Bayern stretch winning run with 2-1 win at Anderlecht

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso scored to earn already-qualified Bayern Munich a scrappy 2-1 Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday, stretching their winning streak under coach Jupp Heynckes to nine matches in all competitions.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich - Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht, Belgium - November 22, 2017 Anderlecht's Sofiane Hanni scores their first goal REUTERS/Yves Herman

Barca leave Messi on the bench and qualify with 0-0 draw

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) - Barcelona allowed themselves the luxury of starting with Lionel Messi on the bench and still held out comfortably for a 0-0 draw at Juventus to reach the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus vs FC Barcelona - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - November 22, 2017 Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain in action with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Man Utd progress on hold after Basel celebrate 1-0 win

BASEL, SWITZERLAND (Reuters) - Manchester United missed a chance to reach the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare for the first time since 2014 after a conceding a late goal in a 1-0 defeat at Basel in a pulsating Group A clash on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Basel vs Manchester United - St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland - November 22, 2017 Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Liverpool investigating fans' complaints over Sevilla treatment

(Reuters) - Liverpool are investigating allegations that some of their fans were mistreated by Spanish police and stewards before and during their Champions League game at Sevilla on Tuesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Sevilla vs Liverpool - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - November 21, 2017 Liverpool fans before the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Saudi Arabia sack coach Bauza after five games in charge

(Reuters) - World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia have sacked head coach Edgardo Bauza after five matches in charge, the country’s football federation (SAFF) said on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Portugal vs Saudi Arabia - Estadio do Fontelo, Viseu, Portugal - November 10, 2017 Saudi Arabia coach Edgardo Bauza REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

The Argentine, who replaced Bert van Marwijk in September, leaves after wins over Latvia and Jamaica and defeats by Ghana, Portugal and Bulgaria in his five friendlies in charge.

U.S. team doctor Nassar pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct in Michigan court

(Reuters) - Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, pleaded guilty in a Michigan court on Wednesday to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Former USA Gymnastics' team physician Larry Nassar poses in this handout photo received November 10, 2017. Department of Attorney General/Handout via REUTERS

Italy happy to be respected as Boks plan revenge

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy coach Conor O‘Shea will no longer have the element of surprise when his team face South Africa on Saturday, a year after they ambushed the former world champions in a huge upset -- but he knows they now have the visitors’ respect.

Rugby Union - Italy v Wales - Six Nations Championship - Stadio Olimpico, Rome - 5/2/17 Italy head coach Conor O'Shea before the match Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi Livepic

CSKA's 2-0 win ends Benfica quest to make the last 16

MOSCOW (Reuters) - CSKA Moscow earned their first home win of the Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Benfica on Wednesday that strengthens their push to reach the knockout stages while shattering the Portuguese side’s chances.

Soccer Football - Champions League - CSKA Moscow vs Benfica - VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia - November 22, 2017 CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin in action with Benfica's Jonas and Ljubomir Fejsa REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Double goalscorer subbed in time to see son's birth

(Reuters) - Wigan Athletic winger Ryan Colclough scored two goals for his team before being substituted so that he could get to hospital in time to see the birth of his son.

Football Soccer Britain - Milton Keynes Dons v Port Vale - Sky Bet League One - Stadium MK - 9/10/16
MK Dons? Ryan Colclough in action with Port Vale's Ben Purkiss
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Chelsea make last 16 by brushing aside 10-man Qarabag

(Reuters) - Chelsea breezed into the last 16 of the Champions League after being helped to their 4-0 stroll over 10-man Qarabag by the award of a hotly-disputed first-half penalty and sending off in Baku on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Qarabag vs Chelsea - Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan - November 22, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas scores their third goal from the penalty spot Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra