Thursday 23 October 2014

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Goal looks at the candidates who have impressed the most in the second round of fixtures for their respective clubs...

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The biggest game of the European club season takes place on Saturday in the Spanish capital, but will it be the Blancos or the Blaugrana who emerge victorious?

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The Brazilian equalled Lionel Messi's record of five goals in one game during a week of sensational results in Europe's premier club cup competition

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PROFILE: Sevilla's sporting director has professed his loyalty to Los Rojiblancos but Europe's biggest clubs are once again taking notice of his success in the transfer market

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PROFILE: Every Europa League Thursday, Goal profiles a new starlet under the age of 21 who could be set for big things in the game. Here we look at the Young Boys attacker

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COMMENT: Schalke were the subject of conspiracy talk after their controversial win while the number of goals scored sounds a warning bell for the tournament's competitiveness

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COMMENT: The Gunners boss reached retirement age when he turned 65 on Wednesday but Arsenal's poor season continued despite the 2-1 win over Anderlecht - and it's his fault

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EXCLUSIVE: The holding midfielder was distinctly unimpressed with Arsene Wenger's side in Wednesday night's dramatic home defeat to the Gunners

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A tale of two strikers, both of whom have been under intense scrutiny, summed up the difference in quality between the two teams in Wednesday's clash at Anfield

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Patjim Kasami's composed finish secured all three points for the Greek champions, though Massimiliano Allegri's side were unlucky to come up against inspired goalkeeper Roberto

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Second-half goals from defenders Giulio Donati and Kyriakos Papadopoulos secured an important three points for Roger Schmidt's side, sending them to the top of Group C

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The hosts turned it on in the second half to score five unanswered goals which put them top of Group A thanks to an inspired showing from Koke

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The Eagles became the first Bulgarian side to win a Champions League game thanks to Jordan Minev's second-half stoppage-time strike against the 10-man Swiss champions

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COMMENT: The Portuguese set the Blancos on their way to a comprehensive 3-0 win as Carlo Ancelotti's side showed they are ready for the meeting with Barcelona on Saturday

Wednesday 22 October 2014

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ANALYSIS: Luka Modric and Toni Kroos cannot be allowed to supply Cristiano Ronaldo, the Reds must tighten up at set-pieces and Raheem Sterling should be deployed centrally

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COMMENT: The Gunners have spent big in recent times but with their rivals possessing so much Belgian talent, has the Frenchman missed a trick?

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COMMENT: The Chile international has had a difficult 2014 due to injury, but his off-the-pitch behaviour has also left the club doubting their star man

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ANALYSIS: The Ballon d'Or winner boasts an incredible club scoring record, particularly at Real Madrid, but he finds some opponents tougher than others