§ Cricket for the masses

What a couple of days it’s been for Champions League football. Last night Deportivo La Coru?a somehow overturned a 4–1 away loss in the San Siro to beat the holders AC Milan 4–0, fantastically winning 5–4 on aggregate. The day before, Monaco turned around a 4–2 defeat to beat Real Madrid 3–1 at home and go through on away goals. But most importantly Chelsea (come on you Blues!) finally beat Arsenal 2–1 after 17 previous attempts, and are now in the semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Quite how one gets emotionally attached to something as intangible as a football team I don’t know, but when Bridger sealed the win with his goal 3 minutes from time I was whirling around like a dervish, veins coursing with adrenalin and endorphins. At the final whistle I was straight on the phone to my brother, grins a mile wide and tears in our eyes. Pathetic isn’t it? But what a buzz…