CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • Southampton can still make Champions League, says Ronald Koeman 3 days ago

    Southampton can still qualify for the Champions League but need to be more ruthless in front of goal to keep their European dream alive, manager Ronald Koeman said on Monday. After a 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Southampton have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table, four...
  • Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo out for three weeks - reports 1 week ago

    Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo will be out for three weeks after suffering a right calf muscle strain, Sky Sports Italia reported on Thursday. The 35-year-old went off injured in the 37th minute of Juve's 2-1 Champions League last 16, first leg victory over Borussia Dortmund in Turin on Tuesday. Pirlo will miss...
  • Leverkusen edge Atletico 1-0 in first leg of last-16 Champions League tie February 26, 2015

    Leverkusen: Hakan Calhanoglu's second-half strike gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 home win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, leaving it all to play for in the second leg. Karim Bellarabi set up Calhanoglu in the 57th minute. It looked like the Germany midfielder wasted...
  • Champions League: Monaco thrash Arsenal at Emirates in first leg of last 16 tie February 26, 2015

    London: Veteran striker Dimitar Berbatov demonstrated his enduring quality by inspiring Monaco to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday, priming the principality team for a place in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in 11 years. The 34-year-old former Tottenham and Fulham player finished off a rapid counterattack...
  • Champions League: Borussia Dortmund still optimistic of beating Juventus February 25, 2015

    Dortmund: Despite a narrow 1-2 loss on road, Borussia Dortmund are still expected to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals in the second leg against Italian giants Juventus FC at home March 18. In the strange first leg in Turin Tuesday, where both teams lost possession far too often, the scoring...
  • Failed Messi penalty could be Barcelona's 'what if' moment February 25, 2015

    If Barcelona fail to secure their eighth consecutive Champions League quarter-final appearance, Lionel Messi's failed penalty at Manchester City on Tuesday could well prove their "what if" moment. Barca were leading 2-1 in the last 16, first leg at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to a Luis Suarez brace when Messi stepped...
  • Joe Hart says penalty save will give Manchester City belief February 25, 2015

    Manchester City were outplayed by Barcelona for most of their Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday but will still go to the Nou Camp hopeful of reaching the last eight for the first time thanks to Joe Hart. The England goalkeeper, beaten twice by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in a...
  • Underestimate Monaco at your peril, says Leonardo Jardim February 25, 2015

    Monaco do not mind being labelled Champions League underdogs for their last 16 tie with Arsenal and will not lack confidence having progressed to the knockout stage as group winners, coach Leonardo Jardim said. "Since the start of the Champions League Monaco have never been favourites, that said we still managed...
  • Barcelona's Luis Suarez bursts from shadow of Lionel Messi and Neymar February 25, 2015

    Manchester: Luis Suarez has played third fiddle in Barcelona's attacking trio since his big money move from Liverpool but he returned to England on Tuesday with a reminder of the predatory instincts that haunted Premier League defences. The Uruguayan, so often in the headlines during his spell on Merseyside, mostly for...
  • Suarez scores brace, Barcelona beat Manchester City 2-1 in Champions League February 25, 2015

    Manchester: Luis Suarez marked his return to England by scoring both of Barcelona's goals in a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, putting the Spanish club within sight of the quarterfinals for an eighth straight year. However, Barcelona could live to regret Lionel Messi having a...
  • Juventus beat Dortmund 2-1 in Champions League last 16 tie February 25, 2015

    Turin: Juventus settled for a narrow 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday to leave it all to play for in the return fixture in Germany. Carlos Tevez fired Juventus ahead in the 13th minute but Dortmund soon leveled through...
  • Champions League: Wenger focused on victory over AS Monaco, not nostalgia February 24, 2015

    London: Arsene Wenger had little time for a nostalgic look back to the start of his coaching career with AS Monaco on Tuesday before his former club meet his Arsenal side with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals awaiting the winners. The Frenchman made his name at Monaco between 1987...
  • Champions League: Pirlo sees chance for Juve to make the step up February 24, 2015

    Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo hopes this could be the season they finally re-establish themselves on the European stage as he dreams of winning the Champions League again before he retires. Juve's maestro has been helping steer them towards a fourth successive Italian title, yet the gulf between a fading Serie A...
  • Champions League: Man City aim to break new ground by beating Barca February 24, 2015

    Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday's last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders. Last season's exit at the identical stage also against Barca, 4-1 on aggregate, revealed City's shortcomings in...
  • Manchester City is ready for Barcelona this time: Samir Nasri February 23, 2015

    Manchester: Samir Nasri says Manchester City goes into their last-16 rematch against Barcelona in the Champions League with a different mindset, acknowledging that it was "too much of a big game" for his team last season. Appearing in the knockout stage for the first time, City lost both legs to the...
  • Chelsea fan apologises over Paris Metro racism February 23, 2015

