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Alexis-AFCArsenal put their recent troubles behind them to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. Yaya Sanogo put the Gunners ahead inside two minutes, with Alexis Sanchez clipping home a sublime effort at the start of the second half to inflict a first European defeat on the Group D leaders.

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid also secured their place in the last 16 with 4-0 over Olympiacos thanks to a hat-trick from Mario Mandzukic. A fast start by last season’s beaten finalists was rewarded when Raul Garcia prodded home at the near post after an awful attempted clearance from ex-Atletico goalkeeper Roberto.

messi-updatedFascinating interview with former Dutch and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff on Spain‘s Radio Cope’s ‘El Partido de las 12′.

Last week, while on international duty, Messi hinted that his future might lie away from the Camp Nou, and Cruyff was asked about the relationship between Messi and FC Barcelona Here are some of his answers:

What is the relationship between Messi and Barca?

“The management always support him. I have never heard the Board of Directors say that Messi has to pull his socks up or that there is a problem. So there’s no reason for him to be annoyed, but maybe things are always happening with Messi that we don’t know about.”

Manchester United ChampionsRobin van Persie believes Manchester United can still win the title even though they are 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, but suggested they stand a greater chance of becoming champions for a 21st time next season.

United moved into the top four with Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Van Persie’s former club Arsenal and Van Persie thinks that, with 26 games of the season remaining, they have time to catch Jose Mourinho’s team.

He told BT Sport:

“This year it’s still possible as we’ve only played [a third] of our games. We’re aiming for this year, but it will be very hard. If not this year then hopefully next year.”

Stevie-GerrardLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts captain Steven Gerrard is no longer the player he once was, but he insists it is wrong to write him off entirely.

Gerrard’s has been poor this season, but the Liverpool boss defended himself against accusations he has continued to select the ex-England midfielder on reputation alone.

“I judge Steven on merit. I think the spotlight he has been under is incredible. Everything for us is based around being a team,” said Rodgers.

“If people are expecting Steven Gerrard to be the type of player he was 10 years ago that is sadly not the case.

Jack-Wilshere-FACupArsenal and England star Jack Wilshere could face ankle ligament surgery which will keep him out of action for up to three months. The midfielder is expected to meet with a specialist in the coming days and the decision will be taken as to whether he needs the operation to repair the damage to his left ankle that he suffered after a challenge from Manchester United’s Paddy McNair on Saturday.

Messi Sets Another Goal Scoring Record

leo-messi2Fresh off becoming the all-time leading scoring in La Liga, Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Tuesday became the record goalscorer in Champions League history as he led Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia.

After Luis Suarez had opened the scoring with his first goal for Barca, Messi scored for the 72nd time in the competition, passing former Real Madrid star Raul, and then added two more to set up a grandstand finish to Group F.

Gareth-Bale-Champions-LeagueThere are some huge games tonight in the Champions League with several contenders looking to sew up one of the ten spots in the knockout phase that remain up for grabs. Only six sides have already qualified: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Porto.

Tuesday’s fixtures
Group E

CSKA Moscow-Roma
Manchester City-Bayern Munich

Group F
APOEL Nicosia-Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain-Ajax

Group G
Schalke 04-Chelsea
Sporting CP-Maribor

Group H
BATE Borisov-FC Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk-Athletic Bilbao

Jones RevsThe New England Revolution and LA Galaxy are 90 minutes away from meeting in the 2014 MLS Cu Final after both picking up wins in their conference finals first leg on Sunday.

It was a great day out for the 1,100 New England fans who made the trip to New York as they say their side win at Red Bull Arena for the first time ever.

The Revolution took the lead in the 17th minute when Bunbury cut in from the right flank and curled the ball past New York keeper Luis Robles.

On the back of Roberto Mancini’s appointment as Inter boss, we take a look at Inter’s strikeforce from the 2014/15 season ahead of the Milan derby.

welbeck-arsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to any of his strikers. For the first time in years, Wenger has quality attacking options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all in contention for a starting spot.

That competition has caused Germany international Lukas Podolski to reassess his future at the Emirates as he is getting frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.