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Former Dinamo Zagreb boss injured after shooting

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic was shot and injured in Bosnia on Monday, police and media reported.

Croatia’s state TV said Mamic was shot in his leg and taken to a local hospital on Monday. It said the injury was not life-threatening.

Police were searching for two possible assailants.

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Bosnian media said Mamic was attending a memorial for his father at a graveyard near the town of Tomislavgrad when two people fired at him from a nearby forest. Another report said it was a drive-by shooting.

Croatia’s TV said Mamic voluntarily left the hospital in Bosnia after doctors managed to stop the bleeding, and he went to the Croatian capital, Zagreb.

Bosnian police declined to confirm the identity of the victim by name, but said a man with the initials ZM and born in 1959 in the Croatian city of Bjelovar, just like Mamic, was shot and injured.

Mamic, known for his fiery temper, has been on a high-profile embezzlement and tax fraud trial in Croatia.

Prosecutors accuse Mamic, his brother, and two others of embezzling 15 million euros of the club’s money since 2008 and not paying 1.6 million euros in taxes.

Mamic, who remains Dinamo’s adviser, is still considered the most powerful man in Croatian football despite the charges.

Dinamo issued a statement, calling the attack a “murder attempt.”

It said the attempted “liquidation” of Mamic was not a surprise amid a “lynching campaign” against him by the Croatian media.

He was recently knocked off his yacht into the sea by an attacker believed to be a fan of rival Hajduk Split.

AP Writer Dusan Stojanovic contributed from Belgrade, Serbia.

Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb: Gunners keep last 16 dreams alive

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Arsenal eased past Dinamo Zagreb in their penultimate game of UEFA Champions Group F play on Tuesday as two goals from Alexis Sanchez and another from Mesut Ozil did the damage.

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Arsene Wenger‘s side now sit in third place on six points in Group F and travel to Olympiakos — who currently sit in second spot on nine points — on the final matchday on Dec. 9 where they will need a win by two goals (or by one goal if they score three or more goals) or more to make the last 16 of the UCL for the 16th straight season.

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The Gunners came flying out of the traps and were 2-0 up inside the first 32 minutes. First up Sanchez got free on the left and curled in a beautiful cross which found the onrushing Ozil who stooped and headed home. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

Moments later it was 2-0 as Nacho Monreal intercepted a pass on the edge of Zagreb’s box and slotted the ball to Sanchez who finished easily to send Wenger’s men into halftime with a healthy lead.

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In the second half Arsenal were hungry for more goals as Eduardo made a good stop from Santi Cazorla‘s shot and then palmed away Olivier Giroud‘s header from the rebound.

To their credit the Croatian outfit stuck to the task and Alexandru Matel went close with an effort but Arsenal always looked dangerous on the break as Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell volleyed an effort just wide.

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Arsenal saw out the game with minimum fuss as Sanchez added another in the 69th minute when Campbell set him up neatly and the Chilean grabbed his second and Arsenal’s third of the game to make it 3-0.

That’s how the game finished as the Gunners now face a showdown in Athens in two weeks as their place in the UCL’s last 16 hangs in the balance.

Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi handed four-year ban after failing drug test

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UEFA has suspended Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi for four years after failing a drug test.

Ademi failed the test after Zagreb’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League in September.

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There are no specifics as to what Ademi tested positive for, only that both his “A” and “B” samples came back positive for a banned substance under UEFA’s Anti-Doping regulations.

Dinamo manager Zoran Mamic called the suspension “senseless,” and said the club would appeal the decision.

To punish a player for four years after he and the experts proved that he took a contaminated supplement is senseless.

Rules are rules and one must be careful what one consumes, but this is just too much because it’s obvious he didn’t know what he was doing.

We will appeal to the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) or whoever is in charge but right now we are totally shocked.

UEFA is clearly taking a strong stand against doping, but a four-year ban in European football is essentially career-ending. With the suspension, the 24-year-old Ademi will not be eligible to play until 2019.

