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SCHOOL for winning
the National Intercol
title on Friday
"They are the
team in the
world and we
are not here
to lay down
West Indies assistant
WILLIAMS on his
team's chances in
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
BERLIN---Mario Goetze's World Cup-
winning left shoe has fetched a donation
of US$2.5 million at a children's charity
gala in Germany and is headed for a mu-
The Bayern Munich player scored Ger-
many's winning goal against Argentina
with his left foot during extra time in the
World Cup final in July.
Goetze had offered the boot to whoever
made the highest bid during an annual
charity gala, "A Heart for Children," on ZDF
public television on Saturday night. An
anonymous donor gave 2 million euros.
Germany coach Joachim Loew said the
shoe would be exhibited next year at the
new German Football Museum in Dort-
Liverpool and the champions
England and Italy are among th
teams competing for five remain
spots in the knockout stage of
Champions League going into
final round of group games.
Liverpool has been a let-down
its return to Europe s top competi
after a five-year absence, but can
qualify as runner-up behind R
Madrid in Group B by beating
Basel at Anfield tomorrow.
That is one of three direct decid
for places in the last 16, with
most high-profile coming in the I
ian capital where Roma hosts Eng
champion Manchester City for s
ond place in Group E on Wedn
Italian champion Juventus ne
a point against already-qualified
Atletico Madrid to advance in Group
A, Sporting Lisbon or Schalke will
join Chelsea in progressing from
Group G, while Monaco and Zenit St
Petersburg meet for the right to go
through from Group C.
First place---and a possibly easier
last-16 game---is up for grabs in four
of the eight groups while eight teams
will drop into the Europa League by
finishing in third place.
Given its record against English
clubs in the Champions League, Basel
is one of the last teams Liverpool
would have wanted to face in a must-
Basel has won its last four games
against Premier League opposition in
the competition---against Liverpool in
their second group game in October,
home and away against Chelsea last
season and at home to Manchester
United in 2011 to knock out the then-
Basel has lost just once in nine
games against teams from England in
the Champions League.
Anfield is famous for its atmosphere
on big European nights but a trip to
Liverpool shouldn t be daunting for
the Swiss team.
Liverpool produced a string of great
performances at home last season on
its way to a second-place finish in
the Premier League, but its attacking
spark has disappeared with the depar-
ture of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and
an injury to fellow striker Daniel Stur-
A disappointing ninth in the Pre-
mier League, Liverpool s only points
in the Champions League this season
have come against Bulgarian team
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
was rested for the 0-0 draw against
Sunderland on Saturday, with the
Basel game in mind.
Manchester City could be without
arguably its best four players as it goes
to Rome in search of a win the team
requires to qualify.
Star midfielder Yaya Toure is sus-
pended, top scorer Sergio Aguero is out
with a serious-looking knee injury sus-
tained on Saturday, while playmaker
David Silva and captain Vincent Kom-
pany are major injury doubts.
City is back in form, winning its last
five matches in all competitions, but
has never won in Italy.
Roma is level on points with City
and CSKA Moscow, which plays first-
place Bayern Munich away. Roma will
qualify with a win.
REPEAT FOR JUVENTUS
Just like last season, Juventus finds
itself needing a point to qualify in its
final group game. It will be hoping for
a different outcome this time.
A goal by Wesley Sneijder for
Galatasaray eliminated Juventus last
year but, 12 months on, Massimiliano
Allegri s team is at home, where it is
unbeaten in nine matches in European
The Bianconeri could even snatch
first place by winning by a margin of
two goals or more.
Lose, and Olympiakos will finish sec-
ond with a win at Malmo due to its
head-to-head record against Juve.
"Wednesday s match against Atletico
Madrid is a very important match for
the whole Juventus world," captain and
goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. "It s
like a final."
SCHALKE OR SPORTING
Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo
needs his team to win and a favour
from his former club Chelsea if Ger-
many is to have four representatives
in the last 16 for the second straight
Schalke heads to eliminated Maribor
lying two points behind Sporting, which
travels to already-qualified Chelsea.
Di Matteo, who guided Chelsea to
its first Champions League title in 2012,
has changed Schalke s formation and
the new 3-5-2 system has proved effec-
tive. The team s last three matches were
all big-scoring wins---3-2 (Wolfsburg),
4-1 (Mainz), 4-0 (Stuttgart).
"We are investing a lot of time in
the new system," defender Jan Kirchhoff
said, "and it s beginning to pay off,"
WINNER TAKES ALL
It is winner takes all when Monaco
hosts Zenit---with first place in Group
C on offer for either club if Bayer Lev-
erkusen loses at Benfica. Monaco will
also qualify with a draw.
Real Madrid is the only team with five
wins from five games ahead of its home
match against Ludogorets in Group B
while Barcelona needs to beat Paris Saint-
Germain to overhaul the French cham-
pions at the top of Group F. (AP)
Dortmund's Sven Bender, left, battles for the ball with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla during the Champions League group D match
between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates stadium. AP PHOTO
LEAGUE SET FOR
Goetze's World Cup boot gets nearly $2.5m for charity
The left football shoe of Germany's
midfielder Mario Goetze that was
auctioned during a charity gala in
Berlin on Saturday. AP PHOTO
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