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Five things we learned from Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Marco Asensio came off the bench to score the winner as Real Madrid claimed a 2-1 first-leg lead over Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Here are five things we learned from the first leg at the Allianz Arena:

Real have measure of Bayern

Real Madrid have had the wood on Bayern in recent seasons and the Germans now need an unlikely comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu next week to turn the form book around.

Bad news for Alexis if Manchester United agree deal with Real Madrid for £875m ‘flagship’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez could be fearing the arrival of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. The report states that the Chilean’s place in the squad is under threat next season if United agree a deal with Real for the £875m ‘flagship’.

Alexis has barely been at Old Trafford for half a season and the Red Devils are already being linked with potential replacements.

Unstoppable Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.

Unstoppable Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.

Bayern must be fearless against Real: Robben

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Berlin (AFP) – Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich can ill afford to show Real Madrid any fear if they want to avoid a second-straight Champions League exit against the Spaniards.

Bayern host Real at Munich’s Allianz Arena in Wednesday’s blockbuster semi-final, first leg, in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final.

15 Photos Of Overheated Footballers Squirting Themselves In The Face With Water Bottles

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To celebrate the fact that we appear to have skipped Spring and gone straight to summer this year (two consecutive days of 20-degree weather definitely constitutes a summer where we're from), Pies have cobbled together a compendium of photos of footballers attempting to combat the heat by blasting water into their own mushes.

Underwhelming Real held to draw at home by Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may the favourites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equaliser cancelling out a delightful early chip from Athletic’s Inaki Williams in between.

Manchester United want deal with Real Madrid for £862m hero after contract talks stall

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United are desperate to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford after contract talks stall between the Portuguese international and Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has reportedly told president Florentino Perez of his wage demands but they’re yet to be met. United could capitalise on the situation and match his proposed salary to have him back in Manchester, nine years after they sold him to Los Blancos.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.

Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.

Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.

Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.

Real Madrid face Bayern and Liverpool tackle Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Real, who needed a dramatic late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to scrape past Juventus in the quarter-finals, will travel to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg on April 25.

Bayern face Real Madrid and Liverpool play Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday’s draw.

Bayern v Real Madrid and Liverpool v Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday’s draw.

Power ranking the UEFA Champions League semifinalists

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After a scintillating two weeks of UEFA Champions League quarterfinal action, we have our four semifinalists in Europe’s premier club competition.

Real Madrid inexplicably blew a 3-0 lead against Juventus, but were saved by Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th minute penalty after a thrilling, controversial and heartbreaking sequence of events that saw legendary Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon get sent off in his final Champions League match.

‘He Has A Garbage Bin For A Heart’ – Gianluigi Buffon Lambasts Referee Michael Oliver For Ending Champions League Dream By Applying Laws Of Football

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As you may be aware, Juventus saw their Champions League voyage brought to a shuddering halt in the most dramatic of circumstances on a fateful Wednesday evening at the Bernabeu.

After losing 3-0 to Real Madrid at home in the first tie, Juve fought their way back to parity on enemy soil in a thrilling second leg only to see it all dashed by a 93rd-minute penalty call.

Juventus Chief Andrea Agnelli Calls UEFA Anti-Italian

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli blasted Michael Oliver after the English referee awarded Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty on Wednesday evening.

Two goals from Mario Mandzukic and another by Blaise Matuidi had put Juventus 3-0 up on the night and heading for extra-time after levelling the two-legged Champions League quarter-final at 3-3 on aggregate.

Ronaldo Saves Real Madrid Once Again

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They had battled back from a three-goal deficit and were dreaming of a Miracle in Madrid. Then, deep into added time, Cristiano Ronaldo broke Juve's hearts.

In scenes of high drama, even by the standards of one of football's greatest stages, Real were awarded a last-gasp penalty by English referee Michael Oliver, Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his full-throated protest and Ronaldo nailed the winner from the spot.

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo Fires Real Madrid Into Semi-Finals After Thrilling Clash With Juventus At Bernabeu (Photos & Video)

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Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved to be the match-winner for Real Madrid on Wednesday night, with the striker's injury-time penalty firing his side into the Champions League semi-finals after a dramatic clash with Juventus.

Taking their cue from fellow countrymen Roma last night, Juve pegged back Real's 3-0 advantage from the first-leg, with Mario Mandzukic starting the comeback via a headed goal from a Sami Khedira centre after just two minutes.

‘Referee has garbage bag instead of heart’, rages Buffon

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon told English referee Michael Oliver he “has no heart” and should have been watching Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”.

Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Juve defender Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez with a clumsy challenge from behind.

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Juventus on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Juventus in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal 2nd leg, you’ve come to the right place.

After an entertaining first leg where Cristiano Ronaldo scored with an overhead bicycle kick to help Real Madrid take a 3-0 lead against Juventus, the second leg kicks off at Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday.

Argentinian Journalist Ends Up In Hospital After Trying To Recreate Cristiano Ronaldo’s Overhead Kick Against Juventus (Photo & Video)

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When Cristiano Ronaldo connected with his spectacular overhead kick against Juventus in the Champions League last week, the Real Madrid star's foot was found to be a frankly astounding 2.38 metres off the ground.

To put that in context, Ronaldo somehow managed to leap and get his foot to within six centimetres of the height of the crossbar at the precise point of contact.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: Cristiano Ronaldo goes cycling, Toronto FC dazzles in Champions League, and more

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Get ready to see a lot of bicycles.

Happy Wednesday folks. If you see me on these streets gliding like I'm on a bike, I'm just channeling my inner Cristiano. Get your helmets on and obey all traffic laws...here. we. go.

