Champions League

SC Braga Secures Victory in Athens, Advances to UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Champions League

SC Braga Secures Victory in Athens, Advances to UEFA Champions League Group Stage

By Score More SC Braga secured a victory in Athens with a 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of Bruma's goal at the 83rd minute. After 11 years, the team has entered the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the third time in its history. This achievement comes following their earlier 2-1 victory at home in the first leg of the playoff. The match began with a balanced rhythm, with SC Braga effectively containing Panathinaikos' initial momentum and not being swayed by the fervent support from the Greek fans in the stands. After a phase of numerous fouls in the initial moments, both teams gradually opened up their attacking plays. The first moment of danger came from the Portuguese team, as Abel Ruiz's shot narrowly missed the right post at the 14th minute. The Greek side responded almost...
Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg): Huge result for Potter as the Blues reach Champions League QFs
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Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg): Huge result for Potter as the Blues reach Champions League QFs

Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz scored in either half as Chelsea battled back to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate to advance in the Champions League. The Blues trailed 1-0 on aggregate after the first leg but they were determined to turn the tie around at Stamford Bridge. A goal from Sterling and a re-taken penalty from Havertz earned the hosts a 2-0 win and breathing space for Potter. The Premier League side have now won back-to-back games for the first time since October. The board’s faith in Potter has now been vindicated. Chelsea were energetic, playing on the front foot with bags of initiative, a team transformed from the one defeated here by Southampton 17 days ago. Dortmund, second in the Bundesliga and on a run of 10 straight wins, could not live with their early high ...
Benfica crush Brugge 5-1 to reach Champions League quarter-finals
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Benfica crush Brugge 5-1 to reach Champions League quarter-finals

LISBON, March 7 (Reuters) - Clinical Benfica thrashed shell-shocked Club Brugge 5-1 to knock them out of the Champions League and reach the quarter finals 7-1 on aggregate at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday. Benfica took the lead in the 38th minute through Rafa Silva who dribbled past two defenders and fired a left foot strike into the net after a counter-attack started by Goncalo Ramos who sped up the left channel before crossing to the far post. Ramos then scored either side of the break before Joao Mario extended the lead with a penalty in the 71st minute. Substitute David Neres grabbed the fifth six minutes later before Bjorn Meijer got a consolation Brugge in the 87th.
Club Brugge 0-2 Benfica: Joao Mario and David Neres secure comfortable first-leg away win for Portuguese visitors
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Club Brugge 0-2 Benfica: Joao Mario and David Neres secure comfortable first-leg away win for Portuguese visitors

Match report as Joao Mario and David Neres scored to put Benfica 2-0 up at the half-way point of their Champions League last-16 tie with Club Brugge; Scott Parker suffered defeat in his first game as a boss in the Champions League. Goals from Joao Mario and David Neres saw Benfica win 2-0 away over Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie as Scott Parker started life as a Champions League manager with defeat. Joao Mario's 51st-minute spot-kick came after Benfica had spurned a host of good opportunities as they dominated the away encounter and ensured they have a lead to defend at home in the return in Lisbon on March 7. The penalty was awarded after Brugge's Scotland defender Jack Hendry had brought down Goncalo Ramos in a clumsy challenge. Neres took advant...
AC Milan 1-0 Tottenham: Brahim Diaz gives Italian champions advantage in Champions League last-16 tie
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AC Milan 1-0 Tottenham: Brahim Diaz gives Italian champions advantage in Champions League last-16 tie

Match report from the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie between AC Milan and Tottenham at the San Siro as Spurs suffer a 1-0 loss; Oliver Skipp and Pape Sarr made first Champions League starts for Spurs due to midfield personnel crisis. Brahim Diaz's early goal condemned Tottenham to a 1-0 loss against AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie but Antonio Conte feels their fans can roar them on to victory back in north London. Former Manchester City winger Diaz bundled home from close range after seven minutes and Spurs were fortunate not to fall further behind in the closing stages when Milan spurned two glorious headed chances through Charles De Ketelaere and Malick Thiaw. Instead, Conte will be relieved to return from a hostile San Siro with a defi...
Champions League: Bayern Munich beat Paris St-Germain
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Champions League: Bayern Munich beat Paris St-Germain

Kingsley Coman repeated his 2020 Champions League final heroics as Bayern Munich beat Paris St-Germain in their last-16 first-leg tie. The Frenchman volleyed home the winner early in the second half in Paris. Coman also scored the only goal when Bayern overcame his former club PSG to win the trophy three years ago. Substitute Kylian Mbappe, back after injury, looked to have rescued a draw for the hosts, but his late effort was ruled out for offside in the build-up. Ligue 1 champions PSG have now lost their last three matches in all competitions. In contrast, Bayern are unbeaten in all competitions since 17 September and now favourites to reach the quarter-finals, despite having defender Benjamin Pavard sent off for a second booking in injury time. PSG were boosted beforehan...