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Uefa Champions League: Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Lazio Secure Last-16 Spots
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Uefa Champions League: Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Lazio Secure Last-16 Spots

By Score More Staff  The UEFA Champions League witnessed intense clashes as Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Lazio secured their places in the last-16 stage of the competition.   https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/1729636811570331788 Dortmund Triumph in 'Group of Death' Borussia Dortmund emerged victorious in the so-called 'group of death' with a 3-1 win over AC Milan. Marco Reus, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Karim Adeyemi scored crucial goals, securing Dortmund's spot in the last 16. Despite a goal from Samuel Chukwueze for Milan, Dortmund's win propelled them to the top of Group F. Dortmund coach Edin Terzic acknowledged the challenge, stating, "We all remember that when the draw was made this was called the group of death." Mbappe's Late Heroics S...
Champions League: Manchester United 2-3 Galatasaray
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Champions League: Manchester United 2-3 Galatasaray

By Score More In their UEFA Champions League clash, Manchester United aimed to bounce back from their opening defeat against Bayern Munich as they hosted Galatasaray at Old Trafford. Galatasaray had secured a late draw in their previous European fixture against FC Copenhagen. Manchester United took an early lead in the match at the Theatre of Dreams, with Rasmus Højlund heading in a perfectly delivered cross from Marcus Rashford after just seventeen minutes. However, Wilfried Zaha, the former Manchester United player, quickly leveled the score six minutes later with a powerful shot that bounced over goalkeeper André Onana and found the back of the net. Højlund later restored United's lead with a chipped effort with just over twenty minutes of regulation time remaining, but the cele...
Champions League: LENS 2-1 ARSENAL
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Champions League: LENS 2-1 ARSENAL

By Score More Arsenal suffered their first defeat of the season in the Champions League, losing 2-1 to Lens in a closely contested match. Mikel Arteta made a couple of changes to the lineup from their previous victory over Bournemouth, with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Leandro Trossard stepping in for Ben White and Eddie Nketiah. Gabriel Jesus led the attack, and Bukayo Saka played despite concerns over a recent injury. The game started with Lens showing their attacking intent early on, but a defensive error allowed Arsenal to take the lead. Saka seized the opportunity, fed the ball to Jesus, and his precise finish found the net. However, Lens quickly equalized after intercepting a wayward pass from David Raya, leading to an excellent goal by Adrien Thomasson. Unfortunately, Saka had to l...
Champions League: Copenhagen 1 – 2 Bayern Munich
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Champions League: Copenhagen 1 – 2 Bayern Munich

By Score More In a hard-fought Champions League match, Bayern Munich extended their winning streak in group-stage games with a 2-1 victory over Copenhagen, thanks to a late goal by Mathys Tel. The match was tied at 1-1 when the winning moment unfolded. Thomas Müller, aged 34, received a pass from Harry Kane, displaying a blend of experience and youth. Müller managed to fend off two defenders and then provided a precise pass to 18-year-old French forward Tel, who hammered the ball into the net in the 83rd minute. Bayern faced a challenging task as they struggled to break through Copenhagen's deep and compact defense for most of the game, making them vulnerable to counterattacks. Bayern's coach, Thomas Tuchel, acknowledged Copenhagen's solid defensive setup, saying, "They defended...
Champions League: Inter Milan 1 – 0 Benfica
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Champions League: Inter Milan 1 – 0 Benfica

By Score More In a crucial Champions League clash at the Meazza, Inter got their campaign back on track with a resounding 1-0 victory over Benfica, thanks to a second-half strike by Thuram, set up brilliantly by Dumfries. The match, which began as a relatively balanced affair, saw Inter emerge as the dominant force after the halftime break. Inter's manager, Inzaghi, stuck with a familiar starting lineup, with Pavard, Acerbi, and Bastoni forming the defensive trio, and a midfield featuring the formidable trio of Barella, Calhanoglu, and Mkhitaryan. The wingbacks and strikers were the usual suspects. On the opposing side, Schmidt opted for a more attack-minded approach, with Neres leading the line and Di Maria and Silva providing width from the wings. Interestingly, former Inter playe...
Champions League: FC Union Berlin 2 – 3 Sporting Braga
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Champions League: FC Union Berlin 2 – 3 Sporting Braga

