UEFA Champions League

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo equals scoring record ahead of Champions League semifinal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:22:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. Luis Garcia, Michael Essien and many more former stars heap praise on the ICC tournament and explain how it prepares for the long season ahead. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. Cristiano Ronaldo equalled his personal record of scoring in 12 consecutive games for Real Madrid on Wednesday and could set a new landmark against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week. Ronaldo's late equaliser in the 1-1 home draw with Athletic Bilbao means he has scored 22 goals in La Liga and the Champions League in that run. Madrid teammate Marcelo hailed him as "the best player in the world" and tipped him to set a personal record of scoring in 13 club matches in a row. Zinedine...

Real Madrid ready for Bayern Munich despite La Liga struggles - Zinedine Zidane

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:13:00 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has suggested his side are well-prepared for their upcoming Champions League semifinal with Bayern Munich despite a series of shaky performances in La Liga, including Wednesday's 1-1 home draw against Atheltic Bilbao. In their final outing before next week's first leg in Germany, Zidane's side fell behind early when Inaki Williams took advantage of slack defending to finish neatly past Keylor Navas for a 1-0 advantage. The home side then pressed for an equaliser...

Juventus, Gigi Buffon and Real Madrid must close officiating can of worms

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:29:00 PDT

Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. How about we all take a step back and keep the hell away from that Pandora's Box? That means you, Marca, who saw fit to devote Tuesday's front page to the following concept: the accusations of pro-Real Madrid refereeing bias might hurt Zinedine Zidane's team against Bayern Munich. And you, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who accused UEFA head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina (who happens to be Italian) of being so obsessed with appearing transparent and unbiased that he ends up penalizing...

Liverpool fans charged £73 for Roma Champions League clash at Stadio Olimpico

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:52:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti explains why Roma will have a hard time getting past Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the Champions League semifinal draw which sees Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid and Liverpool vs. AS Roma. Liverpool fans will have to pay £73 to attend the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico next month. Roma have allocated 5,000 tickets, all at the same price, to Liverpool, with prices for home fans ranging between £56 and £139. Liverpool supporters who have attended at least one European away fixture this season or during the 2015-16 Europa League campaign are guaranteed a ticket before sale is extended to season ticket holders. Roma fans...

UEFA president backs Gianluigi Buffon's penalty rant, doesn't condone it

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:47:00 PDT

The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon's red card and more. Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. As Juventus aim to overcome a 3-0 deficit versus Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon reflects on what could be his last Champions League match. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told La Gazzetta dello Sport he understands Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's frustration at getting knocked out of the Champions League a week ago by a last-minute penalty. Buffon was incensed when Oliver awarded Real Madrid a penalty in the dying seconds of the quarterfinal clash at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. "As a former footballer, I can understand his frustration and disappointment at losing a game in the 93rd minute; you feel like you've missed...

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus need to move on from Real Madrid heartbreak

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:40:00 PDT

Massimiliano Allegri said that Gianluigi Buffon's actions were only human after he was sent off when Juventus conceded a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid. Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has called for the introduction of VAR in UEFA Champions League after Juventus' controversial quarterfinal exit. The fallout continues. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus and Real Madrid continue to answer questions about that fateful day in which the Spanish giants dumped the Old Lady out of the Champions League Criticisms have been levelled, abuse has been dished out and judgements have been made. However, at the end of it all, what people forget is that nobody is wrong. Real Madrid believed it was a penalty and duly converted it to move on in the competition. Following the rules of the game, Michael Oliver felt...

Do UEFA referees favour Real Madrid?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:40:59 PDT

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment.

Bayern Munich confirm Arturo Vidal out for season after knee surgery

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:03:00 PDT

The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the Champions League semifinal draw which sees Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid and Liverpool vs. AS Roma. The ESPN FC crew weigh up Niko Kovac's credentials, amidst rumours that the Croatian will be the next Bayern Munich manager. The ESPN FC crew weigh up Niko Kovac's credentials, amidst rumours that the Croatian will be the next Bayern Munich manager. Arturo Vidal will miss the rest of Bayern Munich's season after undergoing knee surgery, the German champions confirmed on Tuesday. The Chilean suffered a setback on Sunday in his first training session since he picked up an injury against Sevilla earlier this month. Bayern had already ruled him out of Tuesday's DFB Pokal semifinal against Bayer Leverkusen, but he will now miss the Champions League run-in as well. "The loose body that had been diagnosed beforehand was removed," the Bundesliga...

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane: UCL refs won't be influenced by late penalty

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:38:00 PDT

Zinedine Zidane believes Michael Oliver's decision to award Real Madrid a penalty against Juventus was clearly correct and is happy to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he does not expect continuing noise around the controversial late penalty decision against Juventus in the Champions League last week to have any effect on the refereeing in their upcoming semifinals against Bayern Munich. The controversy over Michael Oliver's decision to award the penalty to Cristiano Ronaldo that decided the tie, and the red card shown to Gianluigi Buffon for his protests, has continued to rumble on. On Friday, Zidane  said he was "indignant"...

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon stands by reaction on Michael Oliver's penalty decision

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:02:00 PDT

Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. Massimiliano Allegri said that Gianluigi Buffon's actions were only human after he was sent off when Juventus conceded a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid. Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he does not regret the emotional outburst which earned him a red card towards the end of his side's Champions League elimination last Wednesday. An animated Buffon was shown the red card by English referee Michael Oliver after protesting a penalty decision made with only a handful of seconds remaining of a quarterfinal tie which, with Juve leading 3-0, was heading to extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the spot to send Madrid through and potentially...

