Monday, January 25

Tag: Champions League

Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing
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Sevilla in talks for €15m Atalanta outcast Gomez but face competition for signing

The 32-year-old is set to leave Serie A after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini, but plenty of clubs are thought to be interested in him Sevilla want to sign Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez from Atalanta, sources have confirmed to Goal, but they face a struggle to get a deal done with plenty of competition for his signature. The Argentine has scored 50 Serie A goals in 209 appearances since joining Atalanta in 2014, but is set to leave the club after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini. Gomez has not played since mid-December after an argument during a Champions League group stage match with Midtjylland, and has trained separately to the rest of the squad.
Enyimba 1-1 Rahimo (2-1 on agg): 10-man Peoples’ Elephant progress in Caf Champions League despite scare
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Enyimba 1-1 Rahimo (2-1 on agg): 10-man Peoples’ Elephant progress in Caf Champions League despite scare

The eight-time Nigerian champions will now face Al Merrikh in the first round of the competition after eliminating the Burkina Faso outfit Enyimba survived a Rahimo scare to progress 2-1 on aggregate after Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Caf Champions League preliminary round second leg match. Captain Austin Oladapo gave Enyimba the lead on the hour mark before the visitors drew level on the night through Pape Ware with 15 minutes to go. The Aba giants came into this encounter having recorded a 1-0 away victory in the first-leg played at Stade du 4 Aout, Ouagadougou, with Victor Mbaoma’s 75th-minute goal making the difference.
Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden
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Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden

The Nigerian striker came off the bench to hand the Blue-Black all points at stake against the Canaries on Saturday night David Okereke was Club Brugge’s hero in their 1-0 triumph over Sint-Truiden in Saturday’s Belgian topflight encounter. Having replaced compatriot Emmanuel Dennis in 53rd minute, the 23-year-old made his presence felt four minutes later by scoring the fixture’s only goal. With Club Brugge travelling to Rome for Tuesday’s Champions League outing versus AS Roma, manager Philippe Clement rested some of his key players. Clinton Mata’s place was taken by Ignace Van der Brempt, while Eduard Sobol replaced Uruguayan star Federico Ricca in the starting XI.
‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds
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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds

The Frenchman followed up his match-winning display in the Champions League with another goalscoring performance at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud says he is “playing with serenity” after he continued his fine goalscoring form in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Leeds. The France striker now has six goals in his last four appearances for the Blues after his 27th-minute strike cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s early opener for Leeds at Stamford Bridge. It was his first Premier League start of the season having retained his place in the side after scoring all four goals in the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla.
‘I feel the support of the club’ – Zidane adamant he has full backing at Real Madrid
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‘I feel the support of the club’ – Zidane adamant he has full backing at Real Madrid

The embattled head coach says he feels comfortable at Santiago Bernabeu and his players are ready ahead of a trip to Sevilla on Saturday Under-fire Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is convinced he retains the full support of the club and his players amid a difficult run of results. Madrid head to Sevilla on Saturday having failed to win any of their previous three Liga matches, suffering losses to Valencia and Deportivo Alaves either side of a draw with Villarreal. Los Blancos have never endured a winless run of four league games under Zidane, and the champions are already seven points adrift of pacesetters Real Sociedad, although arguably the greater concern is second-place Atletico Madrid.
Michael Owen Blasts Fred And Claims He Would NEVER Pick Him For Manchester United Again
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Michael Owen Blasts Fred And Claims He Would NEVER Pick Him For Manchester United Again

Michael Owen has launched a scathing assessment on Fred by arguing that he would never pick him again for Manchester United if it were down to him. United's Champions League hopes were slightly dented on Wednesday as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. Fred, 27, was lucky to not receive a straight red in the first half when he appeared to thrust his head at PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes. The Brazilian midfielder walked away with a yellow card from the incident, only to be sent off in the second half for his challenge on former United man Ander Herrera. Owen pulled no punches towards Fred and insisted that the Brazil international's actions in his first-half incident with Leandro were "pathetic." The 40-year-old pundit told BT Sport: "Mistake...
‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat
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‘Fred would never play for me again!’ – Solskjaer urged to axe ‘pathetic’ Man Utd midfielder after PSG defeat

