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Barcelona cruise into Cup quarters with a derby win

Posted by on 14/01/2016
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Barcelona cruise into Cup quarters with a derby win

Barcelona cruise into Cup quarters with a derby win

BARCELONA: Barcelona ended a three-game series of bad-tempered derbies against Espanyol on top by sealing their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals 6-1 on aggregate courtesy of a 2-0 win at Cornella-El Prat on Wednesday. Fresh from picking up his record fifth Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi was once again Barca’s inspiration as he brilliantly […]

Wenger frustrated; Arsenal squander title momentum

Posted by on 14/01/2016
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Wenger frustrated; Arsenal squander title momentum

Wenger frustrated; Arsenal squander title momentum

LIVERPOOL: Arsene Wenger couldn’t conceal his frustration after Arsenal’s dramatic 3-3 draw at Liverpool saw the Gunners waste an opportunity to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League. But Wenger claimed Wednesday’s thrilling contest at Anfield underlined his team’s title credentials as he challenged his players to use their disappointment as a […]

FIFA fires Valcke

Posted by on 13/01/2016
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FIFA fires Valcke

FIFA fires Valcke

GENEVA: FIFA yesterday said it had fired Sepp Blatter’s former right-hand man, Jerome Valcke, the latest casualty in a multi-layered scandal that has brought down the most powerful figures in world football. Valcke was FIFA’s secretary general for nearly a decade, working alongside the body’s then president Blatter, who has been banned for eight years […]

Dummett stuns United in St James’ Park thriller

Posted by on 13/01/2016
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Dummett stuns United in St James’ Park thriller

Dummett stuns United in St James’ Park thriller

NEWCASTLE: Left-back Paul Dummett eclipsed two-goal Wayne Rooney with a last-minute equaliser as Newcastle United secured a pulsating 3-3 home draw against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United on Tuesday. Rooney appeared to have settled the game with a magnificent 79th-minute strike from the edge of the area after Memphis Depay’s run and shot ended with […]

Salmiya Club lift Crown Prince Cup

Posted by on 12/01/2016
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Salmiya Club lift Crown Prince Cup

Salmiya Club lift Crown Prince Cup

KUWAIT: Salmiya Club won the HH the Crown Prince Cup yesterday for the second time in its history by beating Kuwait Club 1-0 in the finals, which was held under the patronage and attendance of HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Jaber Al-Sabah at the new Jaber Stadium. Faisal Anzi scored the winning goal […]

Messi wins record fifth Ballon d’Or – Carli Lloyd gets FIFA world player award

Posted by on 11/01/2016
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Messi wins record fifth Ballon d’Or – Carli Lloyd gets FIFA world player award

Messi wins record fifth Ballon d’Or – Carli Lloyd gets FIFA world player award

MADRID: Lionel Messi deposed eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take back his crown as the undisputed king of world football by lifting a record fifth Ballon d’Or yesterday. Much has changed since, just 12 months ago, a disgruntled Messi, fresh from losing a World Cup final and disillusioned with coach Luis Enrique’s regime at Barcelona, […]

Kuwait, Salmiya clash today in Crown Prince Cup final

Posted by on 11/01/2016
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Kuwait, Salmiya clash today in Crown Prince Cup final

Kuwait, Salmiya clash today in Crown Prince Cup final

KUWAIT: The final match of the Crown Prince 23rd Cup between Kuwait and Salmiya sporting clubs will be held today at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium. Kuwait Club is looking forward to win its sixth title in the competition’s history after winning it five times in 1994, 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2011, while Salmiya is […]

Swansea shocked in FA Cup, Chelsea through

Posted by on 10/01/2016
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Swansea shocked in FA Cup, Chelsea through

Swansea shocked in FA Cup, Chelsea through

LONDON: Premier League Swansea City fell victims to the first major giant-killing of the FA Cup third round yesterday when they lost 3-2 away to League Two (fourth tier) side Oxford United. Chelsea, fielding a near full-strength team, came through their home tie with League One Scunthorpe 2-0. There were more than 50 league positions […]

Messi treble lifts Barca to the top of La Liga

Posted by on 09/01/2016
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Messi treble lifts Barca to the top of La Liga

Messi treble lifts Barca to the top of La Liga

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi warmed up for his anticipated fifth World Player of the Year crown by scoring his first hat-trick of the season to move Barcelona back to the top of La Liga by cruising past Granada 4-0 yesterday. Messi effectively ended the contest within the first 15 minutes with two easy finishes before completing […]

Rooney saves Man Utd in FA Cup

Posted by on 09/01/2016
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Rooney saves Man Utd in FA Cup

Rooney saves Man Utd in FA Cup

LONDON: Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time penalty spared Manchester United from an embarrassing goalless draw as they edged third-tier Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup third round yesterday. Holders Arsenal and Manchester City both had little trouble reaching round four, but United looked destined for an unwanted replay until Rooney struck in the 93rd minute after […]

Aguero shines as slick City dispatch Norwich

Posted by on 09/01/2016
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Aguero shines as slick City dispatch Norwich

Aguero shines as slick City dispatch Norwich

NORWICH: Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City firmly in the hunt for silverware on four fronts with a sparkling strike in their 3-0 victory over Norwich in the FA Cup third round yesterday. Aguero waltzed through the Canaries’ defence to open the scoring at Carrow Road and then set up City’s second for Kelechi Iheanacho. Kevin […]

Zidane debuts as Madrid coach against Deportivo

Posted by on 07/01/2016
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Zidane debuts as Madrid coach against Deportivo

Zidane debuts as Madrid coach against Deportivo

BARCELONA: Zinedine Zidane will make his coaching debut tomorrow when Real Madrid hosts Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The former France great was promoted from managing Madrid’s reserve team, which plays in the third division, to taking over for Rafa Benitez after the Spaniard was fired following Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Valencia last […]