megill carrying it.The Megill-led defense held opponents to single digits in seven of top-seeded SU’s last eight games while Marasco became a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist as he sparked comeback after furious comeback. The two somehow lifted the Orange into the championship game.“This team has overcome tremendous adversity,” Megill said. “One of our coaches told us in the beginning of the game we were ranked preseason 19th. … I’m very proud of these guys.”But it was the way Marasco and Megill finished their careers, even with the game essentially out of doubt, that cemented what the two meant to the program. Not the final numbers on the scoreboard at a national championship game.As the Duke lead grew to 13-7 and Syracuse’s desperate grip on a comeback slipped, Marasco put the team on his back.First came a spectacular goal — “a highlight shot,” as DU head coach John Danowski described it. Marasco popped up from behind the net to the left doorstep and flipped a cross-handed shot over his shoulder and into the back of the net.Thirty-five seconds later he again scored unassisted, absorbing contact in the crease before firing another goal. The Blue Devils’ lead shrunk to four.Syracuse would never get closer.Between Marasco’s two goals, Megill, who won 5-of-7 faceoffs in the game, fell to the ground. The defender who battled a nagging knee injury throughout the entire season wasn’t on for the next faceoff. And by the time he was ready to take another faceoff, the Blue Devils had gotten both goals back.“We had success,” Megill said. “I just wish I would have went out there two quarters earlier.”What people will remember is that the two got to the final and couldn’t get it done. That for the first time since 1999, a senior class leaves SU without a ring. What they won’t remember is the incredible fourth quarter the two turned in.People won’t remember the 11 turnovers and the three in the fourth quarter. People won’t remember that the second-line midfield was virtually invisible for the final three quarters until All-American Henry Schoonmaker’s off-balance shot with a minute left fell feet both short and wide.For the immediate future Megill and Marasco probably won’t remember that either, but when the two are long gone and look back at the 2013 season, there will always be reason to smile on the season that proved the doubters wrong.“To be here and kind of work your way through the season and up in the biggest game there is in college lacrosse has been a great reward,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said, “and like I said, I think these guys will look back at it and enjoy it.”David Wilson is an assistant sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Comments
Ireland have beaten Egypt 2-1 their World league match in South Africa.Cargo and O’Donoghue with the goals for Ireland.The win guarantees Craig Fulton’s side a spot in the quarter finals.
The team of the year will be announced on October 2nd. Tipperary under 21 hurler Ger Browne has been nominated for the Bord Gais Energy Under 21 hurling team of the year.The Knockavilla Kickhams clubman is the sole Tipperary nominee, and is among 45 players from across the country in the running.All Ireland winners Limerick lead the way with 13 nominations. Photo © Tipp FM
Nigeria’s tennis great, Nduka ‘Duke’ Odizor and Festus Onigbinde, one of the country’s most outstanding football coaches, are among a list of sports resource persons to make presentations at the seventh retreat of the National Sports Reform Committee taking place in Abuja starting today, Monday June 13 through Wednesday, June 15.The retreat which is taking place at the Committee of Vice Chancellors Secretariat in Abuja would also feature papers from a former Director General of the NSC, Yakmut Alhassan; Director of Kwara State Sports Council, Tunde Kazeem; President of the Cricket Federation, Emeka Onyeoma and Reknown Nigeria-based American basketball coach, Oliver B. Johnson.According to statement from the committee, this retreat will serve to perfect discussions on the seven terms of reference and pave way for the drafting of the report to be submitted on July 14.According to the Chairman of the committee, Godwin Kienka, “The committee is on schedule and we are looking forward to a great retreat. We are grateful for the response and the contributions from all the resource persons that we have invited. It just goes to show that the need for a comprehensive but practical sports reform in Nigeria is acknowledged by all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.Meanwhile, Guardiola might still be tempted to field a weakened side against rivals Manchester United with a crucial Champions League clash against Liverpool to come next week, and a 3-0 deficit to overturn, the Catalan coach faces a dilemma.Having watched their rivals Manchester United dominate English football for the majority of the 1990’s and the new millennium, City fans are relishing their opportunity to get one over their bitter foesÂ on Saturdayat the Etihad Stadium.The task is a simple one â€“ beat United and City will seal the fastest-ever Premier League title in front of their own fans, forcing United to look on with envy.In ordinary circumstances, Guardiola would not even entertain the idea of deploying anything other than his strongest team to secure his first league title in England, and keep City on course for a record points haul.However, what happened at AnfieldÂ on Wednesdaywould have given the Catalan coach food for thought. Liverpool blew City away in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with a blistering display of attacking football.That 3-0 defeat leaves City on brink of an exit from a competition many tipped them to win, given their relentless league form. Guardiola, though, is not giving up just yet.