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Real Madrid and evasive Zidane fail to convince after Bernabéu horror show | Sid Lowe

Recovering to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge keeps them alive but the 13-time European champions have problems stacking up, with Thibaut Courtois the latest player under the microscopeZinedine Zidane said the two goals that Real Madrid conceded against Club…

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Real Madrid’s Champions League fate in balance after draw with Club Brugge

Long after the final whistle had gone here, Club Brugge’s fans were still singing high in the north stand, their players back out on the pitch celebrating with them. This was a big occasion and a big result for the Belgians and yet, while there were no…

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Champions League roundup: Ajax hopes in balance after Apoel scare

Mazraoui sent off during edgy 0-0 draw in NicosiaSlavia Prague and Club Brugge on course for group stageAjax face a fight to qualify for the Champions League group stage after they clung on for a tense 0-0 draw in searing heat away to Apoel Nicosia in …

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Simon Mignolet to leave Liverpool for Club Brugge for an initial £6.4m

• Belgium international lost place to Loris Karius, then Alisson• Keeper played only two cup matches for Liverpool last seasonSimon Mignolet’s six-year spell at Liverpool is coming to an end with the goalkeeper set to return to his homeland with Club B…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to pay £15m for striker Wesley Moraes?

Today’s tittle-tattle is beginning to feel a lot like ChristmasWesley Moraes is a striker in big demand and the word in The Sun is that Unai Emery has hunkered down and got on his mark in the “£15m race” for the Club Brugge striker’s services. With nin…

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Champions League roundup: Lorenzo Insigne saves Napoli against PSG

• Insigne penalty earns 1-1 draw at home to PSG• Thierry Henry’s Monaco lose 4-0 to Club BruggeNapoli’s Lorenzo Insigne converted a second-half penalty to cancel out Juan Bernat’s goal from first-half stoppage time for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in…

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Champions League: previews for the crunch games this week

Form guide, fitness news and facts on Juventus v Manchester United, Spurs v PSV, Napoli v PSG and CSKA Moscow v RomaBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredWe’re halfway through the group stage in the Champions League and it’s getting tight. The results of these f…

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Champions League roundup: Atlético Madrid fight back to win at Monaco

• Spanish side come back from 1-0 down to win 2-1• Borussia Dortmund grab late victory at Club BruggeAtlético Madrid battled their way back from a goal down to pull off a confidence-boosting 2-1 win at Monaco in Group A on Tuesday, a defiant response t…

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Three seriously hurt and 120 detained in riot after Club Brugge v Antwerp match

• Fans from Netherlands joined in brawl between Belgian hooligans• One policeman among the seriously wounded Related: Everton give life ban to child-holding fan who attacked Lyon player Authorities are investigating a riot that seriously injured three …

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Claudio Ranieri delighted but desperate to focus on Premier League problems

• Leicester manager says winning Champions League group ‘unbelievable’
• Proximity to relegation zone a bigger concern than last-16 opponents

Claudio Ranieri described Leicester City’s progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League as group winners and with a match to spare as an “unbelievable” achievement, yet demanded his players now show the same level of performance domestically in order to climb well clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Club Brugge courtesy of goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez, and can look forward to the draw in Nyon on 12 December with Ranieri not bothered in the slightest about who they will play. “It’s not important, believe me,” the Leicester manager said. “I hope to be there in good condition, that is important. The name is not important. It will be another fairytale, win or lose it’s not important.”

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Claudio Ranieri delighted but desperate to focus on Premier League problems

• Leicester manager says winning Champions League group ‘unbelievable’
• Proximity to relegation zone a bigger concern than last-16 opponents

Claudio Ranieri described Leicester City’s progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League as group winners and with a match to spare as an “unbelievable” achievement, yet demanded his players now show the same level of performance domestically in order to climb well clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Club Brugge courtesy of goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez, and can look forward to the draw in Nyon on 12 December with Ranieri not bothered in the slightest about who they will play. “It’s not important, believe me,” the Leicester manager said. “I hope to be there in good condition, that is important. The name is not important. It will be another fairytale, win or lose it’s not important.”

