Monday, March 31, 2014

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich - Champions League, Quarterfinal
Manchester United come into this match on the back of a solid 4-1 win over Aston Villa. A couple of weeks ago, Moyes' men produced a stirring comeback in the round of 16, losing 2-0 to Olympiacos in Greece before Van Persie's hat-trick turned the tie around at Old Trafford.
But the Dutchman will be sidelined for this crucial match due to a knee injury. Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are sidelined through injury too, whilst Patrice Evra misses out through suspension. Buttner will be selected to provide cover and have the mammoth task of trying to keep Arjen Robben in check. They will definitely be without the cup-tied Mata. Furthermore, Valencia and Rafael are both doubtful.
Pep Guardiola’s team have already secured the Bundesliga title. They come into this match on the back of a 3-3 draw against Hoffenheim, only the third time this season that Pep Guardiola's men have dropped points in the league.
The Spanish manager rested several key players on Saturday, including the likes of Thomas Muller, Phillip Lahm and Arjen Robben. They will be included in the starting XI. Dante misses out through suspension so Javi Martínez will play at centre-back while Thiago Alcantara 'partially tore' a ligament in his knee at the weekend and will be out for 6 to 8 weeks.
Manchester United have won all of their home games in this year’s competition but that record will be severely tested against a German side who have not lost away from home in the Champions League since October 2012.
The Bavarians are back in Manchester after being paired with City in the group stage, a group they topped with five straight wins. They beat City 3-1 at the Etihad with an ultra impressive display but despite taking a 2-0 lead early doors on Matchday 6, City ran out 3-2 winners in Munich.

Possible line ups:
-Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea – Rafael, Vidic, Jones, Buttner – Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa – Mata – Rooney.
-Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1):
Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba – Schweinsteiger, Lahm – Robben, Kroos, Ribery – Mandzukic.

Date: Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 8:45 pm CET
Old Trafford, Manchester, United Kingdom

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Juventus vs Parma Italian Serie A 26-03-2014

Juventus vs Parma - Competition: Italy, Serie A, Game week 30th

Juventus march at the head of Italian Serie A. With 78 points they are 1st. The second AS Roma lose to the Bianconeri 14 points (but played one game less). Having only 9 matches to be still played, it seems fairly impossible for Juventus to end the league without the title. Juventus won their last league clash after a fiery encounter with Catania. It was Carlos Tevez who scored the only goal and secured 3 points to his team. With this goal, the Argentinian drew level in the scoring charts with Torino’s Immobile, who after a last treble has 16 goals scored in the league. During the game Juve’s manager, Antonio Conte, was sent to the stands for first half’s protests. 
Parma team are now 5th in the table. After their last weekend’s draw with Parma on the road they leveled with Inter having now 47 points. However, Parma have got a game in hand. Roberto Donadoni may feel proud of his team’s league performance; the Crusaders have been undefeated for the last 17 league games! The last game that they lost in league was a clash against Juventus on their own stadium (0:1). Parma have got pretty good chance to take an Europa League spot. Yet, they must beware of Inter and 7th Lazio. As far as the last five games are concerned Parma won three of them (surprisingly against Milan at San Siro, against Hellas Verona and Sassuolo).

Possible line-ups:
Juventus: Buffon - Bonucci, Cáceres, Lichsteiner , Chiellini - Padoin, , Pirlo, Vidal, Giovinco - Llorente, Tevez.
Parma: Mirante - Cassani, Paletta, Lucarelli, Gobbi - Munari, Acquah, Schelotto, Parolo - Amauri, Cassano.
Match date: 26 March 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT - 20:45 CET
Venue: Juventus Stadium (Torino)

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Real Madrid vs Barcelona
Competition: Spanish Primera Division -Match date: 23 March 2014
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain 

Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona:
Real Madrid – Karim Benzema 20' // Karim Benzema 24' // Cristiano Ronaldo (pen) 54'
Barcelona – Andres Iniesta 7' // Lionel Andres Messi 42' // Lionel Messi (pen) 64' // Messi (pen) 84'