A former Red Devil has slammed the Brazilian for needlessly putting his team at risk, while also criticising his manager for failing to bring him off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to axe "pathetic" Fred after Manchester United's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain, with Michael Owen claiming the midfielder "would never play for me again". United missed the chance to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages after suffering a 3-1 defeat to PSG at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Neymar volleyed the visitors into a sixth-minute lead in Manchester, and they almost added to their tally moments later when Alessandro Florenzi's fierce shot was parried away by David de Gea.
‘He is in a swimming pool!’ – Favre fumes over controversial Lazio penalty in Dortmund draw
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‘He is in a swimming pool!’ – Favre fumes over controversial Lazio penalty in Dortmund draw

The Swiss coach saw his side concede a spot-kick in questionable fashion but was thankful it didn't prove too costly Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has hit out at the decision to award Lazio a penalty in their 1-1 Champions League draw on Wednesday. After Raphael Guerreiro had opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 44th minute, Lazio were handed a lifeline in the 67th minute after Nico Schulz was ruled to have fouled Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the box as he went to clear the ball. Replays showed little contact between the two as the Lazio midfielder seemingly made the most of the incident. The spot-kick was allowed to stand however, with Ciro Immobile making no mistake with his penalty.
Pirlo praises ‘more mature’ Morata as Juventus claim comfortable Champions League win
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Pirlo praises ‘more mature’ Morata as Juventus claim comfortable Champions League win

The Spaniard has enjoyed a strong return to Turin with his manager thoroughly impressed with what he's seen Andrea Pirlo says Alvaro Morata is playing "free of pressure" after another impressive display from the on-loan striker in the Champions League on Wednesday. Morata, who returned to Juve on a temporary basis from Atletico Madrid in September, took his tally in this season's competition to six goals with the third in the Bianconeri's 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev. Juve – who had already secured their last-16 spot after three wins from their opening four games – had earlier gone ahead thanks to Federico Chiesa's first Juve strike and Cristiano Ronaldo's 750th career goal.
Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match
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Giroud Scores 4 Goals As Chelsea Beat Sevilla To Finish Top Of Their UCL Group Match

Olivier Giroud scored all four goals in a comprehensive Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take top spot in Champions League Group E. The Frenchman scored early in each half with two delightful finishes after being fed by clever passes from Kai Havertz and Matteo Kovacic respectively. He completed the treble with a flicked near-post header, then converted a penalty after he was bundled over in the box. Already assured of qualification for the last 16, Chelsea made nine changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Both Havertz and Christian Pulisic made their first Blues starts since October following illness and injury, while 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour came off the bench for his first appearance of the season. ...
Fred red card ‘nowhere near a foul’, says Solskjaer
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Fred red card ‘nowhere near a foul’, says Solskjaer

The tackle that led to Fred's red card for Manchester United was not a foul, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Fred's tackle that saw him sent off was "nowhere near a foul" but said the midfielder may have been lucky earlier. Fred was sent off in the second half of United's 3-1 Champions League loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. The Brazilian was booked in the first half for an apparent headbutt on Leandro Paredes, before getting his second yellow card after appearing to win the ball ahead of Ander Herrera.
Zinedine Zidane insists he won’t resign after Shakhtar Donetsk complete UCL double with 2-0 win over Real Madrid
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Zinedine Zidane insists he won’t resign after Shakhtar Donetsk complete UCL double with 2-0 win over Real Madrid

Real Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that he will not resign, despite another poor performance from his side in a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, December 1, 2020.   Real Madrid's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 are now in doubt after the match completed a shocking win for the Ukranians over Madrid, weeks after losing 3-2 at home to Shakhtar. Zidane could be asked by the Madrid hierarchy if results don't improve with Madrid now having lost three of their last five matches.   But he has bullishly said he will not be stepping down.   “I am not going to resign – not at all," he said following Tuesday's defeat.“We have always had delicate moments. It is true that it is a bad streak in terms of result...
Cavani Will Be Energised By Facing PSG, Says Solskjaer
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Cavani Will Be Energised By Facing PSG, Says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Edinson Cavani will be ready to face his old club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday despite the distraction of a Football Association investigation into a social media post by the Uruguayan. Cavani’s joy at coming off the bench to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 Premier League win at Southampton on Sunday with two goals and an assist was tempered as after the match he thanked a friend for his congratulations on Instagram using the Spanish term “negrito” (small black person). Despite the affectionate context, Cavani could still fall foul of the FA’s minimum three-match ban for offensive comments on social media. “He’s deeply sorry for the mistake he’s made. There was no malicious intent at all, it was just an affectionate greeting ...
Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group
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Liverpool 1-0 Ajax: Jones winner sees Reds top Champions League group

Curtis Jones' second-half goal secured Liverpool's progress to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.   Liverpool secured passage to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners as they earned a 1-0 win over Ajax. A second-half goal from teenager Curtis Jones ensured the Reds would progress to the next stage on Wednesday, although academy prospect Caoimhin Kelleher, given his chance in goal, was required to make a stunning late save from Klaas Jan Huntelaar to protect the points at Anfield. Better was still to come for Jurgen Klopp and co, too, as news of Atalanta's shock draw with Midtjylland meant top spot was clinched in Group D with a game to spare.
Porto 0-0 Manchester City: Guardiola’s men seal top spot as VAR thwarts Jesus
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Porto 0-0 Manchester City: Guardiola’s men seal top spot as VAR thwarts Jesus

Manchester City and Porto will progress as winners and runners-up respectively from Champions League Group C after a goalless draw.   Porto joined Manchester City in the Champions League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw where Gabriel Jesus was denied a winning goal by VAR. Pep Guardiola's side were already through to the last-16 and will now progress as group winners, although they will be frustrated to have lost their 100 per cent record in this season's competition having dominated for long periods at Estadio do Dragao. Jesus scored on the rebound when Agustin Marchesin tipped his 80th-minute header onto the crossbar, although replays showed Joao Cancelo was fractionally offside before delivering his cross to the Brazil striker.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side
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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Late Muller penalty delays progress for Simeone’s side

Thomas Muller scored a late penalty to cancel out Joao Felix's first-half strike as Bayern Munich held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw. Atletico Madrid's hopes of qualifying from their Champions League group will go down to the final matchday after Thomas Muller scored an 86th-minute penalty to earn a weakened Bayern Munich a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. Bayern had won their previous 15 games in UEFA's flagship competition but were already assured of top spot in Group A and left the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer out of their travelling squad. With Lokomotiv Moscow losing 3-1 at home to Salzburg earlier on Tuesday, victory for Atleti would make certain of second place with a game to spare, an aim they were on course to achieve thanks to Joao Felix's eighth go...
Meet Stephanie Frappart, The First Woman To Officiate Men’s Champions League Match
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Meet Stephanie Frappart, The First Woman To Officiate Men’s Champions League Match

French referee Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to take charge of a men's Champions League game when Juventus host Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday. Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a major men's Uefa competition match when Liverpool and Chelsea met in the 2019 Super Cup. The 36-year-old also refereed the 2019 Women's World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands. She has refereed French Ligue 1 games since 2019. Frappart oversaw her first Europa League game in October when Leicester City hosted Zorya Luhansk. Switzerland's Nicole Petignat was the first woman to referee Uefa men's matches, when she took charge of Uefa Cup qualifying round games between 2004 and 2009.
Conte Reacts To Inter Milan Defeat Against Real Madrid
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Conte Reacts To Inter Milan Defeat Against Real Madrid

