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Reality bites as Madrid put Reds in their place

Liverpool 0 Real Madrid 3
Expected it may have been but Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid still delivered a brutal and demoralising reminder of where Liverpool stand amongst Europe’s elite.

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Wenger’s perfect birthday present

Anderlecht 1 Arsenal 2
Substitute Lukas Podolski netted a dramatic late winner as Arsenal came from behind with two goals in the final two minutes to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and hand manager Arsene Wenger a 65th birthday to remember at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium last night.

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Keane wants feelgood factor back for Ireland

Roy Keane is relishing a return to Celtic Park next month for a Euro qualifier against Scotland which he reckons will be an uncompromising, no-holds-barred battle.

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REBEL YELL: Danny Murphy and John O'Flynn celebrate victory over NEC Nijmegen in the Intertoto Cup  at Turner's Cross in July 2004. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

City working on a dream

In an edited extract from his new book about the club, the Cork City stalwart Neal Horgan recalls the thrills and spills of European football which helped shape the celebrated title-winning team of 2005.

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Lilywhites looking for a fairytale finish

Had you predicted a few years back that the 2014 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title race would be a straight shootout between Dundalk and Cork City, you’d have to forgive people for giving you a few strange looks.

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Lille attempt to take focus off Origi

Lille boss Rene Girard has attempted to ease the pressure on Liverpool’s Divock Origi ahead of tonight’s Europa League Group H clash with Everton (6pm, live on Setanta Ireland).

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Spurs having a ‘tough period’

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham are going through a "tough period", but believes something special is in the offing — with silverware not too far away.

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Celtic putting the emphasis on attack

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has urged his players to take their league form into the European scene tonight against Astra Giurgiu (8.05pm, live on 3e).

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Atletico turn on style to crush Malmo

Atletico Madrid produced a storming second half to hammer Malmo 5-0 at the Vicente Calderon in Group A last night.

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Pope Francis welcomes Bayern to Vatican after Roma rout

Pope Francis welcomed the victorious Bayern Munich team to the Vatican after their 7-1 Champions League rout of Roma, telling them they "played a wonderful game" and receiving a signed jersey and ball in return.

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COMMENT: Balotelli’s half-time antics puts Anfield future in doubt

Mario Balotelli gave away his Liverpool shirt at half-time against Real Madrid in a moment that symbolised the gaping gap between the two sides; and there will be now be inevitable speculation over whether he will ever get it back again.

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Low-key approach key, says O’Flynn

When Cork City won what was then known as the eircom League in 2005, John O’Flynn and Liam Kearney got the vital goals in the final game against Derry City.

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Boyle feels vindicated by Dundalk resurrection

As he stands 90 minutes away from the ultimate achievement as a footballer, Andy Boyle understandably has no regrets about joining Dundalk, after they’d just survived relegation.

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FUNNY GAME: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling share a joke in training at Anfield yesterday ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Real Madrid.

Rodgers urges troops to join ranks of the Liverpool legends

Champions League Group B
Liverpool v Real Madrid
Tonight 7.45pm, Anfield

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John Caulfield

City take preparations to college all-weather pitch

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Dundalk v Cork City Friday: Oriel Park, 7.45pm

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Alvaro Arbeloa

Arbeloa: Real wary of Anfield atmosphere

Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa knows all about Anfield’s capacity to intimidate on European nights and revealed that even Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his team-mates to expect something unique this evening.

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Wenger has faith in Martinez

Champions League Group D
Anderlecht v Arsenal
Tonight: 7.45pm

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David Moyes

Moyes appointment a club decision, claims Fergie

Alex Ferguson insists it is "nonsense" to suggest the correct processes were not followed prior to the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as his Manchester United successor.

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Remy blow puts veteran Drogba centre stage

Champions League Group G
Chelsea 6 NK Maribor 0

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Pellegrini: City will overcome Moscow meltdown

Champions League Group E
CSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2

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Roy: Fairytale finale never on cards for me and Alex

Roy Keane has reopened his feud with Alex Ferguson by claiming his former manager preached loyalty but never showed him any.

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Blind bags a point for United

Premier League
West Brom 2 Manchester United 2

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Ahmed Musa

Musa says CSKA don’t fear ‘weak’ City

Champions League Group E
CSKA Moscow v Man City
Today: Arena Khimkj, 5pm

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Diego Costa

Mourinho angry at del Bosque over injury to Costa

Champions League Group G
Chelsea v Maribor
Tonight: Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm

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