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    Champions League glance

    UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEAll Times EDTFIRST ROUNDTop two teams in each group advance(home teams listed first)Group A GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Bayern Munich 4 4 0 0 15 4 12 Atlético Madrid 4 1 0 3 4 7 5 Lokomotiv Moscow 4 0 2 2 4 5 3 Salzburg 4 0 1 3 7 14 1 x _ advances to second roundWednesday's resultsAtlético Madrid 0 Lokomotiv Moscow 0Bayern Munich 3 Salzburg 1Tuesday, Dec. 1Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Salzburg, 12:55 p.m.Atlético Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, 3 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 9Bayern Munich vs. Lokomotiv Moscow, 3 p.m.Salzburg vs. Atlético Madrid, 3 p.m.Group B GP W D L GF GA Pts Bor. Monchengladbach 4 2 2 0 14 4 8 Real Madrid 4 2 1 1 9 7 7 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 1 1 2 3 12 4 Inter Milan 4 0 2 2 4 7 2 Wednesday's resultsBorussia Monchengladbach 4 Shakhtar Donetsk 0Inter Milan 0 Real Madrid 2Tuesday, Dec. 1Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid, 12:55 p.m.Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Inter Milan, 3 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 9Inter Milan vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 3 p.m.Real Madrid vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach, 3 p.m.Group C GP W D L GF GA Pt x-Manchester City 4 4 0 0 10 1 12 Porto 4 3 0 1 8 3 9 Olympiakos 4 1 0 3 1 6 3 Marseille 4 0 0 4 0 9 0 x _ advances to second roundWednesday's resultsMarseille 0 Porto 2Olympiakos 0 Manchester City 1Tuesday, Dec. 1Marseille vs. Olympiakos, 3 p.m.Porto vs. Manchester City, 3 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 9Manchester City vs. Marseille, 3 p.m.Olympiakos vs. Porto, 3 p.m.Group D GP W D L GF GA Pts Liverpool 4 3 0 1 8 2 9 Ajax 4 2 1 1 7 5 7 Atalanta 4 2 1 1 8 7 7 Midtjylland 4 0 0 4 2 11 0 Wednesday's resultsAjax 3 Midtjylland 1Liverpool 0 Atalanta 2Tuesday, Dec. 1Atalanta vs. Midtjylland, 3 p.m.Liverpool vs. Ajax, 3 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 9Ajax vs. Atalanta, 12:55 p.m.Midtjylland vs. Liverpool, 12:55 p.m.Group E GP W D L GF GA Pt x-Chelsea 4 3 1 0 9 1 10 x-Sevilla 4 3 1 0 6 3 10 Rennes 4 0 1 3 2 7 1 Krasnodar 4 0 1 3 4 10 1 x _ advances to second roundTuesday's resultsKrasnodar 1 Sevilla 2Rennes 1 Chelsea 2Wednesday, Dec. 2Krasnodar vs. Rennes, 12:55 p.m.Sevilla vs. Chelsea, 3 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 8Chelsea vs. Krasnodar, 3 p.m.Rennes vs. Sevilla, 3 p.m.Group F GP W D L GF GA Pts Borussia Dortmund 4 3 0 1 9 3 9 Lazio 4 2 2 0 8 4 8 Club Brugge 4 1 1 2 3 8 4 Zenit St. Petersburg 4 0 1 3 3 8 1 Tuesday's resultsBorussia Dortmund 3 Club Brugge 0Lazio 3 Zenit St. Petersburg 1Wednesday, Dec. 2Borussia Dortmund vs. Lazio, 3 p.m.Club Brugge vs. Zenit St. Petersburg, 3 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 8Lazio vs. Club Brugge, 12:55 p.m.Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Borussia Dortmund, 12:55 p.m.Group G GP W D L GF GA Pt x-Barcelona 4 4 0 0 13 2 12 x-Juventus 4 3 0 1 8 4 9 Dynamo Kyiv 4 0 1 3 3 10 1 Ferencváros 4 0 1 3 5 13 1 x _ advances to second roundTuesday's resultsDynamo Kyiv 0 Barcelona 4Juventus 2 Ferencváros 1Wednesday, Dec. 2Ferencváros vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m.Juventus vs. Dynamo Kyiv, 3 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 8Barcelona vs. Juventus, 3 p.m.Dynamo Kyiv vs. Ferencváros, 3 p.m.Group H GP W D L GF GA Pt Manchester United 4 3 0 1 12 4 9 Paris Saint-Germain 4 2 0 2 5 4 6 Leipzig 4 2 0 2 4 7 6 Istanbul Basaksehir 4 1 0 3 3 9 3 Tuesday's resultsManchester United 4 Istanbul Basaksehir 1Paris Saint-Germain 1 Leipzig 0Wednesday, Dec. 2Istanbul Basaksehir vs. Leipzig, 12:55 p.m.Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain, 3 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 8Paris Saint-Germain vs. Istanbul Basaksehir, 3 p.m.Leipzig vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m.ENDThe Associated Press

  • Magical Day: A memorable Canadian one-off with the mighty Maradona
    The Canadian Press

    Magical Day: A memorable Canadian one-off with the mighty Maradona

    It's a play that remains fresh in soccer coach Peter Pinizzotto's mind even though it happened nearly 25 years ago.Argentine great Diego Maradona — making a one-off appearance to play with brother Lalo in an exhibition game for Pinizzotto's Toronto Italia team — set the ball on the grass at Birchmount Stadium for a corner kick. He used that famous left foot to curl the ball into the net for the winning goal. "He scored from a corner kick and he was celebrating like he was a young kid still," Pinizzotto recalled Wednesday after news broke that Maradona had died at age 60."You could see how much he loved to win. He hated to lose."A person close to Maradona told The Associated Press that he died Wednesday of a heart attack. Maradona was released from a Buenos Aires hospital two weeks earlier following brain surgery.The legendary midfielder led his country to a World Cup title in 1986 and is considered one of the sport's all-time greats. A junior star in the mid-1970s in Argentina, he later played for Barcelona, Napoli and Sevilla before retiring in 1997 after a three-year run back home with Boca Juniors.Maradona was well past his playing prime when he came to the Ontario capital in September 1996 to visit his brother, who spent a few seasons with Toronto Italia in the defunct Canadian National Soccer League. Team owner Pasquale Fioccola suggested to Lalo that perhaps his brother might like to dress for the exhibition game against the CNSL all-stars. With Diego on board and the necessary hurdles cleared, No. 10 eventually trotted out on the modest pitch — some 6,000 spectators packed the stands — in Toronto Italia colours."It was unbelievable," Fioccola said from Toronto. "I still don't believe it now, that I had Maradona play for my team."For a player who had shone on the sport's biggest stages in front of massive audiences, this exhibition in a lower-level league was a tad different. Still, Maradona was passionate and energetic on game day, making sure that he warmed up properly and that team motivation was high, Pinizzotto said."For him, it was almost like another important game," he said.Maradona's second-half goal ended up being the difference in a 2-1 victory. "He was friendly. He didn't play a show-off," Fioccola said. "He was normal, friendly (with) everybody. He shook hands with everybody and he gave (an autograph) if anybody asked him for it."Maradona came off as a substitute with a few minutes left to play, mainly to avoid the crush of fans at game's end. ""I remember all our players were so excited," Pinizzotto said from Woodbridge, Ont. "They all wanted to be a part of being on the field with him. He was not what he was when he was a few years younger but you could see that he still had magic. "For him to score out of the corner, he still had the left foot that was like magic."Fioccola said Maradona, who grew up in a poor area near Buenos Aires, told him he didn't have proper shoes when he first learned how to play and that he'd kick a small rock instead of a ball."He became the best because he played with his heart," he said. "One thing I've got to say about Diego, when he had a uniform on he played for the uniform he wore. He didn't play just for money. He gave his heart when he played."On one memorable day in 1996, he played for the Toronto Italia uniform.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2020. With files from The Associated Press. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

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    Atlético held again by Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League

    MADRID — Atlético Madrid missed a chance to move closer to a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League after a 0-0 draw at home against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday.Atlético's second consecutive draw against the Russian club left Diego Simeone's team with five points from four matches in Group A. It is two points ahead of winless Lokomotiv and seven behind defending champion Bayern Munich, which stayed top with 12 points after beating last-place Salzburg 3-1 at home.Atlético and Lokomotiv had drawn 1-1 in Moscow.“We are upset,” Atlético captain Jorge “Koke” Resurrección said. “We tried everything but couldn’t get the win, and in the Champions League you need the three points to advance.”Atlético got off to a good start at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and created several scoring opportunities early in the first half, but with time Lokomotiv became better organized defensively and even threatened a few times on counterattacks.Atlético came closest when Koke's goal in the 68th minute was disallowed for offside after video review. Defender Stefan Savic later missed the open net with a lob that never made it to the goal, and José María Giménez's header in the 88th just went wide of the post.“The ball just wouldn’t go in," Koke said. "We have to step up our game to win these matches.”Wednesday's draw extended Atlético's unbeaten streak at home to 20 matches. A group-stage loss to Chelsea in 2017 was its only defeat in its last 28 European games at home.Atlético was without striker Luis Suárez and midfielder Lucas Torreira, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 while with Uruguay’s national team. Simeone also couldn’t count on striker Diego Costa because of a right leg blood clot detected on Wednesday, an ailment that could keep the Brazil-born player sidelined for several weeks.Simeone used Ángel Correa in attack alongside Portugal forward João Félix but they were not able to spark the team's attack.Atlético was coming off five straight wins in the Spanish league, including a 1-0 victory at home against Barcelona at the Metropolitano on Saturday.“We have been doing well in the league, we have been playing well, but we need to win these matches in the Champions League,” said Koke after his 100th European appearance, the most for any player in Atlético's history.A moment of silence was held before the match in honour of Diego Maradona, the former Argentina great who died earlier Wednesday. His image was shown on the big screen at the Metropolitano during the moment of silence. Simeone is among the many Argentines currently with Atlético.___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTales Azzoni, The Associated Press