Gary Lineker joked that some weekend fixtures were worth going the "extra mile" after flight cancellations forced him to make an epic journey to get back in time to present Saturday night's Match Of The Day.p>Lineker and his family were on holiday in Tenerife when a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano forced the closure of British airspace.
The former footballer was so determined to make it back for tonight's match round-up that he spent nearly 24 hours travelling, arriving in London just two hours before the show was due to start.
He opened the show by saying: "Every now and then Match of the Day throws up a bunch of fixtures so enticing that you would go the extra mile to ensure you didn't miss it, and trust me that is certainly the case this week.
"We have games of volcanic proportions."
Lineker flew from Tenerife to Madrid, then drove to Paris where he caught a Eurostar train to London.
He told the Mail on Sunday: "It's the first time I have done a show having missed watching all the games in the afternoon - but the important thing is I made it. It was like one of those impossible challenges they have on Top Gear," he said, adding that his wife Danielle, her daughter Ella, eight, and his sons George, 18, Harry, 17, Tobias, 14, and Alex, 12, "kept each other going" by singing songs.
"I didn't have much chance to shut my eyes properly before the show - but I am going to sleep for England on Sunday."
A BBC spokeswoman said: "He did dash back and he got there. It was a very commendable effort to get himself on air. He got back about two hours ago."
She said presenter Clare Balding had driven back from Switzerland to present the Super League rugby and commentator Jonathan Pearce had driven back from France.