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  Juventus defied the odds and defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final. Madrid-bred Alvaro Morata scored an early goal for the home side, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal allowed the reining champions to settle into their hostile surroundings. In the second half, positivity from Juventus led to a second goal, Dani Carvajal’s tackle led to a penalty which Carlos Tevez tucked away. It was a terrific atmosphere set by the Juventus fans, they […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On May - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  As Bayern Munich travel to Camp Nou to face Barcelona on Wednesday evening for a clash of the two biggest clubs in world football. Is it also the return of Pep Guardiola to the club he supported as a boy, played for and then coached as a man, and still has a big place in his heart. Bayern go to Barcelona in good spirits, despite losing 2‐0 at Bayer Leverkusen on the weekend. The game meant nothing for the […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On May - 5 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Real Madrid ended Sevilla’s 15 month unbeaten home record after winning 2-3 courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. Madrid had gone into a two goal lead before Sergio Ramos gave away a penalty, which Carlos Bacca converted. Iborra’s goal ten minutes from time had kept Sevilla in the game, but Real held firm and closed out an important win keeping them two points behind league leaders Barcelona. The Ramon Sanchez Pizchuan is one of the toughest place to visit, […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On May - 3 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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With the season heading towards to a superb finish, Barça’s magical season is entering the final stretch. With the domestic double still in their favor, Bayern are the only side standing in their way of a Champions League final. Can you believe it’s May already? Feels like yesterday when Luis Enrique took over Barça and had them go through some highs and lows. The lowest of all lows, came in early January and since then, Barça have been a different side. […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On May - 1 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Wednesday. Real Madrid vs Almeria. 84 minutes played, Javier Hernandez flashed in a cross, with Alvaro Arbeloa and Cristiano Ronaldo lurking at the back post. Arbeloa beat Ronaldo to it, scored, it was the third for Madrid on the night. But then, then, social media erupted calling Ronaldo a “cry-baby”, an “awful teammate” and a “very dislikable footballer”. Jesus Christ! Here we go again. Throughout his career, Cristiano Ronaldo is a man who has defied footballing and athletic norms: […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On May - 1 - 2015 9 Comments READ FULL POST
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  Friday’s UEFA Champions League draw threw forth a couple of interesting ties. Coaches who are going back to visit their old clubs provide the narrative, and that is exactly what Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola will be doing next week.   Barcelona vs Bayern This two‐legged battle will probably be known as the Pep derby. Barcelona are in red‐hot form and are still looking to win La Liga. There is no such problem for Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 29 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  James Rodriguez scored a sensational goal as Real Madrid defeated Almeria 3-0 at the Bernabeu stadium. Two second-half goals including an own goal by Mauro dos Santos and a rare Alvaro Arbeloa strike, sealed the three points for Los Blancos, as they continue to keep pace with league leaders Barcelona. Carlo Ancelotti had the luxury of rotating some key players ahead of this weekend’s crucial tie against Sevilla. Jese Rodriguez, Asier Illaramendi and Fabio Coentrao were given rare starts, […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 29 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez scored a brace giving Real Madrid a crucial 2-4 victory away at Celta Vigo. Madrid went behind before Toni Kroos scored, and James Rodriguez was also on the scoresheet, in an intense game for Carlo Ancelotti’s shattered-looking side. May 11th 2014. Celta Vigo 2-0 Real Madrid. Ancelotti’s team had surrendered their hopes of winning La Liga. Eleven months later, Celta had set out to cause a similar upset. Starting with tremendous pace and intent, the home […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 27 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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The latest instalment of PSG vs Barcelona will take place tonight at Camp Nou; Barcelona will start as red-hot favourites following their 3-1 success in Paris last week. Luis Enrique’s men have one foot in the semi-final but will have to guard against complacency when coming up against this PSG side. Both sides go into the fixture on the back of good wins in their domestic leagues at the weekend, PSG won 3-1 on their visit to Nice, a double […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 21 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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  Los Blancos beat Malaga 3-1 on Saturday night, in what ended as a very bittersweet result. Gareth Bale suffered an injury one minute into the game, before Madrid talisman midfielder Luka Modric limped off in the second half. Goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed three crucial points, but the injuries left the side in a deflated mood. A rather sluggish Madrid came out, knowing Barcelona had passed their Valencia test, so anything other than three […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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