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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Wednesday
Barca march on, United prepare for Schalke’s Old Trafford visit and Colm Murphy celebrates on the double at Punchestown.

1.  #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Barcelona booked their place at the Wembley showpiece with a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou last night.

Pedro put the home side one-up before Marcelo levelled the game on the night. Barca closed it out though; watch how it unfolded in our minute-by-minute.

2. #MASTERS Rory McIlroy admits he wasn’t ready to win his first major last month.

It’s the Holywood man’s 22nd birthday – and he’s back in the States for the first time since his meltdown on the final day in Augusta.

‘First thing I don’t think I was ready – that was the most important thing,’ he said at Quail Hollow yesterday.

3. #CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United host Schalke tonight, boasting a commanding 2-0 lead from last week’s tie in Gelsenkirchen.

Wayne Rooney’s a doubt and Fergie expects Schalke to have a go. Our own wine-drinking football genius, Niall will serve the best stuff from seven for another Champions League liveblog. Do join him.

4. #MAGNERS LEAGUE Former Connacht boss Michael Bradley yesterday signed a two-year deal at Edinburgh.

5. #FAIRYHOUSE Colm Murphy celebrated a big-race Grade One double on the opening day at Punchestown yesterday.

Big Zeb and Quito De La Roque came up trumps for the Wexford trainer.

We’ll have a full preview of topday’s acton later (Mark Hobbs’ nap pick won by 14 lengths yesterday by the way). 

6. #TEKKERS Check out the pass from Iniesta for Pedro’s opener last night.