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Queen’s brooches: Australian hibiscus represents relationship with both nation and nature

The Sydney Morning Herald even reported before the Queen Mother landed in the country that she would receive “a diamond and ruby brooch unofficially estimated to cost more than £5,000”.

The Queen’s mother wore the brooch for the first time in Brisbane, on February 16, 1958, pinned to a draping white organza dress.

Since her mother’s death, Her Majesty has worn the brooch to various engagements.

The first time she donned the inherited brooch was in 2006, for her grandson William’s passing out parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

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Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand both surprised at Southgate decision for England vs Germany

“I’m surprised in one way but Gareth Southgate, knowing him being a defender when he played as well, so maybe not that surprised.

“But when you see the talent that we’ve got, especially in the attacking wide areas, the young fearless talent, and none of them are really playing today, it does surprise me in that sense.

“But what I will say he may be thinking [is] the impact they may have off the bench when it gets into the latter stages, so that could maybe be a ploy.”

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Reigning world champion, Rio bronze medalist both fail to qualify for Tokyo

The favorite to win the men’s 800 meters came in last while the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters is out.

EUGENE, Ore. — The rooms in Tokyo practically had their names on them.

Instead, others will be taking the spots that seemed all but reserved for two American track champions, Jenny Simpson and Donavan Brazier.

The cold realities of the U.S. Olympic qualifying reared their ugly head on a scorcher of a day at track and field trials Monday. In a format where records and resumes mean nothing, and only the top three finishers in each event earn a spot, Simpson and Brazier fell short.

“There are things that champions overcome. I couldn’t overcome them,” said Brazier, the world champion at 800 meters, after finishing last in that race, more than 4 seconds behind winner Clayton Murphy.

“It’s hard to believe,” said Simpson, a former world champion whose 10th-place finish in the 1,500 meters, well behind winner Elle Purrier St. Pierre, had stunned the crowd only moments before.

They were not quite superstars, and no massive ad campaigns had been built around them, a la Dan O’Brien, whose flop in the decathlon at trials back in 1992 stands as maybe the most stunning “sure thing” to not happen at the U.S. trials.

Still, they were favorites in their events — if not to win, then at least to finish in the top three and head to Tokyo next month.

Simpson, who took bronze in Rio to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500, was done almost before she started. There was heavy jostling at the start that knocked five or six runners off stride.

“No one went down,” she said. “Maybe they should have called the race back. That was extreme.”

Brazier has prided himself on entering the 800 without a concrete game plan and improvising on the fly. This time, it backfired. The pace was pushed. Brazier tried to keep up and he didn’t have his customary kick at the finish. He knew with about 200 meters left that it wasn’t his day. Instead, it belonged to Murphy, who will get a chance to add to the bronze he won five years ago in Rio.

“I’ve been able to win from the front. I’ve been able to win from the back. I don’t know if it was just overconfidence going into the race thinking I could do whatever the hell I want and come out successful,” Brazier said. “Maybe lack of race plan is what got me.”

On other days, Chris Nilsen’s upset of two-time world champion Sam Kendricks in the pole vault might have made headlines. Kendricks is heading to Tokyo, however, thanks to a second-place finish that wasn’t exactly what he planned. But still good enough.

“This will go down in history as the hardest team ever to make,” he said.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Will Claye did the expected, winning the triple jump, while the women’s 5,000 was mostly a no-fuss affair, taken by Elise Cranny in 15 minutes, 27.81 seconds.

“During the warmup, we were in ice baths and I kept my body temperature as cold as possible,” said Rachel Schneider, who finished third in the 5K. “Outside of that, we just said be tough and don’t worry about it because everyone’s dealing with the same heat.”

Maybe Jordan Mann dealt with it best. The steeplechase runner missed a step and found himself plunging into the water pit during prelims. He finished 12th, but at least he got some relief.

It was 94 degrees when that race started, and the sunshine heated the surface of the track to well over 100.

“The heat makes it tricky out there,” Claye said. “You don’t want to blow a gasket out there.”

Simpson insisted the heat was not a factor in her race. Clearly, it wasn’t for the winner, either. Purrier St. Pierre, the 25-year-old who grew up o a dairy farm in Vermont, overcame the early jostling on the inside and simply sprinted out to the front and didn’t look back. She finished in 3:58.03, a trials record.

“It happened so fast, and your plan changes,” she said. “You always have a couple different plans in mind. It was never to lead the whole thing.”

She’s not the only one who found herself staring at a different sort of future Monday.

“It will be shocking to watch the Olympics on TV,” Simpson said. “It may be hard for athletes to admit, or say out loud, but the sport goes on without you.”

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Britain locked in race for freedom to ensure all over-50s have both jabs by June 21

Linda Bauld says June 21st restrictions ease is ‘ambitious’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rollout may accelerate in time for the ­proposed end of lockdown. And vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “We are in a race between vaccinating at scale and making sure people get two doses. “We saw good data around the protection from two doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. We hope to be able to protect all over-50s before June 21.”
It would mean around 21 million over-50s having received both Covid doses in time for Britain’s independence day.

There is also growing concern at the highly transmissible Indian variant and the renewed pressure on the NHS.

The alarming spread of the B1617.2 ­variant means it is critical that everyone ­eligible for a life-saving jab gets one as soon as possible.

Yesterday, Mr Hancock said: “We are in a race between the vaccine and the virus.

“We are doing everything we can to roll out the vaccine as quickly as possible and it’s never been more important to get your ­second jab. 

“So come forward so we can continue on the road to recovery.”

Almost 40 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine as part of the biggest inoculation programme in history, which started on December 8.

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The Government is working to ensure around 21 million over-50s receive both jab doses before June 21 (Image: Getty )

Three-quarters of all adults will have received at least one jab within days and almost half will be vaccinated with both doses before the end of this week.

Official figures show 39,068,346 people have had their first shot and 24,892,416 have had the second. Many of those under 50 who have had their second jabs are either key workers or have vulnerable health.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of the NHS Providers membership organisation, said “very few” Covid patients have received both shots, proving vaccines provide “very high” levels of protection.

He said: “The significant majority of ­hospital cases are unvaccinated.

“Either because they are too young or, although the patient was eligible, they haven’t had their vaccinations.

“This sends a very clear message about the overwhelming importance of getting both doses and the key role of surge vaccination in speeding up protection.”

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There is growing concern at the highly transmissible Indian variant and renewed pressure on the NHS (Image: Getty)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing pressure to consider a delay to his previously “irreversible road map” out of the pandemic.

All legal curbs on social contact are due to be lifted in three weeks. But almost half of all new Covid cases are thought to involve the new variant.

A fortnight ago, Mr Zahawi announced the gap between jabs would be cut from 12 weeks to eight for over-50s and the clinically vulnerable.

The rapid pace of the rollout means health chiefs are confident of offering a first jab to all over-18s by the end of July.

Focus will then turn to an autumn booster campaign in which over-50s could get a third shot, potentially of a different vaccine to the one they had previously received.

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Matt Hancock said the vaccine rollout may accelerate in time for the proposed end of lockdown (Image: Getty )

The Government yesterday said there had been a further 3,240 lab-confirmed cases in the UK and six deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

New daily coronavirus cases have soared by close to 40 per cent during the space of a week.

Official figures show that daily infections have risen from 2,325 last Sunday to the 3,240 recorded yesterday, while deaths rose by just one in that week.

More than 537,000 vaccinations were carried out in England on Saturday.

The NHS has also revealed 54,379,320 jabs were given in England between December 8 and May 29, including first and second doses.

A total of 6,900,813 jabs were given to people in London in that period, including 4,334,097 first doses and 2,566,716 second ones, NHS England added.

Meanwhile, Mr Hopson warned some hospital trusts are now facing a new conundrum – of how to clear the mammoth backlog of patient care.

