Thursday, September 18, 2014

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The coach was frustrated that his side could only secure a slender win over APOEL on Wednesday but says changing his line-up is necessary to keep players fit

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The winger believes that Laurent Blanc's side have to perform to a higher standard, while compatriot Marquinhos had praise for the spirited Dutch champions

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The coach was thrilled with how the Bavarians despatched the English champions - even if they did require a late goal to give them all three points

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The winger nearly won the game for the Portuguese club against Maribor only to be denied late on and he blamed defensive frailties for dropping points in Slovenia

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The Ivorian insisted winning 5-1 did not mean CSKA Moscow were easy opponents while Miralem Pjanic believes that Roma have matured this season

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E

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COMMENT: The young midfielder was superb on his debut as Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 in an otherwise disappointing Champions League clash at Camp Nou

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The French giants failed to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as Lasse Schone's second-half free kick cancelled out Edinson Cavani's opener

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Didier Drogba started in place of the Brazil-born Spaniard and failed to score as a profligate Chelsea were held to a surprise draw by Schalke in their Group G opener

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The Giallorossi return to the Champions League in style as strikes from Juan Iturbe, Gervinho (2), Maicon and a Sergei Ignashevich own goal give them an emphatic opening win

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A first-half header from Gerard Pique proved to be just enough for Luis Enrique's men, who weaseled their way to three points against a well-organised and spirited APOEL outfit

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On-loan star Nani was close to scoring the winning goal but Zahovic seized on an error from Mauricio in the last minute to draw level on their Champions League return

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Ernesto Valverde's team failed to break down the Ukrainian side and were forced to settle for a point in San Mames

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A flurry of first-half goals left the visitors decimated and there was no way back in the second half, which was more of an even-sided affair

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The 24-year-old scored three goals for his side while Jackson Martinez, Adrian and Vincent Aboubakar were also on target as the Portuguese giants picked up an easy three points

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The centre-back proved to be the difference as Luis Enrique's first European game in charge of the Catalan club ended with a win

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The Slovenians held off the Portuguese club for most of the match until the visitors struck with 10 minutes from time, but the hosts had the last laugh with a stoppage-time effort

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The Denmark international's free kick goal ensured his side avoided defeat against Laurent Blanc's men in the Amsterdam ArenA

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The Barcelona midfielder turns out for his 142nd appearance in the competition proper, pulling level with former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul