Champions League

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  • Chelsea boss Hiddink pleads for Friday night Euro relief

    Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink pleaded with the Premier League to introduce Friday night football in an effort to maximise his side's chances of Champions League success. Hiddink's team face Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday in a tough last-16, first-leg match-up having played on…

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  • Van Gaal turns Manchester United's eyes to Europa League

    Louis van Gaal admitted that Champions League qualification will be "very difficult" after a shock 2-1 defeat at second-bottom Sunderland increased the pressure on the Manchester United manager. A late own goal from goalkeeper David de Gea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday condemned United to a…

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  • Ronaldo scores 2 for Madrid; 1st league victory for Neville

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals to lead Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, provisionally lifting it into second place, while Gary Neville finally got his first Spanish league victory in charge of Valencia. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the third minute before Javier…

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  • Juventus beats Napoli to lead Serie A, Man U loses again

    Juventus got a late goal to beat Napoli 1-0 and snatch the lead of Italy's Serie A from its southern rival on Saturday.

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  • Zaza strike downs Napoli as Juve go top

    Italy Euro 2016 hopeful Simone Zaza produced a dramatic late strike as champions Juventus went one point clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over Napoli on Saturday. Napoli, suffering only their third defeat of the campaign, travelled north looking for a league double over the champions for…

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  • PSG warm up for Chelsea clash with Lille draw

    A much-changed Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Chelsea with a low-key goalless draw at home to struggling Lille at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. Edinson Cavani had the best chance for the runaway Ligue 1 leaders but somehow missed the target with the goal…

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  • Runaway leader PSG held 0-0 at home against Lille in France

    Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for its Champions League encounter with Chelsea by dropping points for only the fourth time in the French league this season, held 0-0 in a scrappy home draw by Lille on Saturday. PSG hosts Chelsea in the first leg of their last 16 match on Tuesday, and…

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  • Terry a doubt for Chelsea's PSG return

    John Terry is a doubt for Chelsea's Champions League game at Paris Saint-Germain after being forced off by injury during his side's 5-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday. The Chelsea captain, who has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season, left the fray in the 38th…

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  • 'Too risky' for Verratti to start against Chelsea - Blanc

    Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has admitted it would be too big a risk to start Marco Verratti in Tuesday's Champions League showdown with Chelsea at the Parc des Princes. The supremely talented Italy midfielder is a vital member of the PSG side but has not started a game in a month due…

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  • Mkhitaryan seals Dortmund win to trim Bayern lead

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan's second-half goal sealed Borussia Dortmund's workmanlike 1-0 win over Hanover 96 on Saturday to trim Bayern Munich's lead at the top of the Bundesliga to five points. Dortmund were without injured star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed his first league match of the…

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  • Man Utd top-four hopes fade, Chelsea cruise

    Louis van Gaal conceded that Manchester United may need to win the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League after a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday. Bidding to close the six-point gap separating them from the Champions League places, United fell behind in the third minute…

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  • Van Gaal doubts Man United's top-4 chances after latest loss

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny on Saturday. The latest embarrassing loss for United this…

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  • Ribery set for Bayern return at Augsburg

    Berlin (AFP) - Franck Ribery looks set to end this season's injury misery after being included in the Bayern Munich squad for Sunday's Bundesliga clash at Augsburg.

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  • Long sends soaring Southampton up to sixth

    Shane Long struck as in-form Southampton climbed to within one point of the Premier League's European places with a 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Swansea City on Saturday. The Irishman nodded home a cross from James Ward-Prowse in the 69th minute at the Liberty Stadium as Southampton…

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  • Van Gaal denies feeling pressure despite Man Utd's loss

    Louis van Gaal dismissed suggestions that his side's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Sunderland on Saturday has put him under even more pressure as Manchester United manager. An unfortunate 82nd-minute own goal by David de Gea condemned United to a loss that prevented them from closing the six-point…

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  • Man United loses 2-1 at Sunderland after late own goal

    A late own goal by goalkeeper David de Gea consigned Manchester United to a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, dealing another blow to the team's ambitions of finishing in the Champions League qualification places. Anthony Martial, who had equalized for…

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  • Inter face 'tough' Viola trip, says Mancini

    Roberto Mancini expects a "tough" away encounter at Fiorentina on Sunday as Inter Milan dig in for their impending battle to secure Champions League football next season. With one win in their last six outings dropping Inter to fifth place at 11 points behind leaders Napoli, Mancini's men already…

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