“I believe a lot in this team,” he said afterÂ Wednesday’smatch. “Nobody believes we will go through. We will convince ourselves…”Tuesday’sÂ second leg at the Etihad comes just three days after the Manchester derby â€“ a match City do not necessarily have to win.City need just two wins from their remaining seven league games to seal that third Premier League crown, and that is assuming United win all of their remaining games, starting at the Etihad.Losing to United would upset fans, but is unlikely to be detrimental to City’s season. Not overturning their 3-0 deficit against Liverpool, though, would leave them to pick up the pieces of another failed campaign in Europe.City have only once reached the Champions League semifinals despite investing eye-watering sums of money in their playing squad.United are likely to put everything into today’s encounter, and with it being a derby clash, the chances are elevated of some tough tackles flying in. Guardiola will know that an injury to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva would seriously harm their chances of a Champions League turnaround.What they said?Man City“Nobody believes but we have another game. We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe. We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home,” – Man City manager Pep GuardiolaMan United“Manchester City is not important for me. What is important for me is that since the moment we left first position and went to Â¬second, we stayed there for the whole of the season. We deserved to be second, in spite of what you can say, the criticisms you make. You all say the third, fourth, fifth, sixth (placed teams) are better than us, but theyâ€™re not, because we have more points than them,â€ Man United boss Jose Mourinho.“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game. We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.” â€“ Man United playmaker Juan Mata.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nothing would please Manchester City fans than winning the Premier League title today against bitter rivals Manchester United, with Pep Guardiolaâ€™s men needing just three points to clinch the title. Though the Red Devils may have conceded the title to the Citizens, nothing would be more humiliating to their travelling fans than seeing their â€˜noisy neighbourâ€™ clinch the title at their expense. Considering the rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Guardiola, the Portuguese would do everything to delay Cityâ€™s title celebrationM anchester City can ease the pain of their Champions League defeat to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United today in record time.Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad â€“ a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league.City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarterfinal at Anfield.But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.
David Beckham says he respects Zinedine Zidane’s decision to pull out of a charity game following the Paris terror attacks.The France legend was due to play in the match at Old Trafford alongside a star-studded line-up to raise funds for Unicef.But he withdrew along with compatriots Patrick Vieira and Christian Karembeu to mourn the 129 people who lost their lives in the French capital on Friday night.And Beckham said his heart goes out to the families of the victims.The former Manchester United midfielder said: “I understand why Zizou [Zidane] took the decision not to play. He was very respectful to me and I totally understand, he’s a friend first off.”He’s a very passionate man and, being French, what happened really hit him. “It was terribly devastating to see the scenes, unfortunately we see it around the world and have seen it recently.”On behalf of myself, the managers, players, and fans we all send out our condolences to those who lost loved ones in Paris and our heart goes out to everyone in France.”Beckham and son Brooklyn played together as a Great Britain and Ireland XI side beat a Rest of the World team 3-1 in the match.Michael Owen scored a brace while Paul Scholes was also on the scoresheet after heading in Beckham’s cross for the team, which was managed by Sir Alex Ferguson.Dwight Yorke netted for the Rest of the World side, which contained Ronaldinho, Luis Figo, Robert Pires and Michael Ballack and were managed by Carlo Ancelotti.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Bayern Munich drew 2-2 with Benfica to edge into the semi-finals of the Champions League.Bayern went into the second leg at the Estadio da Luz knowing that they were in control of the tie after denying Benfica an away goal in the first leg, but were stunned when Raul Jimenez scored with Benfica’s first meaningful attack in the 27th minute.The famously passionate home crowd roared on their side to look for a second and turn the tie on its head, but were silenced when Phillip Lahm’s pull-back found its way to Arturo Vidal on the edge of the box, who leathered the ball in.Thomas Muller added another from a corner after the break to put Bayern in the driving seat, with Benfica needing three goals in the final half an hour to escape elimination from the competition.But there was still time for Anderson Talisca to set up a tense finish with a superb free-kick strike 15 minutes from the end – and feat that he almost repeated with another set-piece effort a short time later.Bayern held on relatively comfortably for the draw on the night and the 3-2 win on aggregate, and will now face one of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Pep Guardiola’s next side Manchester City in the semi-finals. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports