The four European soccer powers that lead UEFA’s club rankings return to the Champions League round of 16 in midweek with Bayern Munich looking out of form and at risk of a stunning elimination. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain all take a lead into second-leg games and all are unbeaten in 2024 in their domestic leagues. Bayern, however, has lost three Bundesliga games since January and three of its last five in all competitions including a 1-0 defeat at Lazio in the first leg
The England international’s double gave City local bragging rights.
ROME (AP) — Bologna’s unexpected chances of reaching the Champions League are growing match by match. Thiago Motta’s team produced a 2-1 comeback win at Atalanta on Sunday to strengthen its hold on fourth place and weaken the hopes of a direct rival for a spot in the top European club competition. It was Bologna’s sixth straight win in Serie A — a feat it has managed only twice before, having won a club-record 10 consecutive games in 1963-64 and six straight also in 1967. Bologna won the last of
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Good luck trying to knock Manchester City off its perch. With new investment and renewed hope, Manchester United fans have been encouraged to believe the good times will return. That great revival felt as far away as ever after a humbling 3-1 loss to City in the Premier League, which could have been even worse Sunday if not for a spectacular miss from Erling Haaland and a series of saves from United goalkeeper Andre Onana. “This team is legendary,” City manager Pep Gua