By Score More In a thrilling Champions League encounter, 10-man Braga staged a remarkable comeback against Union Berlin, with Andre Castro becoming the hero by scoring in stoppage time. The match was finely balanced at 2-2 when Castro, aged 35, entered the fray as a substitute in the 86th minute. In the dying moments of added time, he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box, sealing the dramatic victory for Braga. Union Berlin had initially taken a 2-0 lead with Sheraldo Becker scoring both goals for the German club within the first 37 minutes of the game. However, Braga fought back as Sikou Niakate halved the deficit just before half-time, and Bruma leveled the score six minutes into the second half with a splendid finish. Castro's late heroics completed the stunning turna...
Barcelona’s Champions League Future Hangs in the Balance Amid Bribery Charges
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Barcelona’s Champions League Future Hangs in the Balance Amid Bribery Charges

By Score More Barcelona faces the possibility of being banned from the Champions League after being charged with suspected bribery by a Spanish judge, Joaquin Aguirre. The charges stem from alleged payments made to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA), over a 17-year period from 2001 to 2018. The payments, totaling €7.5 million (€7.9 million), were reportedly made to companies owned by Negreira, even during the tenure of the current club president, Joan Laporta. Both Barcelona and Laporta have vehemently denied any wrongdoing, with the club asserting that the payments were made to an external consultant who provided "technical reports related to professional refereeing," a practice they claimed was common in professional...
Champions League: Arsenal 4-0 PSV Eindhoven
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Champions League: Arsenal 4-0 PSV Eindhoven

By Score More Arsenal made a triumphant return to the Champions League after a six-year hiatus, delivering a resounding 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in their group stage opener at the Emirates Stadium. In an opening half marked by dominance, the Gunners overwhelmed the attack-minded PSV, establishing a commanding 3-0 lead by halftime courtesy of goals from Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and Gabriel Jesus. Their return to the grand stage was greeted with thunderous applause from the home crowd, and they could have easily added more goals. The second half saw Arsenal maintain control, albeit with slightly less clinical precision. Martin Odegaard's spectacular long-range strike added a well-deserved fourth goal, sealing the victory. Arsenal comfortably managed the remaining 20 minute...
Champions League: Braga 1-2 Napoli
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Champions League: Braga 1-2 Napoli

By Score More In a captivating Champions League Group C encounter on Wednesday, Italian champions Napoli secured a 2-1 away victory, thanks to a late own goal by Sporting Braga defender Sikou Niakate. In a match characterized by numerous missed opportunities, Napoli broke the deadlock in first-half injury time when captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo capitalized on a clever nod-down by striker Victor Osimhen. Di Lorenzo skillfully directed the ball off the bar and into the net. Braga, making their third Champions League appearance and their first in 11 seasons, raised their intensity in the second half. Forward Bruma leveled the score in the 84th minute with a well-executed header, connecting with a precise cross delivered by substitute Rodrigo Zalazar. However, just four minutes later, Ni...
Champions League: Real Madrid 1-0 Union Berlin
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Champions League: Real Madrid 1-0 Union Berlin

By Score More Real Madrid clinched a thrilling late triumph over Union Berlin in their opening Champions League Group C match at the Bernabeu, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Union Berlin effectively managed the first 45 minutes, frustrating Madrid's efforts and limiting them to half-chances. In fact, the only on-target attempt from the home side was a weak Joselu header easily gathered by the goalkeeper, as Berlin continued to defy their hosts. Madrid exhibited a notable improvement in the second half, fashioning numerous scoring opportunities but encountering strong resistance from Frederik Ronnow and Union Berlin's resolute defense. Nonetheless, it was Jude Bellingham's 94th-minute tap-in that sealed a last-gasp win for the Spanish side, earning them three crucial points in t...