UEFA Champions League updates: 16-22 November

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Former Real Madrid striker Raúl González, third on the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring list, has finished his illustrious playing career ...

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Borussia Mönchengladbach's new head coach André Schubert is likely to be without Álvaro Domínguez for the rest of the UEFA Champions League group stage. The defender is scheduled to undergo back surgery and will be on the sidelines "for the coming weeks".

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Galatasaray's Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder has given his views about Turkish football in an interview. "Turkish people play football more with their hearts," the 31-year-old said. "Feelings are more dominant."

Of his future, he added: "I feel even better than during my time at Inter. Physically, I am in a very good condition and I have been able to put all of my previous experience to use here. I am looking forward to staying here for a longer period period because I am very happy here. My family likes Istanbul too. There's no reason to leave. People here like me and I like them. I have signed a two-year extension to my contract."

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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial left Wembley on crutches last night having picked up an injury in France's 2-0 friendly loss to England. "He is in a lot of pain but it is just a knock on the top of his foot," said France coach Didier Deschamps.

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Álvaro Morata has told Juventus's official television station JTV that they are "doing better than last season" in Europe, when of course they reached the UEFA Champions League final. "In my opinion, we are doing much more better than last season, as we were not on the verge of qualification after four games one year ago," explained the 23-year-old.

"Since the beginning had the feeling that this group was the toughest of the tournament, as Sevilla won the Europa League, [Manchester] City are a top European club and Borussia [Mönchengladbach] play really good football."

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Breaking news of a coaching departure at Galatasaray ...

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Goalkeeping coach Cláudio Taffarel is to take caretaker command at Galatasaray for Saturday's home game against Antalyaspor following the departure of Hamza Hamzaoğlu, who left with Cimbom third in the Turkish league.

Hamzaoğlu, meanwhile, has spoken about his departure, saying: "The board sent out the message that they didn't want to work with me anymore and I respect that decision. I don't want to talk too much about this subject. I just want to thank everyone who showed faith and supported us until now."

In a written statement on the club's official website he added: "I would like to thank the Galatasaray community for their support from the first day. I had the honour of serving this community first as a player then as a coach, and had the honour of achieving significant successes. I hope the future will bring new success for Galatasaray."

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With Mohamed Salah already out with an ankle injury, Roma have also lost in-form Gervinho for the game at Barcelona on Tuesday. The Ivory Coast forward suffered a right thigh injury while on international duty and will be out of action for three weeks his club confirmed. The 28-year-old has scored seven goals in all competitions this season.

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Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will all miss Manchester United's game at Waford in the Premier League on Saturday. United will hope to have them available on Wednesday when a win at home to PSV Eindhoven would take them through from Group B. Antonio Valencia is a long-term absentee.

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Rafael Benítez has been giving some team news out ahead of Real Madrid's meeting with Barcelona ...

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Also giving a press conference, Chelsea's José Mourinho ...

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Next up, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri as they prepare to play AC Milan ...

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed three missing players for Saturday's Ligue 1 trip to Lorient: "David Luiz is not available due to a knee joint problem. He will also be suspended in Malmö in the Champions League. [Javier] Pastore is out. He came back on Wednesday from Argentina's game and has a fitness program. He is not fit to play. Marco Verratti also continues his recovery."

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has some worrying news for their opposition (even if Lionel Messi's return may not be in time to face Real Madrid tomorrow ...)

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Dmitri Mozolevski scored in either half as BATE opened up a commanding lead in the first leg of their Belarusian Cup round of 16 tie by beating Granit Mikashevichi 5-0. Aleksandr Karnitski and Ilya Aleksievich added to Mozolevski's opener before the interval while Mikhail Gordeichuk rounded off the scoring two minutes from time.

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Dinamo Zagreb closed to within a point of leaders Rijeka after coming from behind to win 2-1 at struggling Slaven Koprivnica. Mateas Delić (40) put the home side in front but Jérémy Taravel crucially levelled just before the break and Ángelo Henríquez grabbed the winner ten minutes after half-time.

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Level on points with Shakhtar heading into the international break, Dynamo Kyiv made the first move in the title race with a resounding 3-0 victory at Olimpik Donetsk. Júnior Moraes (25) struck first with Denys Garmash claiming the second on the stroke of half-time. Oleh Gusev's 70th-minute penalty completed a routine success.

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Gent had the points all but sewn up in the opening half an hour as they breezed past the league's bottom side Westerlo 5-0. Kalifa Coulibaly took a mere four minutes to break through and Brecht Dejaegere added a second before the visitors had Jore Trompet sent off for two bookings on 27 minutes. Benito Raman (58) made it three and Sven Kums' double completed the stroll.

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Ten points behind leaders Paris at the start of play, Lyon suffered further damage in their pursuit with a 3-0 defeat at Nice. Valère Germain (20) gave the home side a half-time lead and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's own goal just after the break summed up the visitors' woes. Vincent Koziello (71) put the result beyond doubt.

