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Europe's super heavyweights avoided each other in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals with the tie of the round arguably Manchester City taking on Paris St. Germain. Barcelona take on fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, while the third Spanish side in the last 8, Real Madrid will meet Wolfsburg. Bayern Munich meanwhile, who were seconds away from going out at the hands of Juventus, have possibly the easiest draw of the round, taking on Portuguese giants Benfica.

Manchester City would have breathed a sigh of relief at not having Barcelona or Bayern Munich as their opponents for the second time in three years, but they do square off against a fellow nouveau riche club in Paris St. Germain. PSG, already crowned French champions with weeks to spare, knocked out another English side in Chelsea in the round of 16, and will fancy their chances over two legs of beating Man City. The first leg of the tie will take place in Paris on the Wednesday, 6 April, while Manchester will host the return leg the following Tuesday.

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Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of action for a minimum of a month with a recurrence of his calf injury, putting in jeopardy any hopes the Citizens have of going deep in the Champions League, whilst also staking a late claim for the Premier League title.

Kompany, who has started just 13 out of City's 29 Premier League games thus far this season, picked up another injury during the Citizens' 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kiev in the UEFA Champions League last night.

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Another chapter was written in the Leicester City fairytale today as the Foxes opened up a 5 point lead over Tottenham Hotspur and for all practical purposes have ended any prospect of a challenge from Arsenal, taking their lead over the Gunners into double digits courtesy of a nervy 1-0 home win against relegation threatened Newcastle United.

The Magpies under new Manager Rafa Benitez for the first time played a lot better than they have in recent weeks, but there was no stopping the Leicester City juggernaut as a fantastic overhead kick from Shinji Okazaki, his first at the King Power Stadium, earned the Foxes a deserved win.

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Manchester City's hope of challenging for the Premier League title suffered another setback today as they failed to make the most of their game in hand against Norwich City, being held to a goal-less draw by the Canaries at Carrow Road.

John Ruddy was unsurprisingly the busier of the two keepers, denying Sergio Aguero on a couple of occasions, but Man City could have well lost this game with Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford striking Joe Hart's crossbar before Graham Dorrans missed a terrific great chance to get Norwich out of the drop zone by fluffing his lines when presented with a late chance at goal.

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The magical left-foot of Riyad Mahrez earned Leicester City a hard fought 1-0 win away to Watford, one which opened up a 5 point lead for the Foxes over Tottenham and 8 points over Arsenal as their fairytale pursuit of a first ever top division English league reaches its climax.

In a game of few clear cut chances, Jamie Vardy missed a glorious opportunity in the first half to put Leicester ahead after Riyad Mahrez squared the ball to him and Gomes already beaten, out of position as he attempted to close down the angle if the Algerian chose to shoot. Vardy though somehow managed to miss the target even as Claudio Ranieri was forced to cut short his celebration.

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Manchester City kept alive their slender hopes of a late Premier League title challenge, and perhaps more crucially edged closer to guaranteeing themselves Champions League football next season by moving within sniffing distance of Arsenal, with a comfortable 4-0 hammering of relegation favourites Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

After a tepid first half that saw Manchester City have 78% of the ball, but Wilfried Bony missing chances galore, the goals flowed more freely in the second half with Sergio Aguero grabbing a brace and missing a chance to walk away with the match ball when his penalty struck the post.

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Revenge is a dish best served soon, and Liverpool bounced back from their League Cup Final defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the best possible fashion, thrashing the Citizens 3-0 at Anfield, thereby putting a significant dent in Manchester City's title aspirations.

The mood at Anfield was expected to be a little down after the Reds suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Man City on penalties in the League Cup final, but the Liverpool fans ensured that they were the 12th man for their side tonight as they roared them forward at every opportunity.

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