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Chile can prove they’re best in the world – Vidal

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.

Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.

Chile can prove they’re best in the world – Vidal

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.

Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.

Chile’s impressive rise continues at Confed Cup

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Chile’s indestructible team spirit and unyielding attitude have laid the foundations for a hugely successful run that will see them contest a third straight international final at the Confederations Cup.

Claudio Bravo proved Chile’s hero on Wednesday as the Manchester City goalkeeper saved all three penalties to eliminate Portugal in a semi-final shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra time in Kazan.

Chile’s impressive rise continues at Confed Cup

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Chile’s indestructible team spirit and unyielding attitude have laid the foundations for a hugely successful run that will see them contest a third straight international final at the Confederations Cup.

Claudio Bravo proved Chile’s hero on Wednesday as the Manchester City goalkeeper saved all three penalties to eliminate Portugal in a semi-final shootout following a 0-0 draw after extra time in Kazan.

Bravo is Chile’s hero in Confed Cup shoot-out win

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero on Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

The Manchester City goalkeeper saved all three penalties from Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez nailed their spot-kicks for the South Americans.

Bravo is Chile’s hero in Confed Cup shoot-out win

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Kazan (Russia) (AFP) – Claudio Bravo was Chile’s hero on Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

The Manchester City goalkeeper saved all three penalties from Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani, while Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez nailed their spot-kicks for the South Americans.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederation Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video referee in focus as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant.

Video in spotlight as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant referee.

The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal, and Vargas added a second in added time.

Video in spotlight as late strikes see Chile past Cameroon in Confederations Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday.

Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant referee.

The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal, and Vargas added a second in added time.

Arturo Vidal, the humble road to football stardom in Chile

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Santiago (AFP) – In one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Santiago, Yvo and his friends lace up their boots and throw on their Rodelindo Roman club jerseys in the hope of emulating the path to stardom of Chile’s Arturo Vidal.

Twenty years ago, it was Vidal emerging from a pitchside hut at this modest club in the San Joaquin district of the Chilean capital, allowing him to briefly forget the cold and hunger.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile in football

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

Russia rally for a 1-1 draw with Chile in football

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Moscow (AFP) – Confederations Cup hosts Russia and Copa America holders Chile played out a 1-1 draw here on Friday in a first ever meeting between the sides in the post-Soviet era.

Mauricio Isla of Cagliari was on target for the South Americans, while CSKA Moscow full back Viktor Vasin fired his side level.

End of Euro era but business as usual for Lahm, Alonso

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso insisted it’s business as usual despite the ex-Champions League winners making their final European appearances in the quarter-final defeat at Real Madrid.

Lahm and Alonso both retire from all football at the end of the season.

Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for season with foot fracture

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot in Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, his club announced on Wednesday.

The Bayern shot-stopper and Germany captain suffered the injury while trying unsuccessfully to stop Cristiano Ronaldo netting his third goal in the 109th minute at the Bernabeu as defending holders Real won 4-2 after extra-time on Tuesday.

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semis after controversial refereeing decisions

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Cristiano Ronaldo fires Real Madrid into semis after controversial refereeing decisions

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.

The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

Bayern can still turn it around at Real – Ancelotti

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday, scoring both goals in Real’s 2-1 comeback win at Bayern, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real Madrid win at Bayern

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

“I wanted to reach this record. To be able to reach this mark is an honour and against a team like Bayern it is even better,” Ronaldo, who scored both goals, told BeIN Sport Spain.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real win at Bayern

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

“It was an important step in the tie, but there is still the return to come against a great team that is one of the favourites to win the Champions League,” warned captain Sergio Ramos after Ronaldo scored both Real’s goals.

Ronaldo hits 100th European goal as Real win at Bayern

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.

“It was an important step in the tie, but there is still the return to come against a great team that is one of the favourites to win the Champions League,” warned captain Sergio Ramos after Ronaldo scored both Real’s goals.

Ronaldo hits 100 as Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 European goals as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Chile international Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into a 26th-minute lead but then missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Lewandowski leads Bayern to new rout against Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich handed Hamburg an 8-0 thrashing at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in Carlo Ancelotti’s 1000th match as a coach.

