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On Thursday the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage was made in Monaco and plenty of top European teams will clash in the continent’s elite club competition.
Reigning champions Real Madrid were handed a good draw alongside Premier League side Liverpool, as the Spanish giants will try to become the first team in the modern era to defend the UCL trophy.
The opening games of the 2014-15 group stages of the Champions League will begin on September 16-17, while the final will be played in Berlin on June 6, 2015 as the German capital will host the showpiece event for the first time in history.
2014-15 Champions League groups in full
Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo
Group B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets
Group C: Benfica, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen, AS Monaco
Group D: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht
Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma
Group F: FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia
Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor
Group H: FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov
Tottenham Hotspur v AEL Limassol
Thursday August 28, 2014
Matt Smith is joined by former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas for live coverage from White Hart Lane as Spurs entertain Cypriot side AEL Limassol in this second leg qualifier. New boss Mauricio Pochettino, will be looking to guide Tottenham into the Europa League group stages. The 42-year-old Argentinian made the switch from Southampton to North London back in May and he has been joined at the club over the summer by former Swansea duo Ben Davies and Michael Vorm, and by England under-21 defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. Commentary from Sam Matterface and Clarke Carlisle
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Please consider making a donation today - Helping us to keep helping you! Action from the League Cup presented by Manish Bhasin. The second round of the League Cup takes centre stage as 13 clubs from the Premier League join the competition. Highlights from all 25 ties, including MK Dons' match against Manchester United and Leeds' visit to neighbouring Bradford City for a classic West Yorkshire derby
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UEFA Champions League: Skysports UCL Goals and Extra Time (ITV)
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Zenit - Standard
APOEL - AaB Aalborg
BATE - Slovan
Celtic - Maribor
Porto - Lille
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Matt Smith presents highlights of the second leg of the play-off between Celtic and Maribor. Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan provides analysis as the Scottish champions attempt to qualify for a new season of top flight European football.
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Competing at this stage of the competition for the first time since
1995, a much-changed United were outplayed by the League One side
A careless mistake from Jonny Evans allowed Will
Griggs to open the scoring in the first-half from close range to send
the stadium:mk into delirium.
The former Brentford striker then
added his and the Dons' second just after the hour mark, even having the
audacity to chest the ball past a dumbfounded David de Gea.
Afobe clinically added a third after yet more poor defending from the
visitors to put clear daylight between them and the 20-time top flight
Afobe's determination netted the hosts a fourth late on
as the Dons completed a famous victory, and compounded the problems
facing new United boss Louis van Gaal.
The 26,969 fans inside
stadium:mk did their best to make United feel unwelcome as they took to
the pitch, but in the early stages it appeared to have little effect as
the Premier League club started well.
With 50 seconds on the
clock, Danny Welbeck raced down the wing and found Hernandez at the back
post, but the Mexican slipped just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Nick Powell then fired a 25-yard shot just over the bar.
Javier Hernandez punctured the Dons defence with a burst of pace, but he was pulled back for tugging Antony Kay's shirt.
Welbeck also broke through the back line in the ninth minute, but he could not test Martin.
Gea had to race off his line to deny Grigg, who had given Reece James
the slip to latch on to Darren Potter's headed through-ball.
Gaal was forced into a change when Shinji Kagawa was replaced by Adnan
Januzaj following a clash of heads with a Dons defender.
Then came the moment Evans will not forget in a hurry.
centre-half, under no pressure whatsoever, passed straight into the
path of Ben Reeves inside the United box. The former Southampton player
kept his cool and squared to Grigg, who slotted the ball past De Gea.
Evans held his head in his hands while the home fans taunted Van Gaal with chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning".
There was no immediate response from United. In fact, they were happy to go in at the break just one goal down.
Even the simplest of passes seemed beyond the 20-time English champions.
Hernandez, Anderson and Nick Powell were all guilty of wasteful play and Martin had nothing to do in the home goal.
Mamik Vermijl's clearance landed straight at the feet of Samir Carruthers, but he shot straight at De Gea.
Van Gaal replaced the poor Saidy Janko with another debutant, Andreas Pereira.
League One side continued to hold their own after the restart and they
thought they should have had a penalty when Dean Bowditch's shot struck
Evans' arm. Stuart Attwell waved play on.
Welbeck offered a glimpse of the quality United needed with a fizzing shot that flew just wide.
Defensive vulnerabilities cost United again though as the Dons stunned the home crowd with a second goal.
played a careless ball to Michael Keane, who had little time to clear.
The hosts took advantage down the right through Reeves, who whipped in a
flat cross which Grigg flicked past De Gea with his chest.
an audacious finish that would not have looked out of place at the Nou
Camp, rather than the Moo Camp - the local name for stadium:mk due to
the presence of the concrete cows nearby.
Seven minutes later a
third flew in. Baldock gained some space down the left and found Reeves.
He played the ball in behind to Afobe, who rifled past De Gea.
home fans could not believe the scoreline. There was time for more
excitement though. Afobe showed the fight United lacked, driving past
three defenders before beating De Gea.
Martin pulled off a string of top saves to keep a clean sheet and put the icing on a miserable night for Van Gaal.
Matt Smith presents full coverage from Glasgow as the Scottish Premiership winners Celtic host Slovenian champions Maribor in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League play-offs. Celtic had a reprieve in the last round when Legia Warsaw were thrown out for fielding an ineligible player and will hope to capitalise fully and book their place in group phase. Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is in the pundit's chair, with commentary from Sam Matterface and Andy Townsend
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