CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • Coach Cesare Prandelli quits Galatasaray Yesterday

    Ankara: After elimination from Europe Wednesday, Galatasaray have confirmed coach Cesare Prandelli has left the club following four straight Champions League losses. Club vice president Abdurrahim Albayrak announced that the board has decided to dismiss the 57-year-old Italian coach Thursday evening, reports Xinhua. Prandelli replaced his compatriot Roberto Mancini in the summer...
  • Champions League: It's in our hands now, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers Yesterday

    Sofia: Under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he always believed his side's Champions League fate would come down to the last match at home to FC Basel and he has been proved right. Liverpool conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw away to Bulgarian side Ludogorets on Wednesday, leaving them...
  • Champions League: Arsene Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better Yesterday

    London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition. In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal...
  • Champions League: Manchester City face test of resolve at Koeman's Saints Yesterday

    London: With Premier League leaders Chelsea on top form, Manchester City will be hoping their Champions League win over Bayern Munich boosts confidence and re-ignites their title defence when they visit high-flying Southampton on Sunday. Third-placed City have fallen eight points behind unbeaten leaders Chelsea after 12 games and face a...
  • 15 wins in a row great achievement: Carlo Ancelotti 2 days ago

    Geneva: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory "a great achievement" and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League. Real defeated Basel 1-0 Wednesday night to qualify for the knockout stage in the Champions League. Basel will take on England's Liverpool in the...
  • Arsenal reach 15th straight Champions League knockout round 2 days ago

    Arsenal reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 15th straight season with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, and Liverpool put itself in position to advance if it wins at home over Basel next month. Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal...
  • Champions League: Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez score as Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 2 days ago

    Yaya Sanogo ended his 15-month wait to score for Arsenal on Wednesday to help the London club beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase for the 15th successive season. The 21-year-old striker, who has floundered since joining from his native France, netted only two minutes into...
  • Champions League: Ludogorets Razgrad hold Liverpool to 2-2 draw 2 days ago

    Ludogorets scored a late equaliser to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday that ended the home side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League. Dani Abalo opened the scoring for Ludogorets in the third minute, pouncing on the rebound after Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet failed to...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo goal lifts Real Madrid to 1-0 win against FC Basel in Champions League 2 days ago

    Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal helped Real Madrid beat FC Basel 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, and tie a club record with a 15th straight win. Ronaldo's 71st career Champions League goal, in his 108th match, also tied the old competition scoring record long held by Madrid great Raul Gonzalez. Both...
  • Manuel Pellegrini revives Manchester City's Champions League spirits 2 days ago

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with his flagging side trailing 2-1 to Bayern Munich, gave his players a halftime pep talk that sparked a revival and kept their Champions League hopes alive. After Sergio Aguero had put City in front with a penalty following the dismissal of Bayern defender Mehdi Benatia...
  • It was a team effort, says Aguero of his hat-trick 2 days ago

    Manchester: Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in an important match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but he said it is the team effort that matters most. "It was very important to win. In the first half we tried to wait for them to attack and hit...
  • Bayern Munich eager to learn from late lapses against Manchester City: Guardiola 2 days ago

    Bayern Munich's 3-2 loss at Manchester City on Tuesday could not have come at a better time for coach Pep Guardiola, who said his side would learn from the mistakes that led to a first defeat since August. Bayern had already secured top spot in Champions League Group E before their...
  • Fantastic to become the highest scorer, says Messi 2 days ago

    Madrid: FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said his record of becoming the highest scorer ever in the UEFA Champions League is a 'fantastic' achievement. Messi struck a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-0 away win against APOEL Nicosia that lifted him to 74 goals, ahead of former Real Madrid star Raul Gonzalez...
  • More to come from Cavani and Ibrahimovic, says Laurent Blanc 3 days ago

    Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals between them in the 3-1 home win over Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday and coach Laurent Blanc said there was more to come. Uruguay striker Cavani, who has been under fire in France for his clumsiness in...
  • Champions League: Liverpool on brink of exit; Real Madrid play Basel 3 days ago

    Liverpool: Wins have not come easy for Liverpool this season, neither at home in England or in the Champions League. But a win on Wednesday in Bulgaria against Ludogorets is exactly what the five-time European champions need to ensure they still have a chance to advance to the second round. Both Liverpool...
  • Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero is special player, says Manchester City captain 3 days ago

