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Feb 20, 2014

Soriano’s 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League

BERNE (Reuters) – Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for Juventus to set the Italian champions on the way to a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor, however compatriots Lazio slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in other first leg ties.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Soriano’s 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League

BERNE, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for Juventus to set the Italian champions on the way to a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor, however compatriots Lazio slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in other first leg ties.

Feb 20, 2014

Kaka showing flashes of the old magic

MILAN (Reuters) – He may not quite have the explosive acceleration of old, yet Kaka showed against Atletico Madrid that the old magic is still there and he could play a role for Brazil at the World Cup if selected.

The former World Player of the Year’s performance on Wednesday suggested that Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has not picked Kaka for a year, could give him a place in the squad, even if he is not a regular starter.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Kaka showing flashes of the old magic

MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) – He may not quite have the explosive acceleration of old, yet Kaka showed against Atletico Madrid that the old magic is still there and he could play a role for Brazil at the World Cup if selected.

The former World Player of the Year’s performance on Wednesday suggested that Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has not picked Kaka for a year, could give him a place in the squad, even if he is not a regular starter.

Feb 19, 2014

Milan pleased with performance but left ruing result

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan put a brave face on another disappointing result on Wednesday, agreeing they had produced one of their best performances of the season despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Serie A’s only representatives in the Champions League knockout stage hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 16 first-leg encounter before conceding a late goal to Diego Costa, leaving them on the brink of elimination.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Milan pleased with performance but left ruing result

MILAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) – AC Milan put a brave face on another disappointing result on Wednesday, agreeing they had produced one of their best performances of the season despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Serie A’s only representatives in the Champions League knockout stage hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 16 first-leg encounter before conceding a late goal to Diego Costa, leaving them on the brink of elimination.

Feb 19, 2014

Ruthless Atletico give Seedorf unhappy return

MILAN (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid gave AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf an unhappy return to a competition he graced so magnificently as a player when the Spaniards first frustrated their opponents before snatching a late 1-0 Champions League win on Wednesday.

Diego Costa scored the only goal at the San Siro with a magnificent header seven minutes from time as Atletico proved too cagey and wily for Milan, who twice hit the woodwork in the first 20 minutes of a frenetic Round of 16 first-leg game.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Ruthless Atletico give Seedorf unhappy return

MILAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid gave AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf an unhappy return to a competition he graced so magnificently as a player when the Spaniards first frustrated their opponents before snatching a late 1-0 Champions League win on Wednesday.

Diego Costa scored the only goal at the San Siro with a magnificent header seven minutes from time as Atletico proved too cagey and wily for Milan, who twice hit the woodwork in the first 20 minutes of a frenetic Round of 16 first-leg game.

Feb 17, 2014

South American coaches add spice to Champions League

BERNE (Reuters) – After years of trying, South American coaches are finally gaining a foothold in European football and their growing influence will be heavily felt as the Champions League round of 16 gets under.

Three of the eight teams in action this week are coached by South Americans, AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf was born and ended his playing career on the continent and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola said he was inspired by what he learned during a visit to Argentina.

Feb 17, 2014

Soccer-South American coaches add spice to Champions League

BERNE, Feb 17 (Reuters) – After years of trying, South American coaches are finally gaining a foothold in European football and their growing influence will be heavily felt as the Champions League round of 16 gets under.

Three of the eight teams in action this week are coached by South Americans, AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf was born and ended his playing career on the continent and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola said he was inspired by what he learned during a visit to Argentina.