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Champion League holders Real trounce Basel 5-1

Champion League holders Real trounce Basel 5-1

September 17, 2014

MADRID, Sept 17 — Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals as the record 10-times winners routed FC Basel 5-1 in their Champions League Group B opener yesterday. After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net. A minute later, Bale found space on... Read more

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling (bottom) is challenged by Ludogorets’ Cosmin Moti during their Champions League match at Anfield in Liverpool, England September 16, 2014. — Reuters pic

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