What do you think? Does Ademi deserve the punishment? Or is four years too harsh?

UEFA Champions League Tuesday preview: Arsenal, Roma in tough spot

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To say it’s do-or-die for some UEFA Champions League sides in the group stage of this 2015-16 tournament is a bit harsh, but only a bit.

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And for some, like Arsenal, it’s the absolute truth. A loss for the Gunners to Bayern Munich — hardly unexpected — would leave them 0-for-3 in group stage games with a visit to the Allianz Arena still to come.

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

Aside from the home field advantage provided by the Emirates Stadium, things don’t bode well for the Gunners. The opponents have both faced Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb. Arsenal is 0-2, having allowed give goals. Bayern is 2-0, scoring eight and not conceding a single tally.

Dinamo Zagreb vs. Olympiakos

The winner of this battle will be alone in Group F’s second place, and both are dreaming of the knockout rounds after taking care of Arsenal earlier in group play.

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Chelsea

This is a brutal and tricky trip for the Blues, probably the most difficult to navigate fixture of Group G outside of the other three clubs’ trips to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea enters the match in third place, but will fancy its chances to take all three points from Andriy Yarmolenko, Niko Kranjcar and Dynamo.

Porto vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv

The Israeli side is another club on the brink after starting 0-2 and failing to score a goal. Going to Porto is no cakewalk for any club, and Maccabi could find the end of Tuesday with very little hope of advancing to the knockout rounds.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Hulk and Artem Dzyuba of FC Zenit St. Petersburg celebrate after scoring a goal during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Zenit St. Petersburg at the Arena Otkritie Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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Zenit Saint-Petersburg vs. Lyon

Don’t mess with Hulk and Danny (and Javi Garcia… and Axel Witsel). The Russian powers are off to a great start in Group H, and can essentially seal its fate in the knockout rounds with a win.

Valencia vs. Gent

Fancy Valencia’s chances here, though Gent has been valiant both its defeat at Zenit and home draw versus Lyon.

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BATE Borisov vs Barcelona

Neymar has filled the void of Lionel Messi, inasmuch as filling the shoes of the best player in the world is possible. But Barca’s Belarusian opponents present a hostile place to play, having knocked off Roma this season and Athletic Bilbao last UCL season.

Bayer Leverkusen vs. AS Roma

The Serie A side had its chance to lick its UCL wounds, having fell at BATE and drawn at home against Barca. Now it needs a big road result against Bundesliga opposition, an enemy that plays quite well at home.

UEFA Champions League preview: Arsenal looks to rebound, Mourinho reunion

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Certainly you’re allowed to stumble once in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but twice?

That makes it a whole lot harder.

Valencia, Arsenal, and Barcelona are all big name sides who struggled in their first day of group play, though for the first two it was far more than a simple mistake.

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Who will rebound right away? Let’s dig into Tuesday’s matches:

Arsenal vs. Olympiacos

The Gunners fell to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia to start group play, felled by an Olivier Giroud red card, while Olympiacos was predictably thumped by Bayern Munich. One will end up in a very deep hole, and you’d have to think it’ll be the visiting Thrylos.

Bayern Munich vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Meanwhile, Dinamo will be feeling a bit like they are playing with house money ahead of a trip to the Allianz Arena. But can they put themselves in the knockout round driver’s seat after two matches? It seems incredibly improbable, as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern is inspired to take the next step in European play.

Porto vs. Chelsea

The Blues put a resounding whooping on Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Group G’s first match day, and now Jose Mourinho turns his attention to the club he led to the 2003 UCL title (a 3-0 win over Monaco).

Barcelona vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Luis Enrique’s Barca was tripped up a bit by Roma in a 1-1 road draw, and will look to restore order to a tricky Group E with a win over its Bundesliga opponents. Remember: there will be no Lionel Messi for the home side, and Bayer hung four on BATE Borisov to open group play.

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Zenit Saint Petersburg vs. Gent
Lyon vs. Valencia
Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Dynamo Kyiv
BATE Borisov vs. AS Roma