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More than 537,000 vaccines were carried out in England on Saturday (Image: Getty)

The NHS Providers chief said: “Trusts are going full pelt on recovering care backlogs, getting through as many cases as possible, starting with more clinically urgent, often complex cases.

“Many of these require several days of post-operative recovery, so wards are very full with these patients. Urgent care demand has significantly increased over the past few weeks and there is a very marked increase in patient complexity.”

NHS England data shows around five million patients were waiting for surgery in March – the highest figure on record.

The figures show more than 436,000 ­people were waiting for more than a year, compared with 1,600 pre-pandemic.

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Austin airport tower closed temporarily, both arrivals and departures delayed

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-Bergstrom International Airport says its tower will be closed for the next hour for disinfection protocols.

The airport put out an alert on Twitter Monday afternoon around 3:45 saying the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily closed the tower, and some flights will be delayed for both arrivals and departures.

“During this time, arrivals and departures will be occurring at a significantly reduced rate,” AUS said on Twitter.

People can either contact their airline for more information on their flight or find the latest flight information online here.

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport tower (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
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This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

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Carry on distancing even if you’ve had BOTH jabs, health chief says – to be fair to those still waiting

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PEOPLE who are fully vaccinated have been urged to carry on social distancing to be fair to the rest of Britain.

A senior health official suggested the UK should not allow “privileged” immunised people greater freedoms.

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A senior health official suggested the UK should not allow “privileged” immunised people greater freedoms such as to meet indoors without social distancingCredit: Getty – Contributor

Instead, society should move forward together.

In the US, groups of fully vaccinated people can meet indoors without the need for social distancing or face masks.

This won’t be allowed for the UK until June 21 at the earliest, when all remaining social distancing rules will lift.

That’s despite experts saying the risk of two-fully vaccinated people catching Covid from meeting up inside is at “one in 400,000 chance”.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also says fully vaccinated Americans can stop wearing face coverings outdoors, while there are no current plans to stop mask-wearing in the UK.

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said the UK is choosing an all-together approach.

She told MPs today the Government’s road map reflects “doing everything as a whole” but that in the future, “we may be able to pick out individuals”.

She said: “I think the other thing is we have a slightly different cultural perspective in this country in that we tend to do everything together.

“We are trying to say that this is about the population as a whole rather than the individuals, those privileged individuals who have had two doses, being somehow able to do things that other people cannot.”

Dr Ramsay told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that the US had given more second doses, which allowed them to be less cautious now.

Some 29 per cent of the US population has hd two doses compared to the UK’s 25 per cent.

The UK has a policy of leaving up to 12 weeks between vaccine doses in order to save more lives, whereas other countries have stuck to a standard three weeks.

A person does not have the optimal protection against Covid until at least three weeks after their vaccine.

However, around half the British population, all under 50 years old, have not had even their first dose of a jab.

And a small proportion of older and more vulnerable people would have refused it or cannot get it due to medical reasons.

Dr Ramsay said: “There is a risk that we get a resurgence as we release restrictions – hopefully that will mainly lead to mild disease and younger people.

“But there will still be the risk that those people can potentially pass this on to older individuals who are, for whatever reason, either unable to respond to vaccine, unvaccinated or maybe if the vaccine begins to lose protection over time.”

How do regions’ vaccination figures compare?

More than 47 million vaccine doses have been given in the UK so far, including more than 33.8 million first doses, and 12.2 million second doses.

In England, nearly 39.4 million doses have been given – 28.43

million first doses and 11 million second doses.

