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Cristiano Ronaldo thanks Real Madrid fans following show of support using face masks

Supporters of the Spanish club staged stunt to boost Ronaldo's chances of winning the Fifa Ballon d'Or

Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

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Emir Spahic guides Wayne Rooney’s free kick into Leverkusen’s net for an own goal
Gareth Bale curls in Real Madrid’s first goal at the Bernabeu

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Gareth Bale struck a superb opening goal for Real Madrid as the Spanish side overcame being reduced to 10 men for more than an hour to beat Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray 4-1 at the Bernabeu.

The Champions League trophy

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A look at how the Champions League shapes up as the group stages edge towards a climax

David Moyes greets the goalscorer Robin van Persie at the end of the game

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The pair are ruled out of the trip to Germany with injuries

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Franck Ribery

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The France international helped Bayern to win an unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble

Pep Guardiola

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Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the existence of the mole

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid's opener

European round-up: Carlo Ancelotti shrugs off Cristiano Ronaldo injury after Real Madrid romp

Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Almeria on Saturday was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but Carlo Ancelotti, the Real coach, said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.

Mats Hummels picked up an ankle injury at Wembley

Europe round-up: Injury-hit Jürgen Klopp vulnerable for ‘Der Klassiker’ as Bayern Munich visit Borussia Dortmund

German football may pay a heavy price for its triumph at Wembley this week: the reduction of the Bundesliga’s title race to a procession.

Juergen Klopp

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich preview: Despite an injury crisis, Juergen Klopp will not make excuses

Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer took knocks during Germany's 1-0 win over England, joining an already lengthy injury list

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) receives the Ballon d'Or award from Pele in 2008

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on award ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi after voting is extended

Voting system changed on the same night the Portugal forward scored sublime hat-trick against Sweden

Sami Khedira of Germany calls for assistance after sustaining an injury against Italy

Germany will feel the loss of Sami Khedira more keenly than Real Madrid

The holding midfielder was one of only a few guaranteed a place in the starting line-up

Crowds support Bayern Munich at a recent match

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