Arsenal, the kings of the impressive wins in the European games that don’t matter as much, with resounding victories in the hopeless second legs and such, smashed FC Basel 4-1 on Tuesday to clinch Group A in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Going into the sixth and final round of group play, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both sat on 11 points. PSG, however, controlled the tiebreaker on head-to-head away goals, since the teams were tied on head-to-head points after two draws, as well as goal difference and goals scored.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil will play Colombia in a friendly match at the end of January to help victims of the air crash that killed most of the players, staff and directors of soccer club Chapecoense last week. Spokesman Douglas Lunardi also said on Monday that the Brazilian football confederation will donate about $ 1.5 million to Chapecoense. Nineteen of Chapecoense’s players were killed in the crash just outside Medellin, Colombia, as the Brazilian team headed to the first of two matches against Colombian club Atletico Nacional to determine the champion of the Copa Sudamericana – Latin America’s No. 2 club tournament. Earlier, South America’s football confederation Conmebol officially gave
Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected former FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s appeal against his four-year ban from the sport. Blatter was convicted by FIFA’s own investigative mechanism of apparently bribing fellow presidential candidate Michel Platini not to run in 1999 – when Platini, now also banned, was in charge of UEFA. Blatter had initially been banned by FIFA for eight years, which was then reduced to six.