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Champions League: tie-by-tie analysis of the last-16 games | Nick Miller

Chelsea renew their rivalry with Barcelona, City get lucky, Liverpool and United should both progress, while Spurs aim to create more historyFirst leg 13 February Second leg 7 March Continue reading…

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Champions League power rankings: Manchester City are the team to beat

Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the four teams to avoid in what will be a competitive draw for the last-16 on MondayBy Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer for WhoScored?The last-16 stage of the Champions League promises …

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Champions League power rankings: Manchester City are the team to beat

Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the four teams to avoid in what will be a competitive draw for the last-16 on MondayBy Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer for WhoScored?The last-16 stage of the Champions League promises …

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Shakhtar Donetsk manager dresses up as Zorro after Champions League win – video

Paulo Fonseca, the Shakhtar Donetsk manager, conducts his post-match news conference in a Zorro costume on Wednesday. Fonseca promised to dress up as the masked vigilante if his side qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. The 2-1 win over M…

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Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar

Manchester City lost for the first time in 227 days and so failed to become the first English side to be victorious in all six Champions League group matches. Pep Guardiola’s side were poor in the opening 45 minutes, then rallied after the break.Sergio…

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Manchester City’s winning run ends as makeshift side fall to Shakhtar

Manchester City lost for the first time in 227 days and so failed to become the first English side to be victorious in all six Champions League group matches. Pep Guardiola’s side were poor in the opening 45 minutes, then rallied after the break.Sergio…

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

Minute-by-minute Champions League updates, kick-off 7.45pm (GMT)Manchester City did not offer €100m to Messi, says GuardiolaEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle to get in touch 7.51pm GMT 4 min: In terms of formation, by the way, Foden is on the left-hand s…

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Champions League roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo sets record in Real romp

• Madrid forward scores his 18th Champions League goal of 2017• Napoli keep alive hopes of Champions League progressCristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record as the holders Real Madrid sealed their place in the knockout stages with a 6-0 wi…

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Kevin De Bruyne leads Manchester City past stubborn Shakhtar Donetsk

For Sergio Agüero, it was a bittersweet evening. The most important detail is that his team won and have put themselves in a position of strength in their qualifying group. Yet this was also a night when Agüero missed the opportunity to sugarcoat a slightly dishevelled performance with the goal that would have established him as Manchester City’s joint all-time record scorer.

The damage is only superficial and Agüero’s time to equal Eric Brook’s 177‑goal target, a record that has stood since 1939, will inevitably come, perhaps even against Chelsea on Saturday. Yet City will have to hope that his inability to finish off a 71st-minute penalty is not a sign of the anxiety that sometimes grips a player when they are on the cusp of these personal milestones.

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Kevin De Bruyne leads Manchester City past stubborn Shakhtar Donetsk

For Sergio Agüero, it was a bittersweet evening. The most important detail is that his team won and have put themselves in a position of strength in their qualifying group. Yet this was also a night when Agüero missed the opportunity to sugarcoat a slightly dishevelled performance with the goal that would have established him as Manchester City’s joint all-time record scorer.

The damage is only superficial and Agüero’s time to equal Eric Brook’s 177‑goal target, a record that has stood since 1939, will inevitably come, perhaps even against Chelsea on Saturday. Yet City will have to hope that his inability to finish off a 71st-minute penalty is not a sign of the anxiety that sometimes grips a player when they are on the cusp of these personal milestones.

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Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk: Champions League – live!

6.50pm BST

Here you go. Most notable for City – given Guardiola could just pluck names from a golden hat when it comes to choosing his attack – is that Fabian Delph will continue filling in as a left-back/roving midfielder. He’s no Benjamin Mendy but he’s done a decent job in that role in recent weeks. Further forward, the answer to the weekly ‘which brilliant young winger will start this time’ is Sané rather than Sterling. Meanwhile, Shakhar, as ever, have a slew of talented Brazilians, with the midfielder Fred, in particular, reputed to be hot stuff. It’s all very exciting.

City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D Silva; Jesus, Aguero, Sané

3.17pm BST

Hello. The theory that Manchester City are an unstoppable force is about to be jabbed and probed like never before. Or unlike any other time so far this season, at any rate. Because on Sunday they face Chelsea and today they host Shakhtar Donetsk, who, on a scale of 1 to 10 – with 10 being European Champions Real Madrid and 1 being Total Crystal Palace – are a 7.5, or thereabouts.

When the draw was made the Ukrainian side were expected to be competing with Feyenoord for the right to meet Arsenal in the latter rounds of the Europa League, but they ridiculed those presumptions by beating Napoli in their first group game. So they’re proper contenders in this group and City surely won’t take them lightly.

