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Champions League: Lampard Singles Out One Lille Player Ahead Of Matchday 2 Clash

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has singled out one player from Lille as the two clubs prepare to face off in the Champions League.

Lille will host former champions Chelsea in one of the Matchday Two fixtures scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.

In his pre-match presser ahead of the game, Frank Lampard praised the quality of the Lille players though he was quick to point out that experience is on the side of Chelsea.

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Frank Lampard went on to mention Lille striker Loic Remy whom he played with while was on the playing personnel payroll at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard and Chelsea warmed up for the Lille game with a straightforward victory at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at the weekend.

Chelsea scored two second-half goals to secure their first win of this campaign at home after four previous attempts.

Jorginho (penalty) and Willian got the goals for Chelsea.

The win was enough to take Chelsea into the top seven places on the Premier League table.

On their part, Lille warmed up for the visit of Chelsea with a 1-1 draw at the home of OGC Nice.

Both Chelsea and Lille lost their first group game in the Champions League this season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Champions League: Three Teams Confirmed For Knockout Stage

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Three teams have already booked their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League this season after the completion of Matchday Four matches.

The trio of Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich are through to the round of 16 after the end of Matchday Four games.

The group stage has six matchdays and the 32 teams still has two games each to go before it’s completed.

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Italian Serie A giants Juventus have a three-point advantage at the top of Group D after the late win over Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

The victory took Juventus to 10 points from four Champions League games and also sealed their place in the knockout stage.

Aaron Ramsey and Aleksei Miranchuk scored for Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively in the first half which ended in a 1-1.

Douglas Costa came off the bench to scored the winning goal three minutes into added time.

In Group A, French champions PSG maintained their perfect record this season with a slim 1-0 win over Club Brugge FC of Belgium at home courtesy the first-half goal from Mauro Icardi.

PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved a penalty to preserve that lead which confirmed the last 16 spot.

German champions Bayern Munich are also through to the last 16 following the 2-0 home win over Greek club Olympiakos in Group B.

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Champions League: Ramsey Explains Why He Stole Ronaldo’s Goal

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Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed why he stole the much talked about goal from Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo during the Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow FC of Russia on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo’s long-range free-kick was spilled into the back of the net by Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme and Aaron Ramsey ensured that the ball crossed over the line.

Aaron Ramsey was credited with that goal at the expense of former Manchester United attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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When asked about that goal shortly after the game in an interview monitored by Goal, Ramsey told reporters that he felt that the Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme was close to the ball and that he had to make sure that it was over the line.

Ramsey went on to say that he has apologized to Cristiano Ronaldo on the goal which was scored after just three minutes of the game which Juventus won 2-1 at the home of Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

The hosts equalized in the 12th minute courtesy the goal from Aleksei Miranchuk before second-half substitute Douglas Costa secured the win for the Italian champions with three minutes of added time gone.

The late win took Juventus through to the knockout stage.

 

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How Aaron Ramsey Stopped Cristiano Ronaldo From Setting Champions League Record

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Juventus are through to the Champions League knockout stage following their late win at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow but that victory was somewhat overshadowed by the controversy of the first goal of the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a long free-kick which was spilled by Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme before Aaron Ramsey tapped the ball into the net when it appears the ball was destined for the back of the net.

The former Manchester United attacker could have set a new Champions League record if the opening goal was not awarded to ex-Arsenal midfielder Ramsey.

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Ronaldo would have set a new record of scoring against 34 different teams on the Champions League stage.

The Portuguese national team captain is level with Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez and main rival Lionel Messi (33 teams).

Aaron Ramsey gave Juventus the lead after three minutes before the hosts scored the equalizer through Aleksei Miranchuk nine minutes later.

Lokomotiv Moscow thought they had gotten a draw against the Italian champions until second-half substitute Douglas Costa won the game for the visitors in added time.

The goal from Douglas Costa gave Juventus a 2-1 win to make it their victories and one draw from four games.

The win also confirmed their spot in the last 16.

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Erling Haaland Sets Champions League Record

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Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has set a new record in the Champions League as he continues to enhance his burgeoning reputation.

He was on target in the Champions League Matchday Four clash between Italian Serie A giants Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg FC of Austria on Wednesday night.

Erling Haaland scored a first half penalty to give the visitors the lead but they were unable to hold on to it after summer signing Hirving Lozano scored a 43rd-minute equalizer for Napoli as the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

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The form of Erling Haaland has attracted several clubs in Europe and fallen Premier League giants Manchester United are not left out.

