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Chelsea slip to defeat at Porto


Chelsea’s poor start to the season continued as they were beaten by Porto in the Champions League. Andre Andre gave Porto the lead, volleying in after Asmir Begovic pushed away Yacine Brahimi’s effort. Midfielder Willian equalised on the stroke of half-time with a superb free-kick from the edge of the area. Maicon put the home side ahead again with a ...

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Arsenal beaten by Olympiakos


Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League progress are in serious jeopardy after they slumped to their second successive group stage loss at home to Olympiakos. Arsene Wenger’s side knew nothing other than victory would do after defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in their opening game – and with two meetings with group favourites Bayern Munich still to come. Instead it ...

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Luke Shaw: Man Utd left-back suffers double leg fracture

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Full-back Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture of his right leg in Manchester United’s 2-1 Champions League loss at PSV Eindhoven. Shaw, 20, will have an operation on his return to Manchester, the club said. He received oxygen while being treated on the pitch for 10 minutes after Hector Moreno’s tackle. “It is awful. It was a very bad tackle. ...

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UEFA Champions League: Cocu and PSV not afraid of Manchester United


PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu says his team will “go for the win but not be naive” against Manchester United in their first group stage fixture since 2008/09. Possible lineups PSV: Zoet; Brenet, Moreno, Bruma, Arias; Guardado, Hendrix, Pröpper, Lestienne; De Jong, Narsingh. Out: Willems (knee), Jozefzoon (knee), Koch (knee), Maher (leg) United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, ...

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Baba Rahman named in Chelsea’s Champions League squad

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Ghana defender Abdul-Baba Rahman has been named in Chelsea’s squad for their 2015/2016 UEFA Champions League group stages. The Blues were mandated to name their team before the deadline on Wednesday. They added Rahman to a team that also has new signings Pedro Rodriguez, Kennedy and Asmir Begovic. However, Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji was not registered for the competition. Rahman ...

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Messi named Best Player in Europe for second time

Lionel Messi receives the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award from UEFA President Michel Platini

Lionel Messi’s role in Barcelona’s treble-winning 2014/15 campaign has been acknowledged with theUEFA Best Player in Europe Award – the second time the forward has been honoured in the accolade’s five-year history. The Argentinian international accepted the trophy from UEFA President Michel Platini at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Messi, recipient of the inaugural prize in 2011, finished ahead of Real ...

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UEFA Champions League: United, Leverkusen, CSKA, BATE, Astana complete groups

Wayne Rooney celebrates his second goal
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A Wayne Rooney-inspired Manchester United won through from Wednesday’s play-offs with Bayer Leverkusen, CSKA Moskva, BATE Borisov and history-makers Astana. Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (agg: 1-7) A Wayne Rooney hat-trick followed by an Ander Herrera goal ensured that, despite Javier Hernández’s penalty miss,Manchester United join Real Madrid and Barcelona in making a 20th group stage appearance. Coincidentally, Club Brugge ...

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Maccabi Tel-Aviv return, Malmö overturn deficit

Markus Rosenberg heads in Malmö's first goal against Celtic
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Maccabi Tel-Aviv are celebrating reaching the group stage for the first time in 11 years, while Dinamo Zagreb, Malmö, Shakhtar and Valencia also progressed as five play-off ties concluded. Monaco 2-1 Valencia (agg: 3-4) Elderson’s 75th-minute follow-up effort was the winner on the night, but last season’s quarter-finalists could not score again to take the tie to extra time. Álvaro Negredo ...

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Depay double inspires Man Utd to beat Brugge

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Memphis Depay scored twice to inspire Manchester United to victory over Club Brugge in their Champions League play-off. Brugge took a surprise first-leg lead through Michael Carrick’s own goal. But Depay drove in a low strike and brilliantly cut inside and curled in a 25-yard shot to put United ahead. Brugge defender Brandon Mechele was sent off for two bookings ...

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