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Liverpool join Portugal as Champions League winners; Spain, Simeone, Juve are crowned losers

Portuguese clubs are thriving, but Spanish teams are at an all-time low. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have taken a welcome step back. (Author: Gardener)

PortugalPortuguese clubs are thriving, but Spanish teams are at an all-time low. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have taken a welcome step back. Portuguese clubs Benfica and Porto are guaranteed safe passage and Sporting retain absolute control of their fate with one game remaining. Only four countries have ever had three or more representatives in the knockout stages of the Champions League in a single season. It's a feat that England, Germany, Italy and Spain have all taken for granted, but Portugal are on the verge of something special. These three clubs are at odds, but there should be mutual respect for such a landmark achievement. Benfica sold Darwin Nunez, Everton, Gedson Fernandes, Pedro Pereira, Jota, Nuno Santos, Roman Yaremchuk and Carlos Vinicius, while loaning many more and giving some big names - Jan Vertonghen and Adel Taarabt - on free transfers. They've reinvested less than half of the money they raised from sales this summer in the squad, but their business has been phenomenal and heralded a 19-game unbeaten start. Porto lost Fabio Vieira and Vitinha to the Vultures but didn't even manage to replace them outright in the market and after some early problems, Sergio Conceicao has rediscovered their inimitable courage and fighting spirit; In the first two games of this group stage they conceded six goals and scored just once, but in the following three games they did not concede and scored nine goals. Sporting could yet miss the party but their draw against Tottenham – although ultimately a fluke given VAR's stoppage-time shenanigans – proved their skills once again. Given that Ruben Vinagre, a player immediately loaned to Everton, was Wolves' most expensive signing of the summer, it's no secret why Ruben Amorim is drawing such admiring glances. That three clubs from the same country continue to thrive on the continental scene in such adverse circumstances is good not only for the coefficient but also for the perception of Portuguese football as a whole. They accept, recognize and accept their shared role at the bottom of the food chain, but that doesn't mean they let it hold them back. Liverpool Jurgen Klopp won't make the mistake of looking at it as a turning point in this maze of a season, but Liverpool needed that. They also seem to need to sense some kind of danger. Switching to a diamond formation opened up spaces behind them and thoroughly exposed an undercooked Fabinho. But it gave Mo Salah a more central role with the chaotic foil that is Darwin Nunez and represented a welcome risk from Klopp, who has for some time sought to mask Liverpool's flaws rather than maximize their strengths. "We could have lined up in a 4-3-3 with this formation, but we decided to focus more on a diamond," said the German after the win. “The difference isn't that big in possession but it keeps the strikers inside a bit more so we didn't have clear wingers and it opens up for the full-backs. We needed Van Dijk and Gomez in the back line.” Klopp added that his players showed what was necessary to solve problems “step by step throughout the game” when his centre-backs had to mark to make the full-backs push higher and more width Offer. The German then admitted: “If the other team is doing well, you have to go through there. Everything points to the need for Liverpool to grow: a brilliant team focused on what they do best, combining initiative with routine and embracing the unpredictability and volatility of a sport that cannot be controlled. Those two draws in three days at the end of August are starting to look like a crisis. Napoli have won every second game this season apart from the stalemates against Fiorentina and Lecce. Since the beginning of September her record has been P12 W12 D0 L0 F35 A10. No team has ever scored at least three goals in every match in a Champions League group stage, but few have been as brilliant and captivating as Luciano Spalletti's Azzurri. Liverpool beware. In 31 starts for Chelsea, Trevoh Chalobah has never lost in regular or overtime. His only defeats were both on penalties against Liverpool in domestic finals - and he was substituted in the 106th minute of one while scoring on penalties in the other. Bayer Leverkusen's youngest starting XI in Champions League history, with a five-man defense in which 23-year-old Edmond Tapsoba was the oldest member, and attacking by Callum Hudson-Odoi (21), Adam Hlozek (20 ) and Moussa Diaby (23), were guided to a good result by relative newcomer Xabi Alonso. The present - most likely outside of Europe and a place above the Bundesliga relegation zone - is pretty bleak, but the future could well be bright. Edin Dzeko scored his first goal against the Czechs in 2005 and a full 17 years later scored his 11th and 12th goals. One of the most underrated forwards of this generation has not scored more goals against any other team in his career. It doesn't feel particularly good for Mario Götze to be the oldest outfield player in a team, but this color actually suits him at Eintracht Frankfurt. The German's assist for Randal Kolo Muani was a perfect example of a player who is at least a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch - both teammates and opponents. The centre-back expected a shot or a continuation of the run, but Götze instead deflected the ball perfectly for Muani, completing a one-two that the Frankfurt striker didn't expect but which he nonetheless greeted with a fine finish, with Götze the ultimate architect of was the game-winning move. In the last two and a half years, Leipzig have beaten Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid, reaching two European semi-finals in the process. Those are solid foundations on which to build a fearsome reputation that Leipzig itself will hope will be borne by Christopher Nkunku. A win against Real keeps qualifying in their hands and therefore makes it less likely that he will leave mid-season. I'm not