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Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved that the Champions League is his competition. The Portuguese striker scored three goals at the Santiago Bernabeu, five of which he scored against the German champions. There are already 100 goals scored by Cristiano in the Champions League, 103 in all European games. The Portuguese saw a goal in the German city a week ago. Exactly, twice. The two goals that gave the victory (1-2) to his team and that allowed him to become the first player in history that manages to reach up to 100 in Europe.

Three thoughts from a wild Champions League quarterfinal second leg as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 in extra time (6-3 aggregate)… 1. Real progress on night of high controversy With these two teams on display, perhaps we should never have expected anything but a night full of drama and tension. This should have been a Champions League classic but the talking points will focus less on the game’s twists and turns given the two decisions by referee Viktor Kassai and his team that handed the tie to Real Madrid. At 2-1 up with six minutes to play, Bayern Munich…

Dani Alves admits he will be emotional facing “best team in the world” Barcelona, but Juventus have “a 60-40 chance of going through.” The second leg of the Champions League quarter-final kicks off on Wednesday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) after a 3-0 first leg victory in Turin. It is a return to Camp Nou for the Brazilian full-back, who turns 34 next month, as he was at Barcelona from 2008 to 2016. “This is like my presentation!” joked Dani Alves when the photographers crowded around him in the Press room. “It’s very emotional being back here. I did…

There is good news for Leicester before their crunch Champions League tie on Tuesday – more teams progress in the Champions League after playing a first leg away from home. Since 1994/95, 69 teams have progressed after playing a Champions League quarter-final or semi-final first leg away from home, compared to 63 teams that have hosted the first meeting. The Foxes lost their Champions League quarter-final 1-0 in Madrid last week after Antoine Griezmann converted a controversial penalty awarded for a Marc Albrighton challenge that appeared to be outside the box. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann converted a controversial penalty against…

Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez has revealed that he has been playing football with a catheter for the last two seasons after a kidney Haematoma left the midfielder urinating blood. Saul’s health issues stretch back to the 2014-2015 campaign when, during a Champions League clash with Bayer Levekusen in February 2015, the midfielder was substituted just before half-time with a problem. The Spaniard was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a kidney haematoma, which forced Saul to spend the night in Germany while the rest of the Atletico squad returned home. And Saul has now admitted that he is…

German police are investigating a possible Islamic extremist link to the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund football team’s bus, German media say. A letter found near the scene references the Berlin Christmas market attack and military operations in Syria. It is not yet clear if the letter is genuine. Player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist. No other players were hurt. German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung said the letter, beginning with the phrase “in the name of Allah”, mentioned Germany’s use of Tornado jets in the coalition forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS). IS said…

FC Bayern encounter Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, and there is good news as Manuel Neuer resumed training on Monday. Manuel Neuer returned to the training ground after undergoing a minor foot operation at the end of March. He is likely to feature in goal against the Spanish record champions. Ancelotti had to make do without Mats Hummels, who sustained an injury during training on Sunday, and Robert Lewandowski, who worked individually in the performance centre after sustaining a bruised shoulder in the match against Dortmund. Javi Martínez and David Alaba worked on their…

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has named  Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah in a 23-man squad for Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona at Juventus Stadium. The Ghanaian star boy missed their last game against Chievo Verona on Saturday in the Italian Serie A. Juventus squad to face Barcelona: 1 Buffon 3 Chiellini 4 Benatia 5 Pjanic 6 Khedira 7 Cuadrado 8 Marchisio 9 Higuain 12 Alex Sandro 14 Mattiello 15 Barzagli 17 Mandzukic 18 Lemina 19 Bonucci 21 Dybala 22 Asamoah 23 Dani Alves 24 Rugani 25 Neto 26 Lichtsteiner 27 Sturaro 28 Rincon 32 Audero

Javier Mascherano says Barcelona are “excited” to face Juventus tomorrow, and shrugs off the Malaga defeat. The Blaugrana are in Turin for the first leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final tie, but suffered a 2-0 defeat in La Liga on Saturday night. “We’re very excited to play this game, because of what it means to play in the Champions League Quarter-Finals, and above all what it means to play a team like Juve,” Mascherano said in the pre-match Press conference. “I think that, aside from the weekend defeat, the team has been in good harmony, playing well and we hope…

On Monday 6 March 2017, two days before International Women’s Day, FIFA hosted its third Conference for Equality and Inclusion. FIFA’s first female Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, closed proceedings at the Home of FIFA with a rousing speech. “As the world governing body of the planet’s most popular sport, we represent millions of people, regardless of gender, origin, social status or religious belief. We must be human – full stop ,” said the former United Nations Coordinator, who was born in Senegal. “Diversity is the only way forward,” Samoura added. “Not only because morally it is the right thing to…