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May 10, 2015

Champions League race wide open as nine-man Lazio lose

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Third-placed Lazio played the last half hour with nine men and survived a missed penalty before losing 2-1 at home to Inter Milan with their former player Hernanes netting a double in Serie A on Sunday.

Lazio’s defeat meant Napoli moved within three points of the Champions League places despite being held 2-2 at Parma, who accused their opponents of belittling them in a bitter end to the match.

May 10, 2015

Soccer-Champions League race wide open as nine-man Lazio lose

May 10 (Reuters) – Third-placed Lazio played the last half hour with nine men and survived a missed penalty before losing 2-1 at home to Inter Milan with their former player Hernanes netting a double in Serie A on Sunday.

Lazio’s defeat meant Napoli moved within three points of the Champions League places despite being held 2-2 at Parma, who accused their opponents of belittling them in a bitter end to the match.

May 8, 2015

Inter, Roma agree fines, squad reductions under FFP

BERNE (Reuters) – Inter Milan, Monaco and AS Roma have all agreed to pay fines and reduce the size of their squads in European competition after breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, UEFA said on Friday.

The trio also agreed to limit the number of new players they could register in European competition, European football’s governing body said in a statement following a decision by its financial control watchdog.

May 8, 2015

Soccer-Inter, Roma agree fines, squad reductions under FFP

BERNE, May 8 (Reuters) – Inter Milan, Monaco and AS Roma have all agreed to pay fines and reduce the size of their squads in European competition after breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, UEFA said on Friday.

The trio also agreed to limit the number of new players they could register in European competition, European soccer’s governing body said in a statement following a decision by its financial control watchdog.

May 6, 2015

Israeli FA presses Blatter in effort to avert suspension

ZURICH/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s top football administrators met FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in an attempt to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body.

The Palestine Football Association (PFA) accuses Israel of hampering its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

May 6, 2015

Soccer-Israeli FA presses Blatter in effort to avert suspension

ZURICH/JERUSALEM, May 6 (Reuters) – Israel’s top soccer administrators met FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in an attempt to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body.

The Palestine Football Association (PFA) accuses Israel of hampering its activities and restricting the movement of players between the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Israel cites security concerns for the restrictions it imposes.

May 6, 2015

Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe’s elite

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus’s win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football’s elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.

Once regarded as one of the continent’s biggest and most powerful clubs, the twice European champions have had to fight their way back to the top following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal which saw them stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated.

May 6, 2015

Soccer-Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe’s elite

TURIN, Italy, May 6 (Reuters) – Juventus’s win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football’s elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.

Once regarded as one of the continent’s biggest and most powerful clubs, the twice European champions have had to fight their way back to the top following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal which saw them stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated.

May 5, 2015

Juve’s cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus’s favour by helping them to a 2-1 win. Real’s defence never got to grips with Tevez’s speed, tenacity and close control as the Argentine revelled in the tie, the highest profile match he has played since his move to Juventus at the start of last season. Often dropping deep to collect the ball in midfield, Tevez then ran at the heart of the Real defence, creating a sense of danger and anticipation among the home fans almost every time. Tevez’s powerful low drive led to Juve’s opening goal in the ninth minute when Real keeper Iker Casillas could only parry the ball to the feet of Alvaro Morata, who tapped the ball into the net against his old club from close range. The run which led to the winner summed up Tevez’s qualities.

TRICKY TEVEZ

After being sent clear by Morata, Tevez charged into the Real area and, although he appeared to be running into a corner, he tricked Dani Carvajal into knocking him over, winning a penalty which he smashed home himself for the winner. The 31-year-old Argentine arrived at Juve under a cloud, worn out after four eventful seasons at Manchester City where he infamously refused to warm up during a Champions League match at Bayern Munich. He was also shunned by then Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, who never once selected him during three years in charge amid speculation that he was considered too much of a disruptive influence.

May 5, 2015

Soccer-Juve’s cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

TURIN, Italy, May 5 (Reuters) – Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus’s favour by helping them to a 2-1 win.