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Watford ease to victory
Nov 20

Watford ease to victory

London : David Moyes failed to inspire West Ham as their Premier League woes deepened with defeat in his first match in charge at Watford. The Moyes era got off to the shakiest of starts when the home side took the lead in the first threatening attack of the game at Vicarage Road. West Ham failed to deal with a...

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Real-Atleti derby ends goalless
Nov 20

Real-Atleti derby ends goalless

Madrid : Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared a rare goalless draw in the first derby at the Wanda Metropolitano in a result that will have delighted league leaders Barcelona. The last time a La Liga clash between the two capital clubs finished 0-0 was back in 2005, and since then only one of 39 meetings...

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Salah brace lifts  Liverpool
Nov 19

Salah brace lifts Liverpool

London : A virtuoso performance from Mohamed Salah ran Southampton ragged as his two goals inspired Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Anfield and fired the Egyptian to the top of the Premier League scoring charts. His summer arrival for £38 million, at the time a club record, was questioned by critics...

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Italy fail to qualify for World Cup
Nov 15

Italy fail to qualify for World Cup

Milan : Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as Sweden secured their spot in Russia after the teams’ 0-0 draw on Monday in Milan. Sweden, who qualified for their first World Cup since 2006, go through 1-0 on aggregate on the back of Jakob Johansson’s goal last...

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Ronaldo better than ‘Incredible’ Messi, says Alonso
Nov 13

Ronaldo better than ‘Incredible’ Messi, says Alonso

London : Cristiano Ronaldo is better than the “incredible” Lionel Messi, according to Formula One driver Fernando Alonso. Real Madrid star Ronaldo and Barcelona maestro Messi are often compared, with the two modern-day greats having won the past nine Ballons d’Or. Alonso, a two-time F1 world...

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Neymar converts one penalty, misses another in Brazil stroll
Nov 11

Neymar converts one penalty, misses another in Brazil stroll

Paris : Brazil forward Neymar converted one penalty and missed another five minutes later in a comfortable 3-1 friendly win over Japan yesterday. Brazil’s 13th victory in 16 games since Tite took charge as coach in June, 2016 also featured a thundering effort by Marcelo and close-range goal by Gabriel Jesus...

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Hazard fuels Real Madrid rumours
Nov 10

Hazard fuels Real Madrid rumours

London : Eden Hazard has fuelled talk of an imminent move from Chelsea to Real Madrid by airing his “dream” to play for Zinedine Zidane. The Belgian forward has long been linked with a switch to the reigning Liga champions, with his creative talents considered to be a perfect fit for the...

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Moyes says he has a ‘point to prove’
Nov 08

Moyes says he has a ‘point to prove’

London : West Ham boss David Moyes says he has a “point to prove” as he aims to “repair” his reputation at his new club. The former Everton and Manchester United manager has replaced Slaven Bilic, who was sacked on Monday with the Hammers in the relegation zone. Moyes, 54, has been out...

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Asensio helps Real to victory
Nov 07

Asensio helps Real to victory

Madrid : Marco Asensio struck an instant classic as Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas. After back-to-back defeats at the hands of Girona and Tottenham, a much-needed success for Zinedine Zidane’s side was topped and tailed by efforts from Casemiro and...

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Son strikes as Spurs squeeze past Palace
Nov 06

Son strikes as Spurs squeeze past Palace

Wembley : Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways in domestic football as Son Heung-Min’s goal proved enough to see off an unlucky Crystal Palace at Wembley. Spurs, without Dele Alli because of a hamstring strain, made a shaky start in their first game after the memorable midweek win over Real Madrid....

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Four goal Liverpool see off West Ham
Nov 05

Four goal Liverpool see off West Ham

London : Liverpool deepened West Ham United’s problems as they strolled to a 4-1 win at the London Stadium. West Ham came close to taking the lead with 10 minutes gone when Manuel Lanzini’s pass deflected through to Andre Ayew, who clipped his shot over the advancing Simon Mignolet but hit the...

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Messi set for 600th Barca appearance
Nov 04

Messi set for 600th Barca appearance

London : Lionel Messi will make his 600th official appearance for FC Barcelona when they host Sevilla at the Camp Nou Stadium today. Only Xavi Hernandez (767) and Andres Iniesta (642) have played more games for Barca than the 30-year-old who made his debut on October 16, 2004.  And nobody has got close to...

