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Champions League: Monaco send poor Spurs packing

French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris denied Radamel Falcao from the penalty spot, but could not rescue Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League campaign as Mauricio Pochettino's men slipped to a 1-2 defeat at the Stade Louis II in Monte Carlo.

Tuesday evening's result guaranteed Monaco a berth to the knockout stage as Group E winners alongside Bayer Leverkusen who had earlier drawn 1-1 with CSKA Moscow. But they have sent Spurs packing with the English Premiership side now needing a point against CSKA at Wembley next month to finish third in the group and qualify for the Europa League.

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Champions League: Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 in scoring extravaganza

Borussia Dortmund staged a goal festival to beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 in a high scoring clash in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.

Dortmund and Legia have set a new record with 12 goals in a single Champions League encounter on Tuesday. The hosts turned the tide within 74 seconds, and Marco Reus provided a hat-trick after returning from a lengthy injury break.

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Manuel Neuer ruled out of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich have confirmed that ace goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss the UEFA Champions League group stage football match against Rostov after suffering from muscular problems.

The German captain will be cautionary sidelined by Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti as the custodian is plagued by a stiff calf. Neuer stays in Munich and will undergo treatment, the German record champions announced on Monday.

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Gonzalo Higuain ruled out of Sevilla clash

A left thigh injury has ruled out Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain from the crucial Champions League group stage clash against Spanish football club Sevilla on Tuesday.

Juventus are already without the injured forward duo of Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca. And with Higuain also injured, thanks to an injury during their 3-0 win over Pescara in the Serie A on Saturday, the Turin heavyweights are only left with a sole fit striker in Croatian Mario Mandzukic.

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Nice reclaim top spot in Ligue 1

Nice clinched a 1-0 win at Saint-Etienne to reclaim top spot in the French Ligue 1 football and go three points clear over Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain. Valentin Eysseric, who rather ironically spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne, scored the winner in the 63rd minute, firing a left-footed strike into the top corner after Jordan Veretout had lost possession in a dangerous area for the hosts here on Sunday.

His goal took Nice three points clear of Monaco, who won 3-0 at Lorient on Friday, and Paris St-Germain, who beat Nantes 2-0 at home on Saturday.

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Champions League Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs Real Madrid, Sevilla vs Juventus

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Reigning champions Real Madrid will face Sporting Lisbon knowing nothing but a win will be a disappointment as their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his alma mater in the Champions League football tournament here on Tuesday.

Madrid are two points behind Borussia Dortmund in their group and need to win in Lisbon or risk finishing second in their group and facing a tougher rival in the knockout stage.

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Bundesliga Sunday Wrap: Hamburg secure draw, Werder Bremen lose again

Nicolai Mueller helped Hamburg secure a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim while Eintracht Frankfurt bounced back to beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in the 11th round of the German Bundesliga.

Bottom-dwelling Hamburg snapped their two-game losing streak as Mueller restored parity after Hoffenheim's comeback on Sunday.

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