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Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

May 5, 2017
Monaco 0-2 Juventus: Allegri uses wing-backs and Alves creates both goals for Higuain

Juventus took control of this Champions League semi-final with an impressive 2-0 victory, thanks to two goals from Gonzalo Higuain. Leonardo Jardim’s side featured one surprise – Benjamin Mendy wasn’t fit to start at left-back, so Djibril Sidibe switched to that flank and Nabil Dirar played at right-back. Max Allegri left out right-winger Juan Cuadrado and...
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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

April 26, 2017
Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi runs the game from a number 10 role and fires in the winner

Lionel Messi produced a brilliant performance and a sensational late goal to blow La Liga’s title race wide open. Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Gareth Bale after injury, although he didn’t last the first half before being replaced by Marcos Asensio. Otherwise, the team was as expected. Luis Enrique was still without the suspended Neymar. Paco Alcacer...
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Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

April 12, 2017
Juventus 3-0 Barcelona: Juve exploit Barca’s disjointed backline with two fine Dybala strikes

Juventus take a commanding lead to the Camp Nou for the second leg – and will be confident of faring better than PSG did last month. Max Allegri named his expected side. Mario Mandzukic has been playing on the left in recent weeks, while Daniel Alves faced his former side for the first time. Luis Enrique...
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Dortmund 1-0 Bayern: Tuchel surprises Bayern with a 3-3-2-2 shape

November 23, 2016
Dortmund 1-0 Bayern: Tuchel surprises Bayern with a 3-3-2-2 shape

Dortmund triumphed in the Bundesliga’s showpiece game, courtesy of a first-half goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Thomas Tuchel is no stranger to a three-man defence, having played that system the previous weekend against Hamburg in a 5-2 victory. But this was a different shape in midfield, and featured very different personnel too. Julian Weigl, Marcel Schmelzer,...
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Portugal 1-0 France: Eder’s introduction proves decisive

July 12, 2016
Portugal 1-0 France: Eder’s introduction proves decisive

Portugal won their first-ever major tournament courtesy of Eder’s stunning long-range strike in extra-time, after a defensive-minded first 90 minutes. Fernando Santos brought back Pepe after injury, and William Carvalho after suspension, so Bruno Alves and Danilo dropped to the bench. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make it to half-time until being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma. Didier Deschamps...
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