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Champions Cup round-up: Toulon edge past Bath while Northampton lose again

Scarlets 33-28 Benetton Centre Paul Asquith scored a try in the final minute as Scarlets pulled off a remarkable 33-28 Champions Cup bonus-point victory over Benetton at Parc y Scarlets. It looked set to be a comfortable home victory when Scarlets went 14-0 up after six minutes and then Benetton had flanker Francesco Minto sent off for a dangerous tackle in the 24th. But after 70 minutes the visitors, who had been 21-7 down, found themselves 28-21 up with a bonus point and all set to celebrate their first win…

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Tottenham news: Spurs' Champions League group stage points the same as Arsenal in 2006 and Man United in 2008

Tottenham’s group stage points total equalled a record for an English club in the Champions League Thursday, December 7, 2017 With 16, Tottenham equalled the record points total for an English side in a Champions League group stage. In addition to the club topping their group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, history suggests more good things lie ahead for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Both Man United and Arsenal also won 16 points in their respective groups and their campaigns didn’t go too badly, did they? Man United topped their group…

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Coral Daily Download: Is the wait over for an English winner of the Champions League? Latest odds here

Listen to the Coral Daily Download Thursday, December 7, 2017 Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds. There was no such Brexit for England in Europe this week, as our teams completed our most successful Champions League group stage in history – with five Premier League teams qualifying for the last-16 for the first time. Four of those sides were winners, with Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United finishing top of their groups, while Chelsea finished second. But how are the odds looking ahead…

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English teams dominate group stage – but can one win the Champions League?

Premier League clubs have created Champions League history, with five qualifying for the knockout stage. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have all progressed, making England the first country to have five teams in the competition’s last 16. This was also the first time the Premier League had five representatives in the group stage, United earning their place by winning the Europa League last season. Performance of teams from Europe’s big four leagues Country P W D L F A GD Win % England 30 21 6 3…

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Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow: Red Devils coast to victory to secure top spot in Champions League group

Manchester United came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow and top their Champions League group as Jose Mourinho’s men took their unbeaten home run to a club record-equalling 40th match. It always appeared a case of when rather than if United would progress to the last-16 for the first time since 2013-14, despite their winning start to Group A ending with their last-gasp defeat at Basel. Not even Alan Dzagoev’s controversial opener had the Old Trafford faithful concerned as only a record seven-goal defeat would deny United, who turned things…

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Chelsea FC team news: Predicted XI to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Chelsea have sealed a place in the knockout stages of the Champions but will want to guarantee top spot with victory over Atletico Madrid. Their opponents from Spain will be going all out for the win knowing without one they will face dropping down into the Europa League after the festive period. Blues boss Antonio Conte will not want his side’s performance levels to slide given their current six-game unbeaten run, and thankfully has a strong squad to call from. Brazilian defender David Luiz is the…

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Wales v New Zealand: Warren Gatland makes three changes for Test against world champions

Wales have made three changes from the side beaten by Australia earlier this month for Saturday’s clash against world champions New Zealand. Wing Hallam Amos, centre Scott Williams and scrum-half Rhys Webb all make head coach Warren Gatland’s starting line-up at the Principality Stadium. The team, announced by the Welsh Rugby Union, sees Amos replace an injured Liam Williams, while Scott Williams takes over from Jonathan Davies, who is now a long-term absentee with a foot injury, and Webb is preferred to Gareth Davies. Gatland, though, has named an unchanged…

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