NHS England data between December 8 and April 27 gives a regional break down of jabs given:

  • London: 3,533,371 first doses and 1,373,333 second doses (4,906,704 total)
  • Midlands: 5,481,483 first doses and 2,088,501 second doses (7,569,984 total)
  • East of England: 3,403,056 first doses and 1,371,888 second doses (4,774,944 total)
  • North East and Yorkshire: 4,503,014 first and 1,839,357 second doses (6,342,371 total)
  • North West: 3,608,417 first and 1,538,878 second doses (5,147,295 total)
  • South East: 4,650,298 first and 1,811,833 second doses (6,462,131 total)
  • South West: 3,093,957 first and 1,294,187 second doses (4,388,144 total)

It came after a PHE study revealed that Covid vaccines do stop people from passing the virus to other people, hailed by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock as “terrific”.

The key finding was that a single dose cuts the risk of catching the virus by two-thirds and onward transmission to household members by up to almost half.

But Dr Ramsay pointed out the figure was not 100 per cent.

In the committee hearing, Dr Ramsay also told MPs it was “very important” that as many people as possible are vaccinated before all restrictions are eased.

Another expert warned of a large coronavirus wave later on if “we all go completely wild”.

Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), warned of the risks of ignoring eerything that has been learned about social distancing in the last year.

“We need to celebrate our success with vaccines… but we also need to be cautious because we don’t want to see what’s happening in other parts of Europe and other parts of the world here in the UK.

“If we can carry on with the messaging that we carry on being cautious, even though we are unlocking slowly in terms of the social distancing, the mask wearing, etc, we may keep infection rates down.”

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Man Utd fans 'block both entrances to Carrington' during protest against Glazers

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A group of Manchester United fans protesting against the Glazers have allegedly blocked both entrances to the club’s AON training complex in Carrington this morning in a bid to cause disruption. Angry supporters were left feeling betrayed earlier this week, when it was confirmed that the Red Devils were one of 12 founding members of the European Super League.
Not only that but owner Joel Glazer, a man who has given just one interview to the club during his 16-year tenure at Old Trafford, was at the forefront of the idea with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Yet following a fierce backlash and a series of protests, United were forced to back down as they ordered a legal team to start work on their withdrawal.

The development later saw Woodward resign during a dramatic series of events on Tuesday night, when the ESL soon began to fold like a deck of cards.

Woodward reportedly called Joel Glazer to inform him that he would be stepping down at the end of 2021.

The American businessman then pleaded with Woodward to stay but given he was already close to walking away, this proved to be the final straw and his decision was final.

Yet United supporters are not going to let the club’s withdrawal slide, with most believing this is the perfect time to finally force the Glazers out of the club.

This morning, fans blocked both entrances to Carrington, as documented by Twitter account @RedIssue.

A series of a banners were then held up around the complex by figures who had covered up their faces.

One banner read: “We decide when you play,” and was held aloft in front of the the main building.

All-new Roku Express 4K streaming dongle beats both Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast on price

Roku has taken the wraps off the all-new Roku Express 4K, which is designed to bring crisp Ultra HD picture quality and HDR colour to an affordable price tag. The new set-top box – that plugs directly into the HDMI port on your telly to unlock access to dozens of streaming services and games – will go head-to-head with some of the most popular telly gadgets on the market, including Amazon’s Fire TV range and the Chromecast with Google TV, which debuted within the last six months.
Roku Express 4K is optimised for some of the highest picture standards available right now, including 4K resolution, which offers four times the number of pixels as 1080p “full” High Definition, HDR, HDR10 and HDR10+ colour standards. HD is also supported for those with older TVs, or those who are limited by their streaming plan (Netflix only offers 4K picture quality for those paying for its priciest £13.99 a month subscription tier, for example).

Roku will charge £39.99 for the Express 4K when it goes on-sale in May 2021. For comparison, Amazon charges £49.99 for its Fire TV Stick 4K, which offers streaming in the same 4K Ultra HD picture quality with support for HDR, HDR 10, HDR10+. Unlike the Roku, Amazon also throws in support for Dolby Vision too.

The Chromecast with Google TV costs £59.99 and supports the same Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ standards.

