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Steve Borthwick. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Steve Borthwick. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Steve Borthwick. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Despite this age of tactical cynicism in a morally bankrupt global game, Champions League football turned back the clock this past fortnight when presenting us with a couple of semi-finals sent from heaven.

The present best of Spanish and best of English brought into our living rooms the drama and beauty of sport when played close to its naked best, a joy to behold — and, yes, it still had its cynical moments.


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