Champions League

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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A Sergio Aguero hat-trick means that Manuel Pellegrini's men are now strong favourites to qualify as the Germans coughed up three goals as well as a red card at the Etihad Stadium

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The Blues guaranteed a place at the top of their group after a dominating victory over club hero Roberto Di Matteo's side in Gelsenkirchen, playing some excellent football

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COMMENT: The Argentine has broken two of the game's greatest marks in less than a week and showed the Catalans that they must build their future around him

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A Champions League test against the Gunners is the perfect escape from Borussia Dortmund's domestic troubles, says the coach, whose side are in the Bundesliga relegation zone

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The Argentine forward struck against APOEL on Tuesday and is now the all-time top goalscorer in the Champions League with 72 goals in the continental competition

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With the Reds coming into a must-win Champions League game after three consecutive defeats in the competition, the Northern Irishman wants to settle nerves with the first strike

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Goal took in the action in Russia, where Roma were denied a place in the knockout stages by a late goal, sending Group E into the last day with one qualification place up for grabs

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The veteran's fierce free kick just before half-time was cancelled out with the last kick of the game to leave their Champions League group poised on a knife-edge

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The Portuguese side were forced to work hard, but goals from Hector Herrera, Jackson Martinez and Cristian Tello secured all three points and eliminated the hosts

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Two goals in nine second-half minutes and a late strike from Cristian Tello in Belarus put the visitors in pole position to top their Champions League group

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The Germany midfielder and Portugal defender have not been included in the squad to face the Swiss champions, though Asier Illarramendi has been deemed fit enough

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A win over Dortmund would fire Arsene Wenger's side into the last 16, while Cristiano Ronaldo looks to pull level with Lionel Messi, who has already equalled Raul's record

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An under pressure Brendan Rodgers takes his Reds side to Bulgaria looking to avoid their fifth loss in a row, with our tipster backing another tough match for the visitors

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The Frenchman is set to feature for the first time since last month's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but the English duo are missing with injuries

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The Dutch side have certainly not disgraced themselves after being drawn in a tough Champions League group, and Al Hain-Cole expects them have something to cheer about in Paris

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The Premier League champions are bottom of their Champions League group after four games and must now beat Bayern Munich to avoid a third group-stage exit in four years

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The former Germany international says that overcoming Jose Mourinho's side will not be easy but believes that his old club can spring a surprise at the Veltins Arena

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The Reds have lost their last three Champions League outings and have endured torrid form domestically, and defeat in Bulgaria could make qualification virtually impossible

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With a number of key attacking players on the sidelines, Al Hain-Cole is backing Manuel Pellegrini's strikforce to dig his side out of trouble against weakened opposition

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The BVB coach has been muted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, though both will be preoccupied with getting the point they need to top the group and qualify respectively