All of these streaming gadgets have advantages and disadvantages. The Fire TV range is ideal for those who are deeply invested in Amazon’s ever-growing ecosystem of devices, like the Amazon Echo and Echo Show, as it leverages talkative Alexa voice assistant and allows you to tie-in existing Echo hardware to create a surround sound system for your telly. Likewise, Chromecast with Google TV includes features that make it more convenient for those who rely on Google and Android every day.

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And Roku? Well, its major biggest selling point over rivals is its vast expanse of streaming services and games. While no single streaming set-top box has access to every service around… Roku is as close to a one-stop-shop as you’ll find. From Apple TV+, YouTube, Prime Video, NOW TV, Shudder, Disney+, StarzPlay, and more – there are now more than 20,000 streaming apps in its library. Not only that, but it caters to both Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistants.

The Express 4K launches with Roku’s latest operating system, Roku OS 10. The updated software is also rolling out to a number of existing devices, including Roku-branded smart TVs, the Roku Streambar, and more. Roku OS 10 includes support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard, which lets you effortlessly stream, control and share photos, videos and games direct from your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

There’s also automatic Wi-Fi detection, which notifies Roku users of the optimal wireless network band to connect to in their homes so they can enjoy the best possible streaming experience.

Roku devices running Roku OS 10 will recommend the optimal wireless network during connection setup and when there is a better network connection available in your home, the Roku device will proactively display a prompt recommending that the user connect to that network for an improved experience. If your Wi-Fi router includes support for both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz wireless networks, this can be a great way to judge which one will provide the best experience when streaming video.
Roku Express 4K also supports HomeKit, which allows users to easily and securely control Roku devices using Siri or the Home app on their Apple devices.

“We are dedicated to providing users the simplest way to stream entertainment to their TV at an affordable price,” said Mark Ely, Vice President of Retail Product Strategy at Roku. “The new Roku Express 4K offers tremendous value as 4K streaming has become a benchmark in technology and entertainment. We believe consumers are going to be impressed with the quality they can get from Roku at this price point.”

Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS, added: “The Roku OS adds more value and continues to make streaming easier with each free update. With Roku OS 10, we simplify the setup by taking the guesswork out of the more complex network and gaming features by automating them. We are also adding tremendous value by expanding Apple AirPlay and HomeKit support to our full current lineup.”

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English starlets shine on both sides as Guardiola and Man City keep Champions League dream alive with win over Dortmund

Manchester City finally broke their Champions League quarter-final curse under Pep Guardiola as they won 2-1 in Germany to see off a spirited Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate and book a semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

City were forced to come from behind after a curled finish from 17-year-old English sensation Jude Bellingham put Dortmund in front on away goals in the tie, but got the job done in the second half thanks to a penalty from Riyad Mahrez and a quick-thinking finish from the increasingly influential Phil Foden.  

For Guardiola it sets up a first Champions League semi-final in his tenure with City as the Spaniard eyes the chance to win the competition for the first time since the second of his triumphs with Barcelona back in 2011.

For all their domestic brilliance since Guardiola took the helm, the Champions League is still seen as the competition City and their Spanish manager crave most desperately – a yearning which has only intensified after successive quarter-final exits through the varying degrees of torture in the past three seasons.

This was another tie City almost contrived to let slip away, leaving it late in Manchester in the first leg and surviving a scare in Germany against a Dortmund team tinged with youthful exuberance which at one stage threatened to embarrass the expensively-assembled visitors.

Ultimately it was a game illuminated by the brilliance of young Englishmen on both sides, as 17-year-old Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham gave the hosts hope before City’s 20-year-old maestro Foden helped snuff it out.

It ended with a 4-2 aggregate scoreline for Pep’s City slickers, who were made to work far harder for their passage against the Bundesliga strugglers than many had foretold. 

With his team selection, Guardiola had falllen back on a favorite gambit by beginning without a recognized center forward as Gabriel Jesus started on the bench and Sergio Aguero remained at home after not being fit enough to make the trip to Germany. It was, however, a familiar enough line-up to allay fears from some fans that Guardiola might go into the tinkering mode which has been accused of causing City’s downfall under the Spaniard in recent years.

