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  • Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Celtic will discover their Champions League opponents in Monaco on Thursday. Liverpool will also learn their group stage opposition, assuming Jurgen Klopp's men do not relinquish their 2-1 play-off lead over Hoffenheim at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Celtic qualified by completing victory over Astana on Tuesday.The draw for the eight groups, featuring 32 teams in all, begins at 1700BST on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in the Principality. It will be followed by the UEFA Player Awards.Real Madrid won Europe's elite club competition in Cardiff in June, becoming the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles.The final takes place at the NSK Olimpiyskyi in Kiev on May 26, 2018.There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association cannot face each other.Premier League champions Chelsea are in pot one alongside Madrid, Bayern ..

    British sides await Champions League fates

    Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Celtic will discover their Champions League opponents in Monaco on Thursday. Liverpool will also learn their group stage opposition, assuming Jurgen Klopp's men do not relinquish their 2-1 play-off lead over Hoffenheim at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Celtic qualified by completing victory over Astana on Tuesday.The draw for the eight groups, featuring 32 teams in all, begins at 1700BST on Thursday at the Grimaldi Forum in the Principality. It will be followed by the UEFA Player Awards.Real Madrid won Europe's elite club competition in Cardiff in June, becoming the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles.The final takes place at the NSK Olimpiyskyi in Kiev on May 26, 2018.There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association cannot face each other.Premier League champions Chelsea are in pot one alongside Madrid, Bayern ..
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  • Brendan Rodgers admits he endured another night of Champions League qualification worry after Celtic progressed into the group stage despite a 4-3 defeat in Astana.The Hoops' progress was never in serious doubt following their 5-0 thrashing of the Kazakhstan champions at Parkhead last week however, there were some nervy moments for the Northern Irishman and the Scottish champions in a pulsating encounter in Kazakhastan.The home side took the lead through an own goal by 19-year-old defender Kristoffer Ajer before Scott Sinclair curled in the equaliser.Two goals in a minute at the start of the second half from attackers Serikzhan Muzhikov and Patrick Twumasi brought the home side back to life and when the Ghanaian grabbed his second to make it 4-1 there were some anxious moments before late goals from Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths gave the visitors an 8-4 aggregate win and confirmed they would be in European football's top club competition for the second successive seas..

    Brendan Rodgers goes through more nervous moments in Champions League

    Brendan Rodgers admits he endured another night of Champions League qualification worry after Celtic progressed into the group stage despite a 4-3 defeat in Astana.The Hoops' progress was never in serious doubt following their 5-0 thrashing of the Kazakhstan champions at Parkhead last week however, there were some nervy moments for the Northern Irishman and the Scottish champions in a pulsating encounter in Kazakhastan.The home side took the lead through an own goal by 19-year-old defender Kristoffer Ajer before Scott Sinclair curled in the equaliser.Two goals in a minute at the start of the second half from attackers Serikzhan Muzhikov and Patrick Twumasi brought the home side back to life and when the Ghanaian grabbed his second to make it 4-1 there were some anxious moments before late goals from Olivier Ntcham and Leigh Griffiths gave the visitors an 8-4 aggregate win and confirmed they would be in European football's top club competition for the second successive seas..
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  • Celtic progressed into the Champions League as expected with an 8-4 aggregate win over Astana, but they were made to sweat in their 4-3 second-leg defeat in Kazakhstan. The Hoops' progress was never in serious doubt following their 5-0 thrashing of the Kazakhstan champions at Parkhead last week, but there were some nervy moments for the Scottish champions as they slipped to a first defeat of the season in a pulsating encounter at the Astana Arena. Celtic's 19-year-old defender Kristoffer Ajer, in for injured Jozo Simunovic, deflected a shot from defender Dmitri Shomko past goalkeeper Craig Gordon in the 26th minute to give the Kazakh side the merest glimmer of hope, quashed, it appeared, eight minutes later when Hoops attacker Scott Sinclair curled in the equaliser. Two goals in a minute at the start of the second-half from attackers Serikzhan Muzhikov and Patrick Twumasi brought the home side back to life and, when Ghanaian Twumasi grabbed his second, the visitors were on..

