UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Edge Closer To Third Consecutive Final

By Akinwale Kasali Real Madrid moved a step closer to a third straight Champions League title after substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 semi-final, first-leg victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The 22-year-old came off the bench to finish a counter-attack and complete the holders’ comeback win, giving Real the advantage for the return game in Madrid next Tuesday. Bayern took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break. Despite Bayern dominating possession and creating plenty of chances,…

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Champions League: Guardiola Vows To Unleash Terror On Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola promised to stick by his principles and attack Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, despite admitting he is playing into his opponents’ hands, AFP reports. Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders City in the Premier League this season in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January. The hosts’ fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all on target that day as part of their combined tally of 75 goals this season.    …

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Ronaldo Thanks Juventus Fan After Superlative Goal

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Juventus fans for their generous applause for his overhead bicycle kick which helped Real Madrid gain a three-goal advantage over the Italians in the Champions League. “For me it was an unbelievable moment,” said Ronaldo, who scored two goals in the two-time holders’ 3-0 Champions League quarter-final, first-leg win in Turin. Ronaldo’s first was within three minutes while the second, on 64 minutes, was worthy of a video game to give Real a 2-0 lead before Paulo Dybala was sent off and Marcelo added a third…

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CAF Competition: Plateau United, MFM FC Booted Out Of CAF Champions League

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of the nation having a flag bearer at this year CAF Champions League has been dashed. Plateau United, the nation’s domestic league champion, yesterday, crashed out of the CAF Champions League despite beating Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia 1-0 in Kano. The Tunisians went through 4-3 on aggregate having won the first game in Sousse 4-2.  The country’s other representatives in the competition MFM of Lagos crashed out of the competition on Saturday after losing 6-0 to Algerian side MC Alger in Algiers. They lost…

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Mourinho Says Manchester United Not New To Heartbreaks

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted European disappointment is nothing new for the English giants after losing 2-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford to crash out of the Champions League by the same scoreline on aggregate. Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice in four second-half minutes on Tuesday to send Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years as United suffered a first European home defeat since Alex Ferguson’s Champions League farewell in 2013. Mourinho was on the winning side that night as Real Madrid manager and also…

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CAF Competition: Enyimba, MFM Record Wins, Akwa United, Plateau Lose

Enyimba on Wednesday in Cotonou won their first leg match in a CAF Confederation Cup first round fixture by beating Energie of  Benin Republic  2-0, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. Two goals very early in the game gave the former African champions a valuable result which will serve them in good stead in the second leg match on March 18. The Aba side who drew bye in the preliminary round owing to their record on the continent took the lead through an own goal by Aime Santou after three…

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Emery Says PSG Loss To Real Madrid Wasn’t Shameful

Beleaguered Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted there was no shame in losing to Real Madrid after the expensively-assembled French side crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of the holders. “To be eliminated in the last 16 is a disappointment, but to lose against Real Madrid is not. They deserved to go through. There is no other analysis,” said the Spaniard whose side, shorn of the injured Neymar, lost 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro scored…

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Ronaldo Says PSG Tie Will Define Real Madrid’s Season

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga. “The tie…is one that could define the whole season,” the Portuguese forward told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com. “We’re going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot. “But we’ve already shown that we have a very…

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