Five ties to watch in the Europa League this week

PARIS: The Europa League knockout phase begins on Thursday, with VAR being introduced to Europe’s secondary club competition for the first time outwith the final for the last 32, first-leg ties. AFP Sport picks five games to watch this week: Manchester United’s Champions League aspirations have been given a major boost in recent days, first… Continue reading Five ties to watch in the Europa League this week

Welcome to Anfield & Klopp warns Atletico

LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects a very different atmosphere at Anfield will help turn his side’s Champions League last 16 tie with Atletico Madrid around after a 1-0 first leg defeat in the Spanish capital on Tuesday. Saul Niguez’s early strike inflicted just Liverpool’s second defeat of the season in all competitions with a… Continue reading Welcome to Anfield & Klopp warns Atletico

Neymar criticises PSG injury handling after Dortmund defeat

DORTMUND: Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit. After missing four games in the last fortnight with a rib injury, the Brazilian superstar looked short of match fitness in… Continue reading Neymar criticises PSG injury handling after Dortmund defeat

Dortmund loanee Hakimi unsure over Real Madrid future

The young defender is desperate to play and seemed to concede a permanent move away from the Santiago Bernabeu could suit him Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi said he wants to play and continue growing as his loan deal with Borussia Dortmund expires at the end of the season. Achraf has starred for Bundesliga side… Continue reading Dortmund loanee Hakimi unsure over Real Madrid future

Borussia Dortmund beats Neymar, PSG as Erling Haaland scores two more goals

Erling Haaland picked up right where he left off in the Champions League. The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker — acquired in January after scoring eight times in six group stage games for Red Bull Salzburg — bagged another two goals on Tuesday to give BVB a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg… Continue reading Borussia Dortmund beats Neymar, PSG as Erling Haaland scores two more goals

Well-drilled Atletico Madrid leaves Liverpool on verge of early Champions League collapse

There’s a reason it took more than a quarter of a century for someone to win the UEFA Champions League in back-to-back seasons. AC Milan won the old European Cup in 1989 and 1990, and then nobody repeated again until Real Madrid won it three years in a row from 2016 through 2018. Certainly, there… Continue reading Well-drilled Atletico Madrid leaves Liverpool on verge of early Champions League collapse