    Celtic progress into Champions League despite narrow second-leg defeat at Astana

    Celtic progressed into the Champions League as expected with an 8-4 aggregate win over Astana, but they were made to sweat in their 4-3 second-leg defeat in Kazakhstan. The Hoops' progress was never in serious doubt following their 5-0 thrashing of the Kazakhstan champions at Parkhead last week, but there were some nervy moments for the Scottish champions as they slipped to a first defeat of the season in a pulsating encounter at the Astana Arena. Celtic's 19-year-old defender Kristoffer Ajer, in for injured Jozo Simunovic, deflected a shot from defender Dmitri Shomko past goalkeeper Craig Gordon in the 26th minute to give the Kazakh side the merest glimmer of hope, quashed, it appeared, eight minutes later when Hoops attacker Scott Sinclair curled in the equaliser. Two goals in a minute at the start of the second-half from attackers Serikzhan Muzhikov and Patrick Twumasi brought the home side back to life and, when Ghanaian Twumasi grabbed his second, the visitors were on..
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  • Astana boss Stanimir Stoilov is not expecting his side to perform a football miracle against Celtic in Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.The Hoops are leading 5-0 from the first leg of the Champions League play-off in Glasgow and are all but certain to go through to the group stage for the second season in a row under Brendan Rodgers.Asked if he believed in the prospect of a something extraordinary occurring at the Astana Arena, Bulgarian Stoilov said: "I have to be realistic. Celtic are 99 per cent through to the group stages of the Champions League."Our chances are not so great but anything can happen."But to be realistic, Celtic will be going through."Celtic can get through the group stages but it depends on who the opponents are after that as to how far they can go."When Stoilov was referred to Barcelona's remarkable comeback against Paris St German last season when they won 6-1 in the Nou Camp after losing the first game 4-0, he was no more optimistic.He said: "Barcelona can..

    Astana boss: Celtic are 99 per cent through to Champions League group stages

    Astana boss Stanimir Stoilov is not expecting his side to perform a football miracle against Celtic in Kazakhstan on Tuesday night.The Hoops are leading 5-0 from the first leg of the Champions League play-off in Glasgow and are all but certain to go through to the group stage for the second season in a row under Brendan Rodgers.Asked if he believed in the prospect of a something extraordinary occurring at the Astana Arena, Bulgarian Stoilov said: "I have to be realistic. Celtic are 99 per cent through to the group stages of the Champions League."Our chances are not so great but anything can happen."But to be realistic, Celtic will be going through."Celtic can get through the group stages but it depends on who the opponents are after that as to how far they can go."When Stoilov was referred to Barcelona's remarkable comeback against Paris St German last season when they won 6-1 in the Nou Camp after losing the first game 4-0, he was no more optimistic.He said: "Barcelona can..
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  • England defender Lucy Bronze has left Manchester City Women to join European champions Lyon after admitting she "needed a new challenge". The 25-year-old right-back was nominated on Thursday for FIFA's 'The Best' player of the year award, and is the current Professional Footballers' Association women's player of the year.Now she is heading for the leading club side in Europe, who beat City in the Champions League semi-finals in April, and has signed a three-year contract.The 21-year-old German forward Pauline Bremer moves the opposite way as part of the deal.Bronze played starring roles for England in their 2015 World Cup and Euro 2017 campaigns, and leaves City after winning the Women's Super League, FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup with the club.Announcing the move, City said in a statement: "All at Manchester City thank Lucy for her contribution over the past two years and wish her the best of luck with her new experience." Lyon said on their webs..

    Lucy Bronze leaves Manchester City for European champions Lyon

    England defender Lucy Bronze has left Manchester City Women to join European champions Lyon after admitting she "needed a new challenge". The 25-year-old right-back was nominated on Thursday for FIFA's 'The Best' player of the year award, and is the current Professional Footballers' Association women's player of the year.Now she is heading for the leading club side in Europe, who beat City in the Champions League semi-finals in April, and has signed a three-year contract.The 21-year-old German forward Pauline Bremer moves the opposite way as part of the deal.Bronze played starring roles for England in their 2015 World Cup and Euro 2017 campaigns, and leaves City after winning the Women's Super League, FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup with the club.Announcing the move, City said in a statement: "All at Manchester City thank Lucy for her contribution over the past two years and wish her the best of luck with her new experience." Lyon said on their webs..
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  • Celtic confidently planted one foot into the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thumping of Astana in the first leg of their play-off at Parkhead. Returning midfielder Tom Rogic's strike in the 31st minute was helped into his own net by defender Evgeni Postnikov before attacker Scott Sinclair added a second three minutes before the interval.The former Manchester City and Aston Villa player notched his second on the hour mark with further goals from winger James Forrest and striker Leigh Griffiths - his might have taken a deflection off Igor Shitov - for a result which in no way flattered Brendan Rodgers' men The Hoops knocked the Kazakhstan outfit out in the third qualifying round last season on a 3-2 aggregate and only a remarkable turnaround next Tuesday in Astana will prevent a repeat.Celtic, surely, will be among European football's big boys for the second successive season under Rodgers.Griffiths had declared himself free of an ongoing calf complaint and ..