Real Madrid failed to maintain their table topping seat in Spanish La Liga after suffering a disappointing home defeat over Barcelona at Santiago Bernebau stadium on Sunday.
Eager to avenge their defeat in previous meeting, Los Blancos were keen for a bright start, but instead of going ahead, they found themselves trailing after only seven minutes of play through Andres Iniesta.
Real Madrid bounced back rapidly though as they got back on level terms thanks to Karim Benzema's header on 20 minutes. Four minutes later, Los Blancos turned things around, again from Benzema's effort.
FC Barcelona got back on level terms just before half time break with an effort from Lionel Messi, triggering a tense second half.
In the second period, it was a penalty fest as the referee awarded three spot kicks, with Madrid earning it first and was converted by Cristiano Ronaldo on 55 minutes.
However, Messi turned things around again as he leveled the score 65 minutes, before sealing all three points with his second penalty on 84 minutes.

Real Madrid v Barcelona El Classico 2014 attendance:- 85,454 (Referee- Undiano).
Real Madrid starting lineup vs Barcelona 2014:- Lopez, Pepe, Ramos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di Maria.

Barcelona starting XI v Real Madrid El Clasico 2014:- Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas, Messi, Neymar.
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chelsea vs Arsenal
Competition: Premier League – Match date: 22 March 2014
Venue: Stamford Bridge, England 

Chelsea continue to maintain their lead at the top of English Premier League after demolishing one of their title rivals, Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal:
1-0 Eto'o 5' // 2-0 Schürrle 7' // 3-0 Hazard (Penalty) 17' // 4-0 Oscar 42' // 5-0 Oscar 66' // 6-0 Salah 71'

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 19 March 2014

A goal from Sebastian Kehl was enough to put Borrusia Dortmund through into the next round of Champions League, despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Zenit Petersburg (Round of 16)
Borussia Dortmund – Sebastian Kehl 38' 
Zenit – Hulk 16' // Salomon Rondon 73'

Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Hummels, Papastathopoulos, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Kehl, Nuri Şahin, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang. SUBS: Langerak, Friedrich, Kirch, Durm, Hofmann, Jojić, Schieber.

Zenit: Malafeev, Criscito, Lombaerts, Hubočan, Anyukov, Shatov, Fayzulin, Witsel, Hulk, Danny, Kerzhakov. SUBS: Lodygin, Luís Neto, Smolnikov, Luković, Zyryanov, Tymoshchuk, Rondón.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Manchester United vs Liverpool - Competition: Premier League
Match date: 16 March 2014
Venue: Old Trafford, England 
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: Simon Beck, Gary Beswick

Two penalty goals from Steven Gerrard helped Liverpool to snatch a memorable away win against Manchester United on Sunday.
Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool:
34' 0-1 (pen.) Steven Gerrard // 46' 0-2 (pen.) Steven Gerrard // 84' 0-3 Luis Suarez

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan Live
Competition: UEFA Champions League 
Match date: 11 March 2014
Venue: Vicente Calderon, Spain 

Atletico Madrid 4-1 AC Milan (Round of 16)
3' Diego Costa 1-0 // 27' 1-1 Kaka // 40' Arda Turan 2-1 // 71' Raul Garcia 3-1 // 85' Diego Costa 4-1 

Atletico Madrid secured their passage into the next stage of Champions League with after eliminating AC Milan in a 5-1 aggregate in total as the Spaniard won 4-1 on the second leg battle.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal
Football: UEFA Champions League, 2nd leg
Date: Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:45 – 8:45 pm CET
Stadium: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany 

