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Mourinho the resuscitator breathes new life into Benzema as Real stand tall

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

La Liga is a two-horse race, again, as imperious Real Madrid and Barcelona crush the hopes of the also-rans Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Karim Benzema after scoring Real's 3rd goal against Hercules FC   Reports of their deaths were greatly exaggerated. They said Karim Benzema was dead, that David Villa was deader, and that coaches everywhere were dying, the beep-beep-beep of the...Full Story »

Emmanuel Adebayor defends row with Manchester City team-mate

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

“Sometimes you have to shout and bawl to try and get a reaction from your team-mates" says Adebayor.   Emmanuel Adebayor has spoken of his belief that he did nothing wrong when he became embroiled in a heated exchange with his Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany during their 2-1 defeat to Wolves. The two players could be seen angrily remonstrating with each other as City s...Full Story »

Liverpool have no guarantee that new owners will not load debt on to club

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

John Henry is in Liverpool meeting Roy Hodgson and his club's players. Liverpool's chairman, Martin Broughton, and former managing director Christian Purslow did not ask John W Henry, the new owner, for written guarantees not to load his costs of taking over Liverpool on to the club, it has emerged. Broughton and Purslow, a spokesman said, took the view that such a commitment would not be stri...Full Story »

FC Copenhagen 1-1 Barcelona - Barca held by Copenhagen

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Barcelona will have to wait to book their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after being held to a 1-1 draw by FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadion. Barca knew a victory in Denmark would guarantee themselves a place in the knock-out stages and the two-time reigning Spanish champions looked on course to achieve that after taking a 31st-minute lead through Lionel Messi. However, second-p...Full Story »

Bursaspor 0-3 Manchester United - United coast to victory

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Manchester United shrugged off the loss of star man Nani to claim a very impressive 3-0 Champions League win over Bursaspor. Second-half goals from Darren Fletcher, Gabriel Obertan and Bebe extended United's unbeaten record in all competitions to 23 matches and ensured they only require a draw against Rangers at Ibrox on November 24 to claim their customary place in the knockout phase with a ga...Full Story »

Hapoel Tel Aviv 0-0 Schalke 04 - Historic point for Hapoel

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Hapoel Tel Aviv recorded their first ever point in the Champions League - but Bloomfield was rarely lit up on a lacklustre European night after a stalemate with Schalke. The hosts had the better of the first half, before Schalke gained the initiative to little effect after half-time. Hapoel substitute Yossi Shivhon injected some much-needed life into a hitherto drab encounter and forced the be...Full Story »

Valencia 3-0 Rangers - Gers suffer first defeat

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Rangers suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season as Roberto Soldado grabbed a double to hand Valencia a 3-0 victory at the Mestalla. He netted on both sides of the interval, before Tino Costa sealed the win late on, as the Spaniards leapfrogged Rangers into second place in Group C, with Manchester United strengthening their grasp on top spot with a win over Bursaspor. St...Full Story »

Benfica 4-3 Lyon - Benfica survive late scare

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Lyon scored three late goals but missed their chance to reach the last 16 with games to spare as Benfica boosted their own hopes of progressing from Group B with a 4-3 win. The hosts began the night six points adrift of Lyon, but swept aside their French visitors in the early going with first-half goals from Alan Kardec, Fabio Coentrao and Javi Garcia. Coentrao's second made it 4-0 midway thro...Full Story »

Tottenham 3-1 Inter Milan - Rampant Spurs see off holders

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

Tottenham completed their remarkable renaissance as a European force by producing a stunning display of attacking football to beat Champions League holders Inter Milan 3-1. On a glory, glory night arguably not witnessed at White Hart Lane since Spurs last rubbed shoulders with the game's elite almost half a century earlier, Harry Redknapp's side were simply irresistible. Their win was enough t...Full Story »

Werder Bremen 0-2 FC Twente - Twente keep hopes alive

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by PA

FC Twente kept alive their faint Champions League hopes with a crucial 2-0 win away to 10-man Werder Bremen. The game was a succession of half-chances until the 74th-minute dismissal of Torsten Frings swung the balance in the Dutch side's favour. Twente seized their chance, Nacer Chadli quickly finding the breakthrough before Luuk de Jong confirmed the win just moments later. Wesley started p...Full Story »

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