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With six Premier League teams gearing up for the latter stages of European competitions in 2018, they all submitted an updated squad list on Friday.

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Following the end of the January transfer window, teams now have the squads in place and have added new signings to their rosters for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League knockout rounds.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have all updated their UCL squads, while Arsenal have updated their Europa League squad.

Virgil Van Dijk, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez are all available to play for their new PL teams, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t. Why? Here are the official UEFA rules about adding players to your squad for the knockout rounds.

  • For all matches from the start of the round of 16, a club may register a maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current competition. Such registration must be completed by 1 February 2018 (24.00CET) at the latest. This deadline cannot be extended.
  • 44.02 One player from the above quota of three who has been fielded in a UEFA club competition group stage match for another club in the current season may exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded:
    a. in the same competition for another club; or
    b. for another club that is currently in the same competition.

Below is a look at the squads in full with the new additions.


UEFA Champions League

Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois, Willy Caballero, Eduardo; Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, David Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz; Emerson Palmieri, Dujon Sterling, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, N'Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Vicotr Moses, Willian, Kyle Scott; Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud, Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Liverpool
Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Danny Ward; Nathaniel Clyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, Virgil van Dijk, Alberto Moreno, Andrew Robertson, Conor Masterson; Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can; Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Ben Woodburn, Rhian Brewster.

Manchester City
Claudio Bravo, Ederson, Ajijanet Muric; Danilo, Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Tosin Adarabioyo; Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz; Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Lukas Nmecha.

Manchester United
David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira*, Kieran O'Hara; Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe; Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Demetri Mitchell*, Scott McTominay; Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie Whiteman; Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Kyle Walker-Peters, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Moussa Dembele, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Harry Winks, Luke Amos, Anthony Georgiou, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Son Heung-Min, Fernando Llorente, Kazaiah Sterling, Harry Kane.


UEFA Europa League

Arsenal
Petr Cech, David Ospina, Matt Macey, Deyan Iliev; Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Sead Kolasinac; Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Halted World Cup flip-throw heard around the world

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Milad Mohammadi knew the time was right for something special, but special isn’t always good.

And good is a subjective term. Cause to us this is very good, Milad.

The Iranian national team defender failed with a flip-throw bid in the final moments of a 1-0 loss to Spain on Wednesday at the World Cup in Russia.

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And this wasn’t like he illegally flipped or broke some other rule. No, like a kid trying an audacious jump into the deep end, Akhmat Grozny star Mohammadi just bailed and climbed in from the side (so to speak).

The kiss, the look skyward, the headbutt… all integral parts of a wonderful World Cup moment.

Renard, Morocco ‘very proud’ of unlucky national team

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If you would’ve told Morocco fans or their manager, Herve Renard, that they’d outshoot and outpossess both Iran and Portugal at World Cup, their next question would probably be, “So do we need to do against Spain to win Group B?”

Alas, Morocco lost a pair of 1-0 decisions to become the first team knocked out of the 2018 World Cup.

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The Lions of Atlas fell to Iran in their opener on a stoppage time own goal after carrying 64 percent possession and a 13-8 advantage in shot attempts, then lost to a Cristiano Ronaldo fourth minute goal on Wednesday despite a 16-10 shot advantage and 53 percent of the ball.

“I’m very proud of the performance and I am very proud of my players, I’m very proud of this country,” Renard said.

With no hope of advancing to the next round, the manager is finding the experience bittersweet. From RTE:

“What I am sure of at this moment is that the entire Moroccan people is proud of this team. Of course it’s easier to play with a player who has one chance and he puts it away. But we are in Morocco.

“We have quality players. Despite the ups and downs of the game, we should have been more effective. Because, like in the first game, we had plenty of chances. I won’t blame anyone. That’s football. It’s always those who know how to be present in the box, the most gifted players, who make the difference. We took a lot of risks and we didn’t get our reward.”

It’s unlikely Morocco will hold either of those statistical advantages against Spain, especially a Spanish side yet to qualify, but there is plenty to like from the tournament aside from poor finishing quality.

But the performances of 19-year-olds Amine Harit (Schalke) and Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid) — not to mention Hakim Ziyech (25, Ajax) — seem to hint at a promise for 2022. And Renard’s men can still play spoiler for Spain, which is no small shockwave.

Queiroz: Iran has one ‘match point’ left in World Cup group stage

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Iran manager Carlos Queiroz isn’t going to let his tournament be defined by one win or one loss, especially with a massive moment on the horizon.

Iran fell 1-0 to Spain on Wednesday, days after defeating Morocco in its World Cup opener. Team Melli was denied its equalizer despite VAR review thanks to an offside, and failed in several other bids to level the score.

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Now Queiroz and his men need a win over Portugal to qualify for the first knockout stage in its five World Cup history.

“We showed that we were ready to suffer and ready to compete. I felt we deserved a better result. There’s no doubt Spain play wonderful, stylish football but I thought we deserved more for the way we played.

“But congratulations to Fernando Hierro and Spain. We will learn a lot from this game. If you think of it like tennis, we had one match point today and we will have another against Portugal. Everything is still open. We are still alive and still dreaming.”

What chance do you give Iran of getting over on Portugal, who only topped a dominant Morocco side via a terrific designed play executed to perfection by Cristiano Ronaldo?

The odds are in Portugal’s favor, if only for its experience in tight games on massive stages. Well, perhaps the better “if only” would be to say if only for Ronaldo. Either way…