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Peter Drury, the ITV football commentator, kicks off the first of his weekly columns by explaining his affection for the Champions' League's most successful underdogs

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ENGLAND'S HOPES of qualifying automatically for Euro 2000 suffered a heavy blow last night when a Fredrik Ljungberg goal earned Sweden a 1-0 win in Poland to maintain their 100 per-cent record in Group Five of the qualifying competition.

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THE EUROPEAN Cup holders Real Madrid received bouquets rather than the customary brickbats from the Spanish media despite going out of the competition on Wednesday.

Basketball: England forced to relive nightmare

ENGLAND ARE having to endure severe sub-zero temperatures in Kiev before tonight's European Championship semi-final round with the Ukraine - and that is just in the hotel. Their coach, Laszlo Nemeth, and his players are reliving the nightmare of last season's trip to Belarus, when the team were fed pot noodles and biscuits because of the poor food.

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Champions' League: Dynamo Kiev 3 Arsenal 1: Wenger's depleted side overwhelmed as Manchester United unleash full force on Danes

Football: Lobanovski wields iron fist

The Ukrainian champions who spent years living in the shadow of the Soviets are hoping to reaffirm their nation's spirit of independence in tonight's game with Arsenal.

Football: Beware the dynamo

As Kiev starts to shiver, Arsenal are sure of a warm welcome.

Letter: Justice of the Kiev equaliser

Sir: It was good to see Dynamo Kiev get a late equaliser against Arsenal - they had been denied a good goal just before Bergkamp scored. Such injustice is not often rectified. At least 50 per cent of offside decisions are wrong. How infuriating to see a technicality invoked overzealously. Of all the game's problems, this is one that could be put right.

Football: Dynamic Adams the neutraliser

Champions' League: Arsenal fall back on their rock of ages as Ukrainians turn on the pace and poise

Football: Kiev in the best of both worlds

Norman Fox studies the evidence to support Wenger's theory of evolution

Football: Byshovets relies on experience in Ukraine

RUSSIA PLAY Ukraine for the first time today with the weight of 300 years of shared history adding to the pressure of competing in the same European Championship qualifying group as France, the world champions.

Kiev Diary: When dining out becomes a weighty issue

I AM suffering from an obsession with weight which arises every time I go out to eat. I am not talking about any hang-up of my own in this department which, though entirely justified, has failed to take root. In the former Soviet Union, restaurant proprietors, rather than the clients, count every gramme. This practice particularly struck me in a small establishment in Kiev, the charmingly faded capital of Ukraine. Every item on the menu had its weight written next to it in large letters.

We can't close Chernobyl, warns Kiev

THE President of Ukraine has warned that the devastated Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986, may carry on working well into the next century - clearly undermining an agreement between Ukraine and the G7 industrialised nations to shut it down for ever by 2000.
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