Champions League

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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COMMENT: The manager's encouraging words reaped dividends with a captivating display from the attacker, although he must add more goals and cutting edge to become a modern great

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

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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 opponents Ajax

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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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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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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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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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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours

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The Spanish side's return to Champions League football for the first time since 1998-99 ended in frustration as they failed to break down their Ukranian visitors

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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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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's clinical second-half strike denies Jose Mourinho's men an opening-day victory in Group G after a game which saw the Blues waste a host of chances

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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