    Vincent Kompany hailed Sergio Aguero as Manchester City's "special player" after the Argentine's hat-trick earned a rousing 3-2 comeback win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. The victory resuscitated City's hopes of qualifying for the last 16 ahead of their final Group E match against AS Roma. Should the...
  • Messi the 'greatest player of all time', says Barca coach 3 days ago

    Lionel Messi was hailed as the best player ever by Barcelona coach Luis Enrique after setting a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals with a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 win at APOEL Nicosia. "Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time, football is the king of sports and he...
  • Real Madrid to field strongest team at Basel, says Carlo Ancelotti 3 days ago

    Holders Real Madrid will field their strongest team at FC Basel in Wednesday's Champions League Group B clash despite having already qualified for the last 16, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Real, who have a maximum 12 points from four matches, need only to avoid a defeat of four goals...
  • Steven Gerrard criticism hugely unfair, says Brendan Rodgers 3 days ago

    Under-fire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may not be enjoying his best spell of form but he is still "a top class player", manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their Champions League clash with Ludogorets. The 34-year-old midfielder has come in for particular criticism this season, with fans questioning whether it is...
  • Champions League: Problems growing for Dortmund as they face Arsenal; Galatasaray take on Anderlecht 3 days ago

    London: Struggling at home but excelling in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund are headed to Arsenal on Wednesday. Dortmund, who have already qualified for the second round, will travel to London without forward Marco Reus, who is out with an ankle injury. Reus was hurt in the 2-2 draw with Paderborn...
  • Lionel Messi treble sets Champions League goals record 3 days ago

    Nicosia: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when...
  • Champions League: Aguero scores hat-trick in Manchester City's 3-2 win over Bayern Munich 3 days ago

    Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick - including two late goals - to inspire Manchester City to a 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, reviving the English champions' chances of reaching the knockout stage. Aguero, who put City ahead with a 21st-minute penalty that led...
  • Champions League: Record-breaker Messi nets treble as Barcelona down APOEL 4-0 3 days ago

    Lionel Messi added the Champions League career scoring record to the La Liga mark he set last weekend, getting his 28th Barcelona hat-trick in a 4-0 win Tuesday night at APOEL Nicosia. The 27-year-old Messi scored in the 38th, 58th and 87th minutes - all with his weaker right foot -...
  • Champions League: Terry, Drogba score as Chelsea crush Schalke 5-0 3 days ago

    Chelsea produced a footballing masterclass to romp to a 5-0 win at Schalke 04 on Tuesday to power into the last 16 of the Champions League and make it a miserable night for former coach Roberto Di Matteo. Captain John Terry headed in a corner after 78 seconds and Brazil midfielder...
  • Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to miss remaining Champions League matches 4 days ago

    London: Olivier Giroud will miss both of Arsenal's remaining UEFA Champions League group matches after the club kept him out of the squad, acting on medical reports that suggested he would be unavailable until January. Giroud injured his ankle August 23 and was not expected to return until January, after all...
  • Champions League: Messi chases new record as Barcelona face APOEL 4 days ago

    After becoming the Spanish league's all-time leading scorer over the weekend, Lionel Messi is chasing another milestone in the Champions League. The Argentina forward is even with Raul Gonzalez's all-time record of 71 Champions League goals, and he could better that on Tuesday when Barcelona travel to Cypriot club APOEL on...
  • Champions League: Man City feeling pressure ahead of Bayern clash 4 days ago

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is feeling the pressure ahead of his side's must-win match at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday but the Chilean says it is all self-inflicted. The Premier League champions are bottom of Group E with just two points from four games and...
  • Champions League: Chelsea eager to seal knockout spot against Schalke 4 days ago

    Chelsea are well-placed to secure a Champions League knockout stage when they face Schalke 04 in their penultimate Group G game on Tuesday but coach Jose Mourinho warned that any slip up could still prove costly. Chelsea, top on eight points, will advance with a win or even a draw in...
  • Xavi fundamental to Barca says coach Luis Enrique 4 days ago

    Barcelona's Xavi has gone from a being a bit part figure to once again leading the midfield and coach Luis Enrique believes he is now fundamental to the team as they prepare to face APOEL in the Champions League on Tuesday. The veteran captain looked a dejected figure watching from the...
  • CTL: Hingis pips Radwanska as Hyderabad take 2-point lead over Pune 4 days ago

    Pune: Swiss star Martina Hingis prevailed over world number six Agnieszka Radwanska in a very tight women's singles match to hand Hyderabad Aces a narrow two-point lead over Pune Marathas in a do-or-die Champions Tennis League (CTL) on Monday. Hyderabad are leading 15-13 with two matches to go in the South...