Tottenham and Chelsea leave it late to progress

While Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC struck at the death, Liverpool FC and holders Club Atlético de Madrid fell just short and AFC Ajax went out in historic fashion.

Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC secured last-gasp victories in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 ties, but Liverpool FC and holders Club Atlético de Madrid gave themselves too much to do. Tottenham were forced to rely on Gareth Bale a fortnight ago, but this time Mousa Dembélé was their late saviour, firing in a last-minute strike to earn a 1-1 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate win against Olympique Lyonnais. More >

Champions League: Galatasaray – Schalke preview

“There’s a perception, as we have Sneijder and Drogba, we’ll advance comfortably,” said Fatih Terim, keen to quell expectations before Galatasaray AŞ’s visit from FC Schalke 04.

 

The arrival of UEFA Champions League winners Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder has raised expectation levels on the banks of the Bosporus before Galatasaray AŞ’s round of 16 opener against an FC Schalke 04 side who have won just one Bundesliga match since 10 November. However, coach Fatih Terim has warned that Schalke are “quality team” with “dangerous players” – and despite their disappointing domestic form, the More >

Champions League: AC Milan – FC Barcelona preview

Massimiliano Allegri stressed that AC Milan’s round of 16 tie will “start at 0-0” as he went on the offensive to question why they are being written off before facing FC Barcelona.

 

Irked by talk that FC Barcelona will make light work of his AC Milan team, Massimiliano Allegri came out on the front foot ahead of the sold-out UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg at San Siro, saying: “It annoys me that we are already considered as a sacrificial victim.” His opposite number Jordi Roura also downplayed suggestions that the Blaugrana, who eliminated Milan in last season’s quarter-finals, More >

Champions League: Arsenal – Bayern Munich Preview

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal FC’s “quality, spirit and mental strength” can prevail against an FC Bayern München side Jupp Heynckes says is brimming with “hunger and motivation”.

 

Embattled Arsenal FC manager Arsène Wenger remains steadfast in his belief that his team can overcome FC Bayern München in the UEFA Champions League last 16 despite falling foul of an FA Cup shock at the weekend. While Wenger drummed home the need for the Gunners to show the “mental strength” to bounce back on Tuesday, Bayern counterpart Jupp Heynckes is keen for the runaway Bundesliga leaders to prove their More >

Champions League: FC Porto – Malaga preview

Stay true to yourself was the mantra as Málaga CF arrived in Portugal promising to keep attacking principles intact while FC Porto’s Vítor Pereira vowed to “maintain our identity”.

 

FC Porto coach Vítor Pereira has predicted a hard game against opponents full of quality as the Dragons prepare to host Málaga CF in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg on Tuesday. The 44-year-old shrugged off any suggestion of pre-match nerves, bullishly stating that “I can only enjoy these matches.” Counterpart Manuel Pellegrini says there will be plenty to savour in a “fantastic show” and, More >

Premier League will have to wait for Fischer

A number of Premier League clubs have been told to look elsewhere for Europe’s next young talent after 18-year-old striker Viktor Fischer signed a contract extension with Ajax until 2017. Fischer, a product of the Ajax youth academy, is wanted by a host of clubs including Manchester United, favourites for the Premier League title in the English football betting odds, Arsenal and Tottenham, while Serie A giants AC Milan are also eyeing the youngster closely. However, as sites such as bet365 sports betting news have reported, the Dane has batted away suggestions he is to leave Holland, instead More >

Messi reaches 300-goal mark for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored his 300th and 301st goals for FC Barcelona as the runaway Liga leaders came from a goal behind to beat Granada CF on a day when Málaga CF also won.

 

Lionel Messi surpassed the 300-goal mark for FC Barcelona by scoring twice as the Liga leaders recovered from behind to defeat Granada CF 2-1. Having beaten Real Madrid CF a fortnight ago, Lucas Alcaraz’s 13th-placed Granada side threatened another surprise result when Carlos Aranda’s cross to the far post was knocked back across the area for Odion Ighalo (26) to tap in. Messi reached his treble century five minutes into the More >
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