sure that 4-0 should equate to the biggest Champions League win of all time by a team that has won the tournament seven times, but here we go. He now stands alone as Eric with the most goals in European Cup history, fittingly surpassing Cantona with a goal against Barcelona. They go to the Europa League. Spanish clubs It is the first time ever that three Spanish clubs have been eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League. Since losing the 2016 final on penalties, Atletico Madrid have won just four knockout ties in the Champions League. Three of those were about Premier League teams - Leicester in 2017, Liverpool in 2020 and Manchester United in 2022 - and the other against Bayer Leverkusen half a decade ago. A home game against the German team means the ridiculous record is extended into another season. Atletico knew they had to win to have any chance of getting out of a presentable group, but they didn't even manage to lead in their fifth game in the top tier against a Leverkusen side led by Xabi Alonso. Yannick Carrasco, scorer of the equalizing penalty in that 2016 final, missed an opportunity to keep Atletico's hopes alive from 12 meters out in injury time. The blame may lie squarely on his shoulders, but a team who have bested only Rangers, Viktoria Plzen, Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic and Copenhagen in the Champions League this season makes the bed they must lie in. Giovanni Simeone alone matched his father's team's attacking performance of four goals in the 2022/23 season in Europe. The highest paid coach in world football will know that's not good enough. There has to come a point where an in-depth and candid conversation is needed to find out if he really is the man to move Atletico forward. The decision to wait until the 86th minute before substituting skillful, unpredictable striker Joao Felix for resilient centre-back Jose Gimenez in a game Atletico needed to win was instructive. Simeone described himself as "stubborn" as he insisted he would "move on" after what he described as his "toughest day" after those two Champions League final defeats. Atletico feel further from this stage than ever and risk being left behind. Barcelona must recognize their mistakes, commit to learning from them and embark on a long and difficult journey instead of constantly looking for shortcuts. Or football director Mateu Alemany can blame "inexplicable refereeing decisions" and president Joan Laporta can suggest "you can't blame the players or the coach" while fans chant "UEFA is a mafia". Without proper introspection there will be no growth and Barcelona will become locked in a hellish cycle of legitimate blame that becomes harder and harder to break out of with every game. That's the only way to describe throwing everything behind a window to sign Robert Lewandowski, Marcos Alonso, Hector Bellerin, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha and Franck Kessie, all aged between 25 and 33. This should be a team something of a pinnacle, but when faced with any opponent outside of Spain's malleable Davids, Barcelona are a Goliath in name and reputation alone. Perhaps they'll take their medicine in the Europa League this time around, but what's far more likely is that Barcelona continue to refuse a necessary rebuild that would require ripping everything up and starting over, opting instead to put a band-aid over their leaking ones Finance and their firing squad to stick. Three clubs from the European Super League have already been eliminated from this year's Champions League (Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​​​Juventus). Two others failed to even qualify for the competition (Arsenal, Manchester United). Two others (Milan, Spurs) need a result in their last group game to progress. In the last damn year for a failing elite, Juventus still set the bar. Their last five Champions League eliminations have gone to Ajax, Lyon, Porto, Villarreal and Benfica. Rather than trying to reform the game, Andrea Agnelli should probably just focus on helping the old lady cross streets she considers beneath her dignity. Giovanni van Bronckhorst delivered this rousing motivational speech after the first game of this European Championship, which Rangers lost 4-0. Since then they've sent out three, two, seven, and three more, with only one getting a reply. Their current goal difference of -18 sits temptingly close to a Champions League group stage record low of -22 and Ajax could offer them another helping hand at Ibrox next week. It might have been an idea not to sell his best central defender (Lisandro Martinez), his best midfielder (Ryan Gravenberch), his winger (Antony) and his forward (Sebastien Haller) in the same transfer window, let alone a total newcomer (Alfred Schreuder) responsible for such delicate operations on the spine. For all the talk that the diminutive defender they sold to Manchester United is an air load, Ajax remain ridiculously vulnerable to crosses and corners. They started well enough but offered little of note at home in a game that had to be won after Salah's opening goal. It is already the second most goals they have conceded in an entire European campaign, just one behind the 2012/13 season when Rangers had to play at Ibrox. Take all that into account and consider that this was the oldest Champions League starting XI in their illustrious, proud history and it takes more than a little Dutch courage to face the reality of their situation. Sure, they hadn't lost at home since February 2021, a run that stretches back 40 games. But Salzburg have drawn their last three games in the Austrian Bundesliga and have been played and beaten in the Champions League at the Red Bull Arena this season, clearly giving them no wings. Club Brugge Simon Mignolet has conceded at least four goals in five of his last nine Champions League games. That's the legacy of a man who once conceded six goals against Stoke and is rewarding Club Brugge for embracing that. If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best and so on. He should probably stop taking penalties for a while. The article Liverpool joins Portugal as Champions League winners; Spain, Simeone, Juve are crowned losers who first appeared on Football365.com.

