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Solskjaer hoping for 'miracle' in relegation battle

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff are away at Newcastle in their relegation fight Credit: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes it would "definitely be a bigger miracle" than Manchester United's epic 1999 Champions League final triumph if Cardiff City can avoid Premier League relegation.

Solskjaer scored one of two injury-time goals as United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona on one of British football's most famous nights.

The current Cardiff manager now faces the task of trying to keep his team afloat.

Currently bottom of the league, they require victories in their final two games - at Newcastle today and against Cardiff City Stadium visitors Chelsea in nine days' time - to retain any survival hope.

Even then, they still need other results to work in their favour, but Solskjaer has no intention of throwing in the towel.

"If we stay up it would definitely be a bigger miracle than Barcelona in 1999," he said.

"That night it was possible, and in football anything is possible. So we need to give ourselves a chance in front of our fans against Chelsea.

"It takes belief, togetherness, a team that goes the extra mile, and a hero stepping forward and doing something magical.

"It's still possible, it's still possible that we are out of the bottom three if we win this weekend. We have got to give ourselves something to play for in the last game by winning this game."

Cardiff's Cala charged with 'improper conduct'

Cardiff City's Juan Cala shocked look as he appeals to Referee after red card. Credit: PA

Cardiff defender Juan Cala has been charged with improper conduct in relation to an alleged incident in or around the tunnel area after Sunday's Barclays Premier League game at Sunderland, the Football Association has announced

On its website Cardiff City FC says Juan has until 6pm on Thursday 1 May 2014 to respond to the charge.

statement from the FA read: "Cardiff City's Juan Cala has been charged by The FA following his side's game against Sunderland on 27 April 2014.

"The charge is in relation to an alleged incident in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture, which amounts to improper conduct.

Having already been set to serve a suspension for the Barclays Premier League match at Newcastle, should the charge be proven, then Cala would also miss the final game of the Bluebird's season, at home to Chelsea.

Cardiff are currently bottom of the table and could be relegated if other results go against them this weekend.


Solskjaer: "Next two games we've got to win them"

Cardiff City are facing relegation from the Premier League tonight after just one season in the top flight. They had a disastrous afternoon at fellow strugglers Sunderland, who put four past the Bluebirds.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said, "Of course they've taken a big blow but we've got two games - we've got to win them too.

"We looked at this one as a possibility for three points... but then we've got to look at the next one and Chelsea - the next two games we've got to win them "

Cardiff lose to Sunderland 4-0 (FT)

Cardiff City have lost 4-0 to Sunderland this afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Both sides ran out knowing victory would take the winners out of the drop zone, but it was Sunderland who walked away with a win.

Cardiff face Newcastle next Saturday, before a final-day clash with Chelsea at home, knowing they'll almost certainly need to win at least one of those games to survive.

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