BERN, Switzerland -- Almost to a man, following their 3-0 Champions League win vs. Young Boys on Wednesday, Manchester United's players turned after applauding the 1,700 travelling fans and began to walk back to the dressing rooms at the other end of the stadium.
There was one exception. As his teammates drifted away, Anthony Martial, who scored the third goal with a deflected shot after being set up by two-goal, man-of-the-match Paul Pogba, moved closer to the United supporters, who began to sing...
Daniele De Rossi's verdict of Wednesday night's 3-0 cuffing at the hands of Real Madrid made tough listening for Romanisti. The Roma captain spoke of being "demoralised" at having to chase the ball all night, as Luka Modric & Co. casually strutted about the Santiago Bernabeu and batted around his side like a bored cat with a ball of wool but instead of anger, he seemed resigned.
"In the past we've been given bigger slaps."
This is their level, it seems: a red and yellow carpet for Europe's top...
Manchester City may be England's longest-running Champions League representatives (eight consecutive seasons) but the club grabbed another, less impressive record in the dispirited home defeat by Lyon, notching their fourth consecutive defeat in the competition. Three of these have been at the Etihad, just to make it even worse.
No English club had hitherto achieved this particular landmark, underlining City's schizophrenic relationship with the Champions League.
Having suffered a grotesque eye injury during Liverpool's clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, Roberto Firmino was a doubt to feature in their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain three days later.
However, after starting on the bench, Firmino entered the fray late on and duly scored the winning goal in a dramatic 3-2 victory before celebrating by covering his eye with his hand.
Firmino then reported for training on Thursday morning sporting a brand new pair of protective glasses,...
The debate over the justification for Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League red card in Juventus' 2-0 win against Valencia will probably outlast whatever suspension he receives from UEFA, but what cannot be argued against is that the 33-year-old only has himself to blame for the mess he now finds himself in.
On first inspection, and then with the benefit of replays from all angles, Ronaldo's dismissal following his clash with Valencia's Jeison Murillo appeared soft.
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GK - Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)
Juve performed heroically for an hour with 10 men to win 2-0 at Valencia after Cristiano Ronaldo's red card. They may have had to suffer a few flutters near the end had Szczesny, who is making their No. 1 spot his own after Gianluigi Buffon's departure, not saved Daniel Parejo's late penalty -- ensuring a continuation of their superb away form was guaranteed.