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Man City hit 4 past Napoli
Nov 03

Man City hit 4 past Napoli

Naples : A record-breaking goal from Sergio Aguero sent Manchester City into the Champions League knockout stages with a brilliant 4-2 win at Napoli. Aguero struck in the 69th minute at the imposing San Paolo Stadium to enter the club record books as their leading goalscorer with 178. It all but settled an...

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PSG rout Anderlecht 5-0
Nov 02

PSG rout Anderlecht 5-0

Paris : Left-back Layvin Kurzawa scored a second-half hat trick as Paris Saint-Germain crushed Anderlecht 5-0 to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG, who are unbeaten this season, could have had more goals but squandered five clear scoring opportunities before Marco Verratti opened...

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Burnley up to 7th,  beat Newcastle 1-0
Nov 01

Burnley up to 7th, beat Newcastle 1-0

Burnley : Sean Dyche celebrated his fifth anniversary as Burnley manager with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle that moved them up to seventh. Jeff Hendrick’s 74th-minute winner settled a dull contest at Turf Moor as the Clarets leapfrogged Rafael Benitez’s Magpies in the Premier League table. Newcastle...

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Ronaldo and team-mates take off for London
Nov 01

Ronaldo and team-mates take off for London

London : Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates have left the Spanish capital and are headed to London ahead of their crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham.  Zinedine Zidane’s side will walk out in front of a sold-out Wembley on Wednesday evening, with the winners to emerge...

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Neymar enjoys reunion with ‘brothers’
Oct 31

Neymar enjoys reunion with ‘brothers’

London : Barcelona’s once formidable attacking trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were reunited as PSG’s £198million striker caught up with his old team-mates. The La Liga club and Neymar himself shared pictures of the homecoming on Instagram. He added the caption: ‘Those were...

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Perfect start for Leicester
Oct 30

Perfect start for Leicester

Leicester : Leicester City got the Claude Puel era off to a perfect start with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Everton that deepened the Merseyside club’s problems. Leicester began the game on the front foot and threatened after only four minutes when Demarai Gray raced forward and sent a low drive just...

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Real score two penalties to beat Fuenlabrada in first leg
Oct 28

Real score two penalties to beat Fuenlabrada in first leg

Madrid : Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties to secure a 2-0 win over third-tier side Fuenlabrada in their first outing in this season’s Copa del Rey. Boss Zinedine Zidane rested almost all of his star names including Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos for the first-leg clash at...

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Chelsea thrash Everton 2-1
Oct 27

Chelsea thrash Everton 2-1

London : Antonio Rudiger’s header and Willian’s sharp finish after a one-two with Cesc Fabregas saw Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. The Blues also inflicted defeat on David Unsworth in his first game as caretaker manager. Charly Musonda received a short corner from Willian before...

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Suso stars as Milan cruise
Oct 27

Suso stars as Milan cruise

Verona : Suso eased the immediate pressure on his coach Vincenzo Montella with a magnificent individual performance as AC Milan got back to winning ways with an impressive 4-1 Serie A win at Chievo on Wednesday. A run of just one win in six games across all competitions, including a derby defeat to arch-rivals...

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Bravo heroics help Man City beat Wolves
Oct 26

Bravo heroics help Man City beat Wolves

Manchester : Claudio Bravo was the hero as stuttering Manchester City needed penalties to see off hard-working Wolves and make the Carabao Cup quarterfinals. Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders hosted Nuno Espirito Santo’s Championship table-toppers in a match that promised much but failed to...

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United see off Swansea City
Oct 26

United see off Swansea City

Plasmarl : Manchester United bounced back from their Huddersfield horror show with a comfortable Carabao Cup victory at Swansea. Jesse Lingard’s first United brace secured a routine 2-0 win as the competition holders made safe progress into the quarterfinals. It was just what United needed after the shock...

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Ronaldo retains FIFA award for world’s best player
Oct 25

Ronaldo retains FIFA award for world’s best player

London : Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of Fifa silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday. Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best Fifa football...

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Asensio stars as Real beat Eibar
Oct 24

Asensio stars as Real beat Eibar

Madrid : Marco Asensio had a hand in two goals as Real Madrid recorded their fourth successive La Liga win with a routine 3-0 success over Eibar. Spain midfielder Asensio saw his in-swinging cross diverted into the net by Eibar defender Paulo Oliveira with 18 minutes played at the Bernabeu before sweeping in the...