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has reacted to the 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid on matchday 4 of the Champions League. Conte feels the referee Anthony Taylor killed the game with the decision to give Arturo Vidal a marching order. The Chilean midfielder was not pleased with the decision of the referee not to have awarded him a penalty when he was caught by Raphael Varane in the penalty area, something the referee was not interested in. He was given a yellow card for his complaints and then handed another yellow card just moments later and given his marching orders by the English referee. “Honestly, don’t talk about refereeing, even if many times the referee must be intelligent and the game is like that,” he began his post-match press conference at San Siro following the de...
(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp
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(UEFA Champions League) Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta: EPL champions suffer worst ever home defeat under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool on Wednesday night suffered a 2-0 loss against Atalanta in the Champions League, making it the first time in 137 matches that manager Jurgen Klopp has lost at home by such a margin since joining Liverpool.   In Klopp's previous competitive matches in charge at home, Liverpool have only lost by more than one goal.   The last time the Reds suffered such a heavy defeat at Anfield was in August 2015, when Brendan Rodgers saw his side lose 3-0 to West Ham in the Premier League.     On Wednesday November 25, Liverpool failed to register a single shot on target - the first time they've done so in the Champions League since  2003 while opponents Atalanta  struck twice in the space of five minutes via Josip Illcic and Robin Gosens.   ...
Barcelona Have More Points In The Champions League Than Laliga Santander
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Barcelona Have More Points In The Champions League Than Laliga Santander

Barcelona continue to show two different faces in their respective competitions this season, coming up with a comfortable win over Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday. The victory, their fourth in four matches in the Champions League, means they have picked up more points in Europe (12) than in their eight games in LaLiga Santander (11) so far this campaign. Ronald Koeman's side have won each of their Champions League fixtures fairly convincingly: 5-1 against Ferencvaros at home, 2-0 against Juventus away, 2-1 against Dynamo at home and now the 4-0 win against Dynamo away. The Blaugrana have also scored just two more goals in LaLiga Santander this season (15) than in the Champions League (13), despite playing twice as many matches in the domestic competition. Barcelona's form in the Cha...
Desperate Tuchel Has Eight Days To Save His PSG Job
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Desperate Tuchel Has Eight Days To Save His PSG Job

Only three matches into their Champions League campaign, the Parisians are walking a thin line and the slightest slip could see their coach jettisoned Almost three months to the day since Paris Saint-Germain played their first Champions League final, Thomas Tuchel, the man who led them to that momentous occasion, stands on trial. The former Borussia Dortmund coach has eight days to prove his worth to the club’s board. Quite simply, that means picking up a minimum of four points in clashes against RB Leipzig and Manchester United. Anything short of that tally will likely see PSG consigned to the Europa League after Christmas, by which time it would be a miracle if Tuchel was still in charge. Having hit the club's European high point in August, this would make a dramati...
HAALAND Has Now Scored More Champions League Goals Than Ronaldo And Zidane
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HAALAND Has Now Scored More Champions League Goals Than Ronaldo And Zidane

The Norwegian wonderkid has now scored 16 times in Europe’s top competition after his double for Borussia Dortmund against Club Brugge on Tuesday night. Haaland has been in exceptional form in his first full season with the Bundesliga giants. In fact, the ex-RB Salzburg striker has now scored at least once in each of his last seven games – including FOUR in the 5-2 Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin at the weekend. Haaland now has SIX Champions League goals in just four matches this season – scoring twice in both games against Club Brugge. Jadon Sancho scored a sumptuous free-kick in between the Norwegian’s double to ensure Dortmund picked up all three points on Tuesday. But Haaland stole the show, with his Euro career tally now a ridiculous 16 goals in a mere 12 games. ...
Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev
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Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev

Barcelona have left Lionel Messi out of their 19-man squad to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine played the full 90 minutes of Barca's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but was not included in the list of players who will travel to the Ukraine for the Group G match. Manager Ronald Koeman advised he has decided to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in La Liga. The club cannot afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list. The superstar forward is due a rest after missing just 45 minutes of action in total for Barca this season and played all of bo...
Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16
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Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi spot on again as Koeman’s men close in on last 16

Barcelona made it three wins from three in Champions League Group G with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a depleted Dynamo Kiev. Lionel Messi marked his 150th European appearance for Barcelona with a goal as Ronald Koeman's side saw off stubborn opponents Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in Wednesday's entertaining Champions League clash. The superstar forward scored from the penalty spot for the third Group G game running and Gerard Pique added a second, but only after Barca had been given a number of scares. Returning goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a handful of top-class saves, the best of the lot to keep out Vitaliy Buyalskiy's free header in the first half, while Tomasz Kedziora had a goal ruled out.
‘Man Utd should’ve signed Jimenez over Cavani’ – Ince says Red Devils made £40m striker mistake
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‘Man Utd should’ve signed Jimenez over Cavani’ – Ince says Red Devils made £40m striker mistake

