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All the latest in the build-up to the second legs

by newsdesk - 02/03/2015
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Juventus were in action on Monday night, paying a trip to face Roma, their closest rivals in Serie A. Victory would have sent Juve 12 points clear, and Massimiliano Allegri's men looked well set to do just that when Carlos Tévez curled in a 64th-minute free-kick just after Vasilis Torosidis had picked up a second yellow card for the hosts. The Giallorossi rallied in the final 20 minutes, however, and salvaged a draw courtesy of Seydou Keita.


"I'm very disappointed because we wasted a great game with 20 poor final minutes," said Tévez afterwards. "The team played well and had a great approach to the match. But we had to bring the three points home after taking the lead and playing 11 against ten men in the last 20 minutes. My free-kick? It's important to copy from the best and I have the chance to train every day with [Andrea] Pirlo."


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Having drawn a Ligue 1 blank on Sunday night at Stade Louis II, France's UEFA Champions League contenders Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco FC meet again on Wednesday night in the French Cup quarter-finals. Monaco's coach Leonardo Jardim rejected assumptions that the winner of this quarter-final would lift the trophy on 30 May at Stade de France, saying: "In the cup many surprises can occur". The Portuguese also hinted at team changes in Paris, adding: "Monaco play every three days and this forces us to turn the team over."

Centre-back Ricardo Carvalho (calf) "who resumed technical sessions", might be included in the squad at home to Arsenal FC although Andrea Raggi (knee), Tiémoué Bakayoko (thigh) and Lacina Traoré, who underwent surgery on a tibia bone stress fracture today, are out. Monaco lead 3-1 after last week's first leg.

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Although the UEFA Champions League is taking a break until next week, three of the Bundesliga's four contenders will be in midweek action in the German Cup round of 16. While Schalke can lick their wounds after a disappointing performance in the derby against Dortmund on the weekend, BVB look to avoid the embarrassment S04 suffered in the first round. The Royal Blues made an early exit from the competition against third division outfit SG Dynamo Dresden, who now host Dortmund on Tuesday in the hope of another major upset.

The same evening Leverkusen arguably have the toughest task of the trio in the round of 16. The Werkself will come up against 2. Bundesliga promotion candidates 1. FC Kaiserslautern, although Bayer do have home advantage in the tie. Holders Bayern are massive favorites at home against Eintracht Braunschweig on Wednesday.

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Our review of how the contenders got on this weekend...


Welcome to a new week in our live UEFA Champions League blog as we build up to the second legs.

Tuesday 10 March: Porto (1-1) Basel, Madrid (2-0) Schalke
Wednesday 11 March: Bayern (0-0) Schakhtar, Chelsea (1-1) Paris
Tuesday 17 March: Monaco (3-1) Arsenal, Atlético (0-1) Leverkusen
Wednesday 18 March: Dortmund (1-2) Juventus, Barcelona (2-1) Manchester City
Friday 20 March: Quarter-final draw (12.00CET, streamed live on

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Form guide

Round of 16 - 17 February - 18 March 2015

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