Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
Competition: Champions League Semi-Final
Match date: 29 April 2014
Venue: Allianz-Arena (München

Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid (Semi Final)
16' 0-1 Sergio Ramos // 20' 0-2 Sergio Ramos // 34' 0-3 Cristiano Ronaldo // 90' 0-4 Cristiano Ronaldo

Bayern Munich side's lack of focus especially when they're defending seemingly troubled them as instead of taking the lead they found themselves trailing when Sergio Ramos scored on 16 minutes.
Within just four minutes later, Madrid made things much more difficult for Bayern as Ramos once again found himself free inside the area to score another headed goal to make it 2-0 on the night.
Conceding those two goals stunned Bayern's players as they simply lost any sort of composure to their game and eventually conceded a third through Cristiano Ronaldo on 34 minutes.
Already having such a huge deficit, Pep Guardiola's men doesn't seem able to find a way back into that tie as it was Madrid that eventually sealed their massive win with a fourth goal, which was netted once again by Ronaldo.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City 
Competition: Premier League
Match date: 27 April 2014
Venue: Selhurst Park, England

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester City – 4' 0-1 Edin Dzeko // 43' 0-2 Yaya Toure

Man City's title challenge remain strong and well as this weekend they bagged a comfortable away win over Crystal Palace. The away side were looking determined in cutting their gap from the teams above them as they put on an aggressive approach since kick off.
That positive approach was rewarded early in the tie as they got in front after only four minutes of play through Edin Dzeko. Manchester City continue their dominance as they eventually doubling their advantage, this time from Yaya Toure's goal three minutes before half time break.
Despite both teams continuous efforts in search for goals after the break, none of them were successful as City holding on to their two goals lead without much problems.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Benfica vs Juventus - Competition: UEFA Europa League
Match date: 24 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Estadio da Luz

Portuguese giants Benfica host Scudetto holders Juventus in the Europa League semi-finals first leg just few days after clinching the Primeira Liga title.
Benfica enter this monumental clash with the Italian giants as the current leaders of the Portuguese Primeira Liga. With a 7-point lead on Sporting Lisbon, the Eagles have officially put an end to a 3-year league title drought that saw crosstown rivals FC Porto establish a brief dynasty. The hosts started the season in disappointing fashion, losing to Maritimo on the road 2-1. But then it all started clicking, as the Lisbon-based club have currently strung together 27 league games unbeaten. They managed an astonishing 23 wins in that stretch, including taking all 3 points from their last 11 matches. Furthermore, they’ve kept 5 straight clean sheets in league action. Cardozo and Rodrigo always pose a threat in attack for the Eagles, and their experience could prove vital when dealing with a tough Juve backline. The hosts will certainly have their hands full with one of the most talented midfields in the world, but they’re also eager to correct 2013′s disappointing last-minute loss to Chelsea in the finals.
Probable lineups Benfica: Moraes – Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira – Salvio, Andre Gomes, Perez, Gaitan – Lima, Rodrigo
JJuventus are also set to win their domestic title, which would give them a third successive Serie A success. They have an eight point lead at the top of Serie A with just four rounds of matches remaining. The Bianconeri  managed to lose their second game of the season last week when they faced third placed Napoli at the end of March. Since then they have done pretty well of late, winning their last five fixtures in all competitions.
Bonucci and  Lichtsteiner, both suspended last weekend, will be recalled. Tevez continues to battle a thigh niggle for Juve, but Andrea Barzagli did return in Saturday's 1-0 win over Bologna. Vidal is doubtful too and the Chilean, just like Tevez, is unlikely to be risked from the start.
Probable lineups Juventus: Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Isla, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah – Llorente, Tevez.

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

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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich
Competition: Champions League Semi-Final
Match date: 23 April 2014
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)

Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich (Semi Final):
19' 1-0 Karim Benzema. 

Real Madrid inflicted first blow on Bayern Munich in the first leg of Champions League semifinals battle at Santiago Bernebau this midweek. Both teams were looking determined to take hold of situation and search for that important goals that can be carried into the second meeting.
Bayern approached that tie in a positive manner as they continue to play their ball possession setup and pressed down their opponent.
Despite being under pressure early on, Real Madrid managed to break out from their shell and eventually got themselves in front on 19 minutes from Karim Benzema's finish.
Both teams continue to push forward, especially Bayern Munich as Pep Guardiola's men were keen on grabbing an away goal on that tie.
However, until the final whistle was blown, none of two sides were able to secure three points as that game ended in a 1-0 win for Los Blancos.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Competition: Spanish Primera Division
Match date: 20 April 2014
Venue: Estadio Camp Nou, Spain

The Catalan side were keen on keeping their title challenge alive and well as they immediately put on a strong pressure on their opponent.
It was not an easy task though for Barcelona to break down Bilbao, especially in the first half as that period ended in goalless draw.
After the break, it was Bilbao that stunned Tata Martino's men as they went one goal up on 50 minutes through Aritz Aduriz's effort.
Barca were not about to let another game slipped in front of their eyes as they pushed forward vigorously and eventually got back on level terms on 72 minutes through Pedro.
The home side turned things around two minutes later as their star man, Lionel Messi snatched that all important winning goal that keep Barcelona within striking distance to chase Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga standings.

Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao:
49' 0-1 Aritz Aduriz // 71' Pedro Rodriguez 1-1 // 74' Lionel Messi 2-1

Barcelona starting lineup vs Athletic Bilbao 2014:- Pinto, Alves, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Iniesta, Xavi, Song, Messi, Sanchez, Pedro.

Athletic Bilbao starting XI vs FCB 2014:- Iraizoz, San Jose, Balenziaga, Laporte, Susaeta, Ander Herrera, Iturraspe, Erik Moran, Aduriz, Muniain, De Marcos.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

AC Milan vs Livorno - Competition: Italian Serie A
Match date: 19 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 14:00 GMT
Venue: San Siro, Milan

AC Milan 3-0 Livorno:
43' 1-0 Balotelli M // 51' 2-0 Taarabt A. //83' 3-0 Pazzini G

AC Milan immediately put on an attacking shape since kick off as they were hunting for early goals, but it wasn't until two minutes before half time break that they broke the dead lock.
It was Mario Balotelli who started Milan's domination on that match as he finished off an assist from Kevin Constant.
Leading by a goal gave more motivation for Milan as they continue to push forward and eventually doubling their lead through Adel Taarabt on 51 minutes.
Rossoneri finally sealed all three points on that match with a goal from Giampaolo Pazzini seven minutes from time.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chelsea vs Sunderland - Competition: Premier League
Match date: 19 April 2014
Kick Off Time: 15:30 GMT
Venue:  Stamford Bridge (London, England) 

Chelsea enter matchweek 34 of the Premier League still holding onto very realistic title ambitions. At 2 points adrift surprise leaders Liverpool, Chelsea need to win their remaining 4 league games (includes a road trip to Anfield next Sunday) to lift the trophy. The Blues flirted with disaster last time out when a stubborn, 10-man Swansea team put the Blues attack to the test. But it was Demba Ba to the rescue once again, netting in the 68th minute and keeping his side in the race. The Senegalese international hasn’t seen much playing time under new manager Jose Mourinho, but his preparedness has shown through after this week’s heroics. In addition to the match-winner against Swansea, he smartly finished late on in their Champions League quarterfinal match to eliminate PSG, and that form could earn him the start here for Saturday. But this team’s bread-and-butter is their defence, which ranks first in the Premiership. Led by captain John Terry, the Blues have conceded just 3 goals in their last 8 league games. Stud winger Eden Hazard will be forced to miss here.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Cech – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta – Matic, Lampard – Salah, Oscar, Schurrle – Demba Ba.

Sunderland team couldn’t have picked a worse time to travel to the seemingly impregnable Stamford Bridge. In league action, the Blues haven’t lost at home all season—not to mention Jose Mourinho’s ridiculous 77-game unbeaten streak at the Bridge in league play—and the Black Cats sit mired in the basement of the Premiership with just 26 points from 33 games. With fellow relegation-battlers Fulham, Cardiff, and West Brom all picking up valuable points last week, Sunderland are in dire straits and need to start bagging points now. However, the Black Cats did manage to pluck a road draw from Man City on Wednesday, which may end up proving pivotal come May 11th. Connor Wickham was the hero in that contest, striking two goals in 10 minutes to take the late lead and will likely be handed another start here. But in typical fashion of 2014 Sunderland, they missed a massive opportunity for all 3 points and instead conceded in the 88th minute to Samir Nasri. Nonetheless, it was a promising result and one they can build on for the run-in. The visitors do still have Cardiff, West Brom, and Swansea on their remaining schedule, but that means little if Gus Poyet can’t keep his troops focused. Bad news comes in the form of a Phil Bardsley suspension.
Probable lineups Sunderland: Mannone – Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Alonso – Johnson, Cattermole, Colback, Giaccherini – Wickham, Borini.