  The ex-United and Wolves midfielder believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed to complete a raid on Molineux, not snap up a couple of forwards in their 30s Manchester United made a mistake in snapping up Edinson Cavani over the summer and should have been investing £40 million ($52m) in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, says Paul Ince. The Red Devils have been struggling to find a spark across the field in 2020-21. Their deficiencies were exposed again in a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side mustering just two shots on target.
Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League
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Bayern Munich thrashed Red Bull Salzburg to maintain their 100% record in the Champions League

Mergim Berisha put the hosts ahead but Robert Lewandowski's penalty made it 1-1 and an own goal from home defender Rasmus Kristensen put Bayern ahead. Salzburg substitute Masaya Okugawa equalised before Jerome Boateng headed in Bayern's third from a corner. Leroy Sane curled in a fourth goal, Lewandowski headed a fifth and Lucas Hernandez added a sixth in injury time. European champions Bayern have won all three of their Champions League matches this season and are five points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who drew 1-1 away at Lokomotiv Moscow in the other Group A match. If Bayern win the return against Red Bull Salzburg on 25 November they will qualify for the last 16 with two games to spare. Bayern trailed early on in the match played behind closed doors but ...
Diogo Jota scored a terrific hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Atalanta in the Champions League
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Diogo Jota scored a terrific hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Atalanta in the Champions League

Jurgen Klopp's side have won all three Group D games without conceding a goal, and victory in one of their remaining fixtures should be enough to take them through to the knockout stages. Portugal international Jota showed why he was given a start ahead of Roberto Firmino by scoring for a fourth consecutive game, dinking in a delightful opener before doubling the lead with a thumping strike at the near post. He completed his triple in the second period, collecting Sadio Mane's pass before going round goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and slotting into an open net. In between Jota's third, the Reds netted two quick-fire goals at the start of the second half as Mohamed Salah took full advantage of an exposed backline to run clear and curl home and Mane clipped in the fourth. The Se...
Inter Milan’s Hakimi should look forward to Real Madrid return
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Inter Milan’s Hakimi should look forward to Real Madrid return

Sold by Los Blancos in the summer, the Morocco wing-back has a point to prove, as do the Nerazzurri who look to arrest worrying form When the Champions League draw was made in October, it seemed inconceivable to imagine Group B favourites Real Madrid and Inter Milan would be sat bottom and third respectively after the first two matchdays. However, that’s the reality heading into Tuesday’s encounter at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano with both sides facing off in the first of potentially mouthwatering contests either side of the international break. Buried amid the major storyline, where the clashes between the giants could either make or mar their immediate future in Europe’s premier club competition, is Achraf Hakimi facing off against old friends, with the first game seeing him return ...
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Will Atalanta play into Salah & Mane’s hands?

Given the bold man marking style employed by the Italian side, they leave themselves at the risk of being torn apart by Liverpool's African frontmen As the dust on this season’s Champions League draw settled, groups B and D stood out as the 'Groups of Death'. Indeed, that query is undoubtedly subjective but Group D — comprising Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland — seemed more exciting than the former — containing Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach….just. While it’s played out differently in reality so far, with the Ukraine and German side respectively sitting in first and second place, Atalanta vs Ajax last week finally saw Group D come alive...which has whet the appetite before the Serie A side host the Reds on Tuesday.
11 Ajax FC Players Test Positive For COVID-19
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11 Ajax FC Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Eleven Ajax players have tested positive for coronavirus one day before the club’s Champions League game against FC Midtjylland. As a result, only 17 Ajax players will travel to Denmark for the group-stage clash. Ajax travels with seventeen players to Denmark for the duel with FC Midtjylland. Kjell Scherpen and Brian Brobbey, among others, will be present. There is a press conference on Monday at 6:45 PM, where Erik ten Hag and Perr Schuurs will speak to the media. FC Midtjylland - Ajax starts on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. Selection Scherpen Schuurs Mazraoui Blind Martínez Tagliafico Klaiber Timber Álvarez Ekkelenkamp Neres Antony Promes Traoré Huntelaar Brobbey Jensen
Real Madrid defender, Eder Militao tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Champions League clash with Inter Milan
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Real Madrid defender, Eder Militao tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Champions League clash with Inter Milan

