FC Twente – AFC Ajax Preview

Steve McClaren stood down as Twente coach on Tuesday with the Tukkers in fifth position, having failed to win any of their six Eredivisie fixtures in 2013. Interim boss Alfred Schreuder, promoted from his position as McClaren’s assistant, is not intending to make big changes in a bid to stop the rot.

“In the second half at sc Heerenveen [a 2-1 defeat last Saturday] we played well,” he said. “We can build on that. Everyone thinks differently about football but, looking at the bigger picture, we will continue in the same way.” With ten matches to play, Twente are six points behind leaders PSV More >

AC Milan – S.S. Lazio Preview

Having lost ground to Lazio last weekend when they drew 1-1 with FC Internazionale Milano, Massimiliano Allegri’s fourth-placed Milan can leapfrog the Rome club into third by triumphing at San Siro. Consequently, Rossoneri goalkeeper Marco Amelia knows just how significant his side’s 27th Serie A match of the campaign is. “By winning on Monday [2-0 against Pescara Calcio] Lazio overtook us, so a victory would be invaluable,” he said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the three points in the derby and now we are facing a side eager to protect their position in the table. But we are a great team, More >

Real Madrid CF – FC Barcelona Preview

The visiting Liga leaders are 16 points clear of their third-placed opponents and have not lost a top-flight game at the Santiago Bernabéu since May 2008. Tuesday’s Copa del Rey defeat by José Mourinho’s side – their second reverse in three matches – has dented Barcelona’s morale, however, and the Catalan team will look to respond in the Spanish capital.

“We’ve had a fantastic season to date but when you are eliminated from a competition by Madrid it always hurts,” said midfielder Xavi Hernández after the 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) midweek loss at Camp Nou. “The two biggest trophies are still to More >

Real Madrid smashed Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid CF beat FC Barcelona 3-1 at the Camp Nou to reach the Copa del Rey final.


Real Madrid CF made amends for their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals last season by triumphing 3-1 at the Camp Nou to progress to a record 38th final by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline. Lionel Messi fired just wide early on as the home side started brightly but they were caught out on the counterattack after 13 minutes. Gerard Piqué felled Cristiano Ronaldo as he surged into the box and the Portuguese made no mistake from the penalty More >

The Top Weekend Matches

Milan and Baku derbies, Croatia’s eternal version, Le Classique and a Premier League clash of two old FC Internazionale Milano coaches take centre stage in our weekend preview.

Azerbaijan: Neftçi PFK v İnter Bakı PİK preview (Saturday 11.00) Second hosts first in a match likely to have a big bearing on the destination of the title. Champions Neftçi, distracted by UEFA Europa League group stage commitments earlier in the season, have rediscovered their zest and are unbeaten in six Premyer Liqasi outings. A fifth victory in seven will lift them above their opponents, who have occupied top spot More >

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 >
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