By DAN KARELL
Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League hopes were dashed on Wednesday, but they may have more bad news awaiting them when they return to England.
Star striker Sergio Aguero played only 45 minutes in Man City’s second-leg match against Barcelona, leaving with a reported hamstring injury. Though there was no word how serious the injury was after the match, Aguero is expected to be examined by doctors on Thursday to see if there is any damage.
“I felt a twinge in the leg early on after a challenge with (Lionel) Messi,” Aguero told The Guardian after the match. “I carried on with it for the rest of the half but at half-time we decided not to risk it.”
Man City assistant coach Ruben Cousillas however played down the seriousness of the injury, telling reporters that Aguero was substituted as a precaution. Aguero has already missed time this season due to calf and hamstring injuries.
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BAYERN PRESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is heading to prison.
Following a four-day trial over his alleged tax fraud of €27.2 million, to which he admitted, a German court sentenced Hoeness to three-and-a-half years in jail as punishment.
The 62-year-old has helped turn Bayern Munich into one of, if not the best, teams in the world, winning an impressive five cups in 2013 including the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, and Club World Cup. As president of the club, Hoeness had also risen in the political ranks, and is an ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel.
When reports broke in 2013 about Hoeness’s alleged tax evasion, he turned himself in to the courts and was open during this week’s trial. Hoeness hid income he made in an undeclared Swiss bank account.
BRAZILIAN CLUBS STRUGGLE IN COPA LIBERTADORES
Defending Copa Libertadores champions Atletico Mineiro settled for a 2-2 draw at Nacional of Paraguay.
Ronaldinho and Mineiro came back from a goal deficit to take a 2-1 lead in the first half and held onto the lead until an 87th minute penalty kick. Silvio Torales stepped up to the spot and fired the penalty kick home to tie the match and earn his side a crucial point.
Brazilian club Botafogo continued their struggles with a 2-1 defeat to Ecuadorian side Independiente Del Valle. Botafogo finished the match with nine men after a double sending off of Bolivar and Edilson occurred in the 74th minute. Brazilian side Flamengo also settled for a disappointing 2-2 draw at home with Bolivar of Bolivia. Everton had two goals in the match for Flamengo.
Argentine club San Lorenzo drew at home, 1-1, with Union Española of Chile and Zamora FC from Venezuela shocked Independiente Santa Fe of Colombia, 2-1.
Spain National Team head coach Vicente Del Bosque said if he could select a player from the German National Team to add to his Spain squad, it would be Toni Kroos. (REPORT)
Hamburg forward Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is being linked with a move to Inter Milan. (REPORT)
Glasgow Rangers secured the Scottish League One title on Wednesday with eight games to spare. (REPORT)
203,330 World Cup tickets were sold in the first five hours after the second phase of ticketing began. (REPORT)
Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner reportedly performed a lewd act while drunk and threatened a taxi cab driver on Tuesday while on a night out in Copenhagen. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? How big would Aguero’s loss be at this point in the season if he is indeed injured? Are you surprised to read about Hoeness’ sentence?
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