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Football: Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16

Lionel Messi started on the bench but Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and clinched top spot in Group D after drawing 0-0 with Juventus in Turin. Last season s finalists Juventus remain second in the group following the stalemate, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos …

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Football: United rocked by Basel late show

Manchester United were forced to wait to book a place in the Champions League last 16 as Michael Lang s last-gasp strike gave Basel a shock 1-0 win at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho s side were moments away from securing top spot in Group A when Lang pounced on sloppy defending to steal the points for second-placed Basel …

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Football: Hazard, Willian shine as Chelsea cruise into last 16

Chelsea powered into the Champions League last 16 as Eden Hazard and Willian inspired a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday. Antonio Conte s side reached the knockout stages with a game to spare thanks to influential displays from Hazard and Willian at the Olympic Stadium that knocked Azerbaijanis Qarabag out of the competition. Chelsea will go into their …

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Football: Neymar turns it on as seven-up PSG destroy Celtic

– Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain s comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Moussa Dembele had put the visitors ahead inside a minute at the Parc des Princes, but Neymar s brace soon turned the game around and both Edinson Cavani …

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Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday. The firm behind the development is alleged to have taken millions of dollars from homebuyers before the project folded. “We have registered a case of cheating on …

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Football: Sevilla fightback halts Liverpool’s path to last 16

Sevilla produced a stunning fightback from a three-goal half-time deficit to earn a well-earned point with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday thanks to Guido Pizarro s stoppage-time equaliser. Roberto Firmino scored twice as Jurgen Klopp s side looked set to qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in nine years and seal top spot in …

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Football: Spurs down Dortmund to win Group H

– Tottenham Hotspur won Champions League Group H after goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane brought Spurs back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Kane and Son struck in 49th and the 76th minutes to take already-qualified Tottenham to 13 points and the Group H summit, after Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had broken …

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Football: Sterling strikes late to earn Man City top spot

Pep Guardiola s Manchester City secured top spot in Champions League Group F after Raheem Sterling s late strike snatched a 1-0 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday. With City having already booked a place in the last 16, Guardiola shuffled his pack, making seven changes to his starting XI, and he had to wait until the 88th minute for his …

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Arsenal have appointed Borussia Dortmund s chief scout Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Mislintat has spent 10 years at Dortmund and is credited with helping to recruit players such as Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic. The 45-year-old German will take up his new role in December, working alongside Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis to identify potential new signings. “We are delighted that Sven is joining us,” Wenger said in comments published on Arsenal s website. “Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years. We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards.” Arsenal s chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down, but will continue to work with the club on a consultancy basis. “We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club,” Wenger said.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is still “optimistic” as the Spanish giants look to shrug off a poor run of form in La Liga by securing their place in the Champions League last 16. European champions in each of the last two seasons, Madrid will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 with a game to spare …

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Arsenal name Mislintat head of recruitment

Arsenal have appointed Borussia Dortmund s chief scout Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment, the Premier League club announced on Monday. Mislintat has spent 10 years at Dortmund and is credited with helping to recruit players such as Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic. The 45-year-old German will take up his new role in December, …

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