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Leicester City top dogs after Shinji Okazaki leads win over Club Brugge

For Leicester City it was a night to savour even if they made hard work of it in the end. The club that won 2-1 at Scunthorpe eight years ago to the day to go top of League One, in front of 7,967 people at Glanford Park, will be among the select band of teams taking their seats in Nyon next month for the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.

It is, in short, easy to see why Claudio Ranieri keeps talking about fairytales. Leicester, the 5,000-1 title winners, have secured their place in the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition with a match to spare and will be among the first seeds after topping their group.

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Leicester City v Club Brugge: Champions League – live!

Updates from the Group G game at the King Power StadiumLive scores: all the goals from the games around Europe Email simon.burnton@theguardian.com. Tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.50pm GMT 3 mins: A slow opening, which given what happened at Vicarage Road on Sa…

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Club Brugge offer Leicester welcome respite from growing domestic concerns

• Claudio Ranieri rejects relegation talk before Champions League game
• He hails team’s progress in Europe as second fairytale for the club

There was a question to Riyad Mahrez about whether he could win the Ballon d’Or, another for Claudio Ranieri on the prospect of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League and a couple for both player and manager on the possibility of being relegated. In many ways it was confirmation that these are strange times for Leicester City as they try to get to grips with a rollercoaster season.

Two points above the bottom three after enduring a sixth Premier League defeat of the season, at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Leicester welcome Club Brugge to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night needing only a point to guarantee their place in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition.

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‘Cash is king in modern football’ – fans react to the ‘Atlantic league’ proposal

We asked supporters in Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden for their thoughts on a proposed breakaway league

The reigning Danish champions have won their domestic league, the Superligaen, 11 times and are on course for another league title this season. They are competing in this season’s Champions League.

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Champions League roundup: Glik’s Monaco screamer thwarts Leverkusen

• Poland defender scores ‘finest goal of career’ in 95th minute for 1-1 draw
• FC Copenhagen, Sporting Lisbon, Juventus and Sevilla record wins

Monaco’s Kamil Glik scored a fine goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Bayer Leverkusen and keep them top of Champions League Group E.

Related: André Schürrle’s late equaliser denies Real Madrid in Dortmund thriller

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Ranieri: ‘It was good for us to start our story with a victory’ – video

Claudio Ranieri says ‘it was very important to start with a victory’ after Leicester City ran out 3-0 winners against a poor Club Brugge side in their Champions League debut on Wednesday. Speaking after the match at Jan Breydel Stadium in Belgium, Ranieri says that Marc Albrighton’s early goal meant his side had control of the match, even though Club Brugge had control of the ball

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Claudio Ranieri says Champions League music brought best out of Riyad Mahrez

• Ranieri: ‘Maybe Mahrez is tired of dilly ding, dilly dong’
• ‘Leicester have taken confidence from Brugge win but must stay calm’

Claudio Ranieri joked that the Champions League music must have woken up Riyad Mahrez, after the Algerian scored twice to inspire Leicester City to an emphatic victory in their first game in the competition. Marc Albrighton also got a goal on a perfect night for the Premier League champions as they ran out 3-0 winners against a poor Club Brugge side.

Related: Leicester City ease to victory over Club Brugge on Champions League debut

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Imperious Riyad Mahrez leaves Leicester fans in celebratory mood in Belgium

Claudio Ranieri described Leicester’s prospects of winning the Champions League as ‘impossible’ but their travelling fans were of a different opinion

One down, 12 matches to go. “Impossible,” says Claudio Ranieri, and the Leicester City manager may well be right when he rules out the prospect of the English champions being crowned kings of Europe, but the first step on a long road to the final was taken with the minimum of fuss on a balmy evening in Belgium.

The phrase ‘dream start’ barely does it justice as Leicester’s inaugural Champions League match turned into a belated extension of their title celebrations, with Ranieri’s players cantering to a victory that was every bit as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. “Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” chanted the Leicester supporters, presumably in between rubbing their eyes at the madness of it all.

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