Real Madrid have announced Eder Militao has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their Champions League clash with Inter Milan.   The 22-year-old Brazilian will now undergo a mandatory period of self-isolation.   The club also revealed that no other positive results were recorded from the latest round of testing except Militao.   A statement from Madrid said: 'Real Madrid would like to inform that our player, Eder Militao, has tested positive in the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday, Sunday morning.   'All the other players and the technical staff from the first team, as well as all the employees of the club who work directly with them, tested negative in that same test.   'The club would like to confirm once again that everyone...
“Thiago Silva Is Fit And Set To Face Burnley “ – Lampard
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“Thiago Silva Is Fit And Set To Face Burnley “ – Lampard

The Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has affirmed that Thiago Silva is fit and set to face Burnley on Saturday. The Brazilian centre-back did not travel with the Blues’ for the Champions League clash against Krasnodar, partially due to the fact he had played 90 minutes in the draws against Sevilla and Manchester United. Lampard had always been careful with handling Silva’s minutes this season, given that he is 36 years old. Lampard also confirmed it was the main reason the previous Paris Saint-Germain captain didn’t feature in Russia In the pre-match press conference, Lampard said, “Thiago is fit. Taking him out of Russia was a maintenance issue.” The Chelsea manager added that the goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is the only fitness concern in his squad, as things stand. He said:...
‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus
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‘Our best game of the season’ – Koeman praises Barcelona after win against Juventus

The Blaugrana made it back-to-back wins in Europe, much to the delight of their head coach Ronald Koeman described Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League triumph away at Juventus as their "best game of the season". Barca bounced back in style from their Clasico defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, with Ousmane Dembele and a stoppage-time Lionel Messi penalty making it back-to-back Group G wins. Juve failed to register a shot on target against the Catalan giants and, while impressed with how his side went about their business, Koeman did feel they should have wrapped up the game earlier than they ultimately did.
Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee
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Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee

  Marseille players did not take a knee in their Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday evening - but they stood and watched the Premier League side do so. Players, coaches, and other staff in stadiums across English football have taken a knee since football returned in June to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Get French Football News have revealed the gesture hasn't been adopted in France and City players took a knee before kick-off at the Orange Velodrome. Marseille players remained stood together and waited for City players to get up before starting the game. It has also been rumoured the players opted for a one minute's silence in memory of Samuel Paty - a teacher murdered in a terrorist attack last week. Despite the explanation, fans onli...
Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland: Jota helps secure hard-fought Champions League win
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Liverpool 2-0 Midtjylland: Jota helps secure hard-fought Champions League win

Liverpool had to work hard to see off Midtjylland, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah getting the goals in a 2-0 triumph at Anfield. Diogo Jota scored the 10,000th goal in Liverpool's history as they laboured to a 2-0 win over Midtjylland, maintaining their 100 per cent start in Champions League Group D. After a woeful first-half display from Jurgen Klopp's side, Portugal forward Jota finished off a fine team move 10 minutes into the second period as he struck home from close range. Midtjylland's best chance fell to Brazilian Evander, who saw his shot on the turn flashed wide, while Liverpool missed further opportunities to increase their margin of victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid: Casemiro rescues LaLiga champions
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Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid: Casemiro rescues LaLiga champions

Marcus Thuram scored twice for Borussia Monchengladbach but Real Madrid snatched a point from the jaws of defeat. Casemiro scored in second-half injury time to rescue Real Madrid a 2-2 draw from a Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach that threatened a serious setback for Zinedine Zidane's men. Madrid arrived at Borussia Park buoyed by a 3-1 Clasico victory over Barcelona but were soon haunted by the sort of calamitous defending that saw them lose their Champions League Group B opener against Shakhtar Donetsk. An error from Toni Kroos allowed the hosts an attack in which Marcus Thuram profited from some sloppy marking to score the opener, and the Frenchman netted a tap-in shortly before the hour mark to leave Madrid reeling.
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter: Lukaku scoring streak ends in Kiev stalemate
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Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter: Lukaku scoring streak ends in Kiev stalemate

