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PLZEN, Czech Republic (AP) — CSKA Moscow salvaged a 2-2 draw with Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday after a penalty deep in stoppage time. Plzen was leading 2-1 on goals by Michael Krmencik before Jan Kovarik’s foul gave CSKA a spot-kick, which was duly converted by Nikola Vlasic. Krmencik scored the opening …

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VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the missing piece in Juventus’ bid to win the Champions League. But his first match in the competition for his new club lasted less than half an hour on Wednesday as he was sent off after appearing to pull at an opponent’s hair. Juventus still …

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Game-winning displays like Paul Pogba’s in a 3-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys should help to improve his relations with coach Jose Mourinho. Pogba scored twice late in the first half Wednesday to get United off to a smooth start in the Champions League against the group-stage newcomer. A …

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City’s expensively-assembled team was humbled by Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday, losing 2-1 at the start of its quest to win European football’s biggest prize for the first time. Banned from the touchline and unable to communicate with the bench, City manager Pep Guardiola watched from the stands …

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All Renato Sanches needed was some home comfort. Sanches finally showed why Bayern Munich gave him one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history in 2016, ending a two-year scoring drought with his first goal for the team — on his return to the club where he had his breakthrough. Sanches …

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MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid showed it can still compete in the Champions League even without Cristiano Ronaldo. In its first Champions League match without the star forward in nearly a decade, Madrid easily dominated Roma to open its campaign with a comfortable 3-0 home win on Wednesday. Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Gareth Bale and Mariano …

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VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been sent off in his first Champions League match for Juventus and walked off the pitch in tears. Ronaldo was dismissed in the 29th minute of Juve’s match at Valencia on Wednesday after tangling with Jeison Murillo. The Portugal forward appeared to put his hand on the Valencia …

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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The youngest coach in Champions League history drew his debut game Wednesday as Hoffenheim’s game at Shakhtar Donetsk finished 2-2. The 31-year-old Julian Nagelsmann had to wait just six minutes to see his team score a first Champions League goal as Florian Grillitsch put Hoffenheim 1-0 up. However, Shakhtar responded with …

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Defender Nicolas Tagliafico scored twice Wednesday as Ajax celebrated its return to Champions League football with an emphatic 3-0 victory over AEK Athens at the recently renamed Johan Cruyff Arena. After dominating possession but failing to score in the first half, Argentina defender Tagliafico broke the deadlock just after the break and …

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looked every bit a man on a mission. Messi started the Champions League in brilliant fashion Tuesday night, setting a record with his eighth hat trick in the competition to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven. The outstanding performance was the first step toward Messi keeping …

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