    London: A former police officer and Chelsea fan apologised for his involvement in an alleged racist incident involving football supporters on a Paris Metro train. Footage posted online last week showed supporters blocking a man named as Souleymane S from boarding a metro train in the French capital and chanting "we're...
  • Chelsea ban two more over racist incident in Paris February 21, 2015

    London: Chelsea have banned two more people, bringing the total to five, from their Stamford Bridge stadium following a probe into a racist incident captured in amateur video footage on the Paris Metro. "If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident the club will issue...
  • Chelsea suspend three fans after racist incident in Paris February 20, 2015

    London: Chelsea have suspended three people from their Stamford Bridge stadium following an investigation into a racist incident, captured in amateur video footage on the Paris metro, the club said on Thursday. The video appeared to show fans of the London team chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like...
  • Champions League: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have tough task ahead February 19, 2015

    It's that time of the year again. The Champions League has reached its knockout stages and many are left wondering to the pedigree of the English teams remaining in the European competetion. After Liverpool's exit in the group stages, the task of carrying forward the English contingent rests on Arsenal, Manchester...
  • Coach Ancelotti relieved after Ronaldo returns to goal-scoring form February 19, 2015

    Madrid: Spanish football club Real Madrid's manager Carlo Ancelotti welcomed his star forward Cristiano Ronaldo's return to form as the striker netted one goal and set up another in his team's 2-0 win against German side Schalke 04 in a last-16 tie of the Champions League tournament. "Cristiano is back," Ancelotti...
  • Champions League: Late penalty snares 1-1 draw for Porto against FC Basel February 19, 2015

    Porto hit back with a late Danilo penalty to hold FC Basel to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Wednesday amid controversy over a goal for the Portuguese visitors which was disallowed after a long delay and consultation between match officials. Basel, who progressed through the group stage at...
  • Real Madrid beat Schalke 2-0 in Champions League February 19, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo ended a brief goalscoring slump to help holder Real Madrid beat Schalke 2-0 in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. Ronaldo headed home in the 26th minute of the first leg match, after going three matches without a goal in the Spanish league. He also set...
  • Champions League: Chelsea condemn fans filmed in Paris racist incident February 18, 2015

    Chelsea Football Club have condemned an incident, captured in amateur video footage in the Paris metro, that shows fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting "we're racist". The video was filmed before Chelsea's Champions League match against Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris...
  • We have only ourselves to blame, says Bayern Munich after draw February 18, 2015

    Dominant in the first half but scrappy and ineffective in the second, Bayern Munich blamed themselves for failing to score in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. The Bavarians had the best scoring chances and allowed only one shot on...
  • Real Madrid turning the corner and ready for Schalke: Carlo Ancelotti February 18, 2015

    Real Madrid are turning the corner after a stuttering start to the year and Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first leg at Schalke 04 will prove it, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. The title holders, aiming to become the first team to retain the Champions League crown, will have defender Pepe...
  • Basel, Porto aim to break into Champions League elite February 18, 2015

    Basel: Basel and Porto meet in the Champions League on Wednesday with both aiming for a rare run to the quarterfinals. Two-time European champion Porto reached the elite eight just once since winning the title in 2004. Basel's only quarter-final appearance was 41 years ago. Two coaches in their debut Champions League...
  • Champions League: Chelsea get crucial away goal at PSG in 1-1 draw February 18, 2015

    Striker Edinson Cavani gave Paris Saint-Germain a Champions League lifeline on Tuesday with a second-half equaliser as his team battled to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the last 16. After defender Branislav Ivanovic put Chelsea ahead in the 36th minute of the first-leg match with a looping header, Cavani equalised...
  • Champions League: Shakhtar hold 10-man Bayern to a goalless draw February 18, 2015

    Xabi Alonso was sent off in his 100th Champions League game as 10-man Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in their last 16 first-leg match on Tuesday. On a freezing night in Ukraine, Bayern had the better chances but were thwarted by determined defending from Shakhtar...
  • Liverpool's Lazar Markovic gets four-match ban for red card February 17, 2015

    London: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been suspended by UEFA for the next four European matches after being sent off in the Champions League group stage match against Basel in December. He will miss both legs of the Europa League last-32 tie against Besiktas and both Round of 16 matches if Liverpool...
  • Champions League: Chelsea face PSG test; Real Madrid take on Schalke in round of 16 February 17, 2015

    Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself in a rare position: the goals are drying up for the Real Madrid star. The Ballon d'Or winner has not scored in his past three games and has netted just four times in the past 10 - totally unexpected giving that he started the season...