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Shakhtar Champions League campaign cheers war-torn Ukraine KIEV: Shakhtar Donetsk lost a game but reached the Champions League knockout stage giving an emotional boost to war-torn Ukraine, highlighted on Thursday by manager Mircea Lucescu.The Ukrainian champions cannot play their European home games in Donetsk because of the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government forces that has ravaged the southeastern city.Shakhtar seemed to be barely functioning in their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night but had already qualified before the game started. Group H leaders FC Porto beat BATE Borisov of Belarus 3-0 meaning the Ukrainians had second place."I'm upset with our performance but happy that we've make it into the knockout stage," Lucescu said."The performance in the Champions League is our prestige, our image. And we're all set to keep up our prestige, our image really high."The war in southeast Ukraine forced the team to move to Kiev for training and play their home matches ...

South Africa ring changes for Wales CARDIFF: South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made eight changes to his team for Saturday's one-off Test against Wales that falls outside the international window.Meyer has been forced into a handful of changes because of the unavailability of players based outside of South Africa, meaning a raft of up-and-coming players will get the chance to shine at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.Prop Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bismarck du Plessis, full-back Willie le Roux, and wing duo Cornal Hendricks ...

Pakistan 186-3 at tea in third Test SHARJAH: Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, were 186-3 at tea on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday.At the break Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on 123 -- his seventh Test century -- and with him skipper Misbah-ul Haq was on four not out.Off-spinner Mark Craig has figures of 2-44.Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi and drawing ...

Hafeez's hundred guides Pakistan in third Test SHARJAH: Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a brilliant hundred to help Pakistan reach 186-3 at tea on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday.Hafeez was on 123 for his seventh Test hundred and with him skipper Misbah-ul Haq four not out after Pakistan won a crucial toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Sharjah stadium pitch.New Zealand, seeking to level the three-match series after losing ...

Aguero up with Messi, Ronaldo: Lampard MANCHESTER: Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his team-mate Sergio Aguero stands comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his stunning Champions League hat-trick against Bayern Munich.Having opened the scoring in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero struck again in the 85th and 91st minutes as City roared back from behind to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of a last-16 place flickering.City will go through if they ...

Fabregas hits back at Ramos in Spain commitment row MADRID: Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said he was offended by Spanish international teammate Sergio Ramos questioning his commitment to La Roja after pulling out of games against Belarus and Germany earlier this month through injury.Fabregas was allowed to return to London by Spain's medical team despite scans failing to prove a significant injury just two days after completing the 90 minutes in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Liverpool.Ramos, who missed Spain's previous two Euro 2016 ...

Totti laments CSKA's 'punch from Tyson' MILAN: Stunned Roma captain Francesco Totti admitted a 1-1 draw with CSKA that has left the Serie A club's Champions League last 16 chances hanging by a thread felt like a "punch from Tyson".Roma looked to have their Group E match won in freezing Moscow when Totti netted a free kick just before half-time to extend his record as the competition's oldest scorer at 38 years and 59 days.But just seconds from the full-time whistle, ...


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