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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Football

Casillas back for Copenhagen clash
sporstdesk@hindustantimes.com, Agencies
Madrid, October 02, 2013
First Published: 03:05 IST(2/10/2013)
Last Updated: 04:46 IST(2/10/2013)

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas will make his first appearance at the Santiago Bernabeu in nearly nine months when Los Blancos host FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Casillas has lost his place in the side to Diego Lopez since breaking a bone in his hand in January, but coach Carlo Ancelotti has opted to play the Spanish number one in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.  Fixtures

Despite their incredible start to their European campaign, Madrid are under some pressure to bounce back from their 1-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

PSG ready for Benfica
paris: Although coach Laurent Blanc promised a more entertaining Paris St Germain this season, the French champions have made do with narrow wins and would welcome another in Wednesday’s Champions League Group C clash against Benfica.

The Qatari-backed club have been far from convincing on the pitch so far but it has not prevented them from being joint leaders in Ligue 1 and beating Olympiakos 4-1 in Greece in their opening European game.

Much was expected from an attacking line formed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi, with Marco Verratti or Javier Pastore playing to them from deeper in midfield, but PSG have relied on physical power, set pieces or a lone Ibrahimovic up front.

Juventus look for win
milan: Juventus coach Antonio Conte will be hoping his strikers put an end to their frustrating start to the season in time for the visit of Champions League Group B rivals Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Juventus reached the last eight last season before a 4-0 aggregate humbling by eventual champions Bayern Munich reminded the Italian giants of the progress they have to make if they are to make the final stages.

So far this campaign Juventus have looked a solid outfit, especially in attack where Carlos Tevez has been a crucial addition for the Bianconeri.

But after failing to hit the net on several occasions during a frustrating 1-1 draw away to FC Copenhagen a fortnight ago, a replica of their league performances, Juventus’s front line has yet to really get into their stride.


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