Romelu Lukaku was unable to add to his scoring streak as Inter, who twice hit the crossbar, were held by Shakhtar Donetsk. Inter remain without a win in Champions League Group B after they were held to a goalless draw by Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Antonio Conte's men thumped the same side 5-0 two months ago in last season's Europa League semi-finals but were unable to find a way through at the Kiev Olympic Stadium. Romelu Lukaku had scored in nine straight European matches for Inter and came closest to making the breakthrough, his free-kick being pushed onto the bar by Anatolii Trubin.
Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down
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Bartomeu resigns as Barcelona president as entire board steps down

The Blaugrana supremo has left his post amid ongoing criticism and a looming vote of no confidence Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts. Bartomeu's decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona's 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi's shock request to leave the club shortly after. Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu's position has been under scrutiny for months.
‘I cried when I talked to Arsene’ – Hleb still doesn’t understand why he left Arsenal for Barcelona
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‘I cried when I talked to Arsene’ – Hleb still doesn’t understand why he left Arsenal for Barcelona

The former Belarus star won the treble with the Catalan side, but he feels he should have stayed in north London Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb says it was a mistake to leave the club for Barcelona. Hleb joined the Gunners from Stuttgart in 2005 and spent three seasons in north London, making 130 appearances and reaching the Champions League final with the club. The former attacking midfielder was not able to secure a regular spot in Barca's starting XI as he featured just 36 times for the Spanish giants and was loaned out to Stuttgart, Birmingham and Wolfsburg before his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
‘Salah is better now than he was in first season at Liverpool’ – Egyptian’s goal record is ‘computer game stuff’, says Henderson
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‘Salah is better now than he was in first season at Liverpool’ – Egyptian’s goal record is ‘computer game stuff’, says Henderson

The Reds captain has talked up his team-mate's impact at Anfield ahead of facing FC Midtjylland in the Champions League Mohamed Salah is better now than he was in his first season at Liverpool, according to Jordan Henderson, who has described the Egyptian's goal record as "computer game stuff". Salah endeared himself to Liverpool fans instantly following a €42 million (£38m/$50m) move from Roma in the summer of 2017, scoring 44 goals in 52 appearances in his maiden campaign at Anfield. He became the highest scoring striker in a single Premier League season in the process, while helping the Reds reach their first Champions League final in 13 years.
Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive To COVID-19 Again, Will Miss His Reunion With Old Foe Lionel Messi
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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive To COVID-19 Again, Will Miss His Reunion With Old Foe Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Juventus' Champions League game against Barcelona next week after returning another positive coronavirus test. The Portuguese superstar picked up the virus last week - ruling him out of action for Portugal in the Nations League and forcing him into a period of quarantine and ramping up fears that he would miss the club's huge clash against the La Liga side. But the 35-year-old has tested positive yet again, according to Spanish outlet Marca, ruling out a mouthwatering reunion with his old rival Lionel Messi. *A report from Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha claims Ronaldo's test gave a very low viral load despite returning positive, with Juventus not giving up hope completely of their talisman featuring in the game. It claims that the club wil...
Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Man Utd needed & Solskjaer deserves credit for PSG tactics, says Berbatov
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Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Man Utd needed & Solskjaer deserves credit for PSG tactics, says Berbatov

An ex-Old Trafford favourite was impressed by the returning defender's display in Europe and delighted to see the Red Devils boss outfox Thomas Tuchel Axel Tuanzebe may be the centre-back Manchester United needed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for his tactics against Paris Saint-Germain, says Dimitar Berbatov. United built on a confidence-boosting 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League last weekend by beating PSG at Parc des Princes in the Champions League. Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford saw the Red Devils get off to the best possible start in Group H, with Solskjaer opting to start with a back three in the absence of club captain Harry Maguire.
Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman
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Messi’s Performances “Can Still Be Better” – Koeman

