First Leg

  • Lazio hold Juventus in Italian Cup semis first leg January 23, 2013

    Turin: Lazio needed a late equalizer to draw 1-1 at Juventus in the first leg of the Italian Cup semifinals on Tuesday, and extended its unbeaten streak to 16 matches. In a match between two of the top teams in Serie A, Federico Peluso put Juventus ahead with a header following...
  • Real beat Valencia in Copa del Rey first-leg quarters January 16, 2013

    Madrid: France striker Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory over Valencia in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Benzema opened the scoring in the 37th minute of the first leg match, finishing off a rapid counterattack after Michael Essien had picked out Sami Khedira on...
  • Battling Chelsea stun Barcelona 1-0 in first leg April 19, 2012

    London: Chelsea produced a performance of resilience and ruthlessness to hand Barcelona their first Champions League loss in 14 months on Wednesday, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to leave the semi-final delicately poised ahead of the second leg in Spain. The irrepressible Didier Drogba grabbed the winner in first-half injury time...
  • Spanish sides favourites for Europa League semis April 18, 2012

    Madrid: While Barcelona and Real Madrid chase a clasico Champions League final, Sporting Lisbon are the only team that are keeping Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and Valencia from making the Europa League finale an all-Spanish affair. Valencia travel to Atletico for the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday, when Athletic...
  • Mourinho tactics, Coentrao under fire for loss April 18, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid's 2-1 Champions League reverse at Bayern Munich on Tuesday raised questions about the tactics of coach Jose Mourinho and prompted sharp criticism of hapless leftback Fabio Coentrao. After falling behind to a 17th-minute Franck Ribery strike in the semi-final first leg in Germany, Real battled back to...
  • Barcelona can be beaten, insists Lampard April 18, 2012

    London: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final mauling of Tottenham has given his side the confidence to overcome the challenge of gaining revenge on Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. Roberto Di Matteo’s side advanced to the FA Cup final after destroying Spurs 5-1 at Wembley on...
  • Fear cost revenge-seeking Chelsea in 2009: Alves April 18, 2012

    Barcelona: Dani Alves claimed that Chelsea lost to Barcelona in their contentious 2009 Champions League semi-final because the English side showed 'fear'. The Premier League side led 1-0 in the second leg at Stamford Bridge after a scoreless draw in the first encounter and appeared to be on their way to...
  • Bayern edge Real with late win in nervy first leg April 18, 2012

    Munich: Mario Gomez scored in the 90th minute to hand Real Madrid their first loss in the Champions league this season and give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win in a pulsating first leg of the semi-final on Tuesday between two sides with a combined 13 titles. Gomez's 12th goal of this...
  • 'Fearless' Chelsea set for Barcelona challenge April 18, 2012

    London: Rejuvenated by their interim manager and fueled by a desire for revenge, Chelsea's players have a growing belief they can down the mighty Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final against the defending champions. Propelled by the magnificent scoring feats of Lionel Messi, the Spanish giants head to Stamford Bridge...
  • Napoli punish sloppy Chelsea in 3-1 victory February 22, 2012

    Naples: Chelsea's troubles worsened after sloppy defending led to a 3-1 loss at Napoli in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani again dampening English hopes in an entertaining first leg. Cavani, who struck a brace against Manchester City to eliminate the Premier League...
  • Real held in Moscow as CSKA score in injury-time February 22, 2012

    Moscow: CSKA Moscow equalized from the last kick of the match when Pontus Wernbloom scrambled the ball into the net, giving the Russian club a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. The Swedish midfielder's debut game for CSKA ended with him poking the...
  • Pressure on Ranieri as Inter visit Marseille February 22, 2012

    Marseille: Inter Milan have lost five of their past six games and pressure is mounting on coach Claudio Ranieri to get a win in Wednesday's Champions League match at Marseille. Inter, the 2010 champions, are looking to the Champions League to rescue their season following a dramatic drop in form. Inter...
  • Bayern seek Champions League relief at Basel February 21, 2012