For the second season running, Bayern Munich came away from the Emirates with a two goal advantage in the tie from the first leg.It was an eventful game with both Mezut Ozil and David Alaba missing penalties for each team. Wojciech Szczesny was sent off for his part in giving away the Bayern penalty. Arsenal went to the Allianz Arena last season and recorded a surprise 2-0 victory.
Since the first leg Bayern Munich have continued to dominate the Bundesliga with wins at Hannover (4-0) and at home to Schalke (5-0). At the weekend Bayern won 6-1 at Wolfsburg which saw them go an impressive 23 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga standings. They have won their last 13 games in all competition scoring 26 goals in their last six games in all competitions
Ribery and Shaqiri have both returned from their injuries, leaving Badstuber as the only unavailable player. Anyway, Mario Götze is carrying a knock and is a doubt for Bayern. Guardiola rested a number of first team regulars last weeekend so he will have Mandzukic, Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara very fresh.

Arsenal team bounced back from their first leg disappointment by thrashing Sunderland 4-1 in their subsequent Premier League match. However they were beaten 1-0 at Stoke a week later but picked up a good 4-1 victory against Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday.
Olivier Giroud will be recalled, but the game comes too soon for Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny is suspended. Laurent Koscielny should return after missing out at the weekend while Wilshere, Walcott, Diaby and Monreal are all out through injuries.
Arsenal have a good run of form going in Germany, having won three of their last five visits there, drawing the other two. ayern won five of their six Group D games in the first round, but the one defeat that they did suffer came at home against a Premier League side, Manchester City. 

Possible line-ups:
Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1):
Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba – Schweinsteiger – Robben, Kroos, Muller, Ribery – Mandzukic.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1):
Fabianski – Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs – Arteta, Flamini – Cazorla, Ozil, Chamberlain – Giroud.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Real Madrid vs Levante Highlights
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Match date: 9 March 2014
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain 

Real Madrid 3-0 Levante:
11' 1-0 Ronaldo // 49' 2-0 Marcelo // 81' (o.g.) Nikos Karabelas 3-0

Real Madrid kept on pushing forward vigorously after the break as they are not feeling save as just yet with only taking a goal lead. Los Blancos eventually doubling their lead on 49 minutes with an effort from Macello, before they finally sealed off all three points on that weekend tie through an own goal from Nikolaos Karabelas nine minutes before the final whistle. That win means that Real Madrid are sitting comfortably at the top of Spanish La Liga with three points ahead of Atletico.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Arsenal vs Everton English FA Cup 08-03-2014