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Rishi Sunak at PMQs blamed Suella Braverman's 'dirty deal' as fracking ban reinstated

London's latest LIVE politics: Rishi Sunak at PMQs blamed Suella Braverman's 'sleazy deal' as the fracking ban was reintroduced - Mr Sunak was in the House of Commons with the Labor leader for the first time since Liz Truss was replaced as Prime Minister confronted (Author: Gardener)

Rishi SunakChancellor Jeremy Hunt will set out billions in savings to stabilize public finances in an emergency statement on Monday. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will set out billions in savings to stabilize public finances in an emergency statement on Monday. New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, appearing on BBC One on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, says he will have to make "difficult decisions" about spending and taxes. New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, appearing on BBC One on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, says he will have to make "difficult decisions" about spending and taxes. But he says the government will do everything it can to "protect the most vulnerable". Kwasi Kwarteng - I'm going "absolutely 100 percent nowhere" Kwasi Kwarteng - I'm going "absolutely 100 percent nowhere" promises to "restore stability" Jeremy Hunt downplays austerity but "nothing off the table" on tax cut U-turn Jeremy Hunt plays austerity down but 'nothing off the table' on tax cut U-turn Jeremy Hunt asks if Liz Truss is in charge or he asked Jeremy Hunt if Liz Truss is in charge or he Jeremy Hunt: We're going to have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Jeremy Hunt: We will have to make very difficult decisions Sir Keir Starmer has accused Rishi Sunak of making "a sleazy national security deal" to get Suella Bravermans Buy support in Tory leadership election. Sir Keir Starmer has accused Rishi Sunak of making "a sleazy national security deal" to buy Suella Braverman's support in the Tory leadership election. The Labor leader made the new Prime Minister's reappointment of Ms Braverman as Home Secretary his main point of attack as they clashed at Mr Sunak's first PMQs on Wednesday. The Labor leader made the new Prime Minister's reappointment of Ms Braverman as Home Secretary his main point of attack as they clashed at Mr Sunak's first PMQs on Wednesday. Mr Sunak insisted the security breach that led to Ms Braverman's sacking by former Prime Minister Liz Truss was a "mistake" as No 10 has not denied officials advised against reappointing their home secretary days after she was ousted . Mr Sunak insisted the security breach that led to Ms Braverman's sacking by former Prime Minister Liz Truss was a "mistake" as No 10 has not denied officials advised against reappointing their home secretary days after she was ousted . Sir Keir asked the Prime Minister: 'Was his Home Secretary right to resign last week over a security breach?' Sir Keir asked the Prime Minister, 'Was his Home Secretary right to resign last week over a security breach?' Mr Sunak replied: 'The Home Secretary has made a mistake done, but she recognized that, she addressed the matter, and she accepted her mistake. Mr Sunak replied: "The Home Secretary made a mistake but she recognized it, she raised the matter and she accepted her mistake. A Downing Street spokesman later announced that Mr Sunak's moratorium on fracking in England had been restored - just weeks after it was abandoned by Mrs Truss. A Downing Street spokesman later announced that Mr Sunak's moratorium on fracking in England had been restored - just weeks after it was abandoned by Mrs Truss. Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's financial report, which was due on October 31, will now be presented on November 17. Earlier on Wednesday it was announced that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's financial report, which was due on October 31, will now be delivered on November 17. Mr Hunt said it was "cautious" to delay the statement, which is now an "updated" full Autumn statement, to allow for the most updated economic forecasts. Mr Hunt said it was "prudent" to defer the statement, which is now an "updated" full Autumn statement, to allow for the most updated economic forecasts. Foreign Minister: I have not spoken to Qatar about the "arrest" of the LGBT rights activist LGBT protest in the country ahead of the World Cup. Mr Cleverly told LBC: "I have not spoken directly to the Government of Qatar to respond to Peter Tatchell but I understand he has been questioned that he has been assisted by the FCDO consular team." I have with the Qatari Authorities have spoken in the past about how gay football fans view the World Cup and how they will treat our fans and international fans. "They want to make sure football fans are safe and enjoying themselves and they know they have to make some compromises in relation to an Islamic country with very different cultural norms than our own." Mr Tatchell said he was arrested on Tuesday when he staged a one-man protest for LGBT rights, but a Qatari government spokesman insisted he was not arrested. Asked if he will go to the World Cup after Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer signaled he would not, Mr Cleverly said: "If I am able I should go because it is a big international event is. Sadiq Khan says it is a 'source of pride' that Rishi Sunak is the first British Asian PM 19:29 , Robert Dex London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it is 'a source of pride' for many that Rishi Sunak is the first of the country is British Asia Prime Minister. The Labor mayor, a Muslim of Pakistani descent, said people need to "put party politics aside" when such milestones come as there will be other opportunities to challenge Mr Sunak over his politics. During a visit to Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury, North London said to meet the local community and attend the Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations, he said the appointment of the new Prime Minister shows Britain celebrates diversity. "I'm really proud. I am someone who is British Asian, I am someone who was born and raised here," he told the PA news agency for many of us that Rishi Sunak is our country's prime minister. It shows that you can achieve almost anything if you work hard. “What other country can say that we have a Christian king, a Hindu prime minister and an Islamic mayor? "And that just goes to show that in this country, we don't just tolerate diversity — we respect it, we celebrate it, and we embrace it."

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Champions League game stream, latest result and updates today

Barcelona 0-1 Bayern Munich LIVE! Mane Goal - Champions League Match Stream, Latest Result and Updates Today - (Author: Gardener)