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Liverpool thrashed by Spurs
Oct 23

Liverpool thrashed by Spurs

London : Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur brushed Liverpool aside 4-1 at Wembley on an afternoon of glaring defensive frailty from Jurgen Klopp’s visitors. Centre-back Dejan Lovren suffered a nightmare start which began after only four minutes when Kieran Trippier played the ball over his head,...

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Big win for Arsenal
Oct 23

Big win for Arsenal

London : The pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman increased as his side dropped into the relegation zone after a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal at Goodison Park. Arsenal made by far the brighter start against opponents whose lack of confidence was soon apparent, and the visitors were almost ahead after only four...

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Batshuayi brace lifts Chelsea
Oct 22

Batshuayi brace lifts Chelsea

London : Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea fought back from behind to win a six-goal thriller against Watford. Chelsea were on the back foot for much of this contest at Stamford Bridge but two goals from Batshuayi, either side of an 87th-minute header from Cesar Azpilicueta, snatched...

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Olivier Giroud scores winner
Oct 21

Olivier Giroud scores winner

London : Olivier Giroud scored a stunning winner as a much-changed Arsenal side saw off 10-man Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League clash. Arsene Wenger made nine alterations from the team that lost at Watford on Saturday and it was an underwhelming display from his side until Giroud’s overhead kick...

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Chelsea-Roma  draw in thriller
Oct 20

Chelsea-Roma draw in thriller

London : Eden Hazard and Edin Dzeko each scored twice as Chelsea rescued a thrilling 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C. Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining after former Manchester City striker Dzeko’s quick-fire double. But Hazard headed...

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Bayern breeze past Celtic
Oct 20

Bayern breeze past Celtic

Munich : Celtic discovered Bayern Munich are still very much a European force as the Hoops suffered a 3-0 drubbing in their Champions League clash at the Allianz Arena. The German giants had replaced Carlo Ancelotti with Jupp Heynckes following their 3-0 Group B defeat by Paris St Germain last month but any...

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Manchester City stun Napoli
Oct 19

Manchester City stun Napoli

Manchester : Early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus saw Manchester City maintain their winning start in the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Napoli. City struck twice in the opening 13 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to set themselves up for a result that lifted them six points clear of the...

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Iran defeats Mexico in a  pulsating  contest
Oct 18

Iran defeats Mexico in a pulsating contest

Goa, India : Iran made its way into its first-ever quarterfinal on the back of a nervy and pulsating 2-1 win against Mexico in the Round-of-16 clash at the Fatorda stadium yesterday. Goals from Mohammad Sharifi and Allahyar Sayyad helped the Abbas Chamanian-coached side maintain its unbeaten run at the FIFA U-17...

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Spain enter  quarter-finals
Oct 18

Spain enter quarter-finals

Guwahati, India : European champions Spain rallied to make the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2 -1 victory over France, signalling their title intentions yesterday. Spain will take on Asian surprise package Iran. Juan Miranda (44th minute) and Abel Ruiz (90th) scored for Spain, while Lenny...

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FIFA World Ranking released
Oct 17

FIFA World Ranking released

Zurich : Germany remain top of the latest FIFA World Rankings, with the October update taking into account the latest round of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies that have played out around the planet at international level over the course of the last month. Overall, there have been no changes to the top six at...

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Cristiano orders Real bosses to sign United keeper De Gea
Oct 17

Cristiano orders Real bosses to sign United keeper De Gea

Madrid : Cristiano Ronaldo has given Real Madrid’s bosses the mission to sign Manchester United keeper David De Gea. Real have been long term admirers of the Spain No.1 shot stopper after narrowly missing out on bagging him in August 2015 only to be scuppered by a fax machine. De Gea has played 280 times...

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Germany,  USA cruise into last eight
Oct 17

Germany, USA cruise into last eight

New Delhi : United States and Germany toyed with their opponents to secure their places in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Germany displayed power and flourish to outclass Colombia 4-0 in a disappointing contest while the United States, powered by a hat-trick by...