Arsenal vs Everton - Competition: 2013/2014 English FA Cup, 6th Round
Match date: 8 March 2014 - Kick Off Time: 12:45 GMT - 13:45 CET
After another difficult February for Arsenal, it appears their best chance at ending an eight-year trophy drought is the F.A. Cup. Entering this weekend's quarterfinal against Everton, all is on the line for Arsene Wenger and his tiring troops, as anything but a win here would add heaps of fuel to the critics' fire, not to mention incurring the wrath of their own supporters. The Gunners fell to Stoke City 1-0 last weekend, casting doubt on their Premier League title pursuit. It was another baffling lineup thrown out to start for the hosts, as their most in-form attacker Oxlade-Chamberlain and 40-million-pound man Mesut Ozil both rode the bench for the game's majority in favor of out-of-form Santi Cazorla and hit-or-miss Lukas Podolski. Furthermore, in a game where physicality was always going to be at a premium, Arsenal's enforcer Flamini sat out the match's entirety. Fans are growing restless with Wenger's decisions, and the Frenchman will know that a win here is vital to restoring confidence and to gaining momentum for their Champions League clash in Munich this Tuesday.
  • Probable lineups Arsenal: Fabianski – Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal – Flamini, Wilshere – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla – Podolski.
Everton enter this quarterfinal match at the Emirates Stadium off the back of a hard-fought victory against West Ham United last weekend. The return of Romelu Lukaku proved the difference as the big Belgian netted the winner once again for his loan team. Previously, the Toffees had really been suffering in front of goal, netting just 2 goals in 4 league games. But timing is on their side with Lukaku's return, and this match may hinge upon his matchup against strong defensive pairing Koscielny and Mertesacker. The Toffee defence has its own reason to boast though, as they are tied with Manchester City for the 2nd least amount of goals conceded. Distin and Howard appear defiant upon giving in to their many years, but it is important to note that Phil Jagielka faces a late fitness test for this match and is right now considered doubtful. This is Everton's last chance at a trophy this season, so expect a dogfight here with a slight advantage to the hosts. 
  • Probable lineups Everton: Joel – Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz, Baines – Barry, Osman – McGeady, Barkley, Mirallas – Lukaku.
Venue: Emirates Stadium - London, England 
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spain vs Italy - Competition: International Friendly
Match date: 5 March 2014 - Kick Off Time: 21:00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid 
Spain will be looking to bounce back after their last result which saw them lose to a very average South African team 1-0 in South Africa. Italy will be also looking to bounce back after drawing their last four matches to Nigeria, Germany, Armenia and Denmark
The reigning World Champions had a pretty easy time of things in their Brazil 2014 qualification group. They topped the group with six wins and two draws in their group. Their nearest challenger was France, but a composed 1-0 win in Paris by Spain gave them the edge in the group.
Italy cruised their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup, with six wins and four draws in their ten games.
Fabregas, Xavi and Sergio Ramos are unlikely to start having missed some training this week, but Iker Casillas is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up. Anyway, the most notable call up for Vincente Del Bosque and his Spanish side is the prolific Ateltico Madrid forward Diego Costa.
  • Probable lineups Spain: Casillas – Juanfran, S. Ramos, Albiol, Jordi Alba – Busquets, Alcantara – Iniesta, Navas, Silva – Diego Costa.
Italy team have Giuseppe Rossi who injured his knee last month out injured while De Rossi has been dropped after he was caught by television cameras punching Inter's Mauro Icardi. Balotelli is injured too while  Chiellini is unlikely to feature as he carried a calf problem. Osvaldo, Insigne, Destro and De Sciglio should be in contention after shaking off minor knocks. Uncapped Torino striker Ciro Immobile could feature after scoring 13 Serie A goals this season.
Wednesday night’s game from Estadio Vicente Calderon will become the 33rd meeting between the two nations over the years. Spain have secured 11 wins (8 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon), Italy have secured 10 victories (1 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon) and there has been 11 draws, (5 at the Estadio Vicente Calderon).
  • Probable lineups Italy: Buffon – Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Criscito – Veratti, Marchisio, Montolivo, Pirlo – Osvaldo, Gilardino.
Spain vs Italy Team Form:
19 Nov 2013    South Africa 1 - Spain 0    FR
16 Nov 2013    Equatorial Guinea 1 - Spain 2    FR
15 Oct 2013    Spain 2 - Georgia 0    WCQE
11 Oct 2013    Spain 2 - Belarus 1    WCQE
10 Sep 2013    Spain 2 - Chile 2    FR
18 Nov 2013    Italy 2 - Nigeria 2    FR
15 Nov 2013    Italy 1 - Germany 1    FR
15 Oct 2013    Italy 2 - Armenia 2    WCQE
11 Oct 2013    Denmark 2 - Italy 2    WCQE
10 Sep 2013    Italy 2 - Czech Republic 1    WCQE

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid
Competition: Spanish Primera División
Match date: 2 March 2014
Venue: Vicente Calderon, Spain

Things suddenly turned into the home team's favor as they created more problems for Madrid's back line before eventually turning things around just before half time break through Gabi. The tension continue to boil on that tie, though none of the players on the pitch got a red card, but that game looked really dirty at times. Los Blancos eventually managed to overcome the pressure and got back on level terms eight minutes from time from Cristiano Ronaldo's finish.

Atletico Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid
3' 0-1 Karim Benzema // 28' Koke 1-1 // 45' Gabi Fernández 2-1 // 82' 2-2 Cristiano Ronaldo

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