Quarter Finals

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Real draw Bayern; Juve faces Barca in Champions League quarters

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Real draw Bayern; Juve faces Barca in Champions League quarters

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Dybala fires Juve past depleted Porto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.

Leicester through to Champions League quarter-finals

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kasper Schmeichel saved a late penalty as Leicester City beat Sevilla 2-0 on Tuesday to win their Champions League last-16 tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Spain three weeks ago, Leicester opened the scoring on the night when Wes Morgan bundled the ball in from close range on 27 minutes.

Torres back as Atletico close on quarters

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres is set to make his return just two weeks after losing consciousness in a sickening head clash as Atletico Madrid look to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Atletico are strong favourites to reach the last eight for a fourth straight year as Torres was on target in a 4-2 first leg win against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany three weeks ago to give the Spanish side a commanding lead.

Torres back as Atletico close on quarters

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Madrid (AFP) – Fernando Torres is set to make his return just two weeks after losing consciousness in a sickening head clash as Atletico Madrid look to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Atletico are strong favourites to reach the last eight for a fourth straight year as Torres was on target in a 4-2 first leg win against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany three weeks ago to give the Spanish side a commanding lead.

Shakespeare pens new act in Leicester fairytale

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London (AFP) – A relative unknown on the global football scene just weeks ago, Craig Shakespeare now stands poised to steer Leicester City into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The jocular coach was promoted from his role as assistant manager following Claudio Ranieri’s shock dismissal last month, which he said left him feeling like a “pantomime villain”.

Lincoln dreaming of Arsenal scalp in fairytale quarter-final

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London (AFP) – Non-league Lincoln City have enjoyed a fairytale run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and are now dreaming of piling more misery on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal on Saturday.

The sides meet at the Emirates Stadium with under-pressure Wenger knowing an unthinkable defeat against fifth-tier opposition would surely spell the end for him in north London.

Fourth sub introduced for FA Cup’s latter stages

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London (AFP) – Teams competing in the latter stages of this season’s FA Cup will be able to use a fourth substitute in extra-time, the Football Association announced on Friday.

The English FA last year agreed to play a lead role in testing the idea, which was proposed by football’s law-making-body the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

FA Cup is not a side issue for Manchester City, says Fernandinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho insists the FA Cup remains a priority for his side despite their bid to advance in the Champions League.

Last week’s thrilling 5-3 victory over French side Monaco has left Pep Guardiola’s side in a strong position to advance to the quarter-finals in a competition in which the coach has excelled throughout his career.

Holders Bayern host Schalke in cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Holders Bayern Munich will face Schalke 04 in the German Cup quarter-finals while last season’s finalists Borussia Dortmund are away to third division giant-killers Sportfreunde Lotte.

The quarter-finals will be played on February 28 or March 1 with the final taking place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on May 27.

Payet debuts as Marseille advance to Cup quarter-finals

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Paris (AFP) Marseille's star recruit Dimitri Payet made his debut on Tuesday but it was Brazilian Doria who booked the team's French Cup quarter-final berth with a 2-1 extra time win over Lyon.

Payet rejoined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half-year deal on Sunday after Marseille paid 30 million euros ($31.

Morocco must grasp Cup of Nations chance – Renard

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard has called on his side to "seize the opportunity" at the Africa Cup of Nations after fulfilling their initial objective of reaching the quarter-finals.

"It is already a privilege to be in the last eight but now we need to be much more ambitious than that," Renard told reporters ahead of Sunday's meeting with Egypt in Port-Gentil, Gabon.

Morocco must grasp Cup of Nations chance – Renard

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Morocco coach Herve Renard has called on his side to "seize the opportunity" at the Africa Cup of Nations after fulfilling their initial objective of reaching the quarter-finals.

"It is already a privilege to be in the last eight but now we need to be much more ambitious than that," Renard told reporters ahead of Sunday's meeting with Egypt in Port-Gentil, Gabon.

Ghana sweat on fitness of skipper Gyan

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana coach Avram Grant has admitted captain Asamoah Gyan is a doubt for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after he came off injured against Egypt on Wednesday.

"It's not looking so good but Gyan is a very strong boy," said Grant when asked about the extent of the problem.

Egypt look to join Ghana in Cup of Nations quarters

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Seven-time champions Egypt face Ghana in Port-Gentil on Wednesday looking for the result that will see them join their opponents in qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The Pharaohs need only draw the game, which kicks off at 8pm (1900 GMT), in the Gabonese port city to be certain of progressing to the last eight, although if Mali fail to beat Uganda they will be through anyway.

Burkina Faso, Cameroon into Cup of Nations quarters, Gabon out

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Libreville (AFP) Burkina Faso and Cameroon secured progress to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday as hosts Gabon crashed out.

Gabon were held to a 0-0 draw by Cameroon in Libreville, and their opponents went through to the last eight as runners-up in Group A.

Burkina Faso won the group on goal difference after a 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in Franceville.

Gyan steers Ghana into Cup of Nations quarter-finals

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan's goal was enough to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew's cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.

Gyan steers Ghana into Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan's goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew's cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.

Gyan steers Ghana into Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan's goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew's cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.

Ghana through to Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan's goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew's cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.

Ghana through to Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals

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Port-Gentil (Gabon) (AFP) Ghana secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations as Asamoah Gyan's goal was enough for them to beat Mali 1-0 in Port-Gentil on Saturday.

