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Feb 21, 2014

Soccer-Greece’s 2004 heroics unlikely in expanded Euros

NICE, France, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers takes place on Sunday in Nice, at a venue whose name evokes memories of the greatest upset in the championship’s 54-year history, and one that is unlikely to be repeated because of changes to its format.

Delegates from UEFA’s 54 member nations will gather at the Acropolis Convention centre, reminding them that Greece, who started Euro 2004 as 250-1 outsiders, finished champions of Europe after beating hosts Portugal in the final.

Feb 20, 2014

Champions Bayern in no mood to repeat last year’s mistakes

LONDON (Reuters) – European champions Bayern Munich have no intention of making the same mistakes as they did against Arsenal last year when they meet in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie next month.

Bayern overcame what captain Philipp Lahm described as a “huge challenge” in beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, with goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller after Arsenal had goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off in the first half.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Champions Bayern in no mood to repeat last year’s mistakes

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – European champions Bayern Munich have no intention of making the same mistakes as they did against Arsenal last year when they meet in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie next month.

Bayern overcame what captain Philipp Lahm described as a “huge challenge” in beating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, with goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller after Arsenal had goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off in the first half.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Kroos missile helps Bayern sink 10-man Arsenal

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich survived an early battering to beat 10-man Arsenal 2-0 on a night of high drama in the Champions League on Wednesday as both teams missed penalties and home goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.

A year to the day after the Germans beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in their last-16 first leg tie, Bayern handed out another beating to Arsene Wenger’s men at the same stage of the competition.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Ten-man Arsenal brushed aside by Bayern again

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off as Bayern Munich won an incident-packed Champions League last-16 first leg 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday that featured two missed penalties.

The holders opened the scoring with a brilliantly executed right-foot curler from the outstanding Toni Kroos after 54 minutes that gave substitute keeper Lukasz Fabianski no chance.

Feb 19, 2014

Champions Bayern too strong for 10-man Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) – Both teams missed penalties, Arsenal had goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off and Bayern Munich won an incident-packed Champions League last-16 first leg 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The holders opened the scoring with a brilliantly executed right-foot curler from Toni Kroos after 54 minutes that gave substitute keeper Lukasz Fabianski no chance.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Champions Bayern too strong for 10-man Arsenal

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Both teams missed penalties, Arsenal had goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sent off and Bayern Munich won an incident-packed Champions League last-16 first leg 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

The holders opened the scoring with a brilliantly executed right-foot curler from Toni Kroos after 54 minutes that gave substitute keeper Lukasz Fabianski no chance.

Feb 19, 2014

Barca make mockery of crisis talk as last eight beckons

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Barcelona dismissed any notion they are a declining force when they won 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the seventh successive season.

A match billed as a possible turning point in Manchester City’s history following their glitzy cash-laden rebirth fuelled by Abu Dhabi Shiekh Mansour’s heavy investment, ended in a comprehensive Barcelona win.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Barca make mockery of crisis talk as last eight beckons

MANCHESTER, England, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Barcelona dismissed any notion they are a declining force when they won 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the seventh successive season.

A match billed as a possible turning point in Manchester City’s history following their glitzy cash-laden rebirth fuelled by Abu Dhabi Shiekh Mansour’s heavy investment, ended in a comprehensive Barcelona win.

Feb 19, 2014

Classy Barca all but end City’s dreams of European glory

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Barcelona virtually ended 10-man Manchester City’s dreams of European glory when they dominated their Champions League last 16 first leg and finished deserved 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Billed as the biggest match in City’s recent history, it all went wrong for Manuel Pellegrini’s side after 53 minutes when defender Martin Demichelis was sent off for a last-man lunge on fellow Argentine Lionel Messi who scored from the resulting penalty to put Barca ahead.