On Saturday the message was that the show must go on, but a quick phone call from Real Madrid HQ forced FIFA to backtrack.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The draw for the last 16 threw up some lopsided matches, with the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid faring better than the French clubs.
The 2013-14 winners face an accessible route to the last eight as they face Schalke, but the Blaugrana meet Manchester City again in a tough test for Luis Enrique's side.
The Reds were comprehensively beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 3-0 defeat, and the Northern Irishman risks becoming the club's next managerial casualty.
Los Aguilas won their 12th Mexican title on Sunday evening, turning around a one-goal deficit from the first leg of the final in a 3-0 win over Tigres.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side lost 1-0 at home to Villarreal on Sunday and is eight points down on this stage last season - more importantly, it is now seven off the pace.
The Spain international made a string of fine saves to thwart Liverpool on Sunday, but can the Red Devils continue to be so reliant on him?
The Blues boss was believed to want to keep the club legend but has instead watched him score vital goals for Manchester City.
Goal breaks down a match that saw Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both net doubles.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Catalans' disappointing draw at Getafe leaves them four points behind Real in La Liga and they will need to improve greatly to have any chance of winning the title.
Ajax has been unable to make much of an impact in Europe in the past two decades, but it might return to the top if it keeps its current crop of youngsters together.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti's side was uncomfortable until wrapping up the win at Almeria late on and now heads to Morocco on the best-ever streak in the team's history.
The FIFA Club World Cup is under way in Morocco with Real Madrid joining the party next week, but why does the competition pass unnoticed around the world?
Manchester United's humbling 3-0 defeat in March signaled the end of David Moyes' time at Old Trafford, but this time the roles are reversed.
The Chelsea forward has not scored in nearly four hours and, while Louis van Gaal might not like it, his side's game against the Reds could easily be a stinker.
UANL won another match by a narrow margin to take the advantage in the Liga MX final.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Both clubs are desperate to return to Europe's top table next season but face the challenge of Tottenham, Napoli and Sevilla who are motivated by the same incentive.
Every Europa League Thursday, Goal profiles a new starlet aged 21 or under who could be set for big things in the game. Here we look at the Spurs center forward.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Frenchman smashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards beyond Morgan De Sanctis before setting up Pablo Zabaleta to seal a famous win for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Qualification for the Champions League knockouts was there for the taking for the Giallorossi, but Rudi Garcia's men blew their chance against a weakened Manchester City side.