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Europa League draw: Arsenal handed Atletico Madrid test in semi-finals

April 13,2018 by Goal.com

The Gunners must overcome La Liga opposition to keep their European dreams alive, with Marseille facing Red Bull Salzburg in the other last-four tie Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals, with Marseille paired with Red Bull Salzburg in the other last-four encounter.With the Gunners having slipped out of contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League, contine...

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Forest set for attacking shake-up

April 13,2018 by PA

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka could look to freshen up the attack after six matches without a goal for the visit of Ipswich.Striker Daryl Murphy has been carrying a calf injury, which again saw him miss the midweek 1-0 home defeat to Brentford.Greek forward Apostolos Vellios dropped to the bench against the Bees, with 18-year-old Ben Brereton being given a chance to lead the attack.Midfie...

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Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool land Roma, with Real Madrid facing Bayern Munich

April 13,2018 by Goal.com

European footballs elite club competition has reached the last four, with the Reds chasing a sixth continental crown and the Blancos three in a row Liverpool will face Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, with Real Madrid taking on Bayern Munich.The Reds stunned Premier League leaders Manchester City in the last eight, and have been rewarded with a meeting against Serie A opponents who ca...

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Schalke 04 announce the signing of the most dominant defender in the Bundesliga

April 13,2018 by squawka.com

Schalke 04 have confirmed the signing of Senegalese defender Salif Sane, who will join them from Hannover 96 on a four-year deal in the summer. The 27-year-old centre-back will end a five-year association with Hannover, where he joined from AS Nancy-Lorraine in 2013, once his relocation to Gelsenkirchen for a reported £7m becomes official. Near ever-present this season, the Lormont-born...

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Manchester United make contract offer to Barcelona midfielder Rakitic

April 13,2018 by Tribalfootball.com

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. The Croatia international, 30, has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp in recent months. Rakitic is said to be concerned about his future at Barca under Ernesto Valverde. Don Balon says United have tabled a firm proposal to Rakitic and his representatives. Jose Mourinho is said to be desperate to land th...

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Bayern Munich select Niko Kovac as next coach

April 13,2018 by ESPN

Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac will be the next coach of Bayern Munich, according to multiple reports in Germany. A former Bayern defender, Kovac has long been considered a leading contender to replace interim coach Jupp Heynckes, who plans to retire at the end of the season. And the 46-year-old is now set to take over in July, as first reported by Bild. He will receive a two-year cont...

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PSG could target Benzema

April 13,2018 by Goal.com

Paris Saint-Germain could turn their attention toward a summer move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, reports Le10Sport. The 30-year-old has endured a difficult season in Madrid, and could welcom a move back to his homeland. PSG are also after Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah, but Benzema could prove a more affordable option than that duo.

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Chelsea keen to beat Manchester United & Manchester City to Eder Militao

April 13,2018 by Caughtoffside.com

Chelsea are reportedly set to join the running to seal the transfer of Sao Paulo defender Eder Militao this summer, with Manchester United and Manchester City also in the running, according to the Daily Mirror. The 20-year-old looks a huge talent coming through in Brazilian football right now and could be ready to make the step up to a bigger club and make a name for himself in Europe. The M...

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What Cristiano Ronaldo was doing before Juventus penalty in Champions League shows elite mentality

April 13,2018 by givemesport.com

Just when you thought wed seen everything in the Champions League, Real Madrid v Juventus happened. Europes premier competition looked set for its second comeback against a top Spanish team in the space of just two days. A brace from Mario Mandzukic and a Blaise Matuidi strike remarkably levelled the aggregate score to 3-3 at the Bernabeu. Just when it looked like the Old Lady had taken th...

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Simon Grayson appreciates committed Bradford performance

April 13,2018 by PA

Simon Grayson praised Bradford’s hard work and commitment as the Bantams earned a point from a goalless draw with 10-man Shrewsbury after a feisty Sky Bet League One match at Valley Parade.The third-placed visitors lost Omar Beccles, who had been booked in the first half, to a red card for his reckless tackle on former Shrewsbury defender Nat Knight-Percival in the 60th minute.The Bradford...

