UEFA Champions League updates: 9-15 November

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Alexandre Lacazette was a happy man after scoring a hat-trick to hand Lyon a 3-0 win against Saint-Étienne on Sunday, their last derby at Stade de Gerland. "I always try to take positives from any situation, although I've had some hard times," declared the striker who doubled his season's goal tally in a single night.

"I need to take this performance as an example going forward. I have loved Gerland ever since I was a kid, and this was my last derby here. I wrote a bit of history tonight, but the entire team is part of this history. We will only keep the good memories."

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc was satisfied with his charges after their 5-0 win against Toulouse on Saturday. Sometimes criticised for playing safe after going two goals up, the Ligue 1 leaders proved relentless this time. "What I liked most during the first half is that the team was working together to regain possession each time it was lost," said Blanc.

"We needed to be focused and display a good spirit as well as a real hunger to have the ball. I had planned my substitutions and it worked well [Lucas and Ezequiel Lavezzi both scored after coming on]. It's great to have picked up 35 points on the 39 possible [in the league]. I can only praise my players for their current behavior."

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Roma will be without Mohamed Salah for between four and six weeks after the 23-year-old was diagnosed with a "grade two ligament damage" in his right ankle. The winger, who had to leave the field during the 2-0 derby win against Lazio on Sunday afternoon, underwent tests that revealed the extent of the problem this morning. Salah, who has scored six goals in all competitions for the Giallorossi this term, will therefore miss the Group E game at Barcelona on 24 November and is unlikely to be available for the visit of BATE Borisov on 9 December.

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Patrick Vieira will leave his role as coach of Manchester City's elite development squad in the UEFA Youth League on 1 January to take charge of sister club New York City FC. Vieira said: "This established football set-up, together with a passionate and loyal fan base, located in a special city which I know well, makes for an unparalleled opportunity that I am delighted to seize with both hands. I cannot wait to get started."

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Turkey striker Umut Bulut has agreed a one-year contract extension, tying him to Galatasaray until the end of 2016/17. The 32-year-old, who joined the Istanbul giants from Toulouse in 2012, initially on loan, has scored two goals in 16 outings for club and country this season and was sent off in Saturday's shock 4-3 loss at Çaykur Rizespor.


Isco has withdrawn from the Spain squad to face England and Belgium as a precautionary measure, with the Real Madrid midfielder suffering from a muscle strain. The 23-year-old had been training alone, but after medical tests it was agreed with Madrid that he should be sent home to continue his recovery.

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Argentina forward Carlos Tévez is expected to return to the Juventus Stadium to watch the Bianconeri's Group D encounter with another of his former clubs, Manchester City, on 24 November. Tévez left Juventus to rejoin Boca Juniors in July.

Mönchengladbach caretaker coach André Schubert has been confirmed as the club's long-term boss, signing a contract until June 2017. The 44-year-old replaced Lucien Favre in September, and while he could not prevent an early UEFA Champions League exit, he led his side from bottom of the Bundesliga to sixth with a run of six straight wins before dropping his first Bundesliga points with a goalless draw against Ingolstadt.

"André has done a very convincing job in the past eight weeks and got outstanding results," said the club's sporting director Max Eberl. "We have used the past days for extensive talks and know that the team is in good hands with him, which is why we have decided to give him a contract as head coach."

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Porto's Yacine Brahimi, the 2014 winner, and Yaya Touré of Manchester City have been included in the five-man shortlist for the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
André Ayew
Yacine Brahimi
Sadio Mané
Yaya Touré

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