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Danny Welbeck adds fizz to Arsenal’s singular Europa concoction | Nick Ames

Players and fans of Gunners and CSKA Moscow produced a life-affirming football occasion, despite concerns about securityMidway through the second half of a match whose tension levels had amped up beyond recognition, Danny Welbeck conjured up a moment t…

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Marseille into semi-finals after five-star comeback against Leipzig

• Salzburg also overturn first-leg deficit to knock out Lazio• Favourites Atletico Madrid through despite defeat in LisbonMarseille advanced to the Europa League semi-finals after overturning a first-leg deficit to defeat RB Leipzig 5-3 on aggregate.Le…

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Arsenal grateful to Welbeck and Ramsey after Cech’s jitters provide scare at CSKA

Arsenal being Arsenal, it was never going to be straightforward. For much of the evening Arsène Wenger’s players did their best to emulate Barcelona’s performance at Roma in a way that nobody at Arsenal would have wanted as CSKA Moscow threatened to ov…

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CSKA Moscow v Arsenal: Europa League quarter-final – live!

Europa League updates from the quarter-final second legLive scores: Follow all the quarter-final latestSign up to the Fiver, our teatimely football roundupAnd be sure to email or tweet Paul your thoughts 7.55pm BST The TV pundits keep describing CSKA’…

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When Marcello Lippi joined Juventus and knocked Milan off their perch

Marcello Lippi, who turns 70 today, has lifted just about every trophy on offer to an Italian manager, but winning the double with Juventus in 1995 remains a truly special achievementBy Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraIn any discussion about the gre…

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‘Referee has a rubbish bin where his heart should be,’ says Gianluigi Buffon

• Juventus goalkeeper lets fly at English referee Michael Oliver• ‘It was one tenth of a penalty,’ claims sent-off BuffonThe Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon criticised the English referee Michael Oliver, saying he has a “rubbish bin” where his heart sh…

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Bayern Munich reach semi-finals after goalless draw with 10-man Sevilla

A goalless draw against Sevilla was enough to send Bayern Munich into the Champions League last four with a 2-1 aggregate victory to keep their hopes of a treble-winning season alive.Bayern, playing in their seventh successive quarter-final, never need…

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Juventus with added-time penalty for Real Madrid

Real Madrid are in the semi-final of the Champions League for the eighth year in a row. That is no surprise; what is a surprise is that for so much of a dramatic, nervous night at the Santiago Bernabéu, it looked like they would not be. A Champions Lea…

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Arsenal to heed ‘good warning’ from Rome before CSKA showdown

• Arsenal take 4-1 lead to Moscow in Europa League quarter-final• Arsène Wenger: ‘I don’t think we are under threat of complacency’With Roma’s extraordinary comeback against Barcelona fresh in the mind, Arsène Wenger said there will be no complacency a…

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Manchester City v Liverpool: Champions League quarter-final second leg – live!

Live updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Etihad StadiumRoma v Barcelona – live with @Paul_DoyleFollow all Tuesday’s live scores hereAnd you can email Rob with your thoughts 5.47pm BST For a man who has won the Champions League twice as a coach, Pep…

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Roma v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final second leg – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Stadio OlimpicoManchester City v Liverpool – live!Follow all Tuesday’s live scores hereEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 5.38pm BST Hello and welcome to Narnia. Only in this land of make-believe …

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Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award?

Peter Barnes was the last City player to win the award. Who deserves it more this season: Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sané?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe votes for the PFA Player of the Year awards have been cast and the od…

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Fernando Torres will leave Atlético at end of season ‘to step aside for others’

• ‘It’s difficult to say goodbye for second time; I wanted to retire here’• ‘I am in good shape and I will look elsewhere for games’The Atlético Madrid forward Fernando Torres plans to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season t…

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Levante go wild after breathless win drops rivals off edge of La Liga cliff

Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruña will almost certainly be relegated after Paco López returned to his boyhood club to mastermind their stunning surge towards safety“Keep calm,” Levante’s manager, Paco López, said but he knew better than anyone…

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Rennes have the money and manager to challenge the top four in Ligue 1

The distance between the top four and the rest has been a problem in Ligue 1 for a while. Rennes may bridge that gapBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsRennes are something of a sleeping giant in French football, but that may be ch…

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Fiorentina use victory as a coping mechanism after death of Astori | Paolo Bandini

La Viola have won six on the bounce since their captain died, their players showing ‘an uncommon strength’ in Serie ASince Davide Astori died, Fiorentina cannot stop winning. To lay it out in such blunt terms feels almost too crude and yet how else sho…

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Madrid derby drawn as Real and Atlético finish with a goal apiece

“Neither of us can compete to win the league,” the Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, said. If it was true before the game when he said it, it is even more true after it. A 1-1 draw, secured with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Greizman…

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Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: La Liga – live!

Live updates from the Madrid derby (KO 3.15pm BST)Zidane insists Real Madrid’s derby with Atlético still mattersEmail or tweet Nick your thoughts 3.07pm BST And if we’re talking goals … anyone fancy another showstopper from Cristiano Ronaldo? It wasn…

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Jupp Heynckes’s return made Bayern into slick champions once again

The 72-year-old has turned Bayern Munich around since returning as manager by using a trusted formula to win their six consecutive Bundesliga titleFor Bayern Munich, Mia san Mia – the Bavarian dialect and the club’s motto, a slogan for their unerring u…

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Lionel Messi guides Barcelona to win over Leganés to equal unbeaten record

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and ensured Barcelona equalled a La Liga record of 38 matches without defeat by beating Leganés 3-1 on Saturday. The champions-elect matched the milestone set by Real Sociedad in 1979-80 by remaining undefeated through 3…