UEFA not likely to use VAR during current Champions League matches

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday it is unlikely to use the Video Assistant Referees in the current Champions League matches, even in the final. He however said that the technology will be used from next season. The European soccer’s governing body has resisted implementation of the VAR system, which allows key incidents to… Continue reading UEFA not likely to use VAR during current Champions League matches

Nadal at the double in US Open win over Pospisil

World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal raced into the third round of the US Open on Wednesday with a straight-sets win over Vasek Pospisil. In a match where the 25-second serve clock provided much of the drama — with both players receiving time violation warnings — 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal triumphed 6-3,… Continue reading Nadal at the double in US Open win over Pospisil

Arsenal, Atletico, Marseille, Salzburg reach Europa League semis

Salzburg, Marseille, Atlético and Arsenal are the semi-finalists in the UEFA Europa League. Salzburg beat Lazio 6-5 on aggregate, scoring four goals in 20 minutes of the second half to edge out the Italians. Italians had won the first leg 4-1. French team Marseille ousted the Bundesliga team Leipzig 5-2. Arsenal survived a scare and… Continue reading Arsenal, Atletico, Marseille, Salzburg reach Europa League semis

Madrid v Juventus: Buffon blasts referee Michael Oliver

Juventus and Italy great Gianluigi Buffon told English referee Michael Oliver he “has no heart” and should have been watching Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”. Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Juve defender Mehdi Benatia brought… Continue reading Madrid v Juventus: Buffon blasts referee Michael Oliver

Photos: Dramatic win for Madrid after Juve scare

What a dramatic victory for defending champions Real Madrid, having to endure Juventus  3-0 trashing at Santiago Bernabeu and then getting the winning goal via Cristiano Ronaldo’s  penalty in the dying seconds! The second leg of the UEFA quarter-final was almost going into extra-time in the 92nd minute, when Medhi Benatia pushed in the box… Continue reading Photos: Dramatic win for Madrid after Juve scare

Bayern edge Sevilla for UEFA semi-final

A goalless draw against Sevilla on Wednesday was enough to send Bayern Munich into the Champions League last four with a 2-1 aggregate victory. The slim win keeps the Bavarians’ hopes of a treble-winning season alive. Bayern, playing in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, never needed to hit top form but were in control… Continue reading Bayern edge Sevilla for UEFA semi-final