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Nov 27, 2014

Soccer-Brentford nearly men closing on impossible dream

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The spotlight on London soccer usually shines on glamour clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United but rarely on unfashionable Brentford who last played in the top flight nearly 70 years ago.

For decades Brentford have been the nearly men of the capital’s footballing scene, trundling along in the lower divisions at their antiquated Griffin Park ground situated under the flight path to Heathrow Airport.

Nov 26, 2014

Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition.

In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 every time but only reached the semi-finals once.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition.

In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 every time but only reached the semi-finals once.

Nov 26, 2014

No collapse this time as Arsenal reach last 16

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal held their nerve, their lead and their record of reaching the Champions League knockout stages when they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the last 16 for the 15th season in a row.

Three weeks after collapsing to a 3-3 draw with Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium after holding a 3-0 lead, Arsenal went ahead in the second minute through Yaya Sanogo and made it 2-0 after 57 minutes through Alexis Sanchez.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-No collapse this time as Arsenal reach last 16

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Arsenal held their nerve, their lead and their record of reaching the Champions League knockout stages when they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the last 16 for the 15th season in a row.

Three weeks after collapsing to a 3-3 draw with Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium after holding a 3-0 lead, Arsenal went ahead in the second minute through Yaya Sanogo and made it 2-0 after 57 minutes through Alexis Sanchez.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Arsenal halt Dortmund run to reach last 16

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 15th successive season when they ended Borussia Dortmund’s 100 percent record in Group D with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The hosts needed only 73 seconds to take the lead with 21-year-old French striker Yaya Sanogo scoring his first goal for the club and the Gunners sealed victory when Alexis Sanchez curled in a wonderful strike from 20 metres.

Nov 24, 2014

Liverpool misery goes on but Spurs bounce back to win

LONDON (Reuters) – Crystal Palace heaped more misery on a mentally frail Liverpool when they came from behind to win 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, six months after effectively ending the northern club’s title hopes when they drew 3-3.

Liverpool finished second last season but, like Tottenham Hotspur who came back to win 2-1 at Hull City late on, they have started this term poorly and are looking to climb out of mid-table and back up the standings.

Nov 24, 2014

Big guns sweat over Champions League progress

LONDON (Reuters) – There will be plenty of tension in the air in North London on Wednesday when out-of-sorts Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund seeking to qualify from the Champions League group stage for the 15th successive season.

There will be plenty of nerves elsewhere in Europe too as the opening phase of the competition draws to a close with Matchday Five providing the last chance for some clubs to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16.

Nov 24, 2014

Soccer-Big guns sweat over Champions League progress

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – There will be plenty of tension in the air in North London on Wednesday when out-of-sorts Arsenal face Borussia Dortmund seeking to qualify from the Champions League group stage for the 15th successive season.

There will be plenty of nerves elsewhere in Europe too as the opening phase of the competition draws to a close with Matchday Five providing the last chance for some clubs to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16.

Nov 23, 2014

Soccer-Liverpool misery goes on but Spurs bounce back to win

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Crystal Palace heaped more misery on a mentally frail Liverpool when they came from behind to win 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, six months after effectively ending the northern club’s title hopes when they drew 3-3.

Liverpool finished second last season but, like Tottenham Hotspur who came back to win 2-1 at Hull City late on, they have started this term poorly and are looking to climb out of mid-table and back up the standings.