Lionel Messi's performances "could be better" but the Barcelona captain is "happy", says new manager Ronald Koeman. Argentina forward Messi, 33, tried to leave the club this summer and called the transfer saga "a brutal drama". He has scored once so far this season. "I don't have any complaints or doubts about his effort," said Koeman, whose side open their Champions League campaign against Ferencvaros on Tuesday (20:00 BST kick-off). "Right now his performances could be better. On a day-to-day basis, he's happy and wants to play and be the team's captain." Messi is in the final year of his contract and will come up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo in Group G of this season's Champions League, a competition they have not won since 2015. Italian champions Juve wi...
Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return
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Ramos out for Madrid’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar while Hazard closes in on return

The Blancos have omitted the skipper from their squad for their European opener at Santiago Bernabeu Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League while Eden Hazard's fitness is improving as he nears a comeback from injury. Los Blancos captain Ramos took a knock to his knee in Saturday's shock 1-0 La Liga loss to Cadiz and was absent from Tuesday's training session ahead of the club's opening European fixture of the 2020-21 campaign at Santiago Bernabeu. With the first Clasico of the season against Barcelona taking place on Saturday, head coach Zinedine Zidane said he was unlikely to risk exacerbating the issue.
La Liga boss Tebas slams ‘ignorance’ of European Premier League organisers
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La Liga boss Tebas slams ‘ignorance’ of European Premier League organisers

 Reports that the continent's top clubs might be ready to join the proposed new tournament provoked a strong reaction from the Spanish supremo La Liga president Javier Tebas has dismissed the prospect of a breakaway European Premier League, stating that such a proposal is a product of "ignorance". According to reports that began to circulate on Tuesday, the prospective competition is backed by Wall Street giants JP Morgan as well as English clubs Liverpool and Manchester United and could come into being as soon as 2022. The EPL would bring together Europe's top clubs in a single tournament, which would ultimately replace the Champions League as the continent's top club prize.
PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera
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PSG Vs Man Utd: Pogba Could Win Ballon D’or – Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "has everything" to win the Ballon d'Or in the future, says former team-mate Ander Herrera. The Paris St-Germain midfielder is preparing to face his old club in their Champions League group game on Tuesday. Herrera, 31, who left Old Trafford in 2019, said: "There is no other like him - one on one, box to box. "He has everything to win the Ballon d'Or if his club fights for major trophies." World cup winner Pogba, 27, has made four appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Brighton in the League Cup fourth round. Herrera moved on after winning four trophies in five years at United and the Spaniard says the current side is more "mature" than the one he played in. "There is a lot of talent, ...
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro on Real Madrid struggles: How can you criticise Zidane?
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Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro on Real Madrid struggles: How can you criticise Zidane?

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro has dismissed claims Champions League opponents Real Madrid are struggling. Shakhtar meet Real on the back of defeat to Cadiz, but Castro can't believe his opposite number Zinedine Zidane is under pressure. He told Marca: "Criticising Zidane ... Football is very ungrateful, very ungrateful. How can you criticise Zidane?! "He is a coach with a lot of charisma, a very good coach, who has won everything. What are we talking about? He comes from winning LaLiga, he has won the Champions League, he was first until this week ...And look at the rest of the team. "Klopp's Liverpool, does not go first and they have conceded seven. The City, the same. All the greats go through difficulties at the beginning of this season. We are in a very difficult mom...
Striker Suarez departs Barcelona for Atletico Madrid
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Striker Suarez departs Barcelona for Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of striker Luis Suarez from La Liga rivals Barcelona. The 33 year old Uruguay international signed a two-year contract with the club on Friday after passing his medical. The 33-year-old joined Barca from Liverpool in 2014, winning the Champions League title in his first season in Spain.
UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches
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UEFA Allows Five Substitutes In Champions League And International Matches

UEFA will allow up to five substitutions to be made by teams in all European club and international matches this season, it announced on Thursday, although a decision has yet to be reached for next year’s European Championship. The decision announced following UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting in Budapest, applies to this season’s Champions League, Europa League and women’s Champions League, as well as the remainder of the Nations League, the qualifying play-offs for Euro 2020 and qualifiers for the next women’s European Championship. “Another decision” will be made for the finals of Euro 2020, which were postponed to June and July next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The change comes after several national team coaches called on UEFA to allow five substitutions in ...