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Juventus Dybala leads them past Zenit, while Sevilla is at the bottom of Group G

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Juventus Dybala leads them past Zenit, while Sevilla is at the bottom of Group G

Juventus advanced from Group H with a 4-1 victory over Zenit at home. The hosts took the lead through Paulo Dybala, but a shocking own goal by Leonardo Bonucci leveled the score at halftime. Just before the hour, Juve got a penalty, but Dybala missed the target — the referee requested a retake, and the Argentinian scored this time.

Juventus’ late goals came from Federico Chiesa and lvaro Morata, before the Russian team got a late consolation goal from Sardar Azmoun. On November 23, Juventus will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a game that will likely determine who will finish first in the group.

Lille rallied back to stun Sevilla with a 2-1 away win in Group G, putting the Spanish side at risk of being eliminated early. After 15 minutes, Lucas Ocampos put the hosts ahead on the rebound, but the French champions leveled with a VAR-awarded penalty by Jonathan David shortly before halftime.

Lille remained on top in the second half and was rewarded when Jonathan Ikoné scored the game-winning goal. After Zeki Celik’s shot rebounded against the far post, the forward was the first to respond. Wolfsburg had earlier defeated Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 to keep Group G very much in play with two games remaining.

Villarreal beat Young Boys 2-0 at home in Group F, defying speculation linking Unai Emery with Newcastle’s vacant management position. The goals came from Étienne Capoue and Arnaut Danjuma, as the hosts enhanced their chances of progressing to the knockout stages by drawing level with Manchester United at the top of the group.

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Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID, PSG confirms

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Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID, PSG confirms

Ballon d’Or winner seven times Lionel Messi is one of four players in the Paris Saint-Germain squad who have tested positive for the coronavirus before Monday night’s French Cup match.

COVID-19 was also found in one of PSG’s employees, according to a statement released on Saturday night. At the time, none of them were identified, but the club later mentioned Messi, left defender Juan Bernat, backup goalkeeper Sergio Rico, and 19-year-old midfielder Nathan Bitumazala in a statement on the team’s medical update on Sunday.

PSG is playing at third-tier Vannes.

Monaco, the runner-up from last year, was in play later Sunday at second-tier Quevilly-Rouen, one of 13 games set for the day as teams compete for a spot in the final 16.

Monaco announced on Saturday that seven players have COVID-19, but none have shown any alarming symptoms and are undergoing isolation.

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UCL Draw: Full fixtures as Cristiano Ronaldo faces Lionel Messi

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UCL Draw: Full fixtures as Cristiano Ronaldo faces Lionel Messi

So, how was the Champions League’s crème de la crème pitted against one another ahead of the competition’s revival in 2022? Take a look at the whole draw after the break:

Benfica vs Real Madrid

Villarreal vs Manchester City

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool

Inter Milan vs Ajax

Sporting CP vs Juventus

Chelsea vs Lille

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain

Naturally, the most intriguing story to come from the draw is that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be facing each other for the first time since 2018.

After Ronaldo’s departure from Spain, clashes between the prolific Ballon d’Or winners have been few and far between, so we’ve been spoiled with United’s draw against PSG.

However, it isn’t the only intriguing match-up to emerge from the hat, with Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich squaring off in a titanic showdown, as well as Inter vs Ajax.

In the broader scheme of things, though, the Premier League teams can be pleased with their fixtures because Chelsea, City, and Liverpool all received favorable draws.

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Karim Benzema Gets 1-Year Suspended Sentence Over Sex Tape

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Karim Benzema Gets 1-Year Suspended Sentence Over Sex Tape

Karim Benzema, a striker for Real Madrid, was found guilty of plotting to use a sex film to blackmail a fellow French footballer. A judge sentenced Benzema to a year in prison with no possibility of parole and fined him €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000).

Last month, Benzema, 33, was one of five people charged with attempting to extort Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena. The controversy shook the French football community, and both players were dropped from the national squad.

The two footballers were at a French training camp in June 2015 when the incident occurred. Prosecutors claim that at the camp, Benzema placed pressure on Valbuena to pay up the blackmailers with whom he had arranged to act as an intermediary.

Benzema has consistently disputed the charges, claiming that all he wanted to do was assist Valbuena in getting rid of the compromising video. The midfielder has subsequently returned to France and is scheduled to start for Real Madrid in their Champions League match against FC Sheriff Tiraspol on Wednesday night.

Benzema and Valbuena, who plays for the Greek club Olympiakos, were not present in court in Versailles for the ruling.

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