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Xaver Schlager ‘indescribably happy’ after Red Bull Salzburg shock Lazio

April 13,2018 by PA

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Xaver Schlager hailed an unforgettable night as the Austrians stunned Lazio to earn an unlikely place in the Europa League semi-finals.The Serie A side held a 4-2 advantage going into the second leg and Salzburg’s chances of progression looked dead and buried when Ciro Immobile opened the scoring with an exquisite finish after 55 minutes.However, Moanes Dabbur ...

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Diego Simeone delighted as Atletico Madrid make Europa League last four

April 13,2018 by PA

Diego Simeone expressed his pride after Atletico Madrid booked their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League despite a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon.Simeone’s side held a 2-0 lead from the first leg but had to dig deep as Sporting came flying out of the traps at Estadio Jose Alvalade.Fredy Montero’s first-half header left the tie in the balance, only for the Portuguese outfit t...

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Rudi Garcia enjoys ‘huge night’ as Marseille topple RB Leipzig

April 13,2018 by PA

Marseille coach Rudi Garcia reflected on a “huge night” after his side overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit against RB Leipzig to reach the Europa League semi-finals.The visitors looked to have put the tie to bed when Bruma netted a vital away goal within two minutes at the Orange Velodrome, but Stefan Ilsanker’s own goal and a Bouna Sarr strike got the hosts in front in a whirlw...

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Arsene Wenger: My heart beat quickly during Arsenal’s mission to Moscow

April 13,2018 by PA

Arsene Wenger conceded his Arsenal side lacked urgency as they were made to fight for their place in the Europa League semi-finals having fallen two goals behind at CSKA Moscow.The Gunners were boasting a 4-1 lead from the opening leg but found themselves deservedly behind on the night as Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin pounced on Petr Cech parries to put the hosts within touching distance of a...

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenals focus is Europa League

April 12,2018 by Skysports.com

Arsene Wenger is prioritising the Europa League Granit Xhaka is out of the Arsenal squad as he was left at home with the flu Arsene Wenger admits Arsenals big target this season is winning the Europa League, with chances of success in the Premier League very slim. Arsenal trail the top four by 13 points, and with a commanding 4-1 lead over CSKA Moscow after their quarter-final first leg,...

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Jose Mourinho tells Ed Woodward the three transfers he wants this summer

April 12,2018 by Express.co.uk

Jose Mourinho wants three transfers this summer MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Ed Woodward the three transfer deals he wants completed this summer. Manchester United are set to overhaul their squad as Mourinho targets Premier League glory next season. The Red Devils signed three players last summer - Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic - but more is requ...

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Ronaldo doesnt understand Buffons protests after penalty call

April 12,2018 by fourfourtwo.com

Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not understand why Juventus players including Gianluigi Buffon protested so vehemently against the award of a penalty that ultimately saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals. Ronaldo struck the decisive goal from the spot to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory for holders Madrid, who survived a stirring Juve comeback in dramatic fashion at the Sa...

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Marcelo: What happened to Barcelona wasnt going to happen to us

April 12,2018 by Goal.com

Marcelo insisted Real Madrid were never going to capitulate like fierce rivals Barcelona after the Champions League titleholders dramatically survived against Juventus. Madrid kept their quest for a European three-peat alive with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Juventus in the quarter-finals, despite Wednesdays 3-1 loss to the Italian champions. Zinedine Zidanes men were poised for the semi-f...

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Champions League draw: When is the semi-final draw? What dates are they being played?

April 12,2018 by Express.co.uk

The Champions League semi-final draw takes place in Switzerland THE Champions League is reaching its final stages as all four semi-finalists and the ties will be known by the weekend - here’s everything you need to know about the semi-final draw. Champions League holders Real Madrid are still on course to defend their crown with Cristiano Ronaldo in sensational form. But Liverpool are a...

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