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Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli. The Portuguese star skipped the session with his teammates on Monday, sparking fears he could miss the showdown against the Serie A side. However, he was present alongside the rest of the squad for training on Tuesday morning. Ronaldo completed 90 minutes for Madrid in their 3-1 La Liga win over Osasuna in Saturday, scoring his 14th La Liga goal in the process. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale was also being put through his paces as he battles back from an ankle injury. He will miss Wednesday…

Arsenal have been handed a tough draw against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions league. Arsene Wenger’s side have been paired with the Bundesliga champions Bayern despite emerging winners of  group A which also contained Paris Saint Germain (PSG).  Arsenal were doomed either way because PSG who finished behind the Gunners were paired with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona. Other interesting will see the EPL champions Leicester up against Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen versus Athletico Madrid, Man City locking horns with Monaco, Real Madrid tussling with Monaco, Benfica battling Dortmund and Porto engaging Juventus. Bayern Munich v…

Arsenal pipped Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group A after thrashing Basel 4-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday evening Needing to better the result of the PSG, who were playing Ludogorets at the Parc des Princes, to have any chance of qualifying as group winners, the Gunners were helped on their way at St Jakob-Park by a Lucas Perez hat-trick. Alex Iwobi added a fourth in the 54th minute before former Newcastle striker Seydou Doumbia grabbed a late consolation for the hosts, and there was no further late drama as Arsenal held on to remain unbeaten in the…

It’s official – Wayne Rooney is now Manchester United’s record goalscorer in Europe with 39 goals. Rooney’s first-half chip against Feyenoord in Thursday’s Europa League match at Old Trafford sent him clear of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s impressive tally of 38, which the Reds captain equalled when he netted in the away defeat to Fenerbahce earlier this month. The next personal achievement in Rooney’s sights is, of course, the club’s all-time record for goals in all competitions. His strike against Feyenoord was his 248th for United, just one short of Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing total of 249. After the match, Rooney…

Manchester United remained in control of the club’s Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford. The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break. In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his…

Paris St-Germain full-back Serge Aurier was stopped from entering the United Kingdom and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match against Arsenal. The Ivorian, 23, was given a two-month suspended prison sentence in September for assaulting a police officer. PSG say the UK authorities granted Aurier a visa in October but revoked it on 16 November, citing his conviction. Uefa expressed “deep disappointment” in the ruling, while PSG said the timing showed “a lack of respect”. The French champions accused the Home Office of a “tardy response” and claimed the decision was not made until Tuesday afternoon. As Aurier was born…

Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? UEFA.com gives Fantasy Football managers a helping hand by predicting all the line-ups for Wednesday’s games. Group A Arsenal v Ludogorets Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Özil, Iwobi; Sánchez. Out: Giroud (back), Ramsey (hamstring), Mertesacker (knee), Welbeck (knee), Akpom (back) Ludogorets: Stoyanov; Minev, Moți, Palomino, Natanael; Dyakov, Anicet; Misidjan, Marcelinho, Wanderson, Cafú. Paris v Basel Paris: Aréola; Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell; Verratti, Krychowiak, Matuidi; Lucas, Cavani, Di María. Out: Pastore (calf), Thiago Motta (buttock) Basel: Vaclík; Lang, Suchý, Høegh, Traoré; Xhaka, Zuffi;…

Celtic have been fined €10,000 after their fans held up Palestine flags during their Champions League qualifying match against Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Fans of the Scottish champions held protests before and during the game when it was held at Celtic Park In August. UEFA have called the signs ‘illicit banners’ and once again fined the the club. It is the ninth time that they have been punished by the governing body for the behavior of their supporters. Brendan Rodgers men won the game 5-2 to make it through to the Group Stages, which saw them hold a rampant Manchester…

Ghanaian defender Abdul Baba Rahman has been named in the UEFA Europa team of the week. Baba 21, was handed a spot in the team following his outstanding performance in Schalke O4’s 1-0 victory over OG Nice. The Chelsea loanee scored  the match-winner for his side as they secured the 3 points away from home. He was named in defense together with Feyenoord Terence Kongolo, Thiago Pinto Osmanlıspor and Hapoel Be’er Sheva defender Miguel Victor. Baba Rahman has been in superb form since his return to Germany.

Ghana defender Abdul Baba Rahman netted his first goal for Schalke 04 in their 1-0 victory over OG Nice on Thursday night in the Europa League. The Chelsea loanee  scored the only goal of the match with a stunning strike in the 75th minute.Baba consistently shuttled down the left-flank during the game performing his assigned role in defence as well as supporting the attack.He got his just reward in an attacking foray when he receive a pass from German starlet Max Meyer before unleashing a left-footed shot which beat Nice goalie Yoan Cardinale at his near post.The goal won all…

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