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Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick sends Madrid through in Champions league Champions League Germany Latest News Spain 

Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick sends Madrid through in Champions league

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a superb hat-trick as Real Madrid overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Wolfsburg arrived in Spain's capital protecting a healthy lead, but that was wiped out by a Ronaldo double in the space of 86 first-half seconds. The Portuguese swept home the first from six yards before a glancing header levelled the scores on aggregate. Ronaldo's hat-trick goal came from a free-kick when Wolfsburg's wall parted. It completed a quite remarkable turnaround by the 10-time champions of Europe and keeps…

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Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up Austria Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo England Germany Italy Latest News Lionel Messi Netherlands Portugal Spain 

Madrid rivals profit from Barcelona slip-up

Barcelona suffered a shock defeat at Real Sociedad to give their title rivals hope, with Wolfsburg the only other quarter-finalists who did not take three points on Saturday. Manchester City (2-2) Paris Saint-Germain Manchester City 2-1 West Brom (Agüero 19, Nasri 66; Sessegnon 6) Making his first start since September, following a long struggle with a thigh injury, Samir Nasri scored City's winner on a rainy evening in Manchester, finishing into an empty net after Sergio Agüero's shot was blocked. The UEFA Champions League contenders had gone behind to a…

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David Alaba is the greatest all-round player on the planet England Germany Latest News 

David Alaba is the greatest all-round player on the planet

Reports this week suggest that the Austrian is a transfer target for Pep Guardiola once he takes up his new post at Manchester City and Bayern must do all they can to prevent it  It certainly seems rich that Bayern Munich would throw around accusations of unfair behaviour when it comes to other teams being interested in their players. Bayern have long since made the Bundesliga their own personal fiefdom, plucking whatever domestic star they fancy and weakening opposition forces for good measure.  Bayern seem to be sufficiently concerned about…

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Borussia Dortmund 2 : 0 FSV Mainz Germany Latest Highlights 

Borussia Dortmund 2 : 0 FSV Mainz

Borussia Dortmund moved within five points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich as Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa saw off Mainz. Reus scored from Gonzalo Castro's fine pass on the half-hour and Kagawa added the second on 73 minutes. Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius made a string of impressive second-half saves to prevent more Dortmund goals. Dortmund are unbeaten in 12 games, including nine in the league, since their defeat at Cologne in December. But Bayern remain clear favourites for a fourth successive title after their 5-0 win against Werder Bremen on…

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Darmstadt 0 : 2 Borussia Dortmund Germany Latest Highlights 

Darmstadt 0 : 2 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund warmed up for the Klassiker with Bayern Munich at the weekend with a 2-0 win in Darmstadt that took them to within five points of the league leaders. Adrian Ramos and Erik Durm scored for the Westphalians, who were playing their fifth game in 14 days but showed little sign of the strain as they dominated from start to finish. Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel made no fewer than eight changes to his side with Roman Weidenfeller starting in goal and 17-year-old Felix Passlack handed his debut. While Weidenfeller…

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Bayern Munich 1 – 2 Mainz 05 Germany Latest Highlights 

Bayern Munich 1 – 2 Mainz 05

Arjen Robben canceled out Jairo Samperio's opener, but Jhon Cordoba struck a late winner as Mainz stunned Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Jhon Cordoba fired an 86th-minute winner as Mainz claimed a shock 2-1 victory to end Bayern Munich's perfect home record this season, and potentially breathe new life into the Bundesliga title race. Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win at Darmstadt means Bayern travels to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday with the lead over its nearest rival cut to five points. Franck Ribery's first Bundesliga start in more than a year following…

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Wolfsburg 0 : 2 Bayern Munich Germany Latest Highlights 

Wolfsburg 0 : 2 Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola's men dominated huge periods of the game against Wolfsburg but his Bayern side were forced to be patient before eventually finding the net through Coman Wolfsburg were unable to keep Bayern Munich at bay on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders extended their lead at the top to 11 points with a 2-0 win at Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg missed the best chance of the first period on the stroke of half-time as Marcel Schafer dragged Max Kruse's clever knock-down header wide of the post from eight-yards out.  The hosts…

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Vidal: I rejected Manchester United for Bayern Munich England Germany Latest News 

Vidal: I rejected Manchester United for Bayern Munich

The Chilean midfielder says he came close to moving to Old Trafford before opting to join the Bavarians from Juventus last summer. Arturo Vidal has revealed he rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of joining Bayern Munich. The midfielder left Juventus for the Allianz Arena last summer but also received offers from several other clubs, including the Premier League side. Indeed, Vidal, 28, says at one stage he thought he was on his way to Old Trafford, only to have a change of heart and sign for the…

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Bayer Leverkusen 0 : 1 Borussia Dortmund Germany Latest Highlights 

Bayer Leverkusen 0 : 1 Borussia Dortmund

Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt refused to be sent to the stands after he was sent off for protesting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half winner over Leverkusen. Borussia Dortmund earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in a game which saw the referee suspend proceedings following Roger Schmidt's refusal to accept his sending off. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's 31st goal of the season settled a feisty clash at the BayArena as Dortmund moved back to within eight points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. But the main talking point was referee Felix Zwayer's decision to…

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