Following Sporting's disappointing elimination from the Champions League at the hands of CSKA Moscow, the draw for the Europa League was held last Friday to determine the groups for the group phase. The path to St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland looks like it'll be a rocky road after Sporting was drawn into a group with Besiktas (Turkey), Spartak Moscow (Russia), and Skenderdeu (Albania).
Manchester United can count themselves moderately satisfied after been drawn with PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in Group B of the 2015-16 Champions League.
After beating Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate, the Reds made their return to the group stage after a season-long absence.
Memphis Depay returns to face his former club after leaving the Dutch giants earlier this summer, although it is not the first time United and PSV are pitted against each other in the competition, as they met in the first group stage of the 2000-01 Champions League, with United winning 3-1 at Old Trafford and losing by the same scoreline in Holland.
Manchester United will face one betweenCSKA Moscow, Lazio, Club Brugge, Monaco or Rapid Vienna in a two-legged tie Champions League playoff.
The complicated format of the Champions League means United enter the competition at the final playoff stage,which is split between the "champions" route for teams who have won their national title and "league" route, for those who haven't.
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From a corner of the near-empty Arena Khimki, scattered shouts of a few CSKA Moscow supporters echoed around the ground. Leonid Sklutsky bobbed back and forth on the bench in angst, his side less than a minute from falling to Roma at home.
Re-breaking his very own record set after scoring against Man City at the beginning of October, Francesco Totti has become the oldest goalscorer in European football history all over again this evening firing in a customarily exquisite free-kick against CKSA Moscow.
Manchester City endured yet another disappointing night in the Champions League after a 2-1 loss against CSKA Moscow. This match perfectly summed up the European adventures for a club that has dominated the Premier League for the last few years. Nothing appeared to go right for the Premier League champions, as they find themselves bottom of group with two matches left.
In an interview with UEFA.com, CSKA Moscow defender Pontus Wernbloom gavean assessment ofhis side's 2-1victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old Swedish international, who was fortunate to avoid dismissal from the contest after the match official booked his teammate instead of giving Wernbloom a second yellow card, commented that he and his teammates have gained confidence from playing four matches over the past two seasons against Manuel Pellegrini's side and stated City are vulnerable to the counter-attack.
Vanden Borre, Rodgers, Messi...Names of the Champions League, Matchday 4 is a post from: Just Football
Names of the Champions League is a feature on Just Football in which we look at the key names after each round of the tournament. With four games of the group stages now played, let's have a look at who stood out in week 4:
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen)
Bayer Leverkusen all but secured their passage to the knockout rounds with an excellent 2-1 win at Zenit St.
Here are the TV listings for today's matches (all times Eastern):
Ajax vs Barcelona, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, ESPN Deportes &FOX Soccer 2GO Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO & FOX Soccer 2GO Chelsea vs Maribor, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net & FOX Soccer 2GO Paris Saint-Germain vs APOEL, 2:45pm, ESPN3.
The UEFA Champions League returns with eightmatchesthat will be shown live across US television and Internet starting off with CSKA Moscow playing behind closed-doors versusManchester City.
Forviewersin theUnited States, the games will be shown across several channels. In addition to ESPN sublicensing some of the games from FOX, you can also follow the games onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service (which is offering a free trial this week).
UEFA will face questions over its enforcement of ground closures after a number of CSKA Moscow supporters appeared to gain entry to their side's UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Khimki Arena.
The Group E match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was officially played behind closed doors after the European governing body punished the Russian club for repeated racist offences by their fans.
The UEFA Champions League returns with eight matches that will be shown live across US television and Internet starting off with CSKA Moscow playing behind closed-doors versus Manchester City.
Forviewersin theUnited States, the games will be shown across several channels. In addition to ESPN sublicensing some of the games from FOX, you can also follow the games onFOX Soccer Plus's MultiMatch 90service.
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Bayern Munich have done the thoroughly decent thing and refunded a small group of intrepid fans who rented out an office in tower block overlooking CSKA Moscow's stadium in order to watch their team play a "behind closed doors" Champions League tie on Tuesday evening.
Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk has informed the Russian Football Union of racial abuse directed towards him by Spartak Moscow fans during a Russian Premier League match this past weekend. The Russian Football Union is now investigating the incidents and will likely explain what action it will be take within the next 24 hours.
A steward has his picture taken in the ghostly confines of CSKA'sArena Khimki
With UEFA ordering CSKA Moscow to play tonight's Champions League group tie against Bayern Munich behind closed doors due to their fans being all racist and fascist and stuff during a game against Viktoria Plzen last December, a small group of Bayern fans have had to go to extremes in order to watch their beloved side in action.
With both Bayern Munich and Manchester City already through to the last 16 of this competition, to-nights match-up will be more about pride than the actual result as City look to end Bayern's record 10 game winning streak in the Champions League.
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A man was seen removing the snow from the lines on the pitch during half time of the Champions League group D soccer match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich in Moscow this evening (currently, the score reads 3-1 to the German Champions) Due to the time difference and the fact that is winter, Champions League matches in Russia usually kick off two hours than the prescribed time by UEFA.
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The Premier League has returned and so hasThree to See– the preview column by Just Football looking at the most intriguing fixtures. This week, the pick of the Premier League, a big clash in the MLS and one of the biggest derbies in Russian football:
Manchester United vs Swansea City (Premier League)
Saturday 16th August – Kickoff 12:45 BST, BT Sport 1
As ever the return of the Premier League is hugely anticipated, the weeks of waiting and preparation are over, this is it.
The fallout from last week's clash between supporters of AS Roma and CSKA Moscow during their Champions LeagueGroup Eencounter in Rome could see both sides fined by UEFA.
UEFA has confirmed that both the Italian and Russian club will fall under investigation for the behavior of their fans at this fixture, with a decision from the governing body coming at the end of next week.
Earlier this evening, AS Roma returned to the UEFA Champions League following a three-year absence from the European competition. The Giallorossi announced their re-emergence into the tournament by smashingCSKA Moscow by a score of 5-1.
Former Arsenal striker Gervinho scored a brace and assisted another goal as the Italian side notched four unanswered goals in the opening 31 minutes of the contest.
AS Roma returned to the UEFA Champions League in style.
The Italian club, playing their first Champions League match since 2011, slammed home four goals in the first 30 minutes of the game before adding a fifth for good measure early in the second half, crushing CSKA Moscow, 5-1, at the Stadio Olimpico.
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UEFA may order clubs to allow only women and children into European matches as punishment for racist behavior by fans after deciding to take no action against CSKA Moscow for apparently having fans inside the closed stadium against Manchester City.
Some 200 to 300 people supporting CSKA were inside the stadium on Tuesday night but UEFA is satisfied the rules were followed.
Good signing by AC Milan who have finally landed midfielder Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow. Milan tried unsuccessfully to get the Japanese midfielder in the summer, but were unable to agree on a transfer fee. He will join Milan on January 1 on a free transfer and has been given the No. 10 shirt.
"From the 3 January 2014 Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player," Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said on the club's official website.