On an appalling playing surface, Gyan headed home from Jordan Ayew's cross in the 21st minute to score his eighth goal at the Cup of Nations over six consecutive tournaments going back to 2008.

Senegal end dismal run by reaching last eight

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Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) Senegal put a string of disastrous Africa Cup of Nations campaigns behind them Thursday by beating Zimbabwe 2-0 and becoming the first qualifiers for the 2017 quarter-finals.

The Group B match was all but over as a contest after only 13 minutes in Gabonese city Franceville after Liverpool star Sadio Mane and Henri Saivet scored.

Mane scores as Senegal reach quarter-finals

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Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) Liverpool star Sadio Mane scored as Senegal defeated Zimbabwe 2-0 in Franceville Thursday to become the first qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

The Senegalese Teranga Lions burst out of the blocks in the southeastern Gabonese city to score twice within 13 minutes through Mane and Henri Saivet.

UEFA Champions League

Champions League: Juventus Into Quarter-Finals

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes.

UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final Draw Revealed

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After this morning's draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, the draw for the quarter-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League has been made.

The draw is as follows:

AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica
Lyon vs Juventus
FC Basel vs Valencia
Porto vs Sevilla

The final of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League will be played in Juventus's stadium in Torino, Italy on May 14.

English Premier League

Draw for UEFA Champions League quarter-finals has been made

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Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday.

Holders Barcelona and their feared attacking trident drew fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, while Bayern Munich will face Benfica and Wolfsburg take on ten-time winners Real Madrid.

Draw for UEFA Champions League quarter-finals has been made

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Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday.

Holders Barcelona and their feared attacking trident drew fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, while Bayern Munich will face Benfica and Wolfsburg take on ten-time winners Real Madrid.

Superb Manchester City have quarter-finals in sight after beating Kiev

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Manchester City may be toiling domestically at the moment but they produced a superb European away performance to beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side did enough to win the game in the first half with Sergio Aguero and David Silva both scoring to underline their importance to City.

Superb Manchester City have quarter-finals in sight after beating Kiev

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Manchester City may be toiling domestically at the moment but they produced a superb European away performance to beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Wednesday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side did enough to win the game in the first half with Sergio Aguero and David Silva both scoring to underline their importance to City.

Champions League: Can English Teams Revive the Miseries of Last Season?

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Even the most die-hard fans of English Premier League would agree on one thing: English teams disappointed all their fans at Champions League last season. Whether their fans were of native British origins, or whether they were their global fan base which tallies around millions of fans, every single one of them were staring at TV screens with sheer disbelief when one by one all 4 English teams got eliminated by Quarter Finals.

Who Are Ya? Cristian Cuevas (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Cristian Cuevas Age: 18 Position: O'Higgins Signed from: Chelsea Fee: £1.7m Did you know? Cuevas is nicknamed Cimbi due to the long, curly hair he sported as a kid, which apparently resembled Simba from The Lion King. What's the deal?

Swans Give Liverpool A Fright

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Liverpool were knocked out of the League cup on Wednesday night by Swansea who have never in their history reached the quarter finals of the competition.

World Cup

Messi may have to do it all alone against the Dutch

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A leader is a dealer in hope. Napoleon Bonaparte

With a confident 1-0 victory against the Belgians in the Quarter Finals, Argentina has surpassed a huge mental barrier on its own - The Quarter Finals. A look at the rich Argentinian history at the World cup shows that the two time World Champions have stumbled at the last eight more often than any other country.

Argentina 1-0 Belgium: Messi the mastermind, orchestrating Argentina’s advancement to the Semis

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This was the only Quarter Final that pitched 2 sides against each other who had won every game at the World Cup finals, meaning one of them had to lose that record.

Bulgaria legend Yordan Letchkov jailed over political corruption

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Yordan Letchkov, the bald midfielder beloved by anyone old enough to remember USA 94, has been jailed for two years for corruption. Perhaps most famous for getting his shiny noggin on the end of a cross to knock Germany out of the 1994 World Cup quarter-finals, Letchkov had since moved into local politics.

The Rest

Sutton v Arsenal FA cup review – Walcott’s ton helps Gunners get job done

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The main thing for Arsenal to get done today was to reach the quarter-finals of the FA cup, which we did, against the National League club Sutton United who were really keeping the magic of the cup alive after beating Leeds United in the last round. Iyt was not a spectacular performance with Arsenal at [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

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It's the quarter final of the League Cup for Liverpool on Wednesday evening as they travel to Southampton to face Koeman's side. The Reds struggled against Swansea at the weekend but walked away victorious thanks to a penalty scored by James Milner.

Real Madrid Take Step Towards Quarter Finals While Porto Get A Draw In Basel

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The European and World Club champions took a big step towards reaching the Champions League quarter finals as they beat Schalke 2-0 in Germany on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo ended a rare drought of three games by heading Real ahead in the first half before Marcelo made victory safe with a terrific long range effort in the 79th minute.

NASL Redux: Quarter Finals

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Article by Doak Gips


Ladies and gentlemen, we are to the home stretch. The games mattered before, but now they really matter. Way more than they did before. Now it's lose and you're out. Done. Finished. All those other words. As we talked about last week, the Scorpions and the Rowdies don't have to compete in this play-in game, due to their being one and two respectively in the league standings.