Liverpool and Fulham embark on Europa journeys

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Liverpool will continue the second part of their 24-hour epic journey to Madrid on Wednesday after reaching Paris on Tuesday night as the volcanic ash continued to force sports to seek alternatives to air travel.

The 2,600-mile round trip saw Liverpool's footballers take a train from Runcorn to London and then the Eurostar to Paris - first class of course - where they were to spend the night.

Another train journey to Bordeaux awaits on Wednesday before a short flight to the Spanish capital where they will arrive at lunchtime ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.

Fulham, who are chasing their first European final in history after facing Hamburg in the other semi-final, had hoped to fly by private jet to Hamburg on Wednesday morning but they admitted defeat and reverted to plan B.

The team boarded a luxurious coach to Folkestone on Tuesday morning, where they caught the Eurotunnel to Calais before driving to Hamburg on the same coach. It is anticipated the approximate 600-mile journey will take between 10 and 12 hours to complete.

In Scotland, Celtic announced their planned friendly against AZ Alkmaar at Parkhead on Wednesday night has been cancelled.

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