This Real Madrid-Liverpool matchup will lack some star power, but the game remains a clash of the titans.
The teams will play Tuesday in Madrid at Alfredo Di Stefano in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series. The contest represents a rematch of the 2018 Champions League final, in which Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.
Liverpool will be without injured center backs Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Real Madrid also will be without its first-choice center back partnership, as Sergio Ramos is sidelined due to a calf injury, and Rafael Varane tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
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Diogo Jota came off the bench and scored twice as Liverpool recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win over Arsenal.
The Reds were in the ascendancy from the first whistle of Saturday’s contest at Emirates Stadium, but had to wait until midway through the second half to finally take the lead when Jota headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant cross just a few minutes after his introduction.
Mohamed Salah added a quickfire second with a clinical finish, before Jota completed the scoring by smashing in a pass from the No. 11 from close range late.
Victory, coupled with Chelsea’s defeat earlier in the day, lifts Jurgen Klopp’s team to within two points of fourth place in the table.
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Premier League fans are accustomed to seeing goals when Arsenal and Liverpool meet.
Arsenal will host Liverpool on Saturday at Emirates Stadium in a Premier League Round 30 game. The Gunners are in ninth place in the standings with 42 points, and Liverpool is in seventh place with 46 points. The teams are targeting spots in next season’s European competitions, with the Gunners realistically in pursuit of a place in the UEFA Europa League and the Reds chasing a top-four Premier League finish, which would enter them into the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal-Liverpool is the highest-scoring matchup in the Premier League, having produced 166 goals between them since 1992.
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Fenway Sports Group is entering a new era with help from its newest partners.
FSG announced Wednesday in a press release RedBird Capital Partners has invested in the Boston-based global sports, entertainment and real estate platform, and LeBron James, Maverick Carter and their longtime business partner Paul Wachter has joined its ownership group. FSG principal owner John W. Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon believe the new investors and owners will help FSG develop and launch new businesses and opportunities that will enhance or extend FSG’s existing platform.
“Over the years, Fenway Sports Group has been able to attract a dedicated group of executives and partnerships seeking to compete for titles in the most challenging and rewarding landscapes,” the FSG leadership group said in a statement. “Our strategic partnership with Gerry (Cardinale) and the entire team at RedBird will enhance our ability to pursue future growth opportunities in a more accelerated way but with the same selectiveness that has served us so well.
“We are also pleased to welcome to our ownership group LeBron, Maverick and Paul, with whom we have enjoyed a successful collaboration for well over a decade. Their addition is an important milestone for FSG and expands and deepens a longtime friendship and relationship that began in 2010.”
The arrivals of RedBird Capital, James, Carter and Wachter as minority owners is expected to enhance FSG’s primary pursuits.
“To our fans and supporters: Winning continues to be the driving force for all of us,” Henry, Werner and Gordon continued. “The growth of FSG as an organization allows us to further strengthen our resources and commitment to the communities we serve, and we look forward to having these talented new partners join us in the next chapter of FSG’s evolution.”
The investment and accompanying transactions value FSG at $7.35 billion.
The last UEFA Champions League draw of the season colors teams’ dreams of glory.
UEFA set the four quarterfinal matchups and potential semifinal pairings Friday during the Champions League draw. Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund, Porto will take on Chelsea, Bayern will lock horns with PSG and Liverpool will play Real Madrid in the last eight of European soccer’s elite men’s club competition.
The winners of Bayern-PSG and Manchester City-Dortmund will meet in one semifinal. The winners of Chelsea-Porto and Real Madrid-Liverpool will face off in the other semifinal.
The Champions League quarterfinals will begin April 6 and April 7 with the first legs. The second legs will take place April 13 and 14. The Champions League semifinals will kick off April 27 and April 28 with the first legs. The semifinal second legs will take place May 4 and May 5.
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Diogo Jota enjoyed a successful return to his former club Monday when he scored to give Liverpool a 1-0 victory at Wolves.
The No. 20 netted his 10th goal for the Reds in first-half stoppage time at Molineux Stadium to ensure Jurgen Klopp’s men returned to winning ways in the Premier League.
Jota, who completed a switch to Liverpool from Wolves in September, put the finishing touches on a counter-attacking move, angling an effort into the bottom left corner of the net.
There was a lengthy stoppage towards the end of the 90 minutes as Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio suffered an injury that required him to be stretchered off.
The opposing forms of Wolves and Liverpool have pulled them perilously close together.
Wolves will host Liverpool on Monday at Molineux Stadium in a Premier League Round 29 game. Wolves are in 13th place after 28 games with 35 points, but their recent good run, during which they have won three, drawn three and lost one of their last seven Premier League games, has renewed optimism around the club. Meanwhile, Liverpool has earned just three points from its last seven games, the worst form in the Premier League since early February.
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Liverpool secured a place in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig in Budapest on Wednesday evening.
The Reds took the lead in Hungary with 20 minutes remaining when Diogo Jota teed up Mohamed Salah, who finished smartly with a reverse shot to make it 3-0 on aggregate.
Sadio Mane doubled the advantage moments later when he tapped in from substitute Divock Origi’s delivery from the right.
It had been Salah and Mane who’d decided the first leg in Liverpool’s favor last month – and their strikes at Puskas Arena once more made sure of Liverpool’s berth in the last eight of the tournament.
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Liverpool has traveled far and wide to defend its turf against RB Leipzig.
The teams will face off Wednesday in Budapest, Hungary, at Puskas Arena in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 series. Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 and will seek to stifle RB Leipzig’s resistance and book a place in the quarterfinals.
The game will take place in Hungary, instead of at Anfield, due to ongoing COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
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