30
May

Club Tijuana leave Copa Libertadores with heads held high

By Kyle McCarthy

Duvier Riascos found a berth in the Copa Libertadores semifinals placed directly at his feet in Club Tijuana’s 1-1 draw at Atlético Mineiro on Thursday night.

Tijuana could not have asked for a better man to take the potentially decisive penalty kick in second half stoppage time. He took his first half opener – dipped in controversy after a pair of potential fouls at the other end went uncalled and dispatched in style at the end of an incisive counter – with the precision expected from a player of his caliber. And Leo Silva presented him with the chance for his second after he scythed makeshift forward Pablo Aguilar to the ground to halt a prototypical route one move with the seconds ticking away.

Riascos assumed responsibility for success or failure when he stepped up to the spot. He embarked on a lengthy run-up from outside the penalty area and thumped the ball straight down the middle with Mineiro goalkeeper Victor leaning to his right.

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30
May

Copa Libertadores Preview: Atletico Mineiro vs. Club Tijuana

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By Kyle McCarthy

Club Tijuana coach Antonio Mohamed must produce one last miracle to conclude his tenure in style and send the Xolors through the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores.

He must devise a way to end Atlético Mineiro’s staggering record of success in Belo Horizonte.

It is not an easy brief to fulfill. Mineiro has not dropped a point at home during this calendar year. It has not lost at home during this edition of the competition. It has not suffered a home defeat since a 2-1 setback to Cruzeiro on Aug. 28, 2011.

Mineiro’s formidable home form exacerbates the problems created by Tijuana’s inability to protect a two-goal lead at Estadio Caliente a week ago. The 2-2 draw in Mexico hands Mineiro a significant advantage ahead of the second leg and means Tijuana must secure either an outright victory or a tie that includes at least three goals scored to go through at full time.

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15
Mar

The Champions League quarterfinal draw

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The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal stage:

  •  Malaga to play Borussia Dortmund
  •  Real Madrid to play Galatasaray
  •  Paris Saint-Germain to play Barcelona
  •  Bayern Munich to play Juventus

First legs to be played on April 2 and 3. Second legs to be played 9 and 10 of April.

14
Mar

English clubs turn to Europa League for safe have

By Jonathan Wilson

LONDON, ENGLAND

Champions League results may, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, have been a wake-up call for the Premier League. Yet, the strength of the English league was demonstrated by the passage of all three of its representatives to the quarterfinal of the Europa League.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle all endured some level of drama but all, in the end, survived. For those minded to care about such things, England stretched its lead over Germany in the UEFA coefficient table to 4.206 points.

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