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Cristiano Ronaldo literally made the entirety of the Allianz Stadium in Turin applaud when he dazzled with an incredible bicycle kick against Juventus in UEFA Champions League quarterfinal action, his second in the match.

‘He Should Try It From 40 Metres’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic Not Overly Enthused By Cristiano Ronaldo’s Acrobatic Golazo Against Juventus

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Assuming you didn't spend Tuesday night tucked beneath a rock, you'll know that Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his underwhelming season by scoring his 24th and 25th goals in his last 13 outings for club and country.

While the first was positively hum-drum, Ronaldo's second goal of the evening in Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus was what's commonly referred to in the business as a "stonker" a gravity-defying overhead kick from 12 yards that was so audacious it even earned him an ovation from the home fans.

Adidas want Manchester United to agree £101.3m deal with Real Madrid for £365k-per-week star

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According to Diario Gol, Adidas are hoping Manchester United can convince Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford, to make way for Neymar’s potential arrival.

Ronaldo is contracted with Real until 2021 and has shown no real desire to leave the Bernabeu, but Florentino Perez is reportedly trying to bring Neymar in from Paris Saint-Germain and could offload the Portuguese international as a result.

Chelsea Make Laughable 63m Bid For Mauro Icardi

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Chelsea have made the first move to sign in-demand Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The 25-year-old Inter captain is a target for a number of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid, after scoring 22 goals in 26 appearances for the Serie A side this season.

Former Portugal boss hints at stunning transfer for Real Madrid star

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Luiz Felipe Scolari has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo has enquired about life in China.

Scolari, who coached the Real Madrid forward when he was in charge of Portugal between 2003 and 2008, is the current boss of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande.

He has hinted that Ronaldo could play in China one day after revealing that the 33-year-old has asked him about the lifestyle there.

Cristiano Ronaldo says self-belief key to success

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo says the key to his staggering success is believing nobody is better than he is - and he advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude.

The Real Madrid star made the comments as he accepted the Portuguese player of the year award in Lisbon.

Astonishing: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 50th Career Hat-Trick As Real Madrid Sweep Girona Aside (Video)

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There was a time when hat-tricks were rare, illusive things but Cristiano Ronaldo has practically made a habit of making them commonplace, especially over the latter half of his career.

Indeed, the Real Madrid star scored the 50th hat-trick of his career (for both club and country) in Sunday night's 6-3 victory over Girona that's 44 for Real, one for Manchester United and five for Portugal.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.

Lionel Messi

FOX’s World Cup ad compares Ronaldo and Messi to King Kong and Godzilla [VIDEO]

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Better late than never, FOX Sports finally has released a new ad to promote its coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Entitled “Epic,” the new ad that will begin being televised nationally this weekend focuses on the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Not surprisingly, the footballers are two of the three players that FOX Sports has been featuring the most to promote its exclusive English-language coverage of the World Cup, which will be played in Russia this summer.

FOX’s World Cup ad compares Ronaldo and Messi to King Kong and Godzilla [VIDEO]

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Better late than never, FOX Sports finally has released a new ad to promote its coverage of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.

Entitled “Epic,” the new ad that will begin being televised nationally this weekend focuses on the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Not surprisingly, the footballers are two of the three players that FOX Sports has been featuring the most to promote its exclusive English-language coverage of the World Cup, which will be played in Russia this summer.

Ronaldo has scored more Champions League goals than Liverpool

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Cristiano Ronaldo added another two Champions League goals to his tally this evening in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Juventus, the second of which was astonishing.


OH. MY. WORD!

Cristiano Ronaldo with an outrageous overhead kick!

Insane!

Salah can pass Messi and be best in world, says Klopp

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes comparisons between Mohamed Salah and Barcelona’s five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi are premature, but that the Egyptian is on his way to one day becoming the best player in the world.

Salah’s stunning season continued with a four-goal haul in a 5-0 thrashing of Watford at Anfield to take his tally for the season to 36 on Saturday - the most goals ever scored by a Liverpool player in their debut year at the club.

Majestic Messi hits 100 Champions League goals

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in the Champions League on Wednesday after hitting a brace for Barcelona against Chelsea.

The Argentinian follows Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as only the second player in the competition’s history to reach the milestone.

Portugal

Dutch give Koeman first win by cruising past Portugal

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Geneva (AFP) – Ronald Koeman claimed his first win in charge of the Netherlands national team as the Dutch cruised to a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over an uninspired Portugal in Geneva on Monday.

The three-time World Cup runners-up have failed to qualify for this year’s finals in Russia, but Koeman’s second game at the helm saw goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk seal an impressive win.

Portugal Pip Egypt As Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Two Injury Time Headers To Steal Mohamed Salah’s Thunder (Photo & Video)

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Out in Zurich, Cristiano Ronaldo left it until the last possible moment to steal Mohamed Salah's thunder as two stoppage time goals from the Real Madrid goliath saw Portugal wrest a 2-1 victory over Egypt from the very gaping maw of defeat.

Salah broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with his 12th goal in his last 10 games, clipping a precise finish past Beto from the edge of the Portuguese box.

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La Juve crolla di fronte al Real. Super goal di Cristiano Ronaldo

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La Juventus frana fragorosamente allo Stadium di fronte al Real e ad un Cristiano Ronaldo ancora una volta super in Champions League, nell'andata dei quarti di finale. Show del fuoriclasse portoghese, autore di una doppietta (119 goals totali nella competizione, ndr) e di una rete straordinaria, realizzata con una meravigliosa "bicicletta" (che gli regala gli.