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Football: Former Zenit player admits to helping fix UEFA Cup match

Former Zenit Saint Petersburg defender Erik Hagen said Wednesday that he had paid a referee to fix a UEFA Cup match during his time at the Russian team. The 38-year old Norwegian footballer said it was customary to pay for match-fixing and he and his teammates each paid a referee $3,000 (2,180 euros) to secure the outcome of a UEFA Cup match between 2005 and 2008. In return he said each of them received a $12,000 bonus.

Football: Ronaldo starts on verge of European record

Cristiano Ronaldo was named among Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Borussia Dortmund as he looks to equal Lionel Messi's record of 14 Champions League goals in a season. The Portuguese already has 13 goals from just seven appearances in the competition this campaign and is joined in attack at the Santiago Bernabeu by Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Marcelo and Angel di Maria miss out for Madrid due to injury and illness respectively, so Fabio Coentrao and Isco are handed rare starts.

Football: Spahic fined 15,000 euros for showing the finger

Bayer Leverkusen's Bosnian defender Emir Spahic was on Wednesday fined 15,000 euros for having shown his middle finger at two opponents during a 1-1 draw with Brunswick at the weekend, the German football federation announced. The federation, however, opted against a match ban for the 33-year-old over the "flagrantly anti-sporting gesture", which the referee missed at the end of the Bundesliga game. sg/lp/nr

Football: Guardiola ruffled as United frustrate Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola showed flashes of frustration after the defending champions were held 1-1 at Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's opener in Tuesday's game to put Bayern in control of the tie, but the Bayern midfielder was then sent off, ruling him out of next week's return leg. Schweinsteiger was shown a second yellow card in the final minute for sliding in on Wayne Rooney and Guardiola reacted by appearing to make a 'dive' gesture at the United forward.

Football: Ferdinand, Martinez in for United v Bayern

Rio Ferdinand was drafted into Manchester United's defence for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday due to an injury to right-back Rafael. Rafael was ruled out with a thigh injury, meaning that Phil Jones shuffled along from centre-back to fill in at right-back and Ferdinand returned to the side in central defence alongside Nemanja Vidic.

Football: Man United v Bayern Munich starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester United and holders Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday (1845 GMT kick-off): Manchester United (4-3-3) David de Gea; Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic (capt), Alexander Buttner; Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs; Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck Coach: David Moyes (SCO) Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1)

Football: Ibra rules out England move as Chelsea come into focus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Tuesday ruled out any prospect of a move to the English Premier League as his Paris Saint-Germain side prepared to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals. The French league leaders host the London side in the first leg at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday with Ibrahimovic, who has scored a club record 40 goals in all competitions this season, their talisman.

PSG must go up to another level vs. Chelsea: Blanc

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain must be ruthless in front of goal when they take on 2012 winners Chelsea in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, according to coach Laurent Blanc. The Ligue 1 champions-elect are on an eight-game winning streak in all competitions but the former France center back knows Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho, have the experience and defensive know-how to strangle any opposition.

Football: 10-man CSKA thrash Volga to maintain title challenge

Defending champions CSKA Moscow made light of playing the whole of the second-half with 10 men beating Volga Nizhny Novgorod 3-0 on Monday and keep alive their hopes of retaining the league title. Victory for CSKA -- who had Alan Dzagoev sent off in the 41st minute -- puts them on 43 points in third place, five points adrift of leaders and city rivals Lokomotiv Moscow while Zenit St Petersburg sit second on 47 points. All have played 23 matches. CSKA got off to a flying start with a well worked goal in the fifth minute.

Football: Player saves opponent's life in Ukraine game

Dnipropetrovsk's Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava possibly saved Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev's life with his fast reactions after a potentially deadly incident during a Ukrainian top flight match at the weekend. In the 22nd minute of Sunday's tie in Dnipropetrovsk, Husev was knocked down unconscious after a clash with the hosts' goalkeeper Denis Boiko. Kankava, standing nearest, rendered assistance to Husev by without hesitation removing Gusev's tongue from blocking his airwaves.
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