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Apr 15, 2015

Soccer-Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

TURIN, April 15 (Reuters) – Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie for his comeback after recovering from a calf muscle strain.

Apr 14, 2015

Monaco coach fumes over ‘non-existent’ penalty

TURIN (Reuters) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious after his side lost 1-0 to what he described as a “non-existent penalty” in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Juventus on Tuesday.

The controversial decision will add to calls for the use of video replays as it was still not fully clear what happened, even after several repeats of the incident in slow motion.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Monaco coach fumes over “non-existent” penalty

TURIN, April 14 (Reuters) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious after his side lost 1-0 to what he described as a “non-existent penalty” in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Juventus on Tuesday.

The controversial decision will add to calls for the use of video replays as it was still not fully clear what happened, even after several repeats of the incident in slow motion.

Apr 14, 2015

Juve edge Monaco with Vidal penalty in absorbing tie

TURIN (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.

Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof of the net in the 57th minute after Ricardo Carvalho bundled over Alvaro Morata, who had been sent clear by Andrea Pirlo’s lofted through ball.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer–Juve edge Monaco with Vidal penalty in absorbing tie

TURIN, April 14 (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.

Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof of the net in the 57th minute after Ricardo Carvalho bundled over Alvaro Morata, who had been sent clear by Andrea Pirlo’s lofted through ball.

Apr 14, 2015

Politics, Champions League hope add spice to Europa

BERNE (Reuters) – The possibility of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine plus the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has added some spice to the Europa League which reaches the quarter-final stage on Thursday.

Napoli, in particular, will be glad of the rule change introduced this season, which allows the Europa League winners a back door entry into the Champions League, as their chances of qualifying through the Serie A route have all but fizzled out.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Politics, Champions League hope add spice to Europa

BERNE, April 14 (Reuters) – The possibility of a final between teams from Russia and Ukraine plus the chance of qualifying for the Champions League has added some spice to the Europa League which reaches the quarter-final stage on Thursday.

Napoli, in particular, will be glad of the rule change introduced this season, which allows the Europa League winners a back door entry into the Champions League, as their chances of qualifying through the Serie A route have all but fizzled out.

Apr 1, 2015

Italian game no longer reliant on tycoons – chief

TURIN (Reuters) – Italian football is no longer dependent on the whims of tycoons who have traditionally controlled the country’s biggest clubs, the head of the football federation (FIGC) told Reuters in an interview.

Carlo Tavecchio said that Italian football, whose credibility has been rocked by match-fixing scandals, hooliganism, falling attendances and financial problems, was now a safe place to invest.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-Italian game no longer reliant on tycoons – chief

TURIN, April 1 (Reuters) – Italian football is no longer dependent on the whims of tycoons who have traditionally controlled the country’s biggest clubs, the head of the football federation (FIGC) told Reuters in an interview.

Carlo Tavecchio said that Italian football, whose credibility has been rocked by match-fixing scandals, hooliganism, falling attendances and financial problems, was now a safe place to invest.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. concede another late goal in Swiss draw

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Valentin Stocker netted a late leveler as United States continued their recent habit of conceding late goals and were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Tuesday.

Brek Shea rifled home a free kick at the end of the first half to give Juergen Klinsmann’s team a deserved lead but they were pegged back by with 10 minutes left after poor defending.