Porto's Brazilian midfielder Otavio runs for the ball during the Portuguese league football match against SC Braga at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 3, 2016.Miguel Riopa / AFP
Porto's Brazilian midfielder Otavio runs for the ball during the Portuguese league football match against SC Braga at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 3, 2016.Miguel Riopa / AFP

Porto and Sevilla each vying for final knockout berths: Uefa Champions League fixtures



While Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund grapple for top spot in Group F, twice former winners Porto and Sevilla look to clinch the two remaining spots in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Portuguese giants Porto, European champions in 1987 and 2004, host Leicester City in their final group stage match wary of FC Copenhagen pipping them to second in Group G.

Despite a woeful defence of their Premier League crown, Leicester are guaranteed to finish top of their section in Europe and avoid the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the next round.

And the Foxes could well decide which team joins them in the knockout phase with Copenhagen, third in the group, trailing Porto by two points ahead of a trip to pointless Club Brugge.

Porto halted a run of five straight draws courtesy of teenager Rui Pedro’s 95th-minute winner over Braga at the weekend, ending a club record run of 520 minutes without a goal.

“What matters is that we won three points and we are going to try to take advantage of this to continue to grow and believe,” said Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

“I believe the results haven’t been showing what we do.”

Porto will secure their passage to the last 16 with victory over Leicester, but anything less will open the door for Copenhagen, who have a head-to-head advantage over the Portuguese on away goals.

“We kept a clean sheet, and now we just have to go Brugge and get a victory — and then hope that Leicester do their job and beat Porto,” said Copenhagen’s Swedish international Erik Johansson after last month’s 0-0 home draw against Porto.

Copenhagen, unbeaten domestically this term, stretched their lead in Denmark to 11 points on Saturday after securing an eighth successive win with a 1-0 defeat of Randers.

Three-time reigning Europa League champions Sevilla are favourites to advance alongside Juventus in Group H, with Lyon needing to beat the Spaniards by at least two goals at Parc OL.

Lyon’s preparations were overshadowed by the ugly scenes that prompted Saturday’s game at Metz to be called off after just 31 minutes with goalkeeper Anthony Lopes targeted by firecrackers thrown by home supporters.

The Portugal international, 26, was taken to hospital after suffering “traumatic hearing loss” in both ears but is expected to make a full recovery with no lasting damage.

His status for Wednesday’s fixture is very much in doubt, but Lyon will draw encouragement knowing Sevilla — without manager Jorge Sampaoli due to a touchline ban — have lost on all three previous trips to France.

* Agence France-Presse

Champions League Fixtures

All matches at 11.45pm UAE time

Tuesday

Group A

• Basel v Arsenal

• Paris SG v Ludogorets

Group B

• Benfica v Napoli

• Dynamo Kiev v Besiktas

Group C

• Manchester City v Celtic

• Barcelona v Borussia Moenchengladbach

Group D

• Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid

• PSV Eindhoven v Rostov

Wednesday

Group E

• Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco

• Tottenham Hotspur v CSKA Moscow

Group F

• Legia Warsaw v Sporting Lisbon

• Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Group G

• Club Brugge v FC Copenhagen

• FC Porto v Leicester City

Group H

• Juventus v Dinamo Zagreb

• Lyon v Sevilla

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Stuck in a job without a pay rise? Here's what to do

Chris Greaves, the managing director of Hays Gulf Region, says those without a pay rise for an extended period must start asking questions – both of themselves and their employer.

“First, are they happy with that or do they want more?” he says. “Job-seeking is a time-consuming, frustrating and long-winded affair so are they prepared to put themselves through that rigmarole? Before they consider that, they must ask their employer what is happening.”

Most employees bring up pay rise queries at their annual performance appraisal and find out what the company has in store for them from a career perspective.

Those with no formal appraisal system, Mr Greaves says, should ask HR or their line manager for an assessment.

“You want to find out how they value your contribution and where your job could go,” he says. “You’ve got to be brave enough to ask some questions and if you don’t like the answers then you have to develop a strategy or change jobs if you are prepared to go through the job-seeking process.”

For those that do reach the salary negotiation with their current employer, Mr Greaves says there is no point in asking for less than 5 per cent.

“However, this can only really have any chance of success if you can identify where you add value to the business (preferably you can put a monetary value on it), or you can point to a sustained contribution above the call of duty or to other achievements you think your employer will value.”

 

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Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., John David Washington 

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Director: Elie El Samaan

Starring: Nour Al Ghandour, Mahmoud Boushahri

Rating: 3/5

Brief scores:

​​​​​​Toss: Pakhtunkhwa Zalmi, chose to field

​Environment Agency: 193-3 (20 ov)
Ikhlaq 76 not out, Khaliya 58, Ahsan 55

Pakhtunkhwa Zalmi: 194-2 (18.3 ov)
Afridi 95 not out, Sajid 55, Rizwan 36 not out

Result: Pakhtunkhwa won by 8 wickets

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Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri

Rating: 4.5/5

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Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sector: E-commerce
Total funding: About $200 million
Investors: Aljazira Capital, Rainwater Partners, STV and Impact46
Number of employees: 1,200

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