Champions LeagueSecretary of State James Cleverly has been criticized for suggesting that LGBTQ+ football fans traveling to the World Cup in Qatar should be "respectful of the host country". Secretary of State James Cleverly has been criticized for suggesting that LGBTQ+ football fans traveling to the World Cup in Qatar should be "respectful of the host country". Foreign Minister urges LGBTQ+ fans to 'respect Qatar's culture' during World Cup Foreign Minister urges LGBTQ+ fans to 'respect Qatar's culture' during World Cup Barcelona and Bayern meet at Camp Nou. The visitors are in the last 16 for the 15th straight season and a win again could secure first place in Group C with a game to go, while an early-kick-off failure by Inter Milan against Viktoria Pilsen would have too guaranteed first place. The Champions League is once again host to two of Europe's biggest clubs tonight as well-known heavyweight rivals Barcelona and Bayern meet at the Camp Nou. The visitors are in the last 16 for the 15th straight season and a win again could secure first place in Group C with a game to go, while an early-kick-off failure by Inter Milan against Viktoria Pilsen would have too guaranteed first place. That game at the San Siro also saw a lot at stake for Barcelona, ​​who needed a huge favor from Pilsen to avoid being eliminated from the competition after a last-minute 3-3 draw with Inter on Matchday 4. That game at the San Siro also saw a lot at stake for Barcelona, ​​who needed a huge favor from Pilsen to avoid being eliminated from the competition after a last-minute 3-3 draw with Inter on Matchday 4. However, the Czechs have lost every game in the competition so far, going down 4-0 in Milan, meaning Xavi's side are eliminated before they even step on the pitch as the Europa League beckons once again. However, the Czechs have lost every game in the competition so far, going down 4-0 in Milan, meaning Xavi's side are eliminated before they even step on the pitch as the Europa League beckons once again. Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie all join Barca tonight, with Sadio Mane returning for Bayern along with Noussair Mazraoui. Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie all join Barca tonight, with Sadio Mane returning for Bayern along with Noussair Mazraoui. Follow Barcelona vs Bayern Munich with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! Follow Barcelona vs Bayern Munich with Standard Sport's LIVE blog below! 20:09, George Flood 10 mins: Bayern take the lead as the mood at Camp Nou continues to somber. It's a special pass from Gnabry to release Mane, who hits Bellerin too easily for the pace before cutely cupping the ball past an oncoming ter Stegen. A nightmare of a night so far for Barca. 20:03 , George Flood 1 min: Barca fans at least packed that famous old pitch tonight with no empty pitches after that Inter result. But it could get very hostile very quickly if Bayern take an early lead. The Bundesliga giants are backed by a vociferous away pursuit in the gods. 19:37 , George Flood It's all over in Milan, where Inter secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Viktoria Pilsen thanks to a brace from Edin Dzeko and further goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku. As we've said countless times tonight, this result means Barcelona can no longer hope to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. Rather, for Xavi's men, it's the Europa League again in the new year. A financial catastrophe. Bayern aren't sure of a top spot just yet, but tonight they can do it with a win of their own. 19:21 , George Flood Barcelona may fall out of the Champions League, but Julian Nagelsmann still expects a tough test tonight at the Camp Nou. At his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Bayern coach spoke about the performance in the second leg and hinted he wasn't sure what tactical surprises his opponent Xavi might have up his sleeve. “Barcelona had a lot of chances in the first half. " he said. We had the problem in the Bundesliga of not converting chances. "Barca currently have a lot from the very successful period - very good counter-pressing, a lot of good signings that fit well with the philosophy. I'm sure we can do that will see tomorrow." We don't know 100 percent what Barca are up to. I imagine they play with two sixes to have more control. Three Barcelona substitutions, Bellerin, Alonso and Kessie start at 18:50 .George Flood Xavi makes three changes from the Barcelona team that beat Athletic Bilbao 4-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres who took them to LaLiga Summit held three points behind Real Madrid after they lost the first Clasico of the season 3-1 earlier this month, adding Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso and Franck Kessie, with Roberto out injured and Gav i was only called up as a substitute after his defeat at the weekend. 