Kingsley Coman came off the bench to score twice while Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Arjen Robben were also on target as Bayern got back to winning ways after last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Last-gasp Robben, Vidal put Bayern seven clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben netted last minute goals in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win at Ingolstadt on Saturday to open a seven-point lead as their main Bundesliga rivals all lost.

Bayern, who host Arsenal on Wednesday in the Champions League last 16 first leg, broke the deadlock when Vidal ghosted in behind the Ingolstadt defence and put his side ahead on 90 minutes.

‘Hunters’ Bayern now chasing Leipzig: Rummenigge

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Berlin (AFP) Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits Bayern Munich are now the hunters rather than the hunted as they attempt to reclaim top spot from surprise new Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Bayern flew to Russian side Rostov for Wednesday's Champions League clash with the Bavarian giants already through to the last 16, but needing a win to challenge Atletico Madrid for top spot in Group D.

‘Hunters’ Bayern now chasing Leipzig: Rummenigge

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Berlin (AFP) Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits Bayern Munich are now the hunters rather than the hunted as they attempt to reclaim top spot from surprise new Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Bayern flew to Russian side Rostov for Wednesday's Champions League clash with the Bavarian giants already through to the last 16, but needing a win to challenge Atletico Madrid for top spot in Group D.

Injured Neuer out of misfiring Bayern’s Rostov trip

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich head to Russia for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Rostov without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and with a trio of other stars also out injured.

Germany's captain is suffering from a calf problem picked up in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and missed training on Monday, the German champions said.

Injured Neuer out of misfiring Bayern’s Rostov trip

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich head to Russia for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Rostov without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and with a trio of other stars also out injured.

Germany's captain is suffering from a calf problem picked up in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and missed training on Monday, the German champions said.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Bacca out of Colombia line-up for Copa semi-final

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Chicago (AFP) Colombia's Copa America Centenario hopes suffered a blow here Wednesday after striker Carlos Bacca lost his battle to be fit for his team's semi-final against Chile at Soldier Field.

The AC Milan striker was nursing a knock from his team's bruising quarter-final win over Peru but had been hopeful of making the starting line-up.

‘We were robbed’ Bolivia leader says after Copa loss to Chile

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La Paz (AFP) President Evo Morales complained bitterly Saturday that Bolivia was "robbed" one day after a controversial loss to Chile at football's Copa America Centenario tournament.

"Congratulations to our football team, excellent battle," the Bolivian leader wrote on Twitter.

"Unfortunately we were robbed" during the penalty kick to break a one-one tie, Morales tweeted following the controversial match.

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‘He Has To Go To The Best Team’ – Arturo Vidal Using Whatsapp To Pester Alexis Sanchez Into Joining Him At Bayern Munich

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With Alexis Sanchez still to commit his future to Arsenal, concerned Gooners will no doubt be glad to learn that Arturo Vidal has been in his compatriot's ear, pleading with Sanchez to join him at Bayern Munich.

Sanchez is about to move into the final year of his contract at the Emirates, with the club desperate to shore up a new £270,000-a-week extension for their main man.

Arsenal’s first signing nearly complete – Alexis replacement?

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It is looking more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Arsenal this summer, with the news that his Chilean team-mate and friend Arturo Vidal has been tapping him up for Bayern Munich. Speaking to reporters in Chile, Vidal said: "I told him it was the opportunity for him to be in a [..

Monday Kickoff: Sanchez, Arsenal, Aubameyang and more

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The fallout begins following Arsenal's fifth-place finish while several big-name stars hinted at their club futures.

Arturo Vidal says he has urged Alexis Sanchez to join him at Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke reiterated that his shares of the club are not for sale.

Wednesday Kickoff: Griezmann, Jesus, Vidal and more

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While one star forward is debating English interest, another is set to miss quite a bit of Premier League action.

Antroine Griezmann says he has "doubts" over a potential Premier League move. (REPORT)

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus suffered afractured metatarsal and could be out for up to three months.