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RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg cleared to play in Champions League

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The Bundesliga club RB Leipzig and Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg have both been cleared by UEFA to play in the Champions League.

UEFA does not allow any two clubs competing in European competition to share the same owner, and have a rule in place that prohibits clubs with strong links from playing in Europe in the same season, and both Leipzig and Salzburg are associated with the energy-drink maker Red Bull.

In a scenario where a violation of the rule happens, priority is given to the team who are champions of their country, meaning that RB Leipzig would have missed out.

However, the European football governing body ruled that both clubs, which secured qualification for the 2017-18 edition of the Champions League through their respective leagues, had “no individual or legal entity had a decisive influence over more than one club”.

UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) elaborated that they have found no breach of Article 5 concerning the integrity of the competition, although the decision may be appealed against to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 10 days.

Red Bull had purchased Austria Salzburg back in 2005 and had rebranded it into Red Bull Salzburg, but following a restructuring it no longer has a controlling stake and merely sponsors the club.

The same company also founded RB Leipzig, and, with backing from the company won four promotions in seven seasons, before finishing second in their first ever Bundesliga season.

UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen

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Fernando Torres is set for a return to Atletico Madrid’s squad as Diego Simeone’s men prepare for their Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.

Torres missed out in action since Atletico’s match against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on March 2, in which the 32-year old lost consciousness to a heavy fall after an aerial battle.

Fortunately the striker was was released from hospital only 24 hours after he was admitted having suffered no serious injuries, and returned to full training on Monday. Atletico boss Diego Simeone had since confirmed that he is available for selection.

Kevin Gameiro is a doubt for the game after missing Saturday’s 1-0 La Liga win at Granada with an abdominal injury, while captain Gabi and left-back Filipe Luis are suspended for the game.

Regardless, Atletico is in a strong position to reach the last eight for a fourth successive year after winning their last-16 first-leg tie with Bayer Leverkusen 4-2.Torres scored in that game.

History is at Atletico’s side as there were four occasions in which an away side scored 4+ goals in a Champions League Round of 16 1st leg — all four progressed to the last eight.

As for Bayer, new coach Tayfun Korkut will miss a lot of his regulars as Benjamin Henrichs and midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu are suspended while Toprak, Jonathan Tah, Stefan Kiessling and captain Lars Bender are out injured.

The Bundesliga team will also be without 17-year-old midfielder Kai Havertz, who “has important exams at school” — as announced by Leverkusen through their Twitter account.

Prediction:

Atletico Madrid 2 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

Gladbach mounts second-half fightback to oust Fiorentina

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Borussia Monchengladbach triumphed against Serie A strongmen Fiorentina in one goal-laden second-half, scoring 3 goals in 13 second-half minutes to oust the Italian club by 4-2 (4-3 on aggregate).

But it was the Bundesliga team who started meekly, with sloppy defending allowing easy chances to the hosts, as they began with a charging run through the middle, and Federico Bernadeshchi finished a wonderful pass into his path perfectly.

Borussia looked all but out when Valero pounced on a comical mistake by Jannick Vestergaard to give the Serie A side a 3-0 advantage.

The mood was telling for Borussia; there was little enthusiasm amongst the visitors when Max Olivera pulled down his opponent in the box for team captain Lars Stindl to score from the spot.

However, they began to realise that they were onto something as just moments into the second half, Moenchengladbach quickly got a second when Stindl stabbed home at the back post from a corner.

By the 53rd minute, Stindl made his career’s first hat-trick and his side’s third by firing home Jonas Hoffman’s clever free-kick.

Fiorentina, attempting to find a way back into the game, found themselves in an unbelievable situation as Andreas Christensen headed in from close range to put Gladbach clearly in the lead, summing up a night to remember for the Bundesliga team.

Benfica gains slim edge against Borussia Dortmund

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Benfica claimed a slim advantage against Borussia Dortmund after staving off the best attack in the Champions League for a narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg of their Round of 16 encounter.

The Portuguese club scored the only goal in the match through Greek international Kostas Mitroglou, who showed good control before flicking the ball into the Dortmund net to open the scoring in the 48th minute.

Benfica has now not conceded a goal at home for 383 minutes, while Dortmund could only manage a misfiring performance despite scoring a record 21 goals in the group stage.

However, while it was Benfica who got off to an explosive start Dortmund began to dominate possession and gradually wore their hosts down. Still, the visitors soon began to set the tone for the evening by missing a huge chance through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s leading scorer, who fired over the bar after an outstanding through-ball from Ousmane Dembele in the 10th minute.

Benfica captain, Luisao, making his 500th club appearance, was kept busy at the heart of the Benfica defence, with Dembele sneaking into the box and forcing a superb save from the goalkeeper Ederson in the 23rd minute.

Aubameyang then missed another good opportunity before the break, and a rested Benfica put out pressure again after the restart. They soon got a deserving goal, with Mitroglou doing well to control a Luisao header and beating the goalkeeper Roman Buerki with a quick flick.

Aubameyang almost drew Dortmund level in the 53rd minute and then had a penalty, awarded when the ball was handled by Ljubomir Fejsa on the hour, saved by Benfica’s Brazilian goalkeeper.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel soon put Aubameyang out of his misery by substituting him soon after. Following another sensational save from Ederson with six minutes left, the hosts held on to celebrate victory.

The two sides will meet again in Dortmund for the second leg on the 8th of March.