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Category: European club football

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Fred’s free-kick gives Shakhtar Donetsk narrow lead over Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting thanks to a spectacular winner from the Brazil midfielder Fred.The 24-year-old Fred showed why some of Europe’s top clubs are reportedly scout…

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Real Madrid come back to win at Leganes after surviving early scare

• Leganes 1-3 Real Madrid• Madrid move up to third as Casemiro shines in Estadio ButarqueSergio Ramos scored a late penalty clincher as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes and ease themselves into third place in LaLiga.But it was holding…

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Manchester United overrun by Sevilla but David de Gea’s saves ensure parity

And so to Old Trafford. Applause rang round the Sánchez Pizjuán. Sevilla had not been able to defeat Manchester United but their supporters recognised they had been close and there is still hope they can reach the quarter-final of this competition for …

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Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?“As an opponent I suffered the Alba-Messi society often; let someone else suff…

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‘No to Monday night football’: Frankfurt fans protest against Bundesliga plans

• Angry supporters delay start of both halves in win over RB Leipzig• Match first of five Monday night matches in Bundesliga this seasonThe Bundesliga’s plans for increased Monday night matches met with fierce resistance as Eintracht Frankfurt fans sho…

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reachIn the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the M…

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Tayfun Korkut the unlikely architect of Stuttgart’s revival | Andy Brassell

Less than a month after what seemed a deeply underwhelming appointment, it has begun to seem a brighter future is possibleThe fabled ‘new manager bounce’ is one thing. Stuttgart winning away, though? That’s something else entirely and after a first vic…

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PSG will not win the Champions League until they learn to defend

The defensive lapses that cost PSG in the Bernabéu last week were on show again when they beat Strasbourg on SaturdayBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“We started by producing the match that we needed to,” said a frustrated Adrie…

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Cengiz Under’s talent no longer a secret as he profits at Roma | Paolo Bandini

Turkish forward reaps rewards from Eusebio Di Francesco’s new tactical approach with four goals in three gamesUdinese were served with ample notice of Cengiz Under’s threat. The Roma forward had scored three times in two games leading into his visit to…

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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Real Betis v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offValverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talkYou can email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin to get in touch 7.15pm GMT Real Madrid are as long way off in the league this season. Sid Lo…

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Juventus’ derby win over Torino marred by Gonzalo Higuaín ankle injury

Juventus’ 1-0 derby win over Torino on Sunday came at a cost, with Gonzalo Higuaín limping off with an apparent left ankle injury before Alex Sandro’s first-half winner.The striker is a potential doubt for the second leg of Juve’s Champions League tie …

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Jupp Heynckes, the safe pair of hands Bayern Munich can’t bear to lose

Instead of just minding the shop in his fourth stint as manager the man from Mönchengladbach is being begged to stayJupp Heynckes has a proud record to protect. In each of the three seasons he has coached a team in the Champions League, they have reach…

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Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

The coach used Neymar’s exit as a chance to reboot the faltering giants as Chelsea may find out on TuesdaySometimes football really is life. On Tuesday Barcelona face Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge where in 2009 Andrés Iniesta score…

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Inside the Sporting Lisbon academy, where Ballon d’Or winners are made

Sporting have developed Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo and eight of the 11 players who started for Portugal in the Euro 2016 finalBy Alex Clapham for In Bed With Maradona“Effort, Dedication, Devotion, Glory.” Those are the first and last words the young …

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Thomas Vermaelen: ‘People think being a Barcelona defender is easy’ | Sid Lowe

The Belgian has overcome an injury nightmare to shine at Barça. Before facing Chelsea he discusses why his role is harder than it looks, how Messi makes him laugh and his sadness at Arsenal’s strugglesNo one was happier to find out the lineup than Raff…

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Occasional sips from a long glass of Advocaat

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Goodness knows, the Fiver isn’t trying to downplay Liverpool’s performance in Big Cup on Wednesday. A five-goal haul away in Europe – as part of a show featuring quick breaks, top-corner rakes, back fl…

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Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham character in Juventus comeback

• Pochettino: ‘We dominated possession and forced them deeper’• Juve’s manager, Massimiliano Allegri, turns on Italian pressMauricio Pochettino saluted his Tottenham team’s character after they overcame a nightmare start in Turin to draw 2-2 in the Cha…

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Basel v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the last-16, first-leg tieJuventus v Tottenham – latest news from TurinHot 1937 and 1968 action? It’s all here! And feel free to email your thoughts to Scott 7.32pm GMT Pep Guardiola speaks! “We have done well so far [in t…

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Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the last-16, first-leg tieBasel v Manchester City – live! Follow it with Scott MurrayAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 7.30pm GMT Well, good for those of us type minute-by-minute Champions League match re…