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Ronaldo could have scored four against APOEL – Zidane

(Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned defences around Europe that Cristiano Ronaldo is only just getting started when the Portuguese returned to action after a month by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday. Ronaldo coolly rolled Gareth Bale’s cross into the far corner …

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Relieved Pochettino says Spurs win over Dortmund 'massive'

LONDON (Reuters) – It was not the kind of dominant home display Tottenham Hotspur fans came to expect last season but the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Wednesday was “massive” according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. His side managed only 37 percent possession against the …

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Ronaldo fires holders Real to easy victory over APOEL

(Reuters) – An imperious Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday to get their quest for a third successive Champions League crown off on the right note. Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August …

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Sevilla equaliser leaves Liverpool ruing penalty miss

(Reuters) – Liverpool paid a heavy price for a first-half penalty miss as Sevilla grabbed a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw in their Champions League group E opener at Anfield on Wednesday. The Premier League side had been cruising after overcoming the shock of Wissam Ben Yedder’s fifth-minute …

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Kane double helps Tottenham to victory over Dortmund

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur made a flying start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their Group H opener at Wembley on Wednesday. The England striker made sure there was no repeat of last season’s home woes in …

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We had answers for everything except the goals – Klopp

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp put a brave face on after watching his side throw away a lead with another poor defensive display in their Champions League encounter with Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday. The Premier League side, competing in only their second Champions League group stage in …

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Pyeongchang 2018 Games struggle with tickets and legacy

LIMA (Reuters) – The basics for next year’s Pyeongchang winter Olympics are in place but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged Games organisers on Wednesday to boost promotion and ticket sales and ensure no white elephants were left standing after the event. The Games, starting in February, are also faced …

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Day dumps life-long caddie after slump in form

(Reuters) – The caddie merry-go-round continued when former world number one Jason Day revealed on Wednesday that he has sacked long-time bagman Col Swatton. Swatton has been a father-figure for Day, doubling as caddie and coach — a role he will maintain — for the 29-year-old Australian’s entire career. Day …

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