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Homeless Shakhtar Donetsk ready for another Champions League upset | Barry Glendenning

The Ukrainian side, who last played in their own stadium three years ago, shocked Napoli in the first round of games and now travel to Manchester City

Shakhtar Donetsk took little time to hurl the cat among the pigeons in a Champions League group most observers expected to be dominated by Napoli and Manchester City, with the Ukrainian side and Feyenoord making up the numbers. While the Dutch champions duly crumbled at home against City in the last round of fixtures, the Ukrainian side’s 2-1 victory against the Italian league leaders was one of few surprises across the competition.

Related: Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’

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Kyle Walker happy Sergio Agüero is in same side as ‘facing him was nightmare’

• Agüero needs one goal to equal Eric Brook’s Manchester City scoring record
• Argentinian likely to be rejoined by Gabriel Jesus against Shakhtar Donetsk

Sergio Agüero needs one more goal to equal Eric Brook’s 78-year-old Manchester City scoring record and there are not many people at the club who imagine the Argentinian is going to hang around for long on his present tally of 176.

No one is a bigger fan of the striker than Kyle Walker, who says it a joy to be playing behind Agüero after years of struggling to contain him.

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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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What would a communist football competition look like? The Progress Cup | Craig McCracken

From 1971 until 1991 the most improved team in the Soviet Union was given the Progress Cup, a trophy that rewarded perseverance rather than excellence

By Craig McCracken for Beyond The Last Man, of the Guardian Sport Network

I blame the Watney Cup. Ever since that particular 1970s English oddity set a high benchmark for outlandishly ill-conceived competition formats, I’ve long harboured a fascination for discovering obscure tournaments from around the world that might just match its plain out-and-out silliness.

So while recently browsing the history of Shakhtar Donetsk (as you do), my curiosity was piqued by the inclusion on the club’s honours list of a Soviet-era tournament called the Progress Cup. Were Shakhtar’s 1975 and 1977 successes in this competition something for the Ukrainian miners club to celebrate? Was there a physical, hoistable piece of metal with handles involved or was it merely a symbolic award? I endeavoured to find out.

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Sevilla make it a hat-trick of Europa League finals after seeing off Shakhtar

Kevin Gameiro scored twice as Sevilla saved their best form for the Europa League and made their third straight final with a 3-1 second-leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Gameiro picked up where he left off after grabbing a late equaliser in the first leg last week, firing a ninth-minute opener at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to set his side on course for a 5-3 aggregate win. Shakhtar drew level through Marlos, but Gameiro’s second and a third for Mariano ensured the run of Unai Emery’s side would continue.

Related: Liverpool push past 10-man Villarreal and into Europa League final

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Sevilla score twice at Shakhtar Donetsk to edge Europa League semi-final

Sevilla stayed on course for a third successive Europa League title by claiming a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine in the first leg of their semi-final.

Related: Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’

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Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna: ‘We have lost our homes, our stadium and our fans’

Ukrainian club play Sevilla in Europa League semi-finals two years after Russian separatists forced them 700 miles away from their home city

“I remember my last day in Donetsk,” says Darijo Srna, the captain of Shakhtar, a football club in exile. “It was 16 May 2014. We were told we had to leave quickly. I didn’t take anything from my home. We just took the two cars. My shirts are still hanging up in the wardrobe. I was the only one who believed it would be over quickly. I told everyone we would be back in six months.”

Nearly two years later, Srna is sitting in the elegant, marble foyer of Kiev’s Opera Hotel, which has been Shakhtar’s base since pro-Russian separatists seized control of the Donetsk region, declared themselves independent from Ukraine and proclaimed the area the People’s Republic. It was the declaration that sparked a civil war. “They tell me the house is OK,” he says. “It is still there.”

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Liverpool drawn against Villarreal in Europa League semi-finals

• First leg in Spain on 20 April and the second at Anfield on 5 May
• The holders Sevilla will play Shakhtar Donetsk in the other semi-final.

Liverpool have been drawn against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals after their stunning comeback victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Related: Europa League semi-final draw – live!

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Europa League semi-final draw – live!

3.10am BST

Hello. That was pretty damn emotional, wasn’t it. What a night at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla surviving a brilliant second-leg comeback from Athletic Bilbao and eventually winning on penalties in a stunning atmosphere. The holders, looking to win the competition for the third consecutive year, just about clambered into the last four after an almighty scare.

Related: Jürgen Klopp evoked Istanbul to inspire Liverpool against Borussia Dortmund

Related: Jürgen Klopp at heart of Liverpool-Dortmund love-in as his new flame wins | Paul Wilson

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