UEFA Champions League

Champions League group stage draw 2017-18

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:40:00 PDT

The draw ceremony for the group stage of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League is due to begin at around 4.45 p.m. BST, 11.45 a.m. ET on Thursday, Aug, 24. The UEFA Player of the Year award will also be presented as part of the hour-long event.  Teams will be drawn into eight groups of four, and clubs from the same national association cannot be drawn together. Pot 1 contains the champions of the top eight European leagues. Pots 2-4 are then seeded based on UEFA coefficient. Seeded (confirmed):...

Celtic thrash Astana in one-sided Champions League playoff

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:53:00 PDT

Celtic FC Astana 5 0 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Celtic outgunned Astana on every level, as Scott Sinclair's brace led them to victory and all but guarantees UCL group stage football. Celtic put one foot into the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thumping of Astana in the first leg of their playoff at Parkhead. Returning midfielder Tom Rogic's strike in the 31st minute was helped into his own net by defender Evgeni Postnikov before Scott Sinclair added a second three minutes before the interval. The former Manchester City and Aston Villa player notched his second on the hour mark with further goals from winger James Forrest and striker Leigh Griffiths -- his might have...

Napoli beat Nice in UCL playoff first leg; Celtic thrash Astana, Sevilla win

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:36:00 PDT

Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho helped hosts Napoli take a 2-0 first-leg lead over Nice. Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho were enough to earn Napoli a 2-0 win against Nice in their Champions League qualifying play-off first leg. Mertens rounded Nice goalkeeper Yoann Cardinale after racing on to a ball over the top to fire into an empty net in the 13th minute. And Christophe Jallet then fouled Belgium international Mertens in the 70th minute to concede a penalty, which Jorginho scored to seal the win. Nice were not helped by the absence of Mario Balotelli, who is injured, and new...

Trending: Trent Alexander-Arnold helps Liverpool edge toward UCL

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:53:00 PDT

Hoffenheim scored a late goal to give them a puncher's chance against Liverpool heading to Anfield for the second leg. Steve Nicol and the FC crew break down the positives and negatives of Liverpool's Champions League victory over Hoffenheim. Wednesday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending... LIVERPOOL: Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first Liverpool goal as Jurgen Klopp's side took a 2-1 lead in their Champions League qualifier away to Hoffenheim. - Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has rejected Jurgen Klopp's claim that Liverpool kept the Bundesliga side under control throughout the game. - Jurgen Klopp says he forced Alexander-Arnold to be on free kick-taking duty as the youngster...

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann disputes Jurgen Klopp analysis

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:37:00 PDT

Hoffenheim scored a late goal to give them a puncher's chance against Liverpool heading to Anfield for the second leg. Steve Nicol and the FC crew break down the positives and negatives of Liverpool's Champions League victory over Hoffenheim. Julian Nagelsmann has said Hoffenheim were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Liverpool in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifier. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has rejected Jurgen Klopp's claim that Liverpool kept the Bundesliga side under control throughout their Champions League playoff first leg on Tuesday. Liverpool won 2-1 in Germany as they edged toward a place in the Champions League group stage, and Klopp said afterwards that his side had kept Hoffenheim in "the spaces that we believe were not dangerous." However, Nagelsmann suggested Klopp was trying to put a positive spin on a performance that saw Hoffenheim...

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool cannot be trusted as defence issues remain

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:02:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Dejan Lovren while Steve Nicol blasts Liverpool's dodgy defence. The ESPN FC crew discuss Dejan Lovren while Steve Nicol blasts Liverpool's dodgy defence. The ESPN FC crew discuss Dejan Lovren while Steve Nicol blasts Liverpool's dodgy defence. It is the first minute of injury time. As Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri prepares to take a free kick, Benjamin Hubner is at the far side of the area, tussling with Emre Can. But by the time Amiri's cross floats into the area, Hubner has gone. He has slipped away, moving up to slot into the space between Dominic Solanke and Joel Matip. He rises into the night air and powers his free header ... straight over the bar. On such moments rest entire campaigns. Liverpool had much to be proud of in their Champions...

Failings of leaky Liverpool defence remain despite win in Hoffenheim

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:35:00 PDT

Hoffenheim scored a late goal to give them a puncher's chance against Liverpool heading to Anfield for the second leg. The left side of Liverpool's defence against Hoffenheim was absolutely dreadful. Watch the low-lights from Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno. Steve Nicol and the FC crew break down the positives and negatives of Liverpool's Champions League victory over Hoffenheim. The FC guys answer your tweets on whether or not Dejan Lovren is Liverpool's worst centre-back ever, Brian McBride's Prem predictions and more. Liverpool appear to have one foot in the Champions League group stages after a 2-1 win in Hoffenheim on Tuesday night. Yet despite a fine first leg result in Germany there is clearly plenty for Jurgen Klopp to sort out defensively. The Merseysiders played some good football and at times tore through a team that hadn't lost at home for 16 months, but they once again looked vulnerable at the back and needed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to make several important saves, including a crucial first half stop...

Trent Alexander-Arnold was told he 'had to take' free kick by Jurgen Klopp

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:34:00 PDT

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first-ever Liverpool goal in fashion with this well taken free kick. A reporter in Jurgen Klopp's pregame press conference at Hoffenheim had a slip of the tongue when trying to ask the manager about his first Champions League match as a manager. Steve Nicol and the FC crew break down the positives and negatives of Liverpool's Champions League victory over Hoffenheim. SINSHEIM, Germany -- Jurgen Klopp says he forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to be on free kick-taking duty as the youngster scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday night. Alexander-Arnold, 18, broke the deadlock in the first leg of the Champions League playoff with a long-range free-kick in the first half. James Milner added the second goal before Mark Uth netted late on to keep the tie alive, although Hoffenheim need to score at least two goals at Anfield in a week's...


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