PARIS (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.
While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski - a peripheral player this season.
German sides continue to score for fun, as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the day after Bayern Munich's magnificent 7-1 in Roma and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3. Bayer Leverkusen also underlined the Bundesliga's fine form in Europe, beating Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 on Wednesday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench.
Suarez will finish his four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup just in time to dress and possibly debut for Barcelona against its archrival. (MORE)
PARIS (AP) The punishing hairpin climb to the Alpe d'Huez ski station perched high in the French Alps will provide the dramatic climax for the 2015 Tour de France, before cycling's showcase race sweeps into Paris for its traditional finish before cheering crowds on the Champs-Elysees.
The atypical 2015 route unveiled Wednesday by Tour organizers also sees a greatly reduced emphasis on time trialing, plenty of opportunities for sprinters to shine and potential traps that could trip up race favorites, including a return to tricky cobbled roads in northeast France. (MORE)
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Wednesday to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid.
Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami fired the winner past Gianluigi Buffon in the 36th minute. The goal arrived after Alejandro Dominguez found striker Kostas Mitroglou, whose cutback was steered into the back of the Juventus net by Kasami. (MORE)