Rocky start puts Leipzig under pressure | The Express Tribune

BERLIN: RB Leipzig will have their backs to the wall in Saturday’s Bundesliga game against in-form Union Berlin after picking up just two points from their two games so far. Last season’s German Cup winners, who have again qualified for the Champions League group stage after a fourth-place finish, had expected a faster start. Instead, … Read more

Teams final for Champions League play-offs | The Express Tribune

PARIS: Two-time former champions Benfica will play Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv while Ruud van Nistelrooy’s PSV Eindhoven will face Glasgow Rangers after they all qualified for the final Champions League qualifying play-off round on Tuesday. Luuk De Jong claimed an 109th-minute winner as PSV Eindhoven edged Monaco 3-2 in extra-time in the Netherlands, to go through … Read more

UCL final CCTV footage ‘deleted’ | The Express Tribune

PARIS: CCTV footage from the Stade de France during the Champions League final last month has been deleted, a commission at the French Senate investigating the fiasco heard on Thursday. The French football federation (FFF) revealed video surveillance from the ground had been destroyed — in line with French law that stipulates it must be … Read more

Tottenham land Croatia international Perisic | The Express Tribune

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur began their squad strengthening ahead of a return to the Champions League by signing experienced Croatia international Ivan Perisic on a free transfer on Tuesday. The Premier League club confirmed that the versatile 33-year-old, whose contract with Inter Milan expired at the end of the season, had signed a two-year deal. Perisic … Read more

Self-belief carries Real to Champions League glory | The Express Tribune

SAINT-DENIS: Real Madrid are champions of Europe for a record-extending 14th time after Carlo Ancelotti’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris on Saturday, but rarely have the Spanish champions taken a more chaotic road to glory. Madrid only made it to the French capital thanks to stirring fightbacks at the Santiago Bernabeu to see off … Read more

Vinicius strikes as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League final – SUCH TV

Vinicius Junior scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris to become kings of Europe for a record-extending 14th time after a night marred by problems outside the ground that led to the kick-off being delayed by over half-an-hour. Brazilian winger Vinicius turned … Read more

Salah staying at Liverpool next season | The Express Tribune

LIVERPOOL: Mohamed Salah has confirmed he will see out his contract at Liverpool next season, but Egypt forward remains non-committal on his future at Anfield beyond 2023. Salah’s contract expires at the end of next season and talks over a new deal have dragged on for months without a resolution. Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League … Read more

Lifting title will make ‘great’ season ‘fantastic’ | The Express Tribune

LIVERPOOL: “We are not here by any kind of magic,” said Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool’s third appearance in a Champions League final in five years. “We deserve this.” Real Madrid stand in the Reds’ way at the Stade de France on Saturday, just as they did four years ago in the first of Liverpool’s European … Read more

Marseille secure Champions League place | The Express Tribune

PARIS: Marseille clinched automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stage on a final night of the French Ligue 1 season on Saturday that was dramatic beyond the announcement that Kylian Mbappe was staying at Paris Saint-Germain. Marseille began the day in third place – which only offered a place in the Champions League … Read more

Real prep for Champions League final with draw | The Express Tribune

MADRID: Real Madrid’s last game before the Champions League final against Liverpool ended in a goalless draw against Real Betis on Friday as Marcelo bid farewell to the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti picked a strong side for Madrid’s last La Liga game of the season but with the title long sewn-up and the final in … Read more