It was always going to be an exercise in futility for Inter as they desperately attempted to defend their Champions League title in the second leg of a quarterfinal in which they already trailed 5-2, but the holders could not even exit the competition with some semblance of pride.
With his headshot staring out from the back page of this morning's Barcelona-themed Mundo Deportivo like a particularly camp but extremely furious agony uncle, journalist LluÃÂs MascarÃÂ³ is a seething hotbed of righteous anger.
The winds of change have blown through Istanbul and spring has taken over. Green leaves have returned to city centre trees, the Bosphorus isnÃ¢ÂÂt looking so gloomy and even the pigeons in Taksim Square are showing as much testosterone as a stag do in Bodrum.
Despite all his computer-enhanced bullet-dodging, Neo bit the dust at the end of The Matrix. His downfall was not in vain, however, as he won out against the nasty, jibing Smith. Cities rejoiced and honoured that had brought back freedom, and his name will live on forever in nerdy sci-fi folklore.
There were several cracking goals this weekend, but none better than the one scored by EvertonÃ¢ÂÂs Diniyar Bilyaletdinov which put his side well on the way to a convincing 3-0 away win over struggling Wolves.