Champions League

Tre Penne v The New Saints (Tue)

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New Saints director of football Craig Harrison is confident his side will finally see off San Marino’s Tre Penne in the Champions League. The Welsh treble winners secured a narrow 2-1 victory[1] in the first leg of the first qualifying round at Park Hall. “I expect us to score more goals than they do, home or away,” Harrison told BBC ...

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Celtic face Tallinn or Gibraltar trip

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Celtic will face a trip to either Estonian side Flora Tallinn or Lincoln of Gibraltar in the Champions League second qualifying round. The first leg, new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive fixture in charge, will be away on 12/13 July, with the return on 19/20 July. Celtic have lost in the final play-off round for the past two seasons. They ...

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The New Saints 2-1 Tre Penne

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The New Saints secured a narrow victory in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie against San Marino’s Tre Penne. Simon Spender teed up Scott Quigley to give the Welsh hosts the lead but Stefano Fraternali levelled for the reigning San Marinese champions. Quigley turned provider for the second, playing in Jamie Mullan to restore the ...

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Saturday's gossip column

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For a list of all the completed deals, check out the transfers page.[1] Alexandre Pato’s parent club Corinthians expect Chelsea to take up their option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)[2] Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 28, denies speculation that new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has lined him up as a replacement for John Terry, ...

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Man City's Silva misses Real return leg

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Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Real Madrid because of a hamstring injury. The Spaniard has been ruled out for two to three weeks after limping out of Tuesday’s scoreless first leg. Silva, 30, would be fit for the final on 28 May, should City get there. Midfielder Yaya Toure, who missed ...

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Bale backs Real to reach European final

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Wales star Gareth Bale is confident Real Madrid will progress to the Champions League final, despite failing to make their chances count in a goalless first-leg at Manchester City.[1] Bale, playing his first game in England since his £85m move from Tottenham in 2013, could not provide the spark in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence on Tuesday. But he is upbeat about ...

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Keys to sing at Champions League Final

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Alicia Keys is to become the first singer to play live at the opening ceremony of the Champions League Final. The show will see the singer perform to around 80,000 people in Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on 28 May and to TV audiences in over 220 countries. Keys, who will be debuting new music in the show, said playing to ...

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Nothing to fear in Madrid – Pellegrini

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side have nothing to fear in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, despite David Silva missing the game. City, who are hoping to reach the final for the first time, drew Tuesday’s first leg 0-0[1] at Etihad Stadium. Playmaker Silva will miss the second leg on 4 May ...

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Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich

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BBC coverage How to follow: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website Atletico Madrid are without influential centre-back Diego Godin (hamstring) for their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich. Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres should start after scoring five goals in six games. Bayern Munich have named defender Jerome Boateng, who has missed three months ...

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Real thriving under Zidane – Bale

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says the team are “thriving” under manager Zinedine Zidane as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final first leg. The Welshman said club legend Zidane knows “the way to play football” and allows Madrid to express themselves. Zidane took over from Rafael Benitez in January,[1] with Madrid aiming to be European ...

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