18:17 , George Flood Robert Lewandowski's last-minute header against Inter is why Barca still have a shred of hope of avoiding elimination tonight, despite it being their missed chances against former club Bayern that last month have proven so costly. Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane - neither of whom will play tonight - joined the scoring charts as Bayern swept aside their rivals early in the second half at the Allianz Arena. That win also helped ease the pressure on Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann, who had come under fire after a poor start to the domestic season, with the reigning champions still second in the Bundesliga behind Union Berlin. This week, Xavi challenged his squad to show what happened in Munich was a "footballing disgrace". "I'm expecting an intense, physically and tactically well-trained rival," he said. “It's a rival that we consider to be one of the best in the world today. It's an important game for us, regardless of what happens in Milan. "We have to win, show that we are on the same level. We have to show in the game and in the win that what happened in Munich was a footballing disgrace. We have to be self-critical, it's not up to us and we have to show that we're competitive no matter what happens in Milan. “Besides a miracle… we have a hope. If you are able to generate and it depends on you, have hope. You have to play, football has those things. There are unforeseen events in football, we have hope but it's complicated because we're not on our own.” 18:07 , George Flood The Barcelona players could be forgiven for trying to ignore the events in Milan to avoid losing their sixth game in a row to Bayern, who have caused them so much pain in recent years (8-2, anyone? ). However, Xavi insists they will watch events at the San Siro before attempting to show they can still compete in this type of heavyweight game, whether already eliminated or not. "We'll all watch the game together in the dressing room," he told reporters yesterday. “The goal is to play a good game and have good feelings regardless of what happens in Milan. "We have to show that we can compete with this type of team." Bayern Team News - Neuer, Hernandez and Sané in action 17:44 , George Flood Bayern will have Sven Ulreich in goal again tonight while captain Manuel Neuer still paused. Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane are also absent, with Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller available. Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane is expected to return to the starting XI in Catalonia after coming on as a substitute in Saturday's 2-0 win at Hoffenheim. 17:39 , George Flood Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto tonight after the right-back dislocated his shoulder in a 4-0 LaLiga win against Athletic Club at the weekend. Former Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was set to start in his place. Golden Boy winner Gavi is expected to be fit after limping off on Sunday, although Andreas Christensen and Memphis Depay, as well as Ronald Araujo, are still out. Robert Lewandowski will lead the attack again against his former side. Welcome to Barcelona v Bayern Munich LIVE coverage 17:31 , George Flood Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Barcelona v Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The stakes for tonight's Group C heavyweight showdown depend almost entirely on the outcome of the earlier kick-off between Inter Milan and Viktoria Pilsen at the San Siro - more on that in a moment. This competition is set to start at 20:00 BST Camp Nou so stay tuned for build-up, team news and live updates.

