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Benzema hits hat-trick in romp

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by PA

France international Karim Benzema struck a hat-trick as Real Madrid helped send Auxerre tumbling out of Europe with a 4-0 win - their fifth victory in six games in Champions League Group G.Benzema, who has struggled for goals since joining Madrid in a big-money move from Lyon in the summer of 2009, netted in the 11th, 72nd and 88th minutes while in-form Cristiano Ronaldo was also on the scores...Full Story »

Roma ease through after draw

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by PA

Lacina Traore's late header denied Roma a Champions League win but a point in a 1-1 draw at Cluj proved more than enough to send them into the last 16.Marco Borriello put the Romans ahead in the 22nd minute, which looked like bringing them a win until Traore struck late on.The result made no difference to the Group E standings, with Roma progressing behind Bayern Munich and Cluj dropping out of...Full Story »

Gunners through as runners-up

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by PA

Arsenal moved into the last 16 of the Champions League with a laboured 3-1 win over Group H whipping boys Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates Stadium.Successive away defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga had left the Gunners - who opened their European campaign with three straight victories - still needing a result to secure safe passage through to the knockout stages for the 11th successive seas...Full Story »

Brandao strike enough for Marseille

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by PA

Marseille piled more pressure on Chelsea's under-fire boss Carlo Ancelotti as a second-half goal from Brandao was enough to bring their unbeaten Champions League run to an end.Having already won Group F, the Blues were lethargic and passionless despite Ancelotti's call for a return to the free-flowing football they produced at the start of the season.Although the game had nothing riding on it a...Full Story »

Basle hopes ended by Bayern

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by PA

Bayern Munich killed off Basle's hopes of progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League with a clinical and ultimately comfortable 3-0 victory at the Allianz Arena.Goalkeeper Thomas Kraft made a trio of crucial saves before Franck Ribery fired the hosts ahead in the 35th minute and Anatoliy Tymoschuk added a quickfire second.Ribery added his second and Bayern's third early in the second ha...Full Story »

Inter’s ‘load of cabbage’ puts Benitez on brink

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MILAN, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti had called on his team to avoid another “load of cabbage” in the Champions League, but Tuesday’s defeat at Werder Bremen piled more pressure on coach Rafa Benitez. The holders, who had already qualified for the last 16 albeit unconvincingly, were embarrassed 3-0 by eliminated Werder and now head to the Club World C...Full Story »

Koscielny back for Gunners against Partizan

Posted Thursday, December 09, 2010 by xinhuanet.com

LONDON (AFP) - Laurent Koscielny was declared fit to bolster Arsenal's defence here Wednesday as the English side faced a crucial Champions League tie against Partizan Belgrade. Koscielny suffered a concussion against Fulham on Saturday and had initially been expected to face several weeks on the sidelines. The Gunners, chasing a victory to be sure of qualification for the knockout rounds, a...Full Story »

Arsenal, Roma enter Europe's last-chance saloon

Posted Wednesday, December 08, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AFP) - With five teams in the bottom half of the Champions League draw already assured of a place in the next round, Arsenal and Roma are among the only heavyweight contenders yet to secure their progress. The Gunners host Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday, knowing that victory against the Group H whipping boys will guarantee their place in the last 16. Arsenal's group is the only pool in ...Full Story »

Beckham's "Ballsy Fixie"

Posted Wednesday, December 08, 2010 by Zimbio.com

David Beckham with his three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz ride bicycles and skateboards along Venice boardwalk.David is riding one of the new style fixed wheel, no brakes bicycles. Full Story »

Second-string Barca coast to win

Posted Wednesday, December 08, 2010 by PA

A largely second-string Barcelona consigned Rubin Kazan to a place in the Europa League after easing to a 2-0 victory in their Champions League encounter at the Nou Camp. Andreu Fontas' deflected second-half effort and a late Victor Vazquez strike earned already-qualified Barca their fourth win in Group C and meant Rubin, who started the day a point behind second-placed FC Copenhagen, would hav...Full Story »

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