MADRID (AP):Chelsea and Roma scored late goals to earn crucial victories in the Champions League yesterday, improving their chances of advancing to the knockout stage.Chelsea defeated Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in England thanks to an 83rd-minute free kick by Willian, while Miralem Pjanic’s 80th-minute penalty kick gave Roma a 3-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.Zenit St Petersburg secured their place in the round of 16 with a win at Lyon, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, and Olympiakos also won yesterday, staying on track to advance.Arsenal remain in trouble and are on the brink of elimination after losing 5-1 to Bayern Munich in Germany.Neymar and Luis Suarez continued their excellent scoring form to make up for the absence of Lionel Messi and help Barcelona move closer to the round of 16 with an easy 3-0 win over BATE Borisov.Barcelona lead the group with 10 points, five more than Roma, which moved into second place thanks to the late 3-2 win over Leverkusen, which stayed on four points, one more than BATE.”The aim was to win, and the victory gives us a great chance to seal our qualification,” Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said.Leverkusen had rallied from two goals down to draw level with Roma before captain Omer Toprak was shown a red card for pushing Mohamed Salah inside the area, prompting the penalty that Pjanic converted for the victory.”We absolutely had to win and we did,” Pjanic said.Thomas Mueller scored two goals as Bayern Munich dominated Arsenal in a 5-1 win in Bavaria, while Felipe Pardo scored both goals for Olympiakos as they rallied to beat 10-man Dinamo Zagreb 2-1. Bayern and Olympiakos reached nine points, while Arsenal and Dinamo stayed with three each with two games remaining.Multiple goalsRobert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern in the 10th minute, Mueller doubled the lead in the 29th and David Alaba made it 3-0 in the 44th. Arjen Robben scored with his first touch of the ball in the 55th, less than a minute after coming off the bench, and Mueller added his second in the 89th.Olivier Giroud pulled one back for Arsenal in the 69th.Willian produced a late winner as Chelsea fans put on a show of support for embattled manager JosÈ Mourinho, scoring from a free kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev.”From the mental point of view, it was important,” Mourinho said. “A reaction to a negative moment.”Chelsea rose to second in the group with seven points, two more than Dynamo. Porto, which moved closer to a place in the knockout stage after easing to a 3-1 victory at Maccabi Tel-Aviv, have 10 points.
A Donegal garda suffered hand injuries when he prevented an armed robbery in Dublin, it was revealed today.Buncrana-based Garda Peter McDermott was in the capital helping to protect Britain’s Queen Elizabeth last week.And while he was off duty last Thursday evening, he tackled two men — one armed with a knife and the other with a screwdriver — at a petrol station on the Naas Road in Clondalkin. He walked into the shop when the armed raiders struck and tried to take a cash register from the counter.The robbers then pulled a cash register from the counter and were trying to escape when Garda McDermott tackled them.During the struggle Garda McDermott received wounds to his hands and was later treated at Tallaght Hospital. The robbers fled the scene empty-handed.Garda McDermott is no stranger to heroics. In August 2003, he and a female garda colleague helped a mum deliver her baby in the back of a car near Burnfoot.And in June 2007, Garda McDermott was involved in a terrifying incident when he was dragged along the road by a car.A man was later sentenced for reckless endangerment in relation to that offence.REVEALED: HERO GARDA STABBED TACKLING PETROL STATION ROBBERS was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)