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Real Sociedad 0 : 1 Bayer Leverkusen - Toprak fires Leverkusen through

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Omer Toprak fired Bayer Leverkusen into the knock-out stage of the Champions League as his second-half goal was enough to claim a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad. Toprak muscled onto a corner four minutes after half-time before blasting in a goal that proved decisive after Shakhtar Donetsk lost 1-0 at Manchester United. That was enough to send Sami Hyypia's side up into second place in Group A and in...Full Story »

Manchester United 1 : 0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Jones wins it for United

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Phil Jones' second-half winner brought David Moyes some blessed relief and ensured Manchester United's tortuous week ended with the knowledge they will be guaranteed a seeding for the Champions League knockout round draw. After 280 minutes without a goal, United finally found the net when Jones delivered a powerful finish to Robin van Persie's corner. It was enough to see off a dangerous Shakh...Full Story »

Gala game abandoned

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Tuesday night's winner-takes-all Champions League encounter between Galatasaray and Juventus was abandoned after only 33 minutes with the game goalless due to a severe hailstorm in Istanbul. The Italian champions needed to avoid defeat at the Turk Telecom Arena to book second place in Group B and progression to the knockout stages, while a Galatasaray victory would have seen Roberto Mancini's m...Full Story »

Ancelotti: Ozil exit was OK, but Di Maria won't leave

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he was responsible for the 51 million euro sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal over the summer but isn't interested in allowing Angel Di Maria to leave the club. Ozil's exit was met with widespread surprise across Europe, with several Madrid players also expressing their dismay that the Germany midfielder had been allowed to move. Rumours have since circ...Full Story »

Buffon warns Galatasaray: Your fans can't score for you

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has warned Galatasaray that its famously passionate fans won't be able to score any goals for their team on Tuesday. Roberto Mancini's men need to beat the Bianconeri to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, while Antonio Conte's men can seal second place in Group B with a win or a draw. Buffon is well aware of the Turk Telekom Arena's reputation for b...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Celtic preview - Barca look to race past Celtic

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Barcelona coach Tata Martino believes speed will be key to beating Celtic in their final Champions League fixture at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. While the Hoops are guaranteed to finish bottom of Group H, the Catalan side need a point to finish top the section after losing at Ajax in their last European game. Barca have 10 points from five games with AC Milan second on eight points ahead ...Full Story »

Demichelis looking for revenge against Bayern Munich

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Martin Demichelis is eager to avenge the 3-1 defeat Manchester City suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich earlier this season when the two teams meet on Tuesday. The Argentina international, who played for the Bavarian outfit between 2003 and 2010, is set to feature at the Allianz Arena for the first time since leaving the German club. Demichelis, who was not part of the City lineup that was ...Full Story »

Giroud comfortable with Arsenal rotation policy

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by YAHOO Sport

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has no issue with the club's rotation policy but admits to being frustrated when named as a substitute. The France international led the line for the Premier League club in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday, and almost snatched all three points when his fierce 25-yard half-volley cannoned off the crossbar in stoppage time. However, the 27-year-old - who has seven...Full Story »

Napoli vs Arsenal preview - Napoli target Arsenal scalp

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez believes his team will need to be at its very best if it is to beat Arsenal in Wednesday's Champions League match at the San Paolo stadium. Both teams go into the final Group F match in Naples looking to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. Arsenal have the upper hand as they lead the pool, three points clear of nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund and Napo...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Porto preview - Porto target Atletico upset

Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PA

Porto face one of the most difficult challenges in European football if they are to give themselves a chance of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. The former champions travel to the Spanish capital knowing only victory over Atletico Madrid would be enough, and even that would be insufficient if second-placed Zenit St Petersburg were to beat Group G's bottom side Austria Vienna. Atle...Full Story »

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