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  • Roma offer chance to Juve in scoreless Samp draw

    Serie A title challengers Roma dropped two precious points in a scoreless draw away to high-flying Sampdoria that could see Juventus restore their three-point gap at the top of the table. Roma travelled to Genoa looking for a positive result following the humiliation of a 7-1 defeat to Bayern…

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  • Real Madrid beats Barca 3-1 in Suarez's debut

    Luis Suarez set up Neymar's fourth-minute goal in the Uruguayan forward's first competitive debut for Barcelona following a four-month biting ban, but Real Madrid rallied to beat Barcelona 3-1 Saturday night in the first ''clasico'' of the season.

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  • Real Madrid spoils Suarez's debut by beating Barca

    After completing a four-month biting ban, Luis Suarez made an early impact on his Barcelona debut by setting up Neymar's fourth-minute opener at Real Madrid. Then it started to go wrong for Barca against its fiercest rival in the highly-anticipated ''clasico'' on Saturday. Barcelona, which had…

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  • Suarez laments 'bittersweet' debut defeat

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez described his return to action from a four-month ban for biting as bittersweet after the Catalans suffered their first league defeat of the season 3-1 away to Real Madrid on Saturday. "I am very happy to return to playing, it is a great relief to have this time behind…

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  • City setback as West Ham claim shock win

    Manchester City's bid to put pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea suffered a setback as the champions slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday. Manuel Pellegrini's team had hoped to close the gap on the Blues to two points ahead of their rivals' clash with Manchester United…

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  • Dortmund slip further after fourth defeat

    Borussia Dortmund's horror run of Bundesliga results continued on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to Hanover 96 to drop to 15th after a fourth straight defeat. Dortmund's terrible domestic form is in stark contrast to their Champions League campaign, where they top their group with three…

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  • Red Bulls-Sporting Kansas City Preview

    Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls have each clinched playoff spots. The defending MLS Cup champion meets last season's Supporters' Shield winner Sunday night in Kansas City for the regular-season finale with both clubs still hoping to avoid the Eastern Conference knockout round. …

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  • Bayern face testing times, says Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich will know exactly where they stand in the next ten days as they prepare to face their main Bundesliga rivals Borussia Moenchengladbach away on Sunday. German league leaders Bayern are at Gladbach, who started the weekend second in the table, then host last season's…

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  • Balotelli draws another blank in Hull stalemate

    Mario Balotelli's struggles in front of goal continued as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday. The Italy striker has scored just once in 11 appearances since his £16 million ($26 million, 20 million euros) pre-season move from AC Milan…

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  • Messi targets record as Suarez debuts in Spanish El Clasico

    Luis Suarez is free to make his long-awaited debut for Barcelona when the La Liga leaders travel to face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season on Saturday. Suarez has been restricted to a few friendly games for club and country since sealing a £75 million ($127 million, 95 million…

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  • Juve, Roma limp back to Serie A after Euro flop

    Juventus host Palermo Sunday looking to build on their slim advantage over Roma as both Serie A giants limp back to domestic duty following respective beatings in Europe earlier this week. The lustre was taken off Roma's solid Serie A season so far by a humbling 7-1 defeat by Bayern Munich while…

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  • Man City want to avoid Hammer blow after retreat from Moscow

    Goalkeeper Joe Hart expects Manchester City to recover from their midweek Champions League disappointment to keep their challenge for domestic honours on track at in-form West Ham on Saturday. City let slip a two-goal lead at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night to draw 2-2 in the behind-closed-doors game…

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  • Liverpool manager warns Reds to plug leaky defence

    Brendan Rodgers concedes Liverpool's season is destined to end in frustration unless his side can plug the gaps in their leaky defence. The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and Rodgers' pre-season overhaul of the defence, which saw the Liverpool manager splash out on…

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  • Wanderers edge Al Hilal in ACL final first leg

    Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers beat Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal 1-0 to seize the early advantage in the two-leg AFC Champions League final in Sydney on Saturday. Substitute striker Tomi Juric's 64th-minute goal gave the Wanderers a precious lead to take into the second leg in Riyadh next week. …

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  • Chelsea-Manchester United Preview

    Jose Mourinho will face friend and former boss Louis van Gaal when he takes his in-form Chelsea side to play Manchester United at Old Trafford Sunday. Mourinho spent three years as assistant to van Gaal at Spanish giants Barcelona and goes head-to-head with the United manager for the first time in…

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  • 'Sick' Serie A in fight for survival - Juve boss

    Italian football will die unless fans start flooding back to the stadiums and Serie A regains its global status, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli predicted on Friday. According to Agnelli, Serie A "in 10 years will generate the same revenue as the Bundesliga (in Germany), barely half the Liga…

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  • European clubs campaign against Qatar winter World Cup

    Top European football clubs and championships are stepping up a campaign to block efforts to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter months. FIFA wants to move away from the traditional summer tournament to avoid the searing temperatures in the Gulf state. The Association of European…

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