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Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

February 21, 2013
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern: Arsenal outpassed and outpressed

Bayern took a commanding lead following a dominant first leg performance. Arsene Wenger chose to leave out Olivier Giroud, using Theo Walcott as the primary striker with Santi Cazorla right and Aaron Ramsey in midfield. Left-back problems forced Thomas Vermaelen into that position. Jupp Heynckes was without Jerome Boateng and long-term injury victim Holger Badstuber, so...
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Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: Real dominate but United withstand the pressure

February 14, 2013
Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United: Real dominate but United withstand the pressure

A headed goal for either side – and all to play for the in the second leg. Jose Mourinho chose Rafael Varane at the back, and Karim Benzema upfront – elsewhere, his side was as expected. Sir Alex Ferguson named a very positive starting XI, with four outright attacking players in the side – Danny Welbeck...
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Celtic 0-3 Juventus: Celtic cause problems in the first half, but Juve’s finishing far superior

February 12, 2013
Celtic 0-3 Juventus: Celtic cause problems in the first half, but Juve’s finishing far superior

There was much to admire about Celtic’s performance, but they couldn’t sustain their early effort. Neil Lennon decided to use Efe Ambrose at the back, despite his participation in Nigeria’s 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations win on Sunday evening. Upfront, Lennon used three attackers – Kris Commons, James Forrest and Gary Hooper. Antonio Conte is still...
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Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea: Corinthians disrupt Chelsea’s passing and pinch a scrappy goal

December 16, 2012
Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea: Corinthians disrupt Chelsea’s passing and pinch a scrappy goal

Corinthians lifted the World Club Cup after a typical 1-0 win. Tite left out his number ten, Douglas, and instead selected Jorge Henrique to play a disciplined role on the right. Rafael Benitez moved David Luiz to centre-back with Branislav Ivanovic going to right-back. Frank Lampard and Ramires started in the middle, and Victor Moses was...
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Shakhtar 0-1 Juventus: Juve’s bravery pays off

December 5, 2012
Shakhtar 0-1 Juventus: Juve’s bravery pays off

Juventus were the better side, and won to secure their place in the knockout stages, at the expense of Chelsea. Mircea Lucescu was without two key players, Luiz Adriano and Tomas Hubschmann. He selected Eduardo upfront. Antonio Conte was without the suspended Claudio Marchisio so played Paul Pogba in midfield, while Sebastian Giovinco was chosen alongside...
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