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Inter, PSV, Steaua make winning starts – Europa returns with goal glut; Sevilla sparkle

LONDON: Sevilla’s love affair with the Europa League was immediately rekindled as last season’s champions and three-times winners began this year’s group stage with a 2-0 home victory over Feyenoord…

Jordan upset UAE

INCHEON: United Arab Emirates slumped to a 1-0 Asian Games defeat to Jordan yesterday as North Korea booked their place in the second round of the football contest. The Gulf…

Ronaldinho misses penalty on debut

MEXICO CITY: Ronaldinho missed a penalty on his debut for Mexican side Queretaro who lost 1-0 at home to UANL on Wednesday, frustrating a packed crowd who had turned out…

James starting to make Real mark

MADRID: Expectations were unsurprisingly sky high when Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez joined Real Madrid from Monaco after top scoring with six goals at the 2014 World Cup. Real, who play…

Casillas’s fall from grace highlights divisions at Real

MADRID: When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within…

Schalke frustrate Chelsea to clinch surprise 1-1 draw

LONDON: Chelsea made a spluttering start to their Champions League campaign as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s second-half equaliser earned Schalke a surprise 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Jose Mourinho’s side had…

Barca scrape to victory

BARCELONA: A goal by Gerard Pique gave Barcelona a winning start to their Champions League campaign, but they were far from convincing 1-0 victors at home to Cypriots APOEL Nicosia…

Champions Real off to flying start

MADRID: Real Madrid put their La Liga woes behind them to get their defence of the Champions League off to a flying start with a 5-1 hammering of Basel yesterday.…

Gerrard saves Liverpool

LIVERPOOL: Steven Gerrard scored a 93rd-minute penalty as Liverpool scraped past competition debutants Ludogorets Razgrad 2-1 on their return to the Champions League after a five-year absence yesterday. After labouring…

Olympiakos surprise Atletico

PIRAEUS: Kostas Mitroglou banished memories of his ill-fated move to English side Fulham with a fine goal yesterday to help Olympiakos to a thrilling 3-2 victory over last season’s beaten…

Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke

LONDON: The good news for Schalke 04’s defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match today is that striker Diego Costa is nursing…

Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

MADRID: One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar. Four-times World Player…

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