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Ukraine police detain 52 for Champions League fan violence

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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) Ukrainian police say they have detained 52 people for fan violence ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dutch club Feyenoord.

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Police say they arrived at a bar in the city of Kharkiv where “a conflict had occurred between Dutch and Ukrainian fans” and took 52 people to a police station for questioning.

Police say windows were broken and the interior of the bar was damaged.

Ukraine is hosting this season’s Champions League final but has a record of soccer-related violence. Hundreds of Ukrainian and Turkish fans clashed in Kiev around a game last year.

UCL, LIVE: Tottenham vs. Real Madrid, Napoli vs. Man City and more

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There’s a lot on the line Wednesday as the UEFA Champions League rolls on in Groups E through H.

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For the second straight matchday, Tottenham will meet Real Madrid, with both giants having the opportunity to create serious separation from Borussia Dortmund and APOEL — who are teetering on the verge of crashing out of the competition.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will clinch a spot in the Round of 16 with a victory over Napoli in Group F, while Feyenoord looks to get its first point(s) in the group stage.

Liverpool ran rampant on Maribor when the two sides met two weeks ago — a 7-0 thrashing by the Reds. Another result like that for Jurgen Klopp‘s squad could position the Group E leaders one step closer to knockout round qualification.

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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s matches, which you can follow all the action live by clicking on the link above.


Group E

Sevilla vs. Spartak Moscow — 3:45 p.m. ET
Liverpool vs. Maribor — 3:45 p.m. ET

Group F

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Feyenoord — 3:45 p.m. ET
Napoli vs. Manchester City — 3:45 p.m. ET

Group G

Besiktas vs. Monaco — 1 p.m. ET
Porto vs. Red Bull Leipzig — 3:45 p.m. ET

Group H

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Real Madrid — 3:45 p.m. ET
Borussia Dortmund vs. APOEL — 3:45 p.m. ET

UCL draw: Spurs joins Real Madrid, Dortmund in stacked Group H

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Whenever the UEFA Champions League draw occurs, everybody is immediately seeking out the Group of Death (or the most challenging group).

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There’s no question which group will be the most difficult, though, in 2017/18 as Group H features three of Europe’s most well-recognized sides. Reigning champions Real Madrid will be paired with Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham, with one side guaranteed to be left out of the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Juventus and Barcelona will meet in Group D action and Bayern Munich will take on Paris Saint-Germain in a major clash of Group B clubs.

Below is breakdown of which teams stand in each of the eight UCL groups.

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, AS Roma, Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting Lisbon

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besitkas, Red Bull Leipzig

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, APOEL

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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UCL Playoff Wrap: Liverpool, Sporting CP, CSKA advance to group stage

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It was another memorable European night for Liverpool in front of the Kop at Anfield.

Lifted by three goals in the opening 21 minutes, the Reds cruised to a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim 1899 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff stage Wednesday evening. With the win, Liverpool returns to the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2014-2015 season.

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Sadio Mane set up Emre Can twice and both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino chipped in with goals of their own to lead Liverpool to victory. After Can’s double and Salah’s goal gave Liverpool a three-goal lead, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann brought Mark Uth off the bench onto the field and he promptly scored in the 28th minute to draw within two.

Firmino again put Liverpool ahead by three goals with a goal into an open net in the 63rd minute. Hoffenheim recorded a consolation goal in the 79th minute through Sandro Wagner but Liverpool was resolute and held on for victory.

Liverpool, and the rest of the winning clubs, will learn their fates for the group stage on Thursday.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Champions League playoff scores:

Slavia Prague 0-0 APOEL (APOEL advances 2-0 on aggregate)

FC Copenhagen 2-1 Qarabag FK (Qarabag advances on away goals, 2-2 on aggregate)

FCSB (Steaua București) 1-5 Sporting CP (Sporting CP advances 5-1 on aggregate)

CSKA Moscow 2-0 BSC Young Boys (CSKA advances on aggregate, 3-0)