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Paulo Dybala inks new long term with Juventus

Argentine striker Paulo Dybala renewed his contract with Serie A side Juventus until 2022, the Turin club announced on Thursday. The Bianconeri explained in a statement that Dybala's original contract, valid until 2020, has been extended until June 30, 2022.

The striker, who scored twice in Juventus' 3-0 victory against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, arrived at the club in summer 2015 from Palermo for 32 million euros ($34 million).

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Dortmund's Marc Bartra undergoes surgery

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra underwent successful surgery to his arm and hand which were hurt in a bomb attack on the German football club's bus ahead of the Champions League game against Monaco, the club president confirmed on Wednesday.

"We've heard that everything went well," Reinhard Rauball told the German media.

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Juve legend Gigi Buffon: "This was no fluke result"

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has warned the Italian football giants that they should not take FC Barcelona for granted despite a 3-0 lead in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Paulo Dybala's first-half brace and a Giorgio Chiellini header in the second half gave Juventus a 3-0 win on Tuesday at the Juventus Stadium.

But Buffon, 39, has asked his teammates to keep their feet on the ground ahead of second leg in Barcelona next week as they were aware of Barcelona's 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after going down 0-4 in the French capital.

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Luis Enrique: "It's a defeat for the whole team, starting with the coach"

FC Barcelona chief coach Luis Enrique has taken the entire blame for the Catalan football giants' 0-3 defeat to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals tie.

Barcelona have been underwhelming this season losing to Malaga in the weekend and then conceding two goals by halftime against Juventus on Tuesday. Paulo Dybala scored both the goals with Giorgio Chiellini adding gloss to the scoreline with a third strike.

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Champions League: Dybala brace powers Juventus to 3-0 win over Barcelona

Paulo Dybala scored a first-half brace to lead Juventus to a 3-0 victory against Barcelona in the first leg, giving the Catalan football giants a huge task in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Barcelona on Tuesday put themselves in the position of needing another miracle to stay alive in Europe's elite club competition, thanks to Juventus, who delivered a complete performance to extend their home unbeaten streak in European play to 22 matches.

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Former Dortmund star Kevin Grosskreutz joins Darmstadt

Defender Kevin Grosskreutz has joined bottom side Darmstadt, the Bundesliga team confirmed on Tuesday. The 28-year-old will strengthen Darmstadt for the next season as he put pen to paper on a deal until June 2019.

"I am delighted and proud that we have managed to sign a player like Kevin Grosskreutz. Kevin has a vast experience, is a world champion and played on an absolute top level. He will be an important part of our team for the coming season," Darmstadt's coach Torsten Frings said in a statement.

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Toni Kroos excited about welcoming Bayern Munich to Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has asserted that the upcoming quarterfinal clash against German football giants Bayern Munich may decide the future winners of this year's Champions League.

Real are scheduled to take on Bayern in what is expected to be a high voltage encounter at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday and then six days later at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Kroos, who represented Bayern from 2007-2014, asserted that the two-legged home quarter-final tie against the reigning German champions will be like a final.

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