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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Higuain aims to open UCL account against Reds

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is eagerly awaiting next month's Champions League showdown with Liverpool and hopes to finally break his scoring duck in the competition.

Higuain is Madrid's leading scorer in La Liga this season with 12 goals but the young Argentinian is still seeking his first strike in the Champions League since joining the Spanish giants from River Plate in the winter of 2006.

That is something the 21-year-old is hoping to amend when Madrid meet fellow European giants Liverpool in the first leg of their last-16 tie in four weeks' time.

''It's going to be a nice game to play in. I'm going to give it everything because I still haven't scored in the Champions League,'' said Higuain, whose side are seeking to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

''We are keen to get through and we are focussed. The Liverpool match will be the start of the path to win the 10th (European Cup).''

While Higuain is targeting success in Europe, he is also not ruling out the possibility of Madrid still being able to defend the Primera Liga title they have won for the last two seasons.

Barcelona boast a 12-point lead over second-placed Madrid in La Liga, but since Juande Ramos replaced Bernd Schuster in the Bernabeu hotseat the champions have won five of six competitive matches, including their last four in the league.

And that has kept hope alive that Madrid can still catch Barca, with Higuain saying: ''It's difficult, but not impossible.

''It's been shown many times that it's possible to bounce back. We must be in the best shape possible to cut the points difference when Barcelona go through a bad patch.''

Meanwhile, Madrid have been fined 3,000 euros by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) for the actions of some of their fans during Sunday's Primera Liga match against Osasuna at the Bernabeu.

According to the report of match referee, Alfonso Perez Burrull, a group of Madrid supporters made what he termed as fascist chants and gestures during the game.

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