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PARIS - Standing at the top of the Portuguese league, its time for Benfica to its turn fortunes around on the European stage. http://www.soccerpro.us.com/Manchester-City-FC/ .With only one point after three games in Group C of the Champions League, Benfica is desperate for a good result to keep alive its chances of progressing to the knockout stage as Monaco travels to Lisbon on Tuesday.Monaco, which has been struggling in front of goal this season following the departures of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, remains unbeaten in the competition and can move to the top of the group with a win depending on leader Bayer Leverkusens result against Zenit St. Petersburg.Here are some things to know about Tuesdays matches:___TIME FOR TALISCAAfter racking up eight goals in nine Portuguese league games, Benfica needs Talisca to show the same form against Monaco.The Brazilian is the top scorer in Portugal. He has netted more goals than eight clubs in the league, including the winner in last weekends 1-0 win at Rio Ave that kept Benfica at the top of the table.Talisca has so far disappointed, though, in his first season in the Champions League. His masterful left-foot shots havent found their target, and the Lisbon club is having one of its worst European campaigns ever.Adding to the concerns of coach Jorge Jesus, Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan is doubtful with a back injury and central defender Lisandro Lopez is suspended.___LEVERKUSENS BEATINGBayer Leverkusen had a nasty, bruising, match in Hamburg, losing 1-0.Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu was singled out for rough treatment after leaving Hamburg in off season on bad terms and endured many fouls. But the team escaped without any major injury and captain Lars Bender is expected to be able to play despite a bruised nose and knee.Leverkusen leads the group and a victory in St. Petersburg would cement the position.Weve put ourselves in a good position and we will try to keep it that way, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller said. But the group will be decided on the final match day.The rival has to attack and we should have some space to counter, Voeller said.Leverkusen will be without suspended left back Wendell. The Brazilian has been one of Leverkusens better players and his absence could hurt.___GOALS NEEDEDAfter finishing second to Paris Saint-Germain in the French league last season, Monaco received a brutal reality check following the departures of Falcao and Rodriguez.The pair of strikers has not been replaced and Leonardo Jardims side scored only 14 goals in 12 league matches so far, having won just six of its 15 matches in all competitions.Jardim was left frustrated by Fridays 1-1 home draw with Reims and has asked his players to be more efficient in the final third.We have lots of chances in every match, we are not clinical enough, Jardim said.Jardim also has to cope with injuries and his main offensive asset, veteran Dimitar Berbatov, remains sidelined with a groin injury. Spanish defender Borja Lopez is still unavailable with a knee injury but Joao Moutinho, who recovered from a shoulder problem, is likely to start.___SILVA HEADING BACK HOMEOn loan at Monaco this season, Bernardo Silva is eager to return to the club which has nurtured him.The Portuguese midfielder joined Benfica as an 8-year-old boy but left during the off-season after Jorge Jesus called him up only three times last season.At Monaco, Silva has gained the confidence of his new coach as Jardim uses him regularly in the league and already gave him a Champions League start.Playing in the French league and the Champions League after a stint in the Portuguese second division is wonderful, the 20-year-old midfielder said. The club has put its trust in the young players, and we are trying to repay them for what they do by winning matches, and hopefully titles.___SLOWING DOWNZenit has won 17 of its 21 Russian league games — and 22 of its 29 matches in all competitions — since Andre Villas-Boas took over in March.However, the pace has slowed, with two wins from the last six matches in all competitions for Zenit, which failed to score in three of those six matches, including its last two Champions League games.Villas-Boas, the former Tottenham manager, does not see any reason to be worried, though. His team remains at the top of the Russian league by seven points and is still unbeaten after 12 games following Saturdays victory over second-place CSKA Moscow 1-0.Everyone is still in good form and fresh, Villas-Boas said. Emily Sonnett Jersey .C. - Steve Clifford isnt exactly singing his teams praises after the Bobcats won for the sixth time in seven games. Lee Nguyen Jersey . -- Mississippis Andrew Ritter said his game-winning, 41-yard field goal felt good off his foot.MINNEAPOLIS - Corey Kluber continues to dominate hitters when the Cleveland Indians need him most. Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and the Indians didnt lose any ground in the playoff chase Sunday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each had three hits for the Indians, who have won five of six. Cleveland is 3 1-2 games behind the second Wild Card spot, and is home to the Royals for three-plus games beginning Monday. In addition to Mondays regularly scheduled game, the teams must complete the Aug. 31 game in Kansas City that was suspended in the middle of the 10th inning due to rain with Cleveland up 4-2. "We know whats at stake," Bourn said. Chris Herrmann and Danny Santana drove in the Minnesota runs. The chance to score was rare against Kluber (17-9), who allowed seven hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start. "Hes got electric stuff," said Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. "Hes a big swing-and-miss type guy, pretty much all cutters and sliders the whole time. When hes got that working, its pretty good." Kluber, who set his career high by striking out 14 Astros in seven innings Tuesday, struck out at least two batters in each of the first six innings Sunday — and 13 straight innings overall. The major league leader with 258 strikeouts, Kluber now has 10 outings of at least 10 strikeouts this season, the most for Cleveland since Sam McDowell in 1970. "Being a horse out there, throwing eight strong, throwing 120 pitches, thats the type of stuff you look for from the ace of your staff," Bourn said. The back-to-back 14-strikeout performances by Kluber are the first in baseball since Randy Johnson did it for Arizona on Aug. 15 and 20, 2004. "When the years over thats the kind of stuff that youll take a second to look at and appreciate, but the important thing right now is that we got the win," Kluber said. Manager Terry Francona was most impressed thaat Kluber understood the need to go deep into the game to ensure relievers like Scott Atchison and Bryan Shaw and closer Cody Allen had another day of rest. Ethan Horvath Jersey. . "That helps us; that gives us a better chance," Francona said. A trio of Twins miscues helped give the Indians a 5-1 lead in the fifth. With runners on first and second, Brantley hit a potential inning-ending double play ball to Dozier. His throw to shortstop Danny Santana at second was off the mark for an error and Santanas relay to first ended up the Twins dugout for another error, allowing Bourn to score. Jose Ramirez scored on a balk by Anthony Swarzak (3-2) before Brantley scored on a sacrifice fly. Making his second straight start in place of the injured Tommy Milone, Swarzak allowed five runs — three earned — 4 1-3 innings. Down 1-0 in the third, Ramirez singled home a run and Brantley doubled in another for a 2-1 Cleveland lead. RECORD NUMBER OF KS Cleveland pitchers have struck out 1,391 hitters this year, breaking the mark of 1,379 set last season. TRAINERS ROOM Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis was the teams designated hitter Sunday — batting a season-low seventh in the order — after missing two games with a sore right hamstring. Twins: Team trainers said SS Eduardo Escobar, out since jamming his right shoulder last Tuesday, was available to pinch run, but manager Ron Gardenhire was leery of having Escobar sliding. Escobar slides head first. ... CF Aaron Hicks missed his second straight game with a stiff back and upset Gardenhire by not reporting to the ballpark until about two hours before game time. UP NEXT Indians: After the teams finish their Aug. 31 suspended game, Carlos Carrasco (8-5, 2.65) is to start Mondays full game at home against Kansas Citys Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.42). Twins: Ricky Nolasco (5-11, 5.34) gets the ball Monday when the Twins open a three-game home series with Arizona. Hes scheduled to face Josh Collmenter (10-8, 3.60). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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