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Cissé and Messi wow, Gallagher steals limelight

Published: Friday 4 May 2012, 9.55CET
Papiss Demba Cissé scored two stunning goals and Lionel Messi broke another record in a week when rock star Liam Gallagher gate-crashed a post-match press conference.

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Published: Friday 4 May 2012, 9.55CET

Cissé and Messi wow, Gallagher steals limelight

Papiss Demba Cissé scored two stunning goals and Lionel Messi broke another record in a week when rock star Liam Gallagher gate-crashed a post-match press conference.

Goal: Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United FC)
Never mind being the talk of the 'Toon', Cissé is the name on everyone's lips in the Premier League and beyond following his spectacular second goal in Newcastle's 2-0 victory against Chelsea FC. If the Senegal striker had set the bar high with his first of the game – a sumptuous left-footed strike past Petr Čech – then his added-time effort put that firmly in the shade.

Receiving Shola Ameobi's knock-down following a Ryan Taylor throw-in, the 26-year-old, from a position adjacent to the penalty area on the Newcastle left, cut across the ball with his right foot, the result being a dipping shot which swerved into the far corner. The Stamford Bridge fixture was the fourth time the former SC Freiburg player has scored two goals in a match since his debut for Alan Pardew's team in early February, taking his total to an impressive 13 in 12 outings for the Magpies. 

Player: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
One wonders what records are left for Barcelona's No10 to own after he broke the 39-year-old mark for most goals during a single season in a major European league by completing his ninth club hat-trick of 2011/12 in a 4-1 midweek win against Málaga CF. Messi's 68th strike this term surpassed the total set by former FC Bayern München forward Gerd Müller during the 1972/73 campaign.

Team: SK Sigma Olomouc
Languishing fourth bottom in the Czech top flight, Sigma defied the odds to defeat AC Sparta Praha 1-0 in their domestic cup final and win the first major honour in the team's 93-year history. The triumph came only five days after Petr Uličný's charges lost to Sparta by the same scoreline in the First League, where 30 points and 11 places separate the sides. Defender Michal Vepřek's maiden goal for the club, after six years of trying, earned Sigma the silverware and ensured a fitting send-off for Uličný, who announced post-match that he is going to retire from coaching at the end of a season which has three matches to run.

Number: 25
Consecutive penalties, excluding those in shoot-outs, converted by Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid CF until he was denied from the spot on Wednesday by Athletic Club's Gorka Iraizoz. The Portugal striker's insatiable appetite for goals could not be suppressed for long, though, as he completed the scoring in a 3-0 away win which confirmed the Merengues as Spanish champions for the first time since 2008.

Quote:
"What do you want to know lads? Top of the league. Well done, City. I love [Roberto Mancini]; he's so cool, he's almost as cool as me."

With his usual swagger, Manchester City FC fan and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher gate-crashes the post-match press conference following the Citizens' 1-0 defeat of Manchester United FC which enabled Mancini's men to replace their rivals at the Premier League summit.

Endurance feat: Giovanni Trapattoni (Republic of Ireland)
The religious devotion of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is well known − after all, his sister is a nun back in his native Italy and the 73-year-old was said to have carried a bottle of holy water with him while in charge of the Azzurri.

Now, with UEFA EURO 2012 on the horizon, Ireland's first major tournament in ten years, Trapattoni has sought some locally sourced divine intervention. Having promised to climb Croagh Patrick – a 750-metre high mountain in the west of Ireland where Saint Patrick, the country's patron saint, is said to have fasted for 40 days – if his squad qualified for the EUROs, he kept his word, scaling part of it alongside the Taioseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny.

Gesture: Cris (Olympique Lyonnais)
Amid the euphoria of the Ligue 1 club's French Cup final triumph over US Quevilly, Lyon captain Cris was quick to showing his sporting side, inviting the third-tier team's skipper, Grégory Beaugrard, to lift the trophy with him on the steps of the Stade de France. Quevilly, 14th in the Championnat National, won seven matches to reach the final, knocking out Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennais FC along the way.

Toothless: Dries Mertens & Remko Pasveer
While scoring the second goal in PSV Eindhoven's 3-0 win against Heracles Almelo in the Dutch Cup final on 8 April, Dries Mertens lost two teeth in a collision with goalkeeper Remko Pasveer. Now, almost a month later, one of the calcified structures has been discovered – after falling out of Pasveer's head.

News of the unlikely find was revealed by Pasveer's team-mate, Samuel Armenteros, in a series of tweets, one of which was a photo of the offending item. "Haha, Remko just came to the stadium with a bag in his hand. We wondered in the locker room what it was and he showed us.

"He explained that yesterday night he was chilling at home watching TV and he felt a bump after scratching his head. And he pulled out this tooth, from the cup final three weeks back."

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