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Champions League Roundup: Crowd Trouble Mars Roma’s 5-1 Win

Riot police move in to quell disorder among CSKA Moscow fans ate the Stadio Olimpico    -Paolo Bruno/Getty ImagesCROWD trouble marred the second half of Roma’s 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in Group E as the away fans let off flares in the stands and fought with stewards before riot police restored order.

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Barcelona Do The Bare Minimum To Grind Out Victory Against Apoel Nicosia

Gerard Pique heads in the winning goal against Apoel Nicosa   -Albert Gea/ReutersBARCELONA won their opening Champions League game but that was no more than could be expected. Indeed, it was less than most expected and they could have got less still. In the very last minute German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, one of three players making his competitive debut for the club, made a save that secured a 1-0 victory over Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia. Gerard Piqué scored the only goal with a header from a free-kick midway through the first half.

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Jérôme Boateng Undoes Manchester City At The Last

Joe Hart cant stop the shot by Jerome Boateng which won the match   -Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty ImagesFOR Manchester City, it was a wretched way to lose and a lesson, perhaps, about just how brutal football can be at this level. They had subdued Bayern Munich until the moment the clock ticked over into its 90th minute, and Pep Guardiola was so exasperated he had left his technical area and was straying dangerously close to encroaching on to the pitch. Bayern had done little to discredit the theory that they have regressed since Guardiola inherited that brilliant team from Jupp Heynckes, but they still have great qualities of perseverance, and eventually it proved to be enough.

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Huntelaar Earns Schalke A Draw At Chelsea

Klaas Jan Huntelaar right celebrates equalising for Schalke at Stamford Bridge   -Joe Meredith/JMP/REXTHE Champions League has checked Chelsea’s early season momentum. An opportunity to ease themselves into their European campaign was passed up here, a lead surrendered against patched-up opponents who had apparently been there for the taking. The sight of Schalke players celebrating wildly on the turf at the final whistle, all hugs and punches of the air, while the hosts skulked off down the tunnel told its own story.

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Unconvincing Victory

Mohd Nor Farhan vies for the ball against Laos goalkeeper at the Ansan Incehon Stadium yesterdayA 4-0 ROMP over a tiring Laos side, Malaysia’s biggest in Asian Games football in 40 years, far from assured the national Under-23 team will reach the second round though it kept the hope alive.

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Champion League Holders Real Trounce Basel 5-1

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (right) and Basel’s Behrang Safari keep their eyes on the ball during their Champions League match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic MADRID— Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals as the record 10-times winners routed FC Basel 5-1 in their Champions League Group B opener yesterday.

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Singaporean Suspected Of Football Match-Fixing Challenges Detention Without Trial

File picture shows Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang (left) arriving at the State courts for his sentencing in Singapore on July 22, 2014. Ding was convicted of corruption for fixing football matches. — AFP pic SINGAPORE— A Singaporean businessman suspected of running a global football match-fixing syndicate has filed a legal challenge against his nearly year long detention without trial, officials confirmed today.

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Thousands Gather In Incheon For Asian Games Opening

File picture shows the North Korean contingent arriving at Incheon International Airport for the upcoming 17th Asian Games, in Incheon September 11, 2014 — Reuters pic INCHEON— Thousands of athletes and officials gathered in Incheon today as the clock ticked down to Asia’s biggest sports spectacular and organisers fretted over low ticket sales.

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Fans Continue To Blame Casillas For Real’s Poor Performance

Spain's national football team goalkeepers Iker Casillas (left) and Pepe Reina push a goalpost into position during a training session at Fortaleza city, June 25, 2013. — Reuters picMADRID— When Iker Casillas triumphantly hoisted the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft in Kiev after Spain claimed a second consecutive European crown in 2012, he could scarcely have believed that within two years he would be roundly whistled by fans at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

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World’s Top Coaches Say No To 2018 World Cup Boycott Suggestion

A general view of the Luzhniki Stadium is seen in Moscow July 14, 2014. Russia will host the 2018 World Cup in 12 stadiums in 11 cities, with Games being played at two stadiums in Moscow. — Reuters pic SAINT PETERSBURG— Coaches from some of the world’s top teams have played down chances of a sporting boycott of Vladimir Putin’s showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine.

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