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McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

Woodburn, 17, revives Wales World Cup bid

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Teenager Ben Woodburn enjoyed a dream international debut as he fired Wales to a 1-0 victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday to bolster their chances of reaching next year’s World Cup.

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker drilled home the winner just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to keep Wales unbeaten in qualifying and four points adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

Zidane back among the immortals

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game’s most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.

When Zidane’s majestic strike flashed into the net to give Madrid victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, the French star must have believed he would never surpass that golden moment in Europe’s top tier tournament.

Buffon hails Madrid class after final heartbreak

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded Real Madrid’s superior ability had made the difference after his side crashed to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid overwhelmed Juventus at the Principality Stadium to become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.

Zidane joy as Madrid reign supreme

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid’s unquenchable thirst for success after his side crushed Juventus 4-1 on Saturday to win the Champions League for the third time in four years.

Thanks to Madrid’s majestic demolition of the Italian champions at the Principality Stadium, Zidane is the first manager to win successive European Cups since AC Milan’s Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

TOPS

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

TOPS

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Ronaldo comes full circle to cement legacy

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Ramos ready for Real’s date with destiny

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid are ready for their appointment with history as the Spanish club aim to become the first team for 27 years to win consecutive Champions League titles.

Not since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 has a side conquered Europe two years in a row, but holders Real can equal that impressive feat if they defeat Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday.

Buffon eyes Champions League final ‘fairytale’ with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes Champions League final ‘fairytale’ with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes final ‘fairytale’ football match with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Series A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes final ‘fairytale’ football match with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Series A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Five key duels in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Real Madrid face Juventus in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff aiming to become the first side ever to retain the trophy in its current format.

However, the Italian champions have already shown their might in dumping out Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona on route to the final.

Cardiff on Champions League final alert after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Saturday’s Champions League final between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Gianluigi Buffon’s Juventus will take place amid taut security in Cardiff following last week’s terror attack in Manchester.

The suicide attack at Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead and scores injured, means vigilance will be heightened, but unprecedented security measures were already in place for the game.

Cardiff on Champions League final alert after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Saturday’s Champions League final between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Gianluigi Buffon’s Juventus will take place amid taut security in Cardiff following last week’s terror attack in Manchester.

The suicide attack at Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead and scores injured, means vigilance will be heightened, but unprecedented security measures were already in place for the game.

PSG look to dethrone Lyon in women’s Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Two days before Real Madrid and Juventus clash in the Champions League final, the women’s showpiece will be played in Cardiff on Thursday with holders Lyon taking on French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

The match, to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium, across the Welsh capital from the Principality Stadium where the men will lock horns, will feature a host of leading female players led by US superstar Alex Morgan.

PSG look to dethrone Lyon in women’s Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Two days before Real Madrid and Juventus clash in the Champions League final, the women’s showpiece will be played in Cardiff on Thursday with holders Lyon taking on French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

The match, to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium, across the Welsh capital from the Principality Stadium where the men will lock horns, will feature a host of leading female players led by US superstar Alex Morgan.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Wales boss Coleman recalls Ramsey for Serbia challenge

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's recall to the Wales squad for next week's World Cup qualifier with group leaders Serbia is a "no-brainer", according to manager Chris Coleman.

Coleman included the 25-year-old as well as in-form fellow midfielder Joe Allen for a match the Euro 2016 semi-finalists need to win in Cardiff after successive draws stalled their momentum.

Wales recall Ramsey for Serbian challenge

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's recall to the Wales squad for next week's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Group D leaders Serbia was a 'no brainer' according to Welsh manager Chris Coleman.

Coleman included the 25-year-old as well as in-form fellow midfielder Joe Allen for a match the Euro 2016 semi-finalists need to win in Cardiff after two successive draws stalled their momentum.

Wales recall Ramsey for Serbian challenge

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's recall to the Wales squad for next week's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Group D leaders Serbia was a 'no brainer' according to Welsh manager Chris Coleman.

Coleman included the 25-year-old as well as in-form fellow midfielder Joe Allen for a match the Euro 2016 semi-finalists need to win in Cardiff after two successive draws stalled their momentum.

Bale fires Euro stars Wales in Moldova stroll

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Gareth Bale scored two goals and created another as Euro 2016 sensations Wales crushed Moldova 4-0 in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Cardiff on Monday.

The Real Madrid forward teed up Sam Vokes for a 38th-minute opener and then scored his 23rd and 24th international goals either side of an effort by Joe Allen, who registered his first.