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Despite a goalless draw, Pep Guardiola's side are the best Champions League group

Match report when Riyad Mahrez saw a penalty saved by Gregor Kobel in the second half; Youssoufa Moukoko also missed a great chance for Dortmund in the first half; Man City lead Group G with a game to go as Dortmund also reach the last 16 (Author: Gardener)

Pep Guardiola'sMan City secured top spot in their Champions League group despite another missed penalty by Riyad Mahrez, and Borussia Dortmund advanced to the last 16 after a 0-0 draw at Signal Iduna Park. Although far from a European classic, both sides got what they needed from the game with one game and finished the game in Group G. Man City didn't have a shot on goal in the first half - the second time that has happened in this one season in the Champions League after also failing to do so in the second leg against Dortmund - and the hosts should have taken the lead before the break, but Youssoufa Moukoko fired wide from close range. Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo were substituted at half-time. The in-form forward was kept very calm by former teammate Mats Hummels while Cancelo was caught too many times by the impressive Karim Adeyemi. Explaining his decision, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said both players felt unwell ahead of the game, telling BT Sport: "Erling had a bit of a fever before the game. He looked tired, Joao, too. When later asked about Haaland's injury, the Spaniard said: "I spoke to (the medical staff) at half-time and they were a bit worried, but I saw that he was walking more or less normally. Man City had a golden opportunity ' to take three points when Emre Can Mahrez fell in the box and missed a stonewall penalty for the visitors, however the Algerian missed his second Champions League penalty of the season which was saved by Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel that's a problem," Guardiola told BT Sport of the miss. "Since I've been here we've missed 24 or 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League, that's too much, but we miss a lot of penalties." scored a lot of goals in big, important moments, here [in the quarterfinals of the Champions League 2021 ].The first half lacked the intensity that the legendary stands of Signal Iduna Park g ing, but Dortmund had the best chances. In the 16th minute, Karim Adeyemi made one of his numerous drives into the box, but his shot went straight to Man City debutant Stefan Ortega Moreno. There was a fair amount of ups and downs between Adeyemi and Jude Bellingham in midfield, with the former stepping into the penalty area again. He held the ball up well and eventually rolled it into Giovanni Reyna's feet, but his shot was tame. Dortmund should have taken the lead in the 36th minute. Adeyemi fired in a cross from the right with Moukoko there to rally. A poor Rodri shot from long range was Man City's best choice until the first minute of added time. Nathan Ake fired a header over the bar from Phil Foden's effervescent free-kick, although City ended the half without a shot on target. At half-time, Pep Guardiola introduced Bernardo Silva and another former Dortmund player in Manuel Akanjil for Haaland and Cancelo as he tried to breathe some life into his City team. Dortmund had a couple of half-openers early on - Ortega was back in fine form to collect everything that came his way - but the saved penalty just before the hour mark seemed to electrify Man City as they started to make some clear openings create. John Stones shoved Ilkay Gündogan into the box from the right, but his shot from a tricky angle was saved by Kobel. Then, following a clean assist from Mahrez, Julian let Alvarez loose with a great first goal but saw his try saved. Man City's game improved as the second half progressed, but neither side was really able to create a clear opening, with many players also found offside. However, it was done for both City and Borussia Dortmund ahead of the final group games next week. An impressive display from the 20-year-old who consistently fell behind Cancelo in the first half, allowing the full-back to be substituted at half-time. Ake was sent over to take care of him and did a far better job, with Adeyemi being far less effective in the second period. But he still created the most chances of any player in the game (4), a joint high, five touches in the box and two shots. "We played a lot better in the second half than in the first half. It's good for us on that side of the game, we were really good defensively and not many teams keep a clean sheet against City with the quality that they have. " "Doing that is a positive aspect but I think we could have done a bit more, we had some chances to win the game." But in the end we have to be thankful because they missed a penalty and Greg ( Kobel) made a huge parade. "It's nice to keep all the City players out, but especially him [Haaland] because we know how dangerous he is. But in the end we're happy because we got the draw and we can continue our journey." Two of England's greatest prospects featured in Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham on Tuesday night. Of course, neither player was involved in goals, but Bellingham was the busier of the two and impressed in midfield - although that's becoming his standard at just 19 Passing and distribution were solid and he helped spark a number of Dortmund's promising attacks, particularly in the first half. Foden played 81 minutes - when he was replaced by fellow Englishman Jack Grealish - and had some quality flashes, though not enough John Stones also returned for the first time since England's 3-3 draw with Germany at Wembley on September 26 resigned to a defensive midfield role as Guardiola optimized his side at half-time. He's done well in that position too - giving both Guardiola and Gareth Southgate another potential option if needed - but Stones will be most pleased to have a full 90 minutes before a crucial month. * Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three consecutive defeats by Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League since a 1-0 win in December 2012. * Manchester City are unbeaten in 16 of their last 17 UEFA Champions League games against German opponents (14 D2 L1), losing only to RB Leipzig in that run (2-1 in December 2021). * Manchester City have not scored for only the second consecutive UEFA Champions League game, most recently in the semi-finals against Real Madrid in 2015/16. Man City are back in the Premier League on Saturday when they travel to Leicester; Kick-off 12:30 p.m. Their last game of the Champions League group stage comes against Sevilla at the Etihad on Wednesday 2 November. Borussia Dortmund also play in the Bundesliga on Saturday and travel to Eintracht Frankfurt, live on Sky Sports; Kick-off 5:30 p.m. Next Wednesday they travel to Copenhagen in the Champions League.