    Basel: Xherdan Shaqiri takes centerstage on Wednesday when the Switzerland star's current and future clubs, FC Basel and Bayern Munich, meet in the Champions League round-of-16. Shaqiri, who agreed a reported €11.6 million ($15.3 million) transfer this month, will join the German giants at the end of the season - though...
  • Napoli not favourites against Chelsea, says coach February 20, 2012

    Naples: Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has laughed off talk that his side are favourites ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Chelsea in Naples. Mazzarri is revelling in Napoli's progress to the knockout rounds after 22 years away, but was keen to point out that the Londoners had far...
  • Struggling Chelsea head to Napoli amid pressure February 21, 2012

    London: Out-of-form and low on morale, Chelsea head to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday aiming to maintain English interest in the competition. With Manchester United and Manchester City shunted into the second-tier Europa League and Arsenal on the verge of elimination, Chelsea seem to be the only possible quarter-finalists...
  • Real ready for CSKA challenge in freezing Moscow February 20, 2012

    Moscow: Real Madrid will be aiming to continue their perfect run in the Champions League on Tuesday when they face CSKA Moscow in sub-zero temperatures on the Luzhniki Stadium's artificial pitch. Madrid go into the last-16 match after winning all six of their group games in the competition and are also...
  • Di Maria to miss Madrid Champions League game February 19, 2012

    Madrid: Angel di Maria has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for Tuesday's Champions League match at CSKA Moscow after apparently aggravating a leg muscle injury. The Argentina international made his first appearance of 2012 in Saturday's 4-0 league win over Racing Santander, and scored the Spanish leaders' third goal...
  • Napoli coach banned from Chelsea matches February 17, 2012

    Nyon: Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has lost his appeal to UEFA challenging a two-match touchline ban, and is barred from the Champions League round-of-16 matches against Chelsea. UEFA increased Mazzarri's punishment for "improper conduct," after he pushed Villarreal forward Nilmar to protest time-wasting tactics during a group match in December. UEFA says...
  • Leverkusen players told to give up Messi shirts February 17, 2012

    Leverkusen: After seeing his defenders thoroughly outclassed by Lionel Messi, Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller was dismayed that his players squabbled over the souvenir when Messi gave the shirt off his back - at half-time. Messi scored one goal, set up another and hit a post in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions...
  • Arsenal out after worst-ever performance: Wenger February 16, 2012

    Milan: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded his side's 4-0 defeat by AC Milan on Wednesday their worst ever performance in Europe. "We were never in the game, we were very poor offensively and defensively, and it as shocking to see how were beaten everywhere," he told reporters after the Champions...
  • Shirokov scores late as Zenit beat Benfica 3-2 February 16, 2012

    St. Petersburg: Roman Shirokov scored his second goal of the game in the 89th minute as Zenit St. Petersburg beat Benfica 3-2 in the first leg of their round-of-16 match-up in the Champions League on Wednesday. Maxi Pereira put Benfica ahead in the 20th, tapping the ball in after second-choice goalkeeper...
  • Arsenal hammered 4-0 as AC Milan run riot February 16, 2012

    Milan: AC Milan firmly put aside their recent struggles against English teams by routing a lacklustre Arsenal 4-0 on Wednesday to all but seal a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals, dominating the first leg of what had widely been seen as the best match-up of the round-of-16. Arsenal manager Arsene...
  • Leverkusen pose physical test, says Guardiola February 14, 2012

    Leverkusen: Bayer Leverkusen hold a physical advantage over holders Barcelona and will be a tough nut to crack in their Champions League last-16 tie, Barca coach Pep Guardiola said on Monday. "They are a physically a stronger team than us and they will be stronger than us when we do...
  • Liverpool edge City in League Cup SF first leg May 25, 2012

    Manchester: Steven Gerrard's first-half penalty was enough to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over a lackluster Manchester City on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final. Gerrard slotted his spot-kick into the bottom right corner and out of reach of goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 13th minute after...