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  • Roma rise to second after Genoa win

    Roma moved ahead of local rivals Lazio into second place in Serie A and the final automatic Champions League spot on Sunday after a 2-0 win over in-form Genoa. Seydou Doumbia's second goal in Italy and a wonderful Alessandro Florenzì solo strike in stoppage time gave Roma the three points. Lazio,…

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  • Champions Chelsea unloved but unstoppable

    The Premier League title beckoned for Chelsea from the moment Andre Schuerrle put them ahead after 20 minutes and 45 seconds of their opening fixture at Burnley on August 18. Diego Costa's first Chelsea goal cancelled out Scott Arfield's opener and four minutes later Schuerrle converted a…

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  • Five key players in Chelsea's title success

    London (AFP) - Having already tasted glory in the League Cup, Chelsea claimed the Premier League title after winning 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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  • Berlusconi will keep control of AC Milan, Fininvest says

    Silvio Berlusconi will keep control of his AC Milan soccer club but could sell a minority stake, his holding company said on Saturday following talks between the former Italian prime minister and Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol. Berlusconi met Bee for the second time this week but a statement from…

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  • Bayern injury crisis leaves Guardiola guessing

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has no idea who will play against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final this week as injuries take a mounting toll. While a rampant Barcelona warmed up for Wednesday's tie with an 8-0 hammering of Cordoba in La Liga, Guardiola watched an ailing Bayern lose…

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  • Wenger wants strong finish to send a message to title rivals

    Arsene Wenger is targeting a strong finish to the campaign to boost Arsenal's Premier League title challenge next season. Last weekend's goalless draw against Jose Mourinho's side at the Emirates Stadium effectively drew a line under any remaining hopes Arsenal of catching the league leaders. …

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  • Ancelotti hopeful over Benzema fitness for Juve clash

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful of having striker Karim Benzema fit to face Juventus in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. The French international missed his fifth consecutive game as the European champions kept alive their La Liga title hopes with a 3-2…

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  • United in Champions League 'rat race'

    Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United are locked in a “rat race” for a place in next season’s Champions League after a surprising 1-0 home defeat to West Brom allowed rivals Liverpool to move to within four points. United have now lost three consecutive league games for the first time in over 13…

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  • Arsenal-Hull City Preview

    Hull City and Arsenal may be in different halves of the Premier League table but both sides have plenty to play for when they clash at the KC Stadium on Monday evