From the back pages, March 10: Fernando Torres is on his way out of Chelsea for just £15m

CHELSEA will sell Fernando Torres this summer and are prepared to take a £35million loss on the misfit striker. Club owner Roman Abramovich has at last conceded that the £50m Torres experiment has been a disastrous failure after more than two years of frustration. (The Express)

Saturday, 9th March 2013, 9:34 pm
Fernando Torres

Carlos Tevez was in fine fettle despite his recent arrest for driving while banned as his hat-trick helped Manchester City reach the FA Cup semi-finals at the expense of Barnsley. Aleksandar Kolorov and David Silva were also on the scoresheet as Roberto Mancini’s men earned a Wembley appearance. (Daily Mail)

Four minutes before the interval yesterday the visiting supporters were greeting every Wigan touch with an olé and chanting – with a certain disbelief, no doubt – “We want four”. They had three already, scored within the space of three minutes, and held on to that lead comfortably to reach the first FA Cup semi-final in their 81-year history. (The Independent)

The Welsh have their dream of a championship play-off against England in Cardiff on Saturday after getting the best of a fragmented afternoon at Murrayfield, which was dominated by the whistle of the South African referee Craig Joubert and the boots of Leigh Halfpenny and Greig Laidlaw. (The Guardian)

In a match which neither team could afford to lose it was probably fitting – if frustrating – that this ugly yet compelling arm wrestle ended in a draw, the second stalemate in succession between these old rivals. Ireland started superbly in the first half and if it feels like a “losing draw” they should also reflect on the fact that France could easily have disappeared with the spoils after finally coming alive in the final quarter. (The Telegraph)

Andros Townsend’s stunning volley helped QPR come back against Sunderland and claim three vital points. Steven Fletcher had given Sunderland the lead before three of Harry Redknapp’s signings bagged a goal each to complete a brillaint fightback. (The Sun)

Teams that survive in the Barclays Premier League can sometimes point to a refereeing decision that changed their season. These two sides will reflect on Aston Villa benefiting from a marginal offside decision when leading 2-1 after the interval. (The Times)