UEFA Champions League

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino does the simple things right and that’s why he’s so important

19/04/2019

In simple terms, it was the classic Plan B: a back-up striker coming off the bench to get on the end of a teammate’s cross and nod home in the closing stages. Except for the fact that Liverpool had already wrapped up their 6-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinal tie against Porto by […]

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Manchester United goal could give Coutinho confidence boost vs. Liverpool – boss

19/04/2019

The ESPN FC panel say Lionel Messi alone makes Barcelona favourites over Liverpool. Are the Reds good enough to stop him? BARCELONA, Spain — Ernesto Valverde hopes the goal Philippe Coutinho scored against Manchester United will feed his confidence ahead of a reunion with Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals. Coutinho, 26, has endured a […]

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Liverpool hike price for Barcelona fans to subsidise own supporters at Camp Nou

19/04/2019

Liverpool have taken a cue from Manchester United and hiked prices for away supporters when they host Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp. United increased prices for their quarterfinal tie with Barca when the Spanish club charged £102, which British media reported was the […]

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Spurs Lucas Moura – City thriller most emotional I’ve ever played in

18/04/2019

Tottenham advanced to the Champions League semifinals courtesy of an added-time VAR decision while Liverpool marched past Porto. The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. Tottenham midfielder Lucas Moura has told ESPN Brazil that Spurs’ wild Champions League quarterfinal […]

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Explaining the VAR drama Why Fernando Llorente’s goal stood as Spurs eliminated Man City

18/04/2019

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham’s third goal. In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City’s season is reduced […]

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What we learned from the Champions League: Llorente actually made Spurs worse…

18/04/2019

Champions League knockout ties are meant to be tight — instead, we were treated to 18 goals in the four matches this week, with almost non-stop action from Lionel Messi’s brilliant opener for Barcelona against Manchester United to Raheem Sterling’s disallowed goal against Tottenham in the final minute. Here are some key talking points from […]

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UEFA Champions League final four Why Barca Liverpool Spurs and Ajax will or won’t win it all this season

18/04/2019

It’s a cliche because it’s true. With just 270 minutes (plus extra time) left to play, anyone can win the Champions League. Liverpool were in the final just a year ago and Barcelona were the last team not named Real Madrid to actually win it. Ajax and Tottenham look like the longshots but have earned […]

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Manchester City must move on from Champions League heartbreak or lose title to Liverpool – Silva

18/04/2019

The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City have to put their Champions League heartbreak behind them quickly or they could blow their Premier League titles hopes too, according to Bernardo Silva. City’s hopes of […]

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Juventus shares plummet following Champions League failure

18/04/2019

Ajax reached their first UCL semifinal in more than 20 years by beating Juventus, while Barcelona proved too much for Man United. Gab Marcotti examines where things went wrong for Juventus and where the blame lies following their second-leg defeat against Ajax. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley credits Ajax for teaching Juventus a footballing lesson over […]

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Klopp: I look forward to matchup vs. Messi thankful for time to prepare

18/04/2019

The ESPN FC panel say Lionel Messi alone makes Barcelona favourites over Liverpool. Are the Reds good enough to stop him? Tottenham advanced to the Champions League semifinals courtesy of an added-time VAR decision while Liverpool marched past Porto. Liverpool face a testing Champions League semifinal against Lionel Messi and Barcelona, but have made a […]

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Pochettino on wild Spurs-City finish: ‘That is why we love football’

18/04/2019

The FC panel credit Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side for the way they handled adversity in the second leg against Manchester City. The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham’s third goal. Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his […]

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Spurs advance in classic European night as Man City’s Quadruple dream ends

18/04/2019

MANCHESTER, England — It was Pep Guardiola’s Jose Mourinho moment. A late, dramatic winner in a Champions League tie, followed by the victorious manager sprinting down the touchline to celebrate wildly with his players. But then, in the flash of a video screen, it wasn’t. The Etihad Stadium went from raucous noise to mournful silence […]

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Liverpool show again they can win ‘by any means necessary’ to set up a showdown with Barcelona

18/04/2019

PORTO, Portugal — If the apocalypse comes and all life is wiped out, Liverpool will be right there next to the cockroaches. They’re the side that won’t go away. The side that in the space of a year has turned from a reckless teenager into a furrowed-brow 30-something, from a side just as liable to […]

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Guardiola: Man City must ‘stand up’ for Premier League race after ‘cruel’ UCL exit

18/04/2019

With Pep Guardiola once again crashing out of the Champions League, the FC panel confront the question of whether or not the City manager is overrated. MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola said it was a “cruel” way for Manchester City to go out of the Champions League after a late Raheem Sterling goal was ruled […]

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Sadio Mane scores, Fabinho bosses midfield as Liverpool smash Porto to reach UCL semis

17/04/2019

PORTO, Portugal — Liverpool comfortably booked their place in the semifinals after seeing off a spirited early onslaught by hosts Porto and then running away with it to win 4-1 for an aggregate score of 6-1. The win sets up a mouthwatering clash with Barcelona and a reunion with former stars Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. […]

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Tottenham’s unforgettable UCL quarterfinal win over Man City: the social reaction

17/04/2019

The FC crew argue the referee was not provided the proper angles to see whether or not a handball was committed on Tottenham’s third goal. It was an incredible match. A European night no football fan will soon forget. Manchester City’s 4-3 win over Tottenham saw the North London clubs advance to the Champions League […]

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Aymeric Laportes nightmare sees Man City bounced from UCL and Quadruple dream die

17/04/2019

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham Hotspur on away goals rule on a dramatic night at the Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling thought he had won the tie with a winner in injury time but the goal was ruled offside via the Video Assistant Referee and despite winning […]

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FC Porto vs. Liverpool – Football Match Report – April 17, 2019

17/04/2019

Liverpool secured their second straight Champions League semifinals appearance and a matchup against Barcelona with a 4-1 win (6-1 on aggregate) at Porto on Wednesday. Porto pressed forward to snatch an early goal but conceded in the 26th minute against the run of play when Mohamed Salah connected with Sadio Mane for a pinpoint close-range […]

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Manchester United to take ‘strongest possible action’ after Young receives racist abuse

17/04/2019

ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona. Manchester United have said they will take “the strongest possible action” against any supporter found to have sent Ashley Young racist abuse on social media following the Champions League defeat to Barcelona. Young was subjected to a […]

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City lead Spurs after five goals in opening 21 minutes

17/04/2019

Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur 3 2 BT Sport 2 LIVE HT Leg 2Aggregate: 3 – 3 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England, April 17 (Reuters) – Manchester City lead Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 (3-3 aggregate) at halftime after a remarkable five goals were scored in […]

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