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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

2018/2019 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Hoffenheim 0 1 0 1
3 Shakhtar D 0 1 0 1
4 Man City 0 0 1 0
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Manchester City director: Tottenham, Liverpool have much more difficult draw

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner sifts through the Champions League draw and determines who has the best path to the knockout stage and who may struggle.

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has admitted his side have been handed a more favourable Champions League draw than fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham and Liverpool but says City must respect their Group F opponents this term.

City, who were ousted by Liverpool in the quarterfinals last season, drew Hoffenheim, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon in Thursday's UCL group stage draw.

However, Begiristain acknowledged that Pep Guardiola's men were more fortunate than some...

Champions League draw: Manchester United to face Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo

FC's Paul Mariner finds it tough to choose Man United to advance from Group H, noting the current negative climate of the club.
Craig Burley says Cristiano Ronaldo's goalless start for Juventus is of no concern, offering a reminder Ronaldo has a recent history of dry spells.
Gab Marcotti speaks to Alexis Nunes about the proposed introduction of VAR in the Champions League and how it will be used.
With a Spanish team winning each of the last five Champions League titles, is this the year their dominance comes to an end?

Juventus will face Manchester United in the Champions League group stage this season, giving Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to play against his former team.

Ronaldo, who joined Juve from Real Madrid earlier this summer, has only faced United in three games since leaving Old Trafford in 2009 -- a two-legged round-of-16 Champions League tie in 2013, and the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

Ronaldo scored in each leg of the 2013 clash as Real Madrid advanced 3-2 on aggregate. Last summer, he came on as a late substitute...

Everton land Barcelona's Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes and Brazil international Bernard

Former Everton forward Brian McBride questions Richarlison's value for the Toffees as the FC crew examine the club's transfer policy.

Everton struck deals to sign both Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes from Barcelona on Thursday, as well as completing a move for Brazil international Bernard before the transfer deadline.

Multiple reports said the Toffees also had reached a deal with Chelsea for the loan of defender Kurt Zouma, though that has yet to be confirmed with the deadline passed.

Colombian centre-back Mina, who had been a major target for Manchester United, will join in a deal worth €30.25 million with another €1.5...

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Mother of Brazil winger Taison freed by police after kidnapping

Brazilian police have freed the mother of Brazil and Shakhtar winger Taison after she was kidnapped by a gang in the southern part of the country, the officer who led the investigation told Reuters on Tuesday.

Rosangela Barcellos Freda, 58, was kidnapped on Monday by a gang who delivered flowers to her house before grabbing her and bundling her into a getaway car, Rafael Lopes said.

However, witnesses saw the incident and called the police, who quickly tracked her down to a hideout in Monte Bonito,...