Champions League knockout stages to have VAR this season along with Nations League and Euro Under-21s

Video assistant referees will also be used in the Nations League and European Under-21s Championship. The technology will be used in world football's top club competition for the last-16 fixtures this February after being fast-tracked by UEFA. European soccer's governing body had originally intended to introduce VAR from next season. The plan was to roll it out from the Champions […]

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Is Champions League group stage sorted on goal difference or head to head and how could Manchester United qualify tonight?

The group stages finish on December 12, with the last fixtures including Monaco vs Dortmund and Barcelona vs Tottenham. How are teams that finish level on points sorted in the Champions League? Teams that finish level on points in the Champions League group stage are sorted by the following criteria: How does that affect the Premier League teams still in […]

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Champions League round-up: Bayern Munich reach last 16 for 11th season running — to ease pressure on under-fire boss Niko Kovac

Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski both netted doubles as Bayern qualified from Group E with a game to spare. Kovac was in danger of being axed following Bayern's 3-3 draw at home to relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. And while fifth-placed Bayern are nine points behind leaders Dortmund in the Bundesliga, they eased into the knockout stage of the Champions […]

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Uefa want to move Champions League games to the weekend and play Premier League midweek

It is understood, though, that the four major European leagues – in England, Spain, Germany and Italy, will block the move and have already signed an agreement against it. But according to AS, Uefa want to hold their elite competition's matches on Saturdays and Sundays, forcing Premier League and other top leagues to be played midweek. Currently the only Champions […]

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‘Cracks starting to appear as Spurs face no European football in new ground’

The cracks have already begun to appear — and are threatening to undermine Tottenham’s season. Mauricio Pochettino is facing a Champions League exit at the group stage after a disastrous start to their European campaign. It will also be tough for Tottenham to challenge for the title after not spending a penny on new signings in the summer to bolster […]

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Ascot British Champions Day races tips, racecard, declarations and preview for the racing live on ITV

We've carefully picked through the form and come up with a handy preview for each race, helping you land those all important winners. Race 1 – 1.25pm Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2) Stradivarius has conquered all before him this season. "It will never be won" pundits cried about the million pound bonus. John Gosden's stayer won it in the […]

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British Champions Day 2018: James Fanshawe hoping The Tin Man can produce wizardry in Champions Sprint

James Fanshawe's pocket rocket heads a confirmed field of seventeen for Saturday's big race. Rainy conditions are ideal for the 2016 winner, who was last seen beating off plenty of this weekend's potential rivals in the Sprint Cup at Haydock. Now a winner of three top level contests, connections are confident their challenger is capable of adding another if conditions […]

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QIPCO British Champions Day 2018: Accidental Agent and Bateel set to miss Ascot

She has been ruled out of QIPCO Champions Day at Ascot along with Accidental Agent. Bateel was the antepost second favourite for Saturday's Fillies & Mares Group 1, but connections reported she would not be confirmed for the race on Monday. The six-year-old suffered an injury during work in Chantilly on Monday morning and will be retired to stud after […]

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Champions League to use VAR next season, Uefa announce as they reveal plans for system to be introduced at Euro 2020

European football's governing body has decided to introduce video assistant referees from the play-off stage of the competition. It will also be used at the 2019 Uefa Super Cup and Euro 2020. Plans are in place to introduce VAR to the 2020/21 Europa League from the group stage and the following year's Uefa Nations League finals. Officials met today in […]

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