The latest Champions League goal was his seventh in the group stage this season thus making him the highest goalscoring teenager in the history of the competition ahead of retired Spanish international Raul Gonzalez and Kylian Mbappe (6 goals).

He also has the record for the most goals scored after four group stage games with seven goals which is two more goals than any other player.

Erling Haaland is the fourth player to score in each of the first four group stage games after Ze Carlos, Alessandro Del Piero and Diego Costa.

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Champions League: Liverpool Secure Top Spot In Group E

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Reigning European champions Liverpool have taken top spot in Group E on the back of their third successive win in the Champions League.

Liverpool saw off Genk FC of Belgium in their Matchday Four clash to secure the summit in the group.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made several changes to his starting lineup with one eye on the big clash with champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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The likes of Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were rested from the start.

The changes didn’t deter Liverpool as they took the lead inside 15 minutes through Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum.

Genk are the bottom team in Group E but they didn’t look like that as they gave Liverpool a scare towards the end of the first half when Tanzanian international striker Mbwana Samatta scored the equaliser for the visitors.

Liverpool were forced to a 1-1 draw at the halftime interval but they were not level for long at the start of the second half after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a second goal for the Reds.

The Big guns Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson were introduced into the game in the second half as Liverpool maintained that lead, taking the summit in Group E.

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Champions League: How Chelsea Maintain Top Spot After Eight-Goal Thriller

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West London giants Chelsea have maintained their place at the top of Group H of the Champions League following the 4-4 draw at home to Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.

Chelsea came from three goals down to secure a draw with Ajax Amsterdam in front of their home fans.

Ajax Amsterdam made a good start courtesy an own goal from Tammy Abraham before Jorginho equalized from the penalty spot after the lively Christian Pulisic was fouled in the box.

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Quincy Promes and a Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal gave Ajax Amsterdam a 3-1 lead at the halftime interval before Dutch international Donny Van Der Beek added a fourth goal at the start of the second half.

Chelsea fought back with three goals to salvage a draw as they capitalized on the red card given to the Ajax Amsterdam duo of Danny Blind and Joel Veltman.

Cesar Azpilicueta atoned for his mistake by reducing the deficit for his team in the 63rd minute before the visitors were reduced to nine men as a result of the red card given to Danny Blind and Joel Veltman in quick succession.

Another Jorginho penalty and second substitute Reece James dragged Chelsea back level as they made their numerical advantage.

 

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Champions League: Liverpool Starting Lineup vs Genk Revealed

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Reigning European champions Liverpool have done well to recover from their Matchday 1 loss to Italian Serie A giants Napoli in Group E of the Champions League.

Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Napoli in their first match in the Champions League this season only for them to respond with two successive wins.

The Reds defeated Red Bull Salzburg and Genk in the last two matchdays to put themselves in a good position for qualification.

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Liverpool thrashed Genk 4-0 in their first meeting on Matchday 3 and they can take a big step towards qualification with another victory over their Belgian opponents.

The Reds warmed up for their Champions League home clash with Genk via a comeback win over Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp and his players had to come from behind to beat Aston Villa and also maintain their long unbeaten run in the Premier League.

Liverpool left it late to seal a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa courtesy the goals from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane.

David Trezeguet had given the hosts a first-half lead.

Possible Liverpool XI vs Genk: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

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Champions League: Chelsea Starting Lineup vs Ajax Revealed

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The youthful Chelsea side under manager Frank Lampard made a big statement in the last matchday of the Champions League following the win over Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam.

Chelsea beat Ajax 1-0 in their backyard to claim a major scalp and also replace their Dutch opponents at the top of Group H.

Both teams meet again at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea hoping to take a big step towards qualification for the knockout stage with a win in front of their home fans.

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Chelsea have to be wary of an Ajax Amsterdam side capable of delivering big results away from home.

Ajax Amsterdam reached the semifinals of the competition last season and they claimed big scalps on the road against established Champions League teams like Real Madrid and Juventus.

In addition, Ajax have already beaten Spanish La Liga giants Valencia away from home in the Champions League this season.

Belgian international Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score the only goal of the game for Chelsea the last time the two teams met in Amsterdam.

Possible Chelsea XI vs Ajax: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount; Willian, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham.

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