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

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Arsenal vs West Ham Premier League 15-04-2014

Arsenal vs West Ham United
Football: England, Premier League, Game week 34th 

Arsenal team are going through a crisis. Recently, they have squandered their title chances. In the league they won for the last time on the 16th of March against Tottenham. Then they suffered a devastating defeat from Chelsea London (6:0), two draws with Swansea and Man City. During last game week the Gunners could not win against their direct rivals for the place in Champions League’s qualifiers Everton. The Toffees won 3:0. Arsenal did not play during the weekend in the league because they had their FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The game was really tough for Wenger’s boys but only after the penalty shootout. It was Wigan who took the lead after being awarded with a penalty in the 63rd minute of the game. Then it was the German defender Mertesacker who gave the Gunners the equalizer. During the shootout the Polish goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański saved the first two penalties and eventually Arsenal won 4:2 on penalties. 
West Ham are sitting rather safe in the Premiership. Being 7 points clear of the drop zone and having only five games till the end of the season should be enough to maintain their place in the Premiership. During the last game week the Hammers hosted at Upton Park the current leaders Liverpool. Steven Gerrard took the advantage of two penalties the Reds were awarded with and these were enough for the visitors to win 1:2. When it comes to the other recent performances of West Ham, they won against Sunderland on the road and against Hull City at home. The Hammers have got still a few difficult games in front of them, e.g. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in the two final game weeks of this season.

Date:  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 20:45CET
Stadium: Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom
Referee: K. Friend

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

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Valencia vs FC Basel - Competition: UEFA Europa League
Match date: 10 April 2014
Venue: Mestalla, Spain 

Valencia's magical come back started when Paco Alcacer opened the scoring on 38 minutes, which were soon followed by Eduardo Vargas, who made it 2-0 just before half time break.
That two goals lead during the first 45 minutes gave strong beliefs for Valencia as they kept on pushing forward until they finally leveled their aggregate with another effort from Alcacer on 70 minutes.
Winning 3-0 in the 90 minutes mark means that both teams are tied in aggregate and the tie was heading into another 2x15 minutes.
On that extra time, Valencia remain dominant as they completed their turned around from Alcacer's hat-trick on 113 minutes, before Juan Bernat sealed their magical win with a fifth goal on 118 minutes.

Valencia 5-0 Basel (Quarter-finals)
38' 1-0 Paco A. // 42' 2-0 Vargas // 70' 3-0 Paco // 113' 4-0 Paco // 118' 5-0 Bernat J.

Valencia starting lineup vs FCB 2014 Europa League:- Guaita, Mathieu, Pereira, Keita, Fuego, Feghouli, Parejo, Bernat, Cartabia, Vargas, Alcacer
FC Basel starting XI v Valencia CF EL Second Leg:- Sommer, Safari, Sauro, Schar, Xhaka, Degen, Delgado, Diaz, Serey Die, Frei, El Nenny

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United
UEFA Champions LeagueMatch date: 9 April 2014
Venue: Allianz-Arena (München)

Manchester United put on a solid defensive effort though, especially in the first 45 minutes as they stopped their opponent from snatching any goals in that period.
Nothing changed a lot in the second half as Bayern still dominate proceedings, but United were trying to push harder as they must grab an away goal to avoid exit from that tournament.
Things seem to be going Man United's way when their counter attacking play resulted in the opening goal which was scored by Patrice Evra on 57 minutes.
However, instead of stunning Bayern's morale, that goal triggered the German side to pull out their best performance and they didn't need to wait long for it.
Pep Guardiola's men reacted swiftly after conceding as within just two minutes, they got back on level terms through Mario Mandzukic's header.
The Bundesliga champions upped their game and eventually turned things around with an effort from Thomas Muller on 68 minutes. Bayern finally sealed their passage into the semifinals thanks to a goal from Arjen Robben on 76 minutes which made it 3-1.

Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United (Quarter Final)
57' 0-1 Patrice Evra // 59' Mario Mandzukic 1-1 // 68' Thomas Muller 2-1 // 76' Arjen Robben 3-1

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chelsea vs Paris Saint-Germain
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 8 April 2014
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London) 

Chelsea 2-0 Paris Saint Germain (Quarter Final)
32' Andre Schurrle 1-0 // 87' Demba Ba 2-0

Chelsea survived a scare as they advanced into the next round of Champions League after defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their quarter finals battle on Tuesday.
Losing 3-1 in the first meeting, Jose Mourinho's men were determined in grabbing at least a 2-0 victory on that day. It was not an easy game for Chelsea, especially early on as Paris Saint-Germain looking pretty comfortable and solid when defending.
However, from a set piece situation, Mourinho's men were able to take an advantage as they got themselves in front through Andre Schurlle's finish.
That goal increased the tension as Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on seeking for that important away goal that should confirmed their passage.
The game continue to look tight, though Chelsea did create a bit more opportunities, but still having problems in breaking down Laurent Blanc's side.
However, late in the match, luck finally flew into PSG's favor as Demba Ba snatched an important late goal which secured Chelsea's passage in the semifinals of Champions League.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinal

Borussia Dortmund lost the first match of the quarterfinal in Madrid and left very weak impression. 3:0 – It isn’t a result they expected to get. The performance of the Dortmunders was simply bad and against well-structured team such as Real Madrid, they didn’t stand a chance. Today’s Borussia Dortmund are nothing and play nothing like the team from the last year’s Champions League. It seems that even with Robert Lewandowski playing they still would have had big difficulties. Borussia still have some huge problems with injuries in the team that, once again, will be a huge disadvantage for the manager Klopp. On the other hand in the upcoming game can play and will certainly play Robert Lewandowski who is a significant reinforcement for the line-up. Moreover it is worth to mention that Dortmunders beat in the last Bundesliga round VfL Wolfsburg 2:1 and in a better moods before the game against Real. However with this injury problems and with this result, it is very unlikely for Borussia to win and to beat Real Madrid being simply in a better shape.      
It seems that Real Madrid managed to beat the crisis. They won the last three games scoring 12 goals and losing none. It started with the win 5:0 against Rayo Vallecano. Then came a very important win at home against Dortmund in CL (3:0) and in the last game – in Primera Division – they won 4:0 against Real Sociedad. In that last game they played without C. Ronaldo who has some minor injury. The victory in Champions League against Dortmund makes them a clear favourite in the upcoming match in Germany. Real showed a very well-structured and strategically consistent football. They controlled the game the whole time and with the fast scored goal (3 minute, Bale) they managed to force their own pace in the game. On the one hand Real Madrid are more than half-way in the semifinal but they have to be cautious playing in Dortmund and not to lose their cool.  

Borussia Dortmund last 5 matches:
22/03/14 Hannover 96 0 – 3 Borussia
25/03/14 Borussia Dortmund 0 – 0 Schalke 04
29/03/14 Stuttgart 2 – 3 Borussia Dortmund
02/04/14 Real Madrid 3 – 0 Borussia Dortmund
05/04/14 Borussia Dortmund 2 – 1 Wolfsburg 
Real Madrid last 5 matches:
24/03/14 Real Madrid 3 – 4 Barcelona
27/03/14 Sevilla 2 – 1 Real Madrid
30/03/14 Real Madrid 5 – 0 Rayo Vallecano
02/04/14 Real Madrid 3 – 0 Borussia Dortmund
05/04/14 Real Sociedad 0 – 4 Real Madrid

Match date: Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Kick Off Time: 18:45 GMT - 8:45 pm CET
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

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

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Everton vs Arsenal - Competition: Premier League
Match date: 6 April 2014
Venue: Goodison Park, England 

Arsenal's title hope seem to finally hit an end road as this weekend they suffered a disappointing away defeat against Everton. Starting to lose gap from other top three teams, Arsenal were looking for all three points that can still given them any slight hope for title challenge.
However, their opponent were also keen on chasing down Arsenal's fourth place seat and apparently Everton were much more sharper on that tie.
The home side put on a strong pressure since kick off and eventually got them after 14 minutes from Steven Naismith's effort.
That lead gave more confidence for the Toffees as they continue their attacking play and managed to double their advantage on 34 minutes through Romelu Lukaku.
Everton sealed their home victory with a third goal, which was netted by an own goal from their former player, Mikel Arteta on 62 minutes.

Everton 3-0 Arsenal:
Everton – Steven Naismith 14' // Romelu Lukaku 34' // Mikel Arteta (og) 61'

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Basel vs Valencia - Competition: UEFA Europa League
Match date: 3 April 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: St Jakob Park

Basel 3-0 Valencia (QUARTER FINAL)
34' 1-0 Delgado M. E.//39' 2-0 Delgado M. E. // 91' 3-0 Stocker 

Valencia's journey in Europa League is under serious threat as they were beaten comfortably by FC Baasel on the first leg of their two legged tie.
The home side were looking determined in giving something special for their loyal fans and they got things going on 34 minutes through Matias Delgado's effort.
Delgado continue to cause problems for El Che during that first half as four minutes after opening the score, he grabbed his second to give Basel a comfortable two goals lead as they go into half time break.
Already taking a 2-0 lead didn't stop Basel from pouring forward as they kept on the pressure and eventually adding a third one in stoppage time, courtesy of Valentin Stocker's goal.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Match date: 2 April 2014
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain 

Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund (Quarter Final)
3' Gareth Bale 1-0 // 27' Isco 2-0 // 57' Cristiano Ronaldo 3-0

Real Madrid registered a win over Borussia Dortmund in the match of  Champions League. Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund match ended with 3-0 scoreline in UEFA Champions League 2014.
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