Real Madrid

Cardiff's big night of the Champions League final

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I am delighted Cardiff, the first city I made my home, is hosting next month's UEFA Champions League Final, but I am also keen it puts on a good show to the continent and increasingly the world.

Whilst no-one can deny the impressive 74,500 Millennium Stadium is a fine venue for any soccer showpiece, eyebrows everywhere have been raised at the realisation that Cardiff is a little on the small size as a city (population 340,000) and does not have a major airport nearby.

Real's familiar machine motors on to Cardiff

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Real Madrid maintained their march of glory in Europe by thumping city rivals Atletico 3-0 in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored another hat-trick and bagged yet another record, the first man to reach 50 goals in the knock-out stage of the competition.

Coleman says Bale primed for Wales return

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) Gareth Bale takes his first step on the road to World Cup qualification with Wales against Moldova on Monday and manager Chris Coleman believes he is still getting better.

Bale, 27, scored three times as Wales created a sensation by reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2016, matching the best performance by a British team in an overseas tournament.

Champions League

Juve inarrestabile, Monaco al tappeto. Cardiff è sempre più vicina

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La Juventus di Allegri supera 2 a 0 il Monaco a Montecarlo, nell'andata delle semifinali di Champions, e vede sempre più vicina la finale di Cardiff del prossimo 3 Giugno. Ispirato da Dani Alves, Higuain piazza le due zampate che rendono molto più tranquillo il retour match dello Stadium. Non c'è avversario che tenga.

Champions League 2017 final in Cardiff could give English teams a platform for success

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The final of the biggest club competition in world soccer is expected to come back to Britain for the third time in six years, however, not to the capital.

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium is the current favourite to host the 2017 final with UEFA likely to announce their decision in Prague on the 29thJune.

Championship

Championship Round up: League Table, Results, Top scorers after round 37

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Brighton and Hove Albion levelled on points with Newcastle United at the top (separated only by the goal difference) after winning 3-0 against Derby County.

It was a strong performance from Chis Hughton’s side who dominated the game from start to finish. The defeat, however, proved costly for Derby, who lost seven of their last 13 Championship games.

4-4-2 vs Cardiff: Predicted QPR starting line up, Team News, Key Stats

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QPR vs Cardiff City Prediction, Preview & Key Stats ahead of weekend’s Championship fixture.

QPR vs Cardiff
Championship 2016/17
04th March, 15:00 pm BST
Loftus Road, London

How to follow: BBC local radio

Ian Holloway’s side are going through a rough patch at the moment, having picked up six points from their last eight Championship games.

Brighton Beat Cardiff – Got Top Of The Championship

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Brighton & Hove Albion won their game in hand 1-0 over Cardiff City at home tonight and go back to the top of the Championship with 60 points from 27 games 2 points above Newcastle. The Brighton goalcame fairly late throughTomer Hemed after 75 minutes to seal the win against a good Cardiff [.

Newcastle 2 Cardiff 1 – The Real Video Highlights

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Sorry about putting last week's game up rather than the game today. Here's the highlights of the Cardiff game with complaints from Neil Warnock after the game. Brighton won 2-0 today and are still 3 points behind Newcastle

Middlesbrough close on Championship leaders Burnley [VIDEO]

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The race to be crowned champions of English football's second-tier Championship took a new twist on Tuesday when Burnley's lead at the top of the table was cut to a point.

Championship leaders Burnley could only manage a goalless draw at home to Cardiff as nearest challengers Middlesbrough and Brighton both won.

Middlesbrough close on Championship leaders Burnley [VIDEO]

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The race to be crowned champions of English football's second-tier Championship took a new twist on Tuesday when Burnley's lead at the top of the table was cut to a point.

Championship leaders Burnley could only manage a goalless draw at home to Cardiff as nearest challengers Middlesbrough and Brighton both won.

The Rest

Faced With Option Of Joining Crystal Palace, Rickie Lambert Has Decided To Retire From Professional Football

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Faced with a potential emergency short-term move to Crystal Palace, Rickie Lambert has instead decided to retire from professional football altogether and with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since being released by Cardiff City at the end of the last season.

Newcastle vs Cardiff – Vido Highlights For Overseas Fans

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Here are the match highlights from Sky Sports on YouTube for the match on Saturday against Cardiff City and it seems it plays in countries around the world for our many overseas fans.