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Renato heads home to Brazil

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Bayer Leverkusen have sent midfielder Renato Augusto back to Brazil to receive treatment for a knee injury and to enjoy a short break.The 21-year-old has already flown back to his homeland after being given the green light to consult his doctor of choice about a problem which has ruled him out of his club's last two Bundesliga fixtures."He has an oedema on his knee," explained Leverkusen's direc...Full Story »

Wolves win but have work to do

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Goals from Zvjezdan Misimovic, Christian Gentner and Edin Dzeko guided Wolfsburg to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Besiktas, although the German side have yet to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.The Bundesliga side threatened to run their hosts ragged in a blistering opening when they were rewarded with a goal by Misimovic but they had to wait until the final 10 mi...Full Story »

Van Gaal remains upbeat

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal still believes his side can reach the knockout stage of the Champions League despite their 2-0 defeat at home to Bordeaux on Tuesday night.The defeat was Bayern's second in four games in Group A and left them four points adrift of second-placed Juventus. The Germans now need to win their remaining two matches at home to Maccabi Haifa and away to Juventus to have...Full Story »

Win could be turning point for Zola

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Gianfranco Zola believes West Ham's first Barclays Premier League home win of the season could be the turning point for his side as they lifted themselves out of the bottom three with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.A penalty from Mark Noble and an injury time winner from substitute Zavon Hines gave Zola's side a massive lift.But they also had England goalkeeper Robert Green to thank for the win ...Full Story »

Moyes rues `poor' goals

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes was frustrated by the manner of the defeat to Benfica which has left his team's hopes of qualifying from the Europa League hanging in the balance.Second-half goals from Javier Saviola and Oscar Cardozo saw the Portuguese side complete a double over Everton, after a thumping win in Lisbon.Moyes said: "Benfica broke quickly and the goals were not like the ones in the fi...Full Story »

Hodgson aggrieved at `injustice'

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson believes his team suffered an "injustice" in Thursday night's 2-1 defeat to Roma in the Europa League at the Stadio Olimpico.The Cottagers felt some of the decisions by referee Kevin Blom greatly hindered their chances of progressing in Europe.Having taken a deserved 1-0 half-time lead through a Diomansy Kamara penalty, Fulham had substitute Erik Nevland shown a straig...Full Story »

Mowbray keeps the faith

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Tony Mowbray refuses to give up on the Europa League, despite a goalless draw at Hamburg which left his Celtic side needing a miracle to qualify from Group C.Although the Hoops boss was buoyed by an encouraging performance in Germany, the visitors failed to get their first victory in the group and remain at the bottom of the table on two points - five behind second-placed Hamburg, with two games...Full Story »

Wenger spoilt for choice in attack

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Arsene Wenger hailed his freescoring Arsenal side as offering the most attacking options since his arrival at the club after watching them sweep aside AZ Alkmaar.Wenger's men defeated their Dutch opponents 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium to leave them needing a point to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring with a tame effort that beat goalkeeper Sergio Ro...Full Story »

Smith: Time running out for Gers

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Walter Smith admits Rangers have put themselves under massive pressure to win their final two Champions League games after conceding a late equaliser against Unirea Urziceni in Bucharest.The Scottish champions thought they had secured a crucial victory that would have resurrected their campaign when Lee McCulloch netted with only 11 minutes to go.But Rangers were denied their first win of the to...Full Story »

Benitez calm over Liverpool future

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Rafael Benitez insists he does not fear for his job even though Liverpool now need a miracle to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.The Liverpool boss had seen victory snatched from his team by Lyon, who equalised through Lisandro Lopez in the dying seconds of their Group E clash at the Stade Gerland.Ryan Babel had fired Liverpool ahead with just seven minutes to go, but they still left wi...Full Story »

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