    Five-star Celtic on brink of Champions League group stages after routing Astana

    Celtic confidently planted one foot into the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thumping of Astana in the first leg of their play-off at Parkhead. Returning midfielder Tom Rogic's strike in the 31st minute was helped into his own net by defender Evgeni Postnikov before attacker Scott Sinclair added a second three minutes before the interval.The former Manchester City and Aston Villa player notched his second on the hour mark with further goals from winger James Forrest and striker Leigh Griffiths - his might have taken a deflection off Igor Shitov - for a result which in no way flattered Brendan Rodgers' men The Hoops knocked the Kazakhstan outfit out in the third qualifying round last season on a 3-2 aggregate and only a remarkable turnaround next Tuesday in Astana will prevent a repeat.Celtic, surely, will be among European football's big boys for the second successive season under Rodgers.Griffiths had declared himself free of an ongoing calf complaint and ..
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  • Antonio Conte admitted the "two faces" of Chelsea were evident after the Premier League champions were humbled 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute by referee Craig Pawson for a high lunge at Steven Defour and Burnley responded by powering into a 3-0 lead with two goals from Sam Vokes and a Stephen Ward strike.Chelsea fought back through Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, but Cesc Fabregas' dismissal for two bookable offences disrupted their momentum in a second-half they dominated."The red card was a key moment. After that we lost our composure and conceded three goals," Conte said."We have to improve a lot on this aspect because there was the rest of the game to try to do our best. We must have the right experience to face this situation."Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very difficult to change the final result despite the great commitment, will and desire of my players."I'm very proud of my players, b..

    Antonio Conte sees ‘two faces’ of Chelsea as champions are beaten by Burnley

    Antonio Conte admitted the "two faces" of Chelsea were evident after the Premier League champions were humbled 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute by referee Craig Pawson for a high lunge at Steven Defour and Burnley responded by powering into a 3-0 lead with two goals from Sam Vokes and a Stephen Ward strike.Chelsea fought back through Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, but Cesc Fabregas' dismissal for two bookable offences disrupted their momentum in a second-half they dominated."The red card was a key moment. After that we lost our composure and conceded three goals," Conte said."We have to improve a lot on this aspect because there was the rest of the game to try to do our best. We must have the right experience to face this situation."Instead we conceded three goals and in the second half it was very difficult to change the final result despite the great commitment, will and desire of my players."I'm very proud of my players, b..
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  • Holland became women's European champions for the first time with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Denmark on home soil.Having swept aside Euro 2017 favourites England 3-0 in the semi-finals, Holland fought back from an early setback to send the sell-out Enschede crowd wild.Vivianne Miedema (2), Lieke Martens and Sherida Spitse scored for the hosts, with Nadia Madim and Pernille Harder on target for Denmark in a first half which ended 2-2.The Danes were ahead after six minutes when Harder cut down the left and Kika van Es brought down Sanne Troelsgaard in the box.Nadim converted from the spot but Holland were level within four minutes as Shanice van de Sanden surged past Cecilie Sandvej on the right and squared.Miedema's calm sidefoot did the rest as she maintained her record of scoring in all three knock-out games.Barcelona forward Martens then put Holland ahead after 28 minutes when she controlled Desiree van Lunteren's pass on the edge of the box.Martens spun her m..

    Holland Women crowned European champions for first time

    Holland became women's European champions for the first time with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Denmark on home soil.Having swept aside Euro 2017 favourites England 3-0 in the semi-finals, Holland fought back from an early setback to send the sell-out Enschede crowd wild.Vivianne Miedema (2), Lieke Martens and Sherida Spitse scored for the hosts, with Nadia Madim and Pernille Harder on target for Denmark in a first half which ended 2-2.The Danes were ahead after six minutes when Harder cut down the left and Kika van Es brought down Sanne Troelsgaard in the box.Nadim converted from the spot but Holland were level within four minutes as Shanice van de Sanden surged past Cecilie Sandvej on the right and squared.Miedema's calm sidefoot did the rest as she maintained her record of scoring in all three knock-out games.Barcelona forward Martens then put Holland ahead after 28 minutes when she controlled Desiree van Lunteren's pass on the edge of the box.Martens spun her m..
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  • Manchester City fans will be able to boo the Champions League without rebuke after UEFA changed its competition rules.City fans have regularly booed the competition anthem over the years, with European football's governing body going as far as to open disciplinary action over it in October 2015.The booing was reported by the match delegate after City's Champions League win against Sevilla, but UEFA decided not to take any action against the club.There will be no such problems going forwards for any club as the disciplinary regulations have been changed.Two years ago "the disruption of national or competition anthems" was listed under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations.From June 1, 2016 it changed to "causing a disturbance during national anthems" and in the new 2017 disciplinary regulations there is no reference to competition anthems.Among the UEFA-related issues that have angered City fans over the years was CSKA Moscow fans being in attendance at a match that..

    No sanctions this season for booing Champions League anthem

    Manchester City fans will be able to boo the Champions League without rebuke after UEFA changed its competition rules.City fans have regularly booed the competition anthem over the years, with European football's governing body going as far as to open disciplinary action over it in October 2015.The booing was reported by the match delegate after City's Champions League win against Sevilla, but UEFA decided not to take any action against the club.There will be no such problems going forwards for any club as the disciplinary regulations have been changed.Two years ago "the disruption of national or competition anthems" was listed under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations.From June 1, 2016 it changed to "causing a disturbance during national anthems" and in the new 2017 disciplinary regulations there is no reference to competition anthems.Among the UEFA-related issues that have angered City fans over the years was CSKA Moscow fans being in attendance at a match that..
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