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Record breaking Messi sets sights on taking down PSG NICOSIA: Fresh from becoming the top goalscorer in Champions League history with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday, Lionel Messi was targeting victory over Paris Saint-Germain and top spot in Group F.Barcelona need to beat the French champions on December 10 to avoid the danger of meeting the likes of Bayern Munich in the last 16 and Messi preferred to stress the importance of victory at the Camp Nou rather than reflect on another record breaking night just days after also becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga."I am happy to have achieved such a great record in such an important competition, but the really important thing is the three points which we won," said the 27-year-old."We will try to continue as we have played until now and to achieve the objectives that Barcelona need to meet."It will be a difficult game. We have ...

Blanc looking for PSG improvement against Barcelona PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is confident his side can raise their game when they face Barcelona next month looking for the draw that will take them into the Champions League last 16 as Group F winners.Both sides had already qualified for the knockout stage before recording wins on Tuesday, with PSG beating Ajax 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and Barcelona crushing APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in Cyprus with the help of a Lionel ...
Mourinho tells Chelsea to turn results into titles GELSENKIRCHEN: Jose Mourinho has challenged Chelsea to turn results into titles after their 5-0 away drubbing of Schalke 04 put them in the Champions League's last 16 as group winners.Mourinho's Premier League leaders brushed aside Robert Di Matteo's ineffective Schalke in Gelsenkirchen as captain John Terry put them ahead within just two minutes of the kick-off.Further first-half scores by Willian and an own goal from defender Jan Kirchhoff were followed by second-half strikes from Didier ...
Pellegrini urges Man City to seize chance MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini urged his side to finish the job after they breathed life into their flatlining Champions League campaign by beating 10-man Bayern Munich 3-2.Having seen Sergio Aguero put City ahead from the penalty spot after Mehdi Benatia had been sent off at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Bayern hit back through Xabi Alonso's low free-kick and Robert Lewandowski's header.But Aguero punished a mistake by Alonso to equalise in the 85th ...
British trio on brink of Europa League knockout phase PARIS: Everton, Tottenham and Celtic can wrap up their places in the Europa League knockout stage in Thursday's penultimate batch of group matches.Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Moscow, Fiorentina and Legia Warsaw are already guaranteed their place in the last-32.That leaves 20 places still up for grabs from the group phase with eight third-place finishers from the Champions League also set to parachute into the draw. Roberto Martinez's Everton side are enjoying a fine return to ...
McIlroy, Scott reignite duel at Australian Open SYDNEY: World number one Rory McIlroy returns to defend his Australian Open title this week with Adam Scott itching for revenge after last year's final hole anguish.The Northern Irishman is coming off a stellar year and heads into the Sydney tournament as Europe's top player for the second time in three years.McIlroy won two majors (the British Open and the US PGA Championship), a World Golf Championship title (WGC-Bridgestone) and the flagship event of the ...
Nadal will surprise us again, says Kuerten LONDON: Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten knows what it is like to have a career plagued by injury but believes Rafael Nadal will come back strong from his latest ailments.Spaniard Nadal has not played since a shock defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, since when a wrist problem and a troublesome appendix have sidelined the former world number one.Nadal, whose ninth French Open title in June was a rare highlight in a difficult year, ...


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Banking Review 2013

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