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Conor McGregor branded 'beatable' as next UFC opponent emerges

CONOR MCGREGOR is set to return to the lightweight division and could be thrown right in at the deep end with an attempt to regain the belt (Author: Gardener)

McGregorWe use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. We use your registration to deliver content in a way you have consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. This may include advertising from us and third parties, as we understand it. You can unsubscribe at any time. You can unsubscribe at any time. Find out more Find out more Conor McGregor has been told by the coach of UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev that he is "beatable" after the Irishman declared he had "all the tools" to defeat the Russian after his defeat of Chalrd Oliveira at UFC 280 to defeat. Conor McGregor has been told he was "beatable" by UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev's coach after the Irishman declared he had "all the tools" to defeat the Russian after beating Chalrd Oliveira at UFC 280 . Makhachev was dominant in his victory over Oliveira and had an incredible 11-fight win streak, defeating the likes of Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Makhachev was dominant in his victory over Oliveira, who was on an incredible 11-fight win streak and defeated the likes of Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. But Makhachev proved too much in Abu Dhabi last weekend when he landed a huge right hook to drop the Brazilian before locking in an arm triangle to win the belt in sensational style. But Makhachev proved too much in Abu Dhabi last weekend when he landed a huge right hook to drop the Brazilian before locking in an arm triangle to win the belt in sensational style. Makhachev, who trains with McGregor's former long-time rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, is now likely to defend his belt against Oliveira but already has several other opponents in his sights, citing Alexander Volkanovski as a potential suitor, while McGregor has also been named. Immediately following the win, McGregor tweeted: "Nice fight, good effort. I've developed all the tools to beat this style now vs before you know the rest of my repertoire. The thought of turning off this combat system with my own developed system is quite intriguing to me. It's a skill assessment and a battle. And in a recent interview, the Dagestani coach responded to McGregor's comments amid his return to the UFC in the first quarter of 2023... and it's fair to say that Makhachev's team, like Nurmagomdov, aren't fans of McGregors.

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