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1 day ago

Arsenal's win vs. Dortmund a step forward, but bigger strides needed

Yaya Sanogo scored an early goal and Alexis Sanchez added another in the second half as the Gunners cruised to a 2-nil win over Borussia Dortmund.

After a difficult past few weeks, there was finally a moment of levity for Arsene Wenger to go with what was a genuinely uplifting performance in a 2-0 Emirates win versus Borussia Dortmund.

The Arsenal manager was asked, now that second-round qualification is secured, how his team could go about improving their poor knock-out record in the competition. Wenger smiled.

"First, send a different guy to the draw. If you look at our last five or six," said the Gunners' manager.

The Arsenal manager...

1 day ago

Mandzukic inspires Atletico Madrid's thumping win over Olympiakos

Mario Mandzukic's hat-trick propels his Atletico side past Olympiakos to earn their way into the next round of Champions League.

MADRID -- A trio of observations on Atletico Madrid's 4-0 win vs. Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League.

1. Mandzukic not better or worse than Costa, just different

This time last year Atletico were Champions League dark horses, seen as a team with potential but not enough experience to really challenge. Diego Simeone's side made such predictions look silly as they steamrollered giants including Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea and then almost saw off Real Madrid in the final.

This year, with...

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1 day ago

Arsenal claim morale-boosting win vs. Borussia Dortmund

Yaya Sanogo scored an early goal and Alexis Sanchez added another in the second half as the Gunners cruised to a 2-nil win over Borussia Dortmund.

LONDON -- A trio of observations on Arsenal's 2-0 win versus Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League.

1. Gunners find cheer

After Alexis Sanchez scored Arsenal's second goal, a gleeful Arsene Wenger made his way to the touchline. The Gunners' two goal scorers against Borussia Dortmund were both vindicators: Yaya Sanogo's first for the club is hoped to be the first of many, while Sanchez has been worth every penny of the 35 million pounds paid for him.

Bright spots in a bad spell, these were...

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2 days ago

Sergio Aguero proves he is the man who can keep Man City in Europe

Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick to lead Manchester City to victory against 10-man Bayern Munich.

MANCHESTER, England -- Snatching glory from the jaws of farce and with typical poise, Sergio Aguero reversed the recent trend of Manchester City's uneasy relationship with Champions League football.

"If you want to succeed at anything, you need a special player in special form, otherwise you just don't win anything," said the relieved City captain, Vincent Kompany. "When he's in that form, he makes things achievable that otherwise wouldn't be."

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Perhaps Aguero's greatest achievement here...

2 days ago

Three Points: Roberto Di Matteo's Schalke routed by former club Chelsea

Chelsea thrash Schalke to clinch their spot in the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League.

GELSENKIRCHEN -- In Match Day 5 of Champions League group G, Roberto Di Matteo's present team faced his former one as FC Schalke 04 hosted Chelsea at Veltins-Arena. The former Chelsea manager's German side suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat, which also saw the London club secure its place in the round of 16.

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1. Roberto Di Matteo not out for revenge and does not get it

Two years from his last day as the manager of Chelsea FC, the 44-year-old faced the club he led to their first Champions League...

2 days ago

Three Points: Man City vs. Bayern Munich

Sergio Aguero finished a hat-trick off in stoppage time to propel Man City past Bayern Munich 3-2 in Champions League to keep their hopes of advancing to the next round alive.

MANCHESTER -- Sergio Aguero's hat trick gave Man City a vital and improbable 3-2 win over Bayern Munich. Here are three points from their dramatic Champions League clash.

Superb Aguero keeps City alive

Where would Manchester City be without Sergio Aguero? In a season when all too many at the Etihad Stadium have underachieved, he has been excellent. And when they needed a hero against Bayern Munich, he was exceptional. He rescued their Champions League dream with magnificent timing and ice-cool...