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Manchester United went briefly top of the Premier League as their unbeaten league run stretched to five games with a win at Watford in Saturday's early game. Shorn of the threat of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay led the line and his first domestic goal for the Red Devils broke the deadlock. Troy Deeney's 87th-minute penalty brought to an end United's 641-minute run without conceding, but the home forward turned Bastian Schweinsteiger's cross into his own net in added time to give Louis Van Gaal's side the points.

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Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moskva suffered a first home league defeat of the season after being shocked by a visiting Krylya Sovetov Samara side who had lost more than half their fixtures this term. Without the goalscoring threat of Seydou Doumbia in their ranks Leonid Slutski's men failed to find the target and were punished by two Adis Jahović goals in the second half while the visitors also missed a penalty. 

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Astana failed to clinch a domestic double after the league winners were beaten 2-1 by Kairat Almaty in the Kazakh Cup final, the holders recovering from Patrick Twumasi's opener in the second period to retain the trophy.

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Arsenal lost for the first time in seven Premier League games when they went down 2-1 at West Brom on Saturday. Things looked promising when Olivier Giroud headed in Mesut Özil's free-kick for his ninth goal in his last 11 outings for club and country. The Gunners might have earned a point had Santi Cazorla not fired a late penalty over the crossbar.

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After going two games without a victory in the league, Zenit got back to winning ways with a 3-0 success against visiting Ural. André Villas-Boas' team are fourth in the Russian Premier-Liga, seven points behind leaders CSKA Moskva.

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Diego Costa’s fourth goal of the season, the Spain forward finishing off Cesc Fàbregas' quickly taken free-kick, gave José Mourinho cause for cheer as Chelsea halted a run of three successive Premier League defeats with a 1-0 home win against Norwich.

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Two more goals from Javier Hernández inspired Leverkusen to a 3-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. The Mexico forward has scored in each of his last seven appearances for the Werkself, ten goals in total. 

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A late Raffael goal, his sixth in the Bundesliga this season, earned Mönchengladbach a 2-1 home win against Hannover on Saturday. André Schubert has now gone undefeated in his first eight league games in charge, the first Gladbach coach to do so since Udo Lattek.

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Wolfsburg scored six goals in a game for the first time since 2001 as they defeated Werder Bremen 6-0, extending their unbeaten home run to 28 Bundesliga fixtures, a club record.

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Undefeated Paris made it eight Ligue 1 wins in succession on Saturday when they triumphed 2-1 at Lorient. Laurent Blanc's men are 13 points ahead of nearest rivals Lyon after just 14 games. Hervin Ongenda and Blaise Matuidi got the goals.

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Barcelona put themselves six points clear of their nearest rivals Real Madrid with an outstanding win at the Santiago Bernabéu. Andrés Iniesta's first Clásico goal of his career added to Luis Suárez's double and a Neymar effort while the hosts ended with ten as Isco saw red. 

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A whirlwind first-half performance proved too much for Manchester City as Liverpool forged into a 3-0 lead within 32 minutes. Sergio Agüero pulled one back on his return from injury but a third league defeat of the season means the Citizens surrendered the top spot.


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Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal expects Ander Herrera and Phil Jones to miss Wednesday's home tie against PSV, but Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial could be available for the matchday five encounter.

The Dutch tactician revealed that the injuries suffered by Herrera and Jones against Watford on Saturday were not serious but the midweek Group B clash may come too soon for the pair: "My first impression is that they are not too heavy but the problem is that we have to play Wednesday already. Jones had a twisted ankle and Herrera a hamstring injury."

Van Gaal added: "Rooney is ill, and that is a matter of days, not weeks. I expect that he shall play Wednesday, but you never know, I do not know the development of the illness. Martial is another problem, his foot, it is not as heavy as the media have written but we have to wait and see if he can play Wednesday."

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The only downside to Barcelona's thrilling victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu was the sight of Javier Mascherano limping off injured in the first half with a suspected groin problem. However, Barça have announced that the Argentine did not strain the muscle and just received a knock in the Clásico. He is still a doubt for the Catalans' Group E clash with Roma on Tuesday at the Camp Nou.

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Benfica captain Luisão has undergone surgery after breaking his left forearm in the closing stages of their 2-1 extra-time defeat to rivals Sporting in the Portuguese Cup on Saturday - a result that ended the Eagles' hold on the trophy.

"Surgery went well. This is just another obstacle to come back stronger than ever!", the 34-year-old Brazilian posted on Twitter on Sunday morning.

Reports suggest the centre-back will be sidelined for two months, missing the Group C ties at Astana on Wednesday and the home clash against Atlético on matchday six.

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Juventus will monitor the condition of three players dealing with injuries ahead of the game against Manchester City on Wednesday. Left-back Patrice Evra and midfielder Hernanes (pictured) were both forced out of the 1-0 win against AC Milan on Saturday, with Evra slightly twisting his right ankle while Hernanes suffered a thigh injury. Meanwhile, German midfielder Sami Khedira missed the Milan encounter after returning from international duty with a thigh problem. "He will train separately from the rest of the team in the next few days," the Italian club announced.

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