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez not out for revenge vs. Real Madrid

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:24:00 PDT

The FC guys talk Bayern Munich's underwhelming performances of late and identify who the favourite of the four remaining teams is in the Champions League. After they were forced to come from behind against Sevilla, the FC crew debate whether or not Bayern Munich have what it takes to lift the UCL trophy this season. Bayern Munich held off Sevilla to advance to the Champions League semifinals 2-1 on aggregate. Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez has denied to AS that the upcoming Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid are an opportunity for revenge. James spent three seasons at the Bernabeu, joining as an €80 million signing following the 2014 World Cup and providing 36 goals and 41 assists in 111 games as he won seven trophies -- including the Champions League twice and La Liga in 2016-17. The Colombia international never settled into a regular first-team spot, however, and was loaned to...

UEFA 'strongly condemns' abuse directed at Michael Oliver and wife

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:52:00 PDT

The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon's red card and more. UEFA have issued a statement condemning the social media abuse directed at referee Michael Oliver in the wake of last Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus. Police have also offered their support to Oliver and his wife Lucy and warned social media trolls they could be committing a criminal offence by abusing them. The couple have been targeted after the Northumberland match official awarded a disputed injury-time penalty from which the Spaniards won...

Zidane has sights firmly set on Bayern and UCL amid uncertain future

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:50:00 PDT

The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie. Football management really is a funny old game. Zinedine Zidane has been constantly questioned this season and consensus, not to mention recent history, suggests that his job security boils down to just three matches from April 25 onward. If the Frenchman falls short in the Champions League, there will be few outside the personal office of Florentino Perez that agree sacking him is the obvious course of action. That was Carlo Ancelotti's fate when he failed to cross the Real president's palm...

Edin Dzeko 7/10 but missed chances hurt Roma in 0-0 draw vs. Lazio

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:34:00 PDT

Catch all the action from Serie A's top teams as Juventus increased their lead to six points over Napoli. Roma came within centimetres of striking a huge blow in the race for the Champions League after bashing the woodwork twice in Sunday night's Rome derby, with Edin Dzeko cursing his luck as his injury-time header thumped off the bar just as the Curva Sud was preparing itself for another night of wild celebrations following Tuesday night's Barca battering. The Bosnia international came close three times in stoppage time of a cagey contest with 10-man Lazio in which Roma broadly dominated play but...

Michael Oliver set for Premier League return after Gianluigi Buffon controversy

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:37:00 PDT

The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon's red card and more. Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. Cristiano Ronaldo scored an added-time penalty to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals of the Champions League despite a remarkable comeback from Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu. Michael Oliver will referee West Ham's Premier League game against Stoke on Monday as he returns to officiating after receiving abuse for awarding the controversial late penalty with which Real Madrid knocked Juventus out of the Champions League. Sky Sports reported that Oliver, whose wife Lucy received threats on social media, will officiate after saying that he wanted to return to action as quickly as possible. It said the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation responsible...

Juventus chief calls for refereeing overhaul after Champions League exit

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:47:00 PDT

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has called for the introduction of VAR in UEFA Champions League after Juventus' controversial quarterfinal exit. Juventus' Giorgio Chiellini and Real's Toni Kroos have different opinions on Cristiano Ronaldo's stoppage time penalty. Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. Massimiliano Allegri said that Gianluigi Buffon's actions were only human after he was sent off when Juventus conceded a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid. The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon's red card and more. Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta called for "a uniform method of refereeing in the whole of Europe" and backed calls for VAR to be introduced in the Champions League after his side's controversial elimination by Real Madrid. Referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a penalty with seconds of their quarterfinal against Juve remaining when Lucas Vazquez went to ground after being nudged by Medhi Benatia. Cristiano Ronaldo converted to put Real through after Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had been...

Mohamed Salah prefers Champions League title over individual honours

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:32:00 PDT

Mohamed Salah's 30th Premier League goal of the season helped steer Liverpool to an easy win over Bournemouth. Mohamed Salah's 30th Premier League goal of the season helped steer Liverpool to an easy win over Bournemouth. Jurgen Klopp understands Mo Salah's desire to win the Golden Boot, but doesn't feel he's lost sight of helping Liverpool achieve their team goals. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson takes a cheeky dig at Harry Kane after Mo Salah added another Premier League goal to his season tally. Stevie Nicol and Ross Dyer recap the latest in the Premier League relegation scrap, another Mo Salah masterclass and more from Saturday's action. Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would mean more to Mohamed Salah than any individual accolades likely to come his way. The Premier League's leading marksman scored for the 30th time in the division this season in Liverpool's 3-0 over Bournemouth at Anfield to restore a five-goal cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot. Salah was also included on the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year shortlist when that was revealed on Saturday following an incredible...

Juventus-Real Madrid referee Michael Oliver's wife sent abuse on social media

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:27:00 PDT

The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon's red card and more. Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback. Cristiano Ronaldo scored an added-time penalty to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals of the Champions League despite a remarkable comeback from Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu. Juventus' second leg comeback was undone deep into second-half stoppage time as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to send Real Madrid to the Champions League semis. Juventus' second leg comeback was undone deep into second half stoppage time as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to send Real Madrid to the Champions League semis. The organisation responsible for Premier League referees has condemned threats and abuse sent via social media to the wife of referee Michael Oliver. Oliver became the centre of attention when he awarded a last-minute penalty to Real Madrid that eliminated Juventus from the Champions League on Wednesday. The referee was heavily criticised by Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off after the penalty was awarded, and the Juventus goalkeeper told reporters after the match that Oliver has a "garbage bin...


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