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Barcelona 1 Real Valladolid 0: Hit and miss as Messi gets job done

Lionel Messi netted his 30th goal of the season before missing his second penalty of the game as leaders Barcelona returned to winning ways in LaLiga with a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid. Gerard Pique won the 43rd-minute spot kick that proved the difference between the sides but, following

QPR 0 Watford 1: Capoue strike secures quarter-final berth

Watford edged into the FA Cup quarter-finals as Etienne Capoue’s volley proved enough to see off Championship side QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road. With Matt Smith, Massimo Luongo and Nahki Wells having passed up opportunities to put the hosts ahead, Capoue struck in clinical fashion on the stroke of half-time. QPR rallied after the interval,

Spalletti lauds Icardi stand-in Martinez

Luciano Spalletti hailed Lautaro Martinez’s contribution as he inspired Inter to victory at Rapid Vienna in the absence of deposed captain Mauro Icardi. Martinez struck the only goal to earn a precious away win, just as he did at Parma on Saturday, although there was added pressure on

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Spurs with the Upper Hand

As the knockout phase of this season’s Champions League slowly heats up, group B runners-up Tottenham Hotspur welcomed group A winners Borussia Dortmund to the Wembley Stadium in London for the first part of their two-legged clash in the round of 16. Team News This game caught both teams

Confident United will be a tough challenge – Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel knows Paris Saint-Germain will face a Manchester United side revitalised under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the last 16 of the Champions League. After qualifying top of a group that also included Liverpool and Napoli, the Ligue 1 champions were dealt a tough hand in the first

I will not change Chelsea´s style, insists Sarri

Maurizio Sarri defended his style of football after Chelsea were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City but said his players were not fulfilling his intentions on the pitch. Defeat at the Etihad Stadium was Chelsea’s third in succession away from home in the Premier League, and the manner of the Blues’ first-half

Southampton to ban two fans over ´indecent´ Sala gestures

Southampton have confirmed two fans were detained by police after making “indecent gestures” during the Premier League match against Cardiff City, where respects were paid to the late Emiliano Sala. Video footage shared on social media showed men mimicking planes at St Mary’s and the Saints confirmed authorities had

Hazard: Sarri and I think the same way about football

Eden Hazard believes he and Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri are on the same footballing wavelength. The Belgium forward’s next move remains a subject of intense speculation, something he fanned himself this week by declaring he had made a decision on his Chelsea future. Real Madrid have been heavily linked

Herra keen on Manchester United stay

Ander Herrera is closing in on a new deal with Manchester United, according to the Independent. The twenty-nine-year-old is in the final year of his current contract, which triggered an extra twelve months after the original four years ran down last summer. Since arriving at Old

Barcelona players to wear names in Chinese in Copa Clasico

Barcelona have confirmed their players will wear shirts featuring Chinese characters when they take on Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. The LaLiga leaders have announced the move to mark Chinese New Year, with this the first time Barcelona’s shirts have featured

West Ham 1-1 Liverpool: Reds slip up in title race

The chaos of the Premier League title race this season has already taken on a variety of different forms. From blowout victories to shock results and everything in between, the back and forth tussle between Liverpool and Manchester City feels like it’s going to last right up

Guardiola: Pressure is on Manchester City, not Liverpool

Manchester City may have cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points with victory over Arsenal, but Pep Guardiola says all the pressure is on his side. City suffered a shock defeat to Newcastle United last week and, combined with Liverpool’s draw with

Hamsik wants Napoli exit as China talk intensifies

Marek Hamsik is on the verge of leaving Napoli, head coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed, with a move to China seemingly on the horizon. Napoli captain Hamsik, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and appearance maker, has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League for

Zenit sign Boca´s Barrios to replace Paredes

Zenit have signed Wilmar Barrios from Boca Juniors to replace Leandro Paredes following the midfielder’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain. Barrios was a key part of the Boca side that reached the final of last year’s Copa Libertadores, but he was sent off in extra time as River Plate triumphed

Barca bring Todibo signing forward

Barcelona have brought the transfer of Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse six months forward, it has been officially confirmed. The deal had been agreed for the summer, when the 19-year-old’s contract with the French side would come to an end and he’d be able to move to Camp Nou

West Ham bring in Benfica youngster Dju

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Portugal Under-20 international Mesaque Dju on a free transfer from Benfica. Dju has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at London Stadium, after leaving Benfica, and will bolster West Ham’s Under-23 squad. The 19-year-old did not make a senior appearance for Benfica, but won the Under-17

Ozil starts as captain as Arsenal hosts Cardiff

Mesut Ozil will start as captain in Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Tuesday. The playmaker has been named in the first XI for a top-flight game for the first time since the 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day. Ozil had been struggling

Mihajlovic replaces Inzaghi at struggling Bologna

Serie A strugglers Bologna have sacked head coach Filippo Inzaghi and named Sinisa Mihajlovic as his replacement. Inzaghi only arrived at the club in June but after two league wins all season he has been dispensed with, Sunday’s 4-0 loss to relegation rivals Frosinone proving the final straw. In

Leaving out Perisic no problem for Spalletti

Luciano Spalletti confirmed he will continue to leave out Ivan Perisic after the Inter winger submitted a transfer request. General manager Beppe Marotta said ahead of Sunday’s Serie A game at Torino that Perisic had put in the transfer request, amid speculation linking him with Atletico Madrid and

Monaco sack Henry, reappoint Jardim

Thierry Henry has been sacked by Monaco, with the struggling Ligue 1 side confirming the return of the club’s former head coach Leonardo Jardim. Henry was suspended on Thursday and his sacking was confirmed 24 hours later, with Monaco facing Dijon in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday. Franck

PSG drawn at Villefranche in Coupe de France

Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France defence will continue with a trip to third-tier Villefranche in the last 16. PSG knocked out Strasbourg on Wednesday, although their 2-0 win was marred by a foot injury to star forward Neymar. It is unclear how long the Brazilian will be out of action

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