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Dec 12, 2014

Analysis – All change as United and Liverpool resume battle

LONDON (Reuters) – What a difference a year makes for Manchester United and Liverpool.

As the bitter rivals prepare to resume hostilities at Old Trafford on Sunday, a reversal in fortunes has taken place that barely seemed possible at this time last season.

Dec 12, 2014

Soccer-All change as United and Liverpool resume battle

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – What a difference a year makes for Manchester United and Liverpool.

As the bitter rivals prepare to resume hostilities at Old Trafford on Sunday, a reversal in fortunes has taken place that barely seemed possible at this time last season.

Dec 12, 2014

Holders Sevilla go through as group stage ends

LONDON (Reuters) – Holders Sevilla maintained their Europa League challenge with a 1-0 win over Rijeka in a winner-takes-all clash on Thursday as the competition’s arduous group stage wound down with a glut of goals but few surprises.

German sides Borussia Moenchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg plus Spanish outfit Villarreal were among the 10 teams who added their names to Monday’s draw for the last 32 when the competition usually cranks into a more entertaining gear.

Dec 11, 2014

Soccer-Holders Sevilla go through as group stage ends

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Holders Sevilla maintained their Europa League challenge with a 1-0 win over Rijeka in a winner-takes-all clash on Thursday as the competition’s arduous group stage wound down with a glut of goals but few surprises.

German sides Borussia Moenchengladbach and VfL Wolfsburg plus Spanish outfit Villarreal were among the 10 teams who added their names to Monday’s draw for the last 32 when the competition usually cranks into a more entertaining gear.

Dec 11, 2014

Soccer-Moenchengladbach through as Hrgota nets Poborsky-style lob

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Branimir Hrgota scored a goal reminiscent of Karel Poborsky’s stunning chip at Euro ’96 to help his side reach the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.

Swede Hrgota scored twice, including an outrageous scooped lob that recalled former Czech international Poborsky’s goal against Portugal, in a 3-0 win over FC Zurich that helped the Germans finish top of Group A.

Nov 30, 2014

Liverpool’s Gerrard rubbishes talk of Rodgers rift

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has dismissed as “nonsense” talk of a falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers after he was dropped from the starting lineup for Saturday’s victory over Stoke City.

Gerrard was left out of the first 11 for the match at Anfield as Liverpool arrested a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats with a nervy and hard-fought 1-0 victory that arrived courtesy of a late goal from Glen Johnson.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Liverpool’s Gerrard rubbishes talk of Rodgers rift

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has dismissed as “nonsense” talk of a falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers after he was dropped from the starting lineup for Saturday’s victory over Stoke City.

Gerrard was left out of the first 11 for the match at Anfield as Liverpool arrested a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats with a nervy and hard-fought 1-0 victory that arrived courtesy of a late goal from Glen Johnson.

Nov 28, 2014

Liverpool’s Rodgers joint favourite for the sack

LONDON (Reuters) – You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies’ joint favourite.

After last season’s runners-up spot, a terrible start to this season has left the Reds without a win in five games, 12th in the table, flirting with an early Champions League exit and Rodgers as low as 4/1 with one bookmaker to get the sack.

Nov 28, 2014

Soccer-Liverpool’s Rodgers joint favourite for the sack

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies’ joint favourite.

After last season’s runners-up spot, a terrible start to this season has left the Reds without a win in five games, 12th in the table, flirting with an early Champions League exit and Rodgers as low as 4/1 with one bookmaker to get the sack.

Nov 27, 2014

Feyenoord leave holders Sevilla facing final game drama

LONDON (Reuters) – Feyenoord’s Karim El Ahmadi scored a superb goal to help them reach the Europa League last 32 with a 2-0 win over Sevilla on Thursday that left the holders facing a winner-takes-all final game to stay in the competition.

Feyenoord scored early in the second half through Jens Toomstra, then withstood a concerted spell of pressure from the Spanish side before wrapping up the points when El Ahmadi received a bouncing ball and struck a precise, looping finish.