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  • Porto, Celtic well set in Champs League playoffs

    GENEVA (AP) -- Former European Cup winners Porto and Celtic took big steps toward the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, as home teams struggled in their playoff round, first-leg matches.

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  • Lille vs. FC Porto: Final score 0-1, LOSC in trouble

    FC Porto are heading home with a lead in their UEFA Champions League playoff tie, and they'll be heavy favorites to advance. Lille seemed content to play for a clean sheet and look for opportunities on the counter and they had the lineup to do it -- they started three defensive-minded midfielders,…

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  • Maribor vs. Celtic: Final score 1-1, Celtic score important away goal in Slovenia

    Celtic were given a scare by Maribor in Slovenia in the first leg of their Champions League playoff, though the Scottish champions escaped with a 1-1 draw. With an away goal to take back to the return leg at Celtic Park, the Bhoys won't be too disappointed with the outcome. Maribor's early…

    SB Nation37 mins ago
  • Maribor vs. Celtic: Lineups

    The lineups are out for Celtic's Champions League playoff first leg against Slovenia's Maribor.

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  • This extra-time winner made Icelandic announcers lose their minds

    In the UEFA Europa League qualifiers, it's scream or go home.

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  • UEFA fines Ukrainian club Dnipro for hooliganism

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has fined Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 50,000 euros ($66,500) for the hooligan behavior of its fans during a Champions League qualifying match against FC Copenhagen.

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  • Lippi storm as nine-man Guangzhou crash

    Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers Wednesday in a stormy AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg that left their coach Marcello Lippi facing possible disciplinary action. Antony Golec's 60th-minute strike sealed an upset win for the Australian debutants and…

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  • Modric extends Real Madrid contract until 2018

    Madrid (AFP) - Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has extended his contract with Real Madrid by one season until 2018, the Spanish giants announced on Wednesday.

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  • Ramsey says 'sorry' for Champions League red

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey apologised to the club's supporters on Wednesday after being sent off in his side's 0-0 Champions League play-off draw away to Turkish side Besiktas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was critical of Serbian referee Milorad Mazic's decision to dismiss Ramsey, describing…

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  • Celtic look to seize second chance in Champions League

    Scottish champions Celtic will look to use their reprieve from Champions League oblivion and gain a positive result away at Slovenian titleholders Maribor on Wednesday in the first leg of their play-off. Celtic were soundly beaten by Polish outfit Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round only to…

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  • Guardiola braced for tricky second season at Bayern

    Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated confidently during the close season that Pep Guardiola, after winning the domestic double in his debut campaign as coach, would never be pushed out. "Bayern will never sack Pep Guardiola. He won the Bundesliga, the German Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and…

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  • Champions League: Arsenal held, Leverkusen wins

    Arsenal held on with 10 men to draw 0-0 at Besiktas in the Champions League playoff round Tuesday, while Bayer Leverkusen is better placed to reach the group stage after winning 3-2 at FC Copenhagen. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off with 10 minutes left in the first leg match in…

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  • Di Maria Real Madrid's best player, claims Simeone

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone claimed compatriot Angel di Maria is Real Madrid's best player after the Argentine midfielder started on the bench as the Champions League finalists drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday. There are runours that Di Maria will move away…

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  • Arsenal's Europe hopes intact after Istanbul cauldron

    Arsenal head for the home leg of their Champions League play-off against Besiktas with their hopes intact after surviving the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and hugely-energised opponents to leave Turkey with a goalless draw. In the first leg of the play-off, Arsenal failed to score the…

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  • DTotD: Sergio Ramos hits Mario Mandzukic in the face, has no idea why anyone would be upset about that

    The Spanish Super Cup brought a rematch of last season's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, giving Sergio Ramos a chance to hit Atletico new boy Mario Mandzukic in the face. Twice.

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  • Forest edge Bournemouth to go top of Championship

    Kuwaiti-owned Nottingham Forest replaced Bournemouth at the top of the Championship on Tuesday after winning a thriller between the two sides 2-1. Forest, managed by former playing great Stuart Pearce, came storming back after going a goal down to score through Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt,…

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  • Arsenal held, Athletic gain upper hand in Napoli

    Ten-man Arsenal were left frustrated after a 0-0 stalemate at Besiktas in Tuesday's Champions League play-off round first leg while Athletic Bilbao earned the upper hand in their tie with Napoli following a 1-1 draw in Italy. Demba Ba nearly handed Besiktas a dream start in Istanbul when his…

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  • Wenger says Besiktas draw fair but furious with referee

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged that his side's goalless draw with Besiktas in a Champions League play-off in Istanbul Tuesday was a fair result for a "difficult" game but blasted the performance of the referee. The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic sent off Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey…

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  • Champions League scores: Leverkusen wins five-goal thriller, Arsenal and Napoli both draw

    Tuesday saw five of the 10 Champions League playoff ties get underway, with the likes of Arsenal and Napoli in action as they look to qualify for the group stages. Arsenal played Besiktas to a scoreless draw that saw both teams hit the woodwork and miss some other excellent chances. The biggest…

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