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Cristiano in doubt for Champions clash, Real Madrid coach says

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo may be kept out of the starting lineup for the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund, Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti said Monday. The Portuguese international sat out the weekend La Liga match with Real Sociedad after leaving last week's first leg against Dortmund with an injury. Ronaldo did a low-intensity workout on Sunday, Ancelotti said.

Football: Chelsea seek Napoli repeat in PSG rescue bid

Chelsea will hope to draw inspiration from their 2012 Champions League triumph when they attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Javier Pastore's 90th-minute solo goal in last week's first leg at Parc des Princes gave PSG a two-goal advantage that puts them firmly in control of the tie ahead of the second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Football: Anelka to join Atletico Mineiro

Controversial French footballer Nicolas Anelka has agreed terms with his 12th club after Atletico Minerio president Alexandre Kalil confirmed the former international will join the Brazilian topflight outfit. "Anelka is at Galo (Mineiro nickname)," Kalil tweeted on Sunday without adding further details. The 35-year-old was sacked by English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion last month "for gross misconduct" over the quenelle row when he made an alleged anti-semitic gesture after scoring a goal.

Football: Neymar confesses to World Cup butterflies

With less than ten weeks to the World Cup on home soil, Brazil star Neymar has admitted to butterflies in his stomach. "I think it is an honour to wear the Brazil shirt in my country and to see my greatest childhood dream come true, but the nerves are starting to appear and I've butterflies in my stomach," Neymar said in an interview published Friday in Lance sports daily.

Football: Ronaldo injury no worry for Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted he was not concerned by an injury that forced Cristiano Ronaldo to be withdrawn 10 minutes from time as his side edged towards the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. The Portuguese scored a record-equalling 14th Champions League goal of the season to all but seal Real's place in the last four after first-half strikes from Gareth Bale and Isco had put Los Blancos in command.

Football:Ronaldo equals record as Real and PSG win

Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain both gained convincing victories on Wednesday in their respective Champions League quarter-final first leg matches to give themselves the upper hand ahead of next week's second legs. Real, who have reached the semi-finals in the past three seasons, avenged in part last season's semi-finals defeat to Borussia Dortmund by beating the German side 3-0 while PSG -- who reached the quarter-finals last term -- saw off 2012 winners Chelsea 3-1. It was, however, a tale of contrasting fortunes for Real and PSG's leading scorers.

Football:Ronaldo equals record as Real and PSG win

Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain both gained convincing victories on Wednesday in their respective Champions League quarter-final first leg matches to give themselves the upper hand ahead of next week's second legs. Real, who have reached the semi-finals in the past three seasons, avenged in part last season's semi-finals defeat to Borussia Dortmund by beating the German side 3-0 while PSG -- who reached the quarter-finals last term -- saw off 2012 winners Chelsea 3-1. It was, however, a tale of contrasting fortunes for Real and PSG's leading scorers.

Football: Torres left on bench as Schuerrle starts for Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho left out Fernando Torres for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, selecting Andre Schuerrle in his place. With Samuel Eto'o sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Spain striker Torres had been expected to get the nod at the tip of the Premier League side's attack. However, he was left on the bench at kick-off with German international winger Schuerrle and Belgium's Eden Hazard both starting, and both capable of playing through the middle.

Football: FIFA orders shock transfer ban on Barcelona

FIFA on Wednesday banned Spanish giants Barcelona from buying or selling players for the next two transfer windows for "serious" breaches of rules on under-age players. FIFA's Disciplinary Committee found Barcelona and the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) guilty of making or allowing illegal deals. As well as the transfer ban, which will effectively last one year, FIFA fined Barcelona 450,000 Swiss francs, (369,000 euros, $509,000). Barcelona were given 90 days to regularise the situation of all 10 minor players concerned.

Football: Mexico coach hopes Brazil, Neymar feel cup pressure

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera voiced hope Wednesday that Brazil will falter under home pressure during his side's World Cup clash with the heavyweights, adding that the hosts' star player Neymar lacks leadership experience. In an interview with AFP, Herrera said five-times champions Brazil are the clear favorites to win Group A and that Barcelona forward Neymar is growing into a prominent role.
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