Early on at the Westfalenstadion, City settled into a familiar passing pattern although Mahmoud Dahoud did try his luck for the hosts when a misplaced pass handed him a free crack from distance, driving straight into the arms of a grateful Ederson.

After that warning sign it was Dortmund who struck first. Erling Haaland – the man coveted across the continent, including in the sky-blue half of Manchester – got in behind John Stones to cut the ball back invitingly, and while City blocked the first effort the ball fell kindly to Bellingham. The youngster took full advantage by curling a sumptuous right-footed strike which Ederson could only help on its way into the net with his fingertips.

It was delight for the Englishman after he had seen what looked like a clear goal harshly ruled out in the first leg at the Etihad, and this time he celebrated wildly with Haaland as Dortmund seized the ascendency in the tie. The goal also made Bellingham England’s youngest ever scorer in the Champions League and the competition’s second most youthful scorer in a knockout stage game.

A shell-shocked City almost found themselves further adrift when Manuel Akanji tested Ederson with a header when unmarked at a corner soon afterwards.

City, though, sparked into life around the 25-minute mark when Kevin De Bruyne rattled the crossbar after forcing his way into the box, with the visitors half-heartedly looking for a penalty when Bernardo Silva was bundled over attempting to latch onto the rebound.

Birmingham City alumnus Bellingham – who opted for a move to the Bundesliga before the start of the season, despite the likes of Manchester United circling – then proved his brilliance at the other end of the pitch as he blocked a close-range effort by Riyad Mahrez.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – preferred to Joao Cancelo at left back – came close but could only head straight in the arms of Dortmund ‘keeper Marwin Hitz, while Bellingham was booked for hauling down fellow England starlet Foden, continuing the Dortmund midfielder’s all-action first-half showing.

At the interval Guardiola was staring at yet another Champions League last eight exit but opted not to press the trigger and sent out the same personnel to get his team back into the tie. The Spaniard’s tactical mettle was being tested against a relative rookie across from him in the dugout in the form of 38-year-old Dortmund boss Edin Terzic – the former assistant who only took over as caretaker from the sacked Lucien Favre in December.

Bellingham was among those firing up the Dortmund ranks before the second half got underway, and Haaland headed the ball out from a City corner early on, further proof that this team tinged with young talent would be willing to put in a shift to hold onto their slender advantage. Hitz then tipped over from a Zinchenko cross as City pressed and probed at the Dortmund backline.

City’s patience was rewarded when Emre Can made a clumsy attempt to clear a Foden cross, contorting himself to head the ball onto his own arm. Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande pointed to the spot and VAR backed up the decision, before Mahrez drilled past Hitz for his first Champions League goal of the season as City returned to the driving seat.

City built momentum but were reminded Dortmund weren’t done when they had to scramble clear when the ball fell to Dahoud in the box. Mats Hummels then headed agonizingly over the bar from a Marco Reus free-kick with just over 20 minutes to play.

After the focus on Bellingham, it was another England starlet who struck to steal the limelight and kill off Dortmund’s hopes. Collecting the ball from a corner, Foden looked up to pick his spot from the edge of the box with a low drive which caught out Hitz at his near post.

The Dortmund ‘keeper could have done better to keep the ball – and the tie – in his grasp, but it was lightning-quick thinking from the ever-aware Foden.

City were comfortable in the final 15 minutes as they brought on Raheem Sterling for Mahrez while for Dortmund the impressive if exhausted Bellingham made way for Julian Brandt.

Guardiola’s men saw out the match, moving into the final four of the competition for the first time since thy had Manuel Pellegrini at the helm in 2016.  

Sterner tests await against a PSG team fueled by similar lavish spending from wealthy Middle Eastern benefactors, but at least Guardiola’s men have put themselves within touching distance of the final – a feat which has eluded them so painfully in recent years. 

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