Rest Of Europe

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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The Czech hosts kept the Italians from breaking the deadlock but, due to superior goal difference, the Partenopei are assured a spot in the next round

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The Rojiblancos currently sit top of Group G, but their hosts are just two points behind in second place, meaning it is all to play for in Rotterdam

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Rafael Benitez's men can guarantee themselves top spot in Group A by winning in the Czech Republic but the hosts will be just as desperate for all three points

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Vincenzo Montella's men romped to a 3-0 win when the pair met in Florence on matchday one but they will be expecting a far tougher game in France

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The Belgian had yet to make a single appearance since joining the Blaugrana from Arsenal during the summer due to injury and is now facing an extended spell on the sidelines

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A number of the Swiss side's supporters entered the field of play during the game at St. Jakob-Park and the incident will now be dealt with on December 11

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The Brazilian forward has also been fined €20,000 for assaulting the Italy international in the tunnel after a Ligue 1 game at the Parc des Princes in August

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The Sweden international has compiled his personal dream team consisting of former and current team-mates, including Xavi, Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon in the side

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The midfielder has dismissed suggestions that he is unhappy with the club or with Pep Guardiola after revealing his intention to leave the Bavarian giants

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The former Fiorentina and Italy coach could be sacked on Thursday, but it remains uncertain if the Istanbul club can afford to pay him the remainder of his contract

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COMMENT: The Italian looks set to be relieved of his duties in Istanbul, while the record-breaking Lionel Messi can set his sights on 100 Champions League goals

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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 Feyenoord defender

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PROFILE: The Rijeka star, who has netted 21 goals in 15 Prva HNL games so far this season, is one of the most in-form and in-demand attackers in Europe

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The Switzerland international has taken great encouragement out of his side's display against the European Cup holders ahead of their crunch clash with Liverpool at Anfield

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Diego Simeone's side booked their place in the knockout stage of the Champions with one round to spare and the Croat is confident of their chances of glory

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The ex-Porto ace claimed he has never had any issue with the Eagles, whom he helped eliminate from the Champions League on Tuesday night

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The Italian says Paulo Sousa's men are in better shape than the Reds and feels the Swiss will get the result they need at Anfield to make the Champions League knockout stage