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Monaco Eye History Making Comeback Against Juventus

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MILAN – AS Monaco, beaten 2-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Juventus, will have to make history in Tuesday’s return if they are to end Ligue 1’s long absence from the final. Only two teams have ever won a knockout tie in the competition after losing at home…

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Sanchez Sinks West Brom To Settle Arsenal Nerves

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  LONDON – In-form Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez struck twice as Arsenal defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Thursday to re-assert their hold on a Champions League berth in the Premier League. Booed off following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal delivered a more clinical display at the Emirates Stadium as Sanchez…

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Consistency The Key As Ranieri Eyes Champions League

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  SUNDERLAND – Claudio Ranieri has called on Leicester to maintain the consistency that has made them favourites to be crowned Premier League champions and carried them to the brink of the Champions League. While a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham is not enough to persuade Ranieri to discuss Leicester’s chances of winning an historic…

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Champions League Results: Final Scores And News From Wednesday

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  HALF of the quarterfinalists in the Champions League were officially revealed on Wednesday. After Wolfsburg and Real Madrid qualified on Tuesday, Paris St. Germain and Benfica joined them on Wednesday. 1. PSG, a contender to win it This isn’t those really good PSG teams in recent years that you expect to crash out in…

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Champions League: Lionel Messi Strikes As Barcelona Beats Arsenal

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  FOR 70 minutes the plan had worked perfectly. Barcelona, unbeaten in 32 consecutive games and with the best attacking trio on the planet, had been frustrated at every turn. Arsenal, so often guilty of gifting its opponents goals at the last 16 stage of the Champions League in previous years, had defended with all…

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Champions League Roundup: Olympiacos Beat Dinamo To Trash Arsenal

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A terrific double from Felipe Pardo put Olympiacos on the verge of a place in the Champions League knockout stages as they came from behind to beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-1. The Greek giants fell behind to a terrific header from Armin Hodzic in the first period in Piraeus before Kostas Fortounis missed a 54th minute…

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Real And City Through As United Breathe Sigh Of Relief

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PARIS – Real Madrid and Manchester City qualified for the Champions League knock-out rounds with victories over Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla respectively on Tuesday. And there was relief at Old Trafford as Manchester United ended a 404-minute wait for a goal to beat CSKA Moscow 1-0. A fortuitous goal from Nacho proved decisive for 10-time…

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Champions League Roundup: Rakitic Keeps Barcelona Top

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SUBSTITUTE Ivan Rakitic scored both goals as Barcelona sealed a comfortable 2-0 win over BATE Borisov. The Croatian replaced the injured Sergi Roberto early in the first half and bagged the opener just after the break with a rocket into the top corner from distance. Rakitic then chipped BATE ‘keeper Syarhey Chernik from close range…

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Champions League Roundup: Man United, Man City, Real Record Wins

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CRISTIANO Ronaldo equalled Raul’s club record of 323 goals as Real Madrid claimed a 2-0 victory over Malmo in Sweden. Ronaldo fired the visitors ahead with the 500th strike of his career with 29 minutes gone and after the Swedes had seen defender Yoshimar Yotun dismissed for a second bookable offence, cemented the win in…

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Champions League Roundup: Barcelona Held By Roma

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BARCELONA kicked off the defence of their Champions League crown with a 1-1 draw away to Roma. After an evenly-contested opening at the Stadio Olimpico, Barcelona took the lead on 21 minutes when Luis Suarez headed home Ivan Rakitic’s cross from close range. Roma felt Lucas Digne, the defender on loan from PSG, was fouled…

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Champions League Roundup: Manchester United, Bayer, CSKA Moscow Advance

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YOUR final 32 teams in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League have been determined after Wednesday’s five second legs. Joining Tuesday’s winners are… Club Brugge 0-4 (1-7) Manchester United A hat trick from Wayne Rooney proved he’s not done yet, as Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata took turns putting Rooney in the catbird seat,…

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Champions League: Markus Rosenberg Headed Malmo Against Celtic

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CELTIC exited the Champions League at the play-off stage as Swedish side Malmo claimed a 4-3 aggregate win. Trailing 3-2 from the first leg, Malmo turned the tie in their favour on away goals when Markus Rosenberg scored. The visitors needed a goal to stay in the tournament but saw a Nir Bitton effort disallowed…

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Memphis Depay Stars As Man United Beat Club Brugge In UCL Playoff

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MANCHESTER United came from behind to beat Belgian side Club Brugge 3-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. United slipped to a shock goal in the eighth minute as a Victor Vazquez free kick was deflected past goalkeeper Sergio Romero by Michael Carrick. But Louis van Gaal’s men were not behind for long as Carrick…

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Champions League: Barcelona Crowned Kings Of Europe For A Fifth Time

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BARCELONA claimed their third Champions League in six years as the brilliance of their attacking trident proved too much for the brave challenge of Juventus in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. In a thrilling spectacle, and with both Barcelona and Juventus attempting to claim a treble after winning domestic league and cup competitions, it was Luis Enrique’s…

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Champions League Semifinal: Juventus Stuns Real Madrid

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JUVENTUS will meet Barcelona in the Champions League final after Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to knock holders Real Madrid out. Real trailed 2-1 from the first leg but levelled on aggregate through Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty after James Rodriguez was caught by Giorgio Chiellini. A first ‘El Clasico’ final looked on the cards…

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Neymar Leads Barcelona To Champions League Final

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BARCELONA reached their first Champions League final since 2011, despite Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich salvaging pride in the return leg in Germany. Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Bayern revived their hopes through Medhi Benatia’s early downward header. Barca levelled when Luis Suarez squared for a tap-in from Neymar, who drilled in after the pair…

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Messi Double Puts Barça In Control Against Bayern

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FC Barcelona are on the brink of reaching their eighth European Cup showpiece after finally breaking FC Bayern München’s resistance in the last 13 minutes of this UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg, Lionel Messi scoring two goals before creating a late third for Neymar. In a pulsating first half, Barcelona largely held the upper…

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Ronaldo Scores 54th Real Madrid Goal Of Season

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JUVENTUS will travel to Real Madrid with a one-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final second leg after grinding out a deserved home victory. Juve went ahead when Alvaro Morata slotted in against his old club after Carlos Tevez’s effort was spilled. Real levelled when Cristiano Ronaldo nodded in James Rodriguez’s cross. But the holders…

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Champions League Roundup: Man United Reject Fires Real Madrid Into Semi-Finals

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MANCHESTER United reject Javier Hernandez came to the rescue for Real Madrid, as the Mexican’s 88th minute goal sent Los Blancos into the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 victory over ten-man derby rivals Atletico. In a tetchy encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the hosts enjoyed the better chances but, having drawn the first…

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Champions League Roundup: Bayern Munich, Barcelona Walk Into Semis

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HEADING into the quarterfinals, Barcelona and Bayern Munich were the bookies’ favorites to raise the Champions League trophy in May. Both clubs were sure money today, as they easily handled their opposition to lock up the first two spots in the semifinals. Bayern Munich 6-1 (7-4, agg) FC Porto Remember when some people doubted Pep…

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Champions League Roundup: Madrid Derby Ends Goalless, Juventus Beat Monaco

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REAL Madrid were left frustrated by a brilliant Atletico rearguard performance as Carlo Ancelotti’s side were held to a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. A combination of wasteful visitors’ finishing and inspired defensive work from the hosts ensured the contest lies firmly in the balance as Real failed to score for…

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Champions League Roundup: Barcelona and Juventus Complete The Final 8

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THE quarterfinals are all set for the UEFA Champions League, as Wednesday found Barcelona and Juventus clinching slots alongside Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Porto, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. How did the Blaugranas and The Old Lady seal their spots? Glad you asked. Barcelona 1-0 (3-1) Manchester City HART: “It was definitely busy”…

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Bayern Munich 7 – Shakhtar Donetsk 0: Bayern Ease To Champions League Quarter Finals

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THEY say you need to ride your luck to win the Champions League – and even five-times title holders Bayern Munich would not turn up their noses at a slice. But Pep Guardiola’s men certainly wouldn’t have expected the gift they received from Shaktar Donetsk just three minutes into the second leg last night which…

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Champions League: Chelsea 2 – Paris Saint Germain 2

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THE Brazilian was never a dull figure at Stamford Bridge. Ridiculed by some pundits for his risk taking, a cult hero for the fans for his hairstyle and humour. Sold for £40 million last summer he came back to haunt his old team as his headed goal took this epic last 16 tie into extra…

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Champions League Roundup: Porto Rolls, Real Madrid Escapes

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TWO teams advanced into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday in markedly-different fashion. Porto absolutely smashed Swiss champs Basel from the competition, while Real Madrid had to withstand a Schalke attack that came one goal from a startling upset. Real Madrid 3-4 (5-4) Schalke – RECAP ANCELOTTI: We understand the home boos Roberto Di…

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Atletico Concede First Gol In Six Champions League Games

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HAKAN Calhanoglu gave Bayer Leverkusen victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid. Calhanoglu scored the only goal on 57 minutes, firing into the top of the net after Karim Bellarabi’s backheel. Atletico had midfielder Tiago sent off for a foul on Bellarabi – his second…

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Arsenal 1 – 3 Monaco: Champions League Humiliation For Arsene Wenger Against Old Club

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THEY say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but 7,466 days after being sacked for the only time in his life, by Monaco, this particular dish had long since lost any temperature at all and had even started to congeal. So no wonder Arsene Wenger ended up making a complete dog’s dinner of…

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Champions League: Tevez Scores As Juventus Beat Dortmund

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JUVENTUS had to settle for a narrow first-leg lead after missing a several good chances against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 tie. Carlos Tevez put the Italians ahead after Roman Weidenfeller spilled at his feet, but Dortmund soon struck back. Marco Reus exploited Giorgio Chiellini’s slip to scamper in and shoot home just…

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Champions League: Suarez Puts Barcelona In Control

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LUIS Suarez marked his first return to England since a £75m summer move to Barcelona with two goals that leave Manchester City on the brink of a Champions League exit. The former Liverpool striker demonstrated the quality the Premier League has been missing – and which defenders have been spared – with two strikes in…

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PSG 1-1 Chelsea: Five Things Learned At Parc Des Princes

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LONDON – Chelsea’s draw with Paris St-Germain leaves the Champions League last-16 tie finely poised ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge on 11 March. But what have we learned about Jose Mourinho and his team from the 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes? Thibaut Courtois is pure class PSG had 14 shots…

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