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Real beat Liverpool to lift Champions League title

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MNA Sports Desk: Gareth Bale scored a brace, including a sensational overhead kick, to inspire Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday. Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius had a night to forget as he was at fault for two of the Real goals but the result could have been different had the Reds not lost talisman Mohamed Salah to a shoulder injury early in the game. Salah left the field in tears after going down while vying for the ball with Real captain Sergio Ramos shortly before the half-hour-mark. He tried ...

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Tottenham Hotspur stun Real Madrid 3-1

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MNA Sports Desk: Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City. Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late consolation. The result ensured that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are through from Group H with two games to spare, while Real will have to wait to join them. Tottenham profited from an officiating error to go in front on 27 minutes as Kieran Trippier should have been flagged offside ...

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Ronaldo hits twice in Real win

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MNA Sports Desk: Cristiano Ronaldo hits twice as Real Madrid began their Champions League defence with a routine 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday. Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross. The Portuguese doubled his tally from the penalty spot before Sergio Ramos’s overhead kick rounded off the scoring, reported news agency. Real move to the top of Group H alongside Tottenham Hotspur, who ended their Wembley hoodoo with an impressive 3-1 win over Borussia ...

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Juventus beat Monaco 2-0 in Champions League semi-final


MNA Sports Desk: Gonzalo Higuain scored both goals as an imperious Juventus beat Monaco 2-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday to take a huge step towards next month’s final in Cardiff. While the second leg in Turin next Tuesday will be no formality, Juventus have never lost a two-legged European tie to French opposition and so impressive were they at the Stade Louis II that it is hard to imagine Monaco recovering. Higuain, who now has 31 goals this season, received applause from all around the ground as he came off to be replaced by Juan ...

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Barca capped a historic fightback to thrash PSG 6-1


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona capped a sensational Champions League fightback to thrash Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Despite Luis Suarez’s early opener, a Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi’s penalty, Barca, who lost the first leg 4-0, looked down and out when Edison Cavani volleyed home what seemed to be the vital away goal for PSG. However, Neymar restored Barca’s belief as he firstly fired home a sensational free-kick two minutes from time and then converted from the penalty spot. And Roberto capped the biggest comeback in Champions League history when he stretched to turn ...

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Barcelona slammed after 4-0 embarrassment against PSG


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s Champions League hopes are all but over for this season after they were outclassed 4-0 by a brilliant Paris Saint-Germain in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday. The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while Barcelona are staring at their earliest exit since losing to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2007. It was the Catalans’ worst night in Europe since their 7-0 aggregate mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013 semi-finals, and no ...

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Real Madrid fight back to win 3-1 against Napoli


MNA Sports Desk: Casemiro’s stunning volley has crowned a superb display from Real Madrid, who have fought back to beat Napoli 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance, but when Real clicked into gear they created chances at will. Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title and eyeing a seventh straight quarter-final appearance, will travel to Naples for the return leg on ...

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UEFA election clouded by Champions League rival

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MNA Sports Desk: UEFA, the richest and most powerful continental football confederation, elects a new president this week as it confronts a growing challenge to its cash-cow Champions League, reported news agency. The 55-member European confederation must choose between Slovenian Aleksander Ceferin, 48, and veteran Dutch administrator Michael van Praag, 68, to finish the term of the tainted Michel Platini at a special congress in Athens on Wednesday after an increasingly tense campaign. Ceferin has the heavyweight support of more than 20 federations including Germany, France, Portugal and Russia, according to the Slovenian Football Association. England, Belgium and the Netherlands ...

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Real Madrid wins Champions League


MNA Sports Desk: In a nail biting match last night, Real Madrid wins the Champions League title again. Real Madrid produced a gritty display of football to beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 5-3 on penalties in the Champions League final. Securing a record 11th European Cup in Milan’s San Siro stadium on Saturday, the opener came after 15 minutes with defender Sergio Ramos putting Real 1-0 up. Atletico struggled to break through Real’s defenses in a rather dull first half, with 32-year-old striker Fernando Torres failing to complete a single pass. And things continued to worsen early on in the ...

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Madrid face Madrid in Champions League final

Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final for the second time in three years after overcoming Manchester City 1-0 in their semifinal second leg match last night. Manchester City’s Champions League dream is over after their 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu. City impressed in the first-leg last week but they offered little attacking threat as Real Madrid set up a final showdown with rivals Atletico. After last week’s goalless first leg stalemate, Madrid, chasing a record-extending 11th European title, opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Gareth Bale’s cross was deflected into the top corner by ...

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