Benitez: Players not to blame

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has refused to blame his players after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Wenger relieved to qualify

Arsene Wenger admits he was relieved to have secured a place in the Champions League following Arsenal's 1-0 win over Besiktas.

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal booked their place in the Champions League group stages with a 1-0 victory over Besiktas despite going down to ten men late in the second half.

Girard: Porto the better team

Rene Girard admits Lille were outplayed by the better team in their 2-0 second-leg defeat to Porto in the Champions League play-offs.

Bayer shift focus to Europe

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen say they are prepared for the Champions League play-off fixture against Copenhagen at the BayArena on Wednesday.

Arsenal v Besiktas

Arsenal will be without two key figures when they host Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League play-off on Wednesday.

Girard: Lille can progress

LOSC Lille boss Rene Girard is confident his side can overturn a one-goal deficit to progress to the group stages of the Champions League.

Pochettino targets Europa title

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has declared his intentions to win the Europa League and secure Champions League qualification next season.

Benitez surprised by Athletic

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has admitted to being taken aback by the resolute Athletic Bilbao after their Champions League qualifier.

Ramsey red irks Wenger

Arsene Wenger has described the performance of referee Milorad Mazic as "unacceptable" after Arsenal drew against Besiktas on Tuesday.

Besiktas 0-0 Arsenal

Ten-man Arsenal secured a goalless draw with Besiktas in an entertaining Champions League play-off first leg encounter.

Wenger targets Besiktas scalp

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident his side can get past Besiktas and qualify for the Champions League for a 17th consecutive season.

Besiktas v Arsenal

Arsenal will look to extend their Champions League record when they face Besiktas in the first leg of their third-round qualifier on Tuesday.

Arsenal 'desperate' to qualify

Arsene Wenger is determined to see Arsenal secure a record 17th consecutive appearance in the Champions League group stage, "no matter what it costs".

Toure targeting quarter-finals

Yaya Toure says City's focus is on retaining their Premier League crown, but is hopeful of a deep run in the Champions League, too.

Results
South African ABSA Premier League
Wednesday 27th August
Platinum Stars 0 - 2 Kaizer Chiefs
Amazulu 0 - 2 Bloemfontein Celtic
Supersport United 1 - 2 Mpumalanga Black Aces
Mamelodi Sundowns 0 - 3 Orlando Pirates
University Of Pretoria 0 - 1 Free State Stars

Barclays Premier League
Monday 25th August
Manchester City 3 - 1 Liverpool
Sunday 24th August
Sunderland 1 - 1 Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 Queens Park Rangers
Hull City 1 - 1 Stoke City
Saturday 23rd August
Everton 2 - 2 Arsenal
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