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United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby
Oct 15

United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby

Liverpool : A cautious Manchester United frustrated hosts Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West Premier League derby ended 0-0 yesterday with neither side able to find the creative touch. The draw leaves United alone at the top of the table on 20 points although Manchester City, who are now a point behind,...

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Germany beat Guinea 3-1, face Colombia in Round of 16
Oct 14

Germany beat Guinea 3-1, face Colombia in Round of 16

Kochi : European powerhouse Germany bounced back from their shock defeat in the previous match as they beat African side Guinea 3-1 to qualify for the knockout round of the FIFA U-17 World Cup yesterday. Germany scored through Jan-Fiete Arp (8th minute), Nicolas Kuehn (62nd) and Sahverdi Cetin (90+2), while...

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Paraguay keeps winning
Oct 13

Paraguay keeps winning

New Delhi : Paraguay tested its bench strength, resting players who were on yellow, but still emerged unscathed in the final group game against Turkey 3-1 yesterday. The South American team registered its third consecutive victory and sealed the top spot. Giovanni Bogado, Fernando Cardozo, Antonio Gaeleano...

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Egypt’s football fans cheer World Cup qualification
Oct 12

Egypt’s football fans cheer World Cup qualification

Cairo : Egypt’s football fans have been celebrating euphorically following the country’s qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Egypt’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Congo on Sunday meant the team qualified for the first time in over a quarter of a century. It has sparked...

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UEFA appoints Luis Figo as football advisor
Oct 12

UEFA appoints Luis Figo as football advisor

London : Former Barcelona and Portugal striker Luis Figo has joined UEFA as a football advisor. The 44-year-old’s role at European football’s governing body will include technical aspects and laws of the game. During his 20-year playing career, which also included spells at Real Madrid and Inter...

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India confirm finals berth
Oct 12

India confirm finals berth

Bengaluru : ‘Sleeping giant’ India woke up on Wednesday, securing their passage into the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates with a rousing 4-1 win against minnows Macau at the Sree Kanteerava stadium yesterday. A fourth straight win in Group A saw the ‘Blue Tigers’ cement...

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Portugal end Swiss winning run
Oct 12

Portugal end Swiss winning run

Lisbon : European champions Portugal qualified for next year’s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 home win over Switzerland on Tuesday, ending their rivals’ perfect record in Group B after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way. With Bernardo Silva giving one of his best performances for his...

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Messi lifts Argentina  into World Cup berth
Oct 12

Messi lifts Argentina into World Cup berth

Quito, Ecuador : With Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in jeopardy, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick when he was needed most, rallying his country to a 3-1 win over Ecuador and a spot in Russia next summer. Argentina started the final night of South American qualifying in sixth place, with...

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Germany rout Azerbaijan 5-1
Oct 10

Germany rout Azerbaijan 5-1

Berlin : Leon Goretzka inspired Germany to a 5-1 rout over Azerbaijan as the defending champions wrapped up their World Cup qualification campaign in style. The Schalke midfiedler’s brilliant backheel sent the hosts on their way to victory at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern on Sunday. Sandro...

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29 hurt as French stadium barrier collapses
Oct 01

29 hurt as French stadium barrier collapses

Ameins : Twenty-nine fans were hurt, five of them seriously, when a barrier collapsed Saturday at a stadium in the northern French city of Amiens as away supporters celebrated their opening goal. A fence separating Lille fans from the pitch gave way as they surged forward to celebrate the goal against Amiens, a...

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Man City striker Aguero injured in Dutch car crash
Sep 29

Man City striker Aguero injured in Dutch car crash

London : Manchester City's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero "sustained injuries" in a car crash in the Netherlands and is returning to Britain to be checked ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures, the club said Friday. "Sergio Aguero will be assessed by club doctors today after being involved in a road...

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Ronaldo double lifts Real Madrid
Sep 28

Ronaldo double lifts Real Madrid

Dortmund : Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid secured a 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund to maintain their 100 per cent record in Champions League Group H. Wales forward Gareth Bale put the Spanish side, who have seen their LaLiga campaign get off to a slow start behind rivals Barcelona, in front...

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Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints
Sep 26

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Guangzhou complaints

Shanghai : Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas has been fined $14,000 over his "offensive" comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said on Tuesday. The Portuguese coach, who will be on the bench for Wednesday's semi-final first leg at home against Urawa Red...

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