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Feb 21

José Mourinho questions focus on substitute Paul Pogba after Sevilla draw

• United manager praises Scott McTominay after 0-0 draw in Spain• Mourinho calls for a ‘Big Champions League night’ at Old TraffordJosé Mourinho refused to be drawn on the absence of Paul Pogba from his starting lineup in Seville where Manchester Unite…

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Feb 21

Fred’s free-kick gives Shakhtar Donetsk narrow lead over Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting thanks to a spectacular winner from the Brazil midfielder Fred.The 24-year-old Fred showed why some of Europe’s top clubs are reportedly scout…

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Feb 21

Resolute United keep Sevilla at bay

David de Gea made a string of saves to ensure Manchester United held out for a goalless draw against a spirited Sevilla side at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

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Feb 21

Manchester United overrun by Sevilla but David de Gea’s saves ensure parity

And so to Old Trafford. Applause rang round the Sánchez Pizjuán. Sevilla had not been able to defeat Manchester United but their supporters recognised they had been close and there is still hope they can reach the quarter-final of this competition for …

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Feb 21

Slick Shakhtar come from behind to beat Roma

Fred’s superb free-kick completed the turnaround as Shakhtar wrested the upper hand in this last-16 tie.

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Feb 21

Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: Champions League – as it happened

Shakhtar Donetsk came from 1-0 down to win this last-16 first leg tie in Kharkiv. Cengiz Ünder gave Roma the lead before Facundo Ferreyra and Fred struck in the second-half for the hosts 9.46pm GMT An entertaining game that saw Roma take a deserved fir…

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Feb 21

Sevilla 0-0 Manchester United: Champions League – as it happened

It wasn’t much of a match, but United held firm at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. 9.36pm GMT And that’s that. United didn’t really get going tonight, but they’ll be pleased enough with this. Jose Mourinho knows the value of a gritty away display in…

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Feb 21

David Ospina to start for Arsenal in Europa League and Carabao Cup final

• Arsène Wenger refuses to change policy and play Petr Cech• Mesut Özil out of Östersund match as Lacazette makes progressArsène Wenger has confirmed that David Ospina will start against Östersund in the Europa League on Thursday night and Manchester …

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Feb 21

Disjointed, vulnerable and slow: Barça exposed by Chelsea’s tactical rigour | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea stifled Barcelona’s key players, proving the Spanish side should not be so feared as they once wereThe first leg, you suspect, went just as Antonio Conte would have wanted it to go – apart from the bit about not playing a square ball across you…

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Feb 21

Mourinho: Manchester United not among Champions League favourites – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has denied that his team are among the favourites to win the Champions League, ahead of taking on Sevilla on Wednesday night. The Portuguese insists it is too early to be thinking of lifting the trophy before fac…

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Feb 21

Sevilla’s danger men: five players who can pose Manchester United trouble

United may be favourites in the Champions League last 16 but Sevilla have players who can hurt themIt’s Jesús Navas, but not as we know him. The former Manchester City winger has been converted to right-back and, although he is diligent, that does occa…

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Feb 21

Bayern see both sides of Beşiktaş demolition

Bayern beat Beşiktaş 5-0, but Jupp Heynckes and Thomas Müller could see the flaws behind the scoreline.

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Feb 21

Antonio Conte bemoans defensive mistake as Messi pounces for Barça – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left frustrated after a defensive error allowed Lionel Messi to equalise and provide Barcelona with a crucial away goal in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday night• Messi strikes to give Barça&…

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Feb 20

Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo | Barney Ronay

The little genius changed the gravity of this tie with a piece of classic unforgiving skill to score his first goal against Chelsea, but until then the hosts had been a match for BarcelonaWith 11 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge Lionel Messi did his fir…

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Feb 20

Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Willian caught the eye for Chelsea while Umtiti and Paulinho were weak links for BarcelonaThibaut Courtois Occasionally panicked with his distribution, but strong at crosses and helpless for Messi’s equaliser 6 Related: Lionel Messi breaks his duck aga…

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Feb 20

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: we were close to the perfect game against Barcelona

• Italian believes side can still achieve ‘something incredible’• Conte admits Chelsea ‘paid dearly’ for Christensen’s mistakeAntonio Conte believes Chelsea can still achieve “something incredible” at the Camp Nou after emerging disappointed only to dr…

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