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Real Madrid gets Liverpool in Champions League

Real Madrid gets Liverpool in Champions League; Bayern Munich to face Manchester City again
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - European greats Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet again in the group stage of the Champions League after a draw on Thursday that promised many reunions.

Aiming to be the first club to retain world football's most coveted club trophy for 25 years, the road for ten-time winner Madrid leads to five-time champion Liverpool on Oct. 22.

Champions League draw wide open

From Madrid and Barcelona to Monaco and Roma, Champions League draw promises tough groups
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - Real Madrid's Champions League title defence takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.

Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw.

However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups.

Zenit cruises into Champions League group stage

10-man Zenit eases into Champions League group stage by beating Standard Liege 3-0 in playoffs
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Hulk scored twice as 10-man Zenit St. Petersburg cruised into the Champions League group stage after beating Standard Liege 3-0 on Tuesday, while former European champion Celtic was knocked out in the playoff round.

Already holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Zenit's aggregate lead was extended through Jose Rondon's deflected header in the 30th minute and the Russian hosts could afford to have Viktor Fayzulin sent off before half time.

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