MADRID - With Lionel Messi not due back from injury until next month, Barcelona will be looking to Neymar to add to Wednesday's hat-trick against Celtic and help the champions get back to winning ways in La Liga.
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- Zenit St Petersburg condemned violence by their fans during the 4-1 defeat by Austria Vienna in the Champions League on Wednesday, saying the trouble-makers led to the Russian team's poor performance.
MADRID - Atletico Madrid's unbeaten Champions League group campaign, concluded in style with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday, was more evidence that coach Diego Simeone has moulded his squad into genuine European contenders.
- Schalke 04 are hoping to replicate their European success in the Bundesliga against a lowly Freiburg on Sunday to turn their season around before the winter break and keep coach Jens Keller in the job.
- Last season's Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund seem to flourish when under the utmost pressure in Europe with their 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille on Wednesday further proof of their love for late drama.
PERTH - There will be no room for sentiment when it comes to selecting the team for this week's potentially decisive third Ashes test against Australia, England captain Alastair Cook said on Thursday.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.