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Champions League: Giroud Fires Chelsea Into Last 16

Chelsea reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with two matches to spare after a late Olivier Giroud strike gave the Blues a 2-1 win over Rennes. The France forward’s powerful header in stoppage time snatched the points for Frank Lampard’s side after Serhou Guirassy had levelled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s first-half opener. Chelsea were joined in the next ...

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Juventus Reach Champions League Last 16

Juventus booked a spot in the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday, as Alvaro Morata’s injury-time goal grabbed a 2-1 win over Hungarians Ferencvaros. Cristiano Ronaldo levelled after Myrto Uzuni’s early opener for the visitors in Turin, but Juve needed substitute Morata to strike late on to join Barcelona in qualifying from Group G with two games to spare.

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Barcelona Beat Dynamo Kiev, Qualify For Champions League Last 16

Barcelona qualified for the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare on Tuesday as Martin Braithwaite scored twice in a 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev. Lionel Messi was among a handful of key players rested for Barca but Braithwaite’s double, as well as goals from Sergino Dest and substitute Antoine Griezmann saw the Catalans safely through, joining Juventus ...

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Fernandes Bags Brace As Man United Sink Basaksehir

Manchester United avenged their humbling Champions League defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir as Bruno Fernandes scored twice in a 4-1 rout of the Turkish champions on Tuesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side crashed to a shock 2-1 loss at the hands of the Group H outsiders in Istanbul earlier in November. But there was never any chance of another upset as United ...

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Neymar Penalty Keeps PSG On Course In Champions League

A nervy Paris Saint-Germain were outplayed for long spells but held on after an early Neymar penalty to beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Tuesday and revive their Champions League campaign. Last season’s runners-up had lost two of their opening three matches in Group H and would have been staring at an early exit from the competition had they lost again ...

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Firmino Is Key Player In Liverpool ‘Orchestra’, Says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Roberto Firmino is a key player in his Anfield “orchestra” despite the Brazil forward’s recent lack of goals for the Premier League champions. Firmino’s header in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Leicester was only his sixth goal in the whole of 2020. Firmino’s lack of goals is a stark contrast to Klopp’s free-scoring trio of Mohamed ...

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Haaland Continues Record Exploits As Dortmund Beat Brugge

Erling Braut Haaland broke yet another Champions League record on Tuesday as he fired Borussia Dortmund a step closer to the knockout stages with two goals in a 3-0 win over Club Brugge. Haaland’s 18th-minute opener against Brugge saw him reach 15 Champions League goals in fewer games than any other player in the competition’s history. The 20-year-old Norwegian hit ...

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Arsenal’s Saka Makes England Debut As Three Lions Wallop Wales

In-form Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored on his England debut as Gareth Southgate’s experimental side beat Wales 3-0 in Thursday’s friendly. Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring at Wembley with his 10th goal this season after netting nine times in six games for Everton. The 23-year-old’s first-half strike was followed by another maiden England goal as Wolves defender Conor Coady struck after ...

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Messi Vs Ronaldo In Champions League Group stage, Man Utd To Face PSG

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will meet in a mouthwatering clash in this season’s Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday’s draw. Messi and Ronaldo will resume the rivalry they developed when the Portuguese superstar was at Real Madrid. Between them, they have won 11 of the last 12 Ballons d’Or. The two ...

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Lewandowski Named UEFA Men’s Player Of The Year

Robert Lewandowski was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year on Thursday following a superb season in which he won the treble with Bayern Munich. Lewandowski was at UEFA headquarters in Nyon in Switzerland to receive the award at the draw for the Champions League group stage, just weeks after Bayern won the 2019/20 edition of the competition. The Poland ...

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Djokovic Clinches Historic 70th Win At Roland Garros

World number one Novak Djokovic stormed to his 70th win at Roland Garros on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis. The top seed went level with Roger Federer for career victories at the tournament, still 25 behind Rafael Nadal’s all-time best. Djokovic, the 2016 champion, and chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, will face Colombian ...

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Maguire Makes England Squad As Greenwood, Foden Are Dropped

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was Thursday named in England’s squad for games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark after being dropped following his conviction in a Greek court. Gareth Southgate called up Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the first time, as well as Leicester’s Harvey Barnes and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal. Maguire’s Manchester United team-mate Mason Greenwood and Manchester City’s ...

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Table Tennis Chief Tips Aruna To Make Top Five At German Bundesliga

The President of TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell (TTC), Stefan Frauenholz, has tipped Africa’s top table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, to be among the top five performers in the 2020/2021 Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) season. Frauenholz is backing his words on the recent form of Aruna and the records he has set in the last six years. The Nigerian, who replaced departed ...

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Inter Milan Have No Plans To Sign Messi – Club Official

Inter Milan have no plans to try and sign Lionel Messi nor the financial means to engineer a deal for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, a club official said Tuesday. “I don’t know where some ideas can come from,” Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia. The Serie A runners-up have been linked with a move for Messi ...

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Messi Boycotts First Pre-Season As Barcelona Demand $833m Release Clause

Lionel Messi boycotted Barcelona’s first pre-season training session on Monday, club sources have confirmed to AFP, as the striker upped the stakes in his battle to leave this summer. After skipping coronavirus tests on Sunday, Messi was absent again from the club’s Ciutat Esportiva training ground, where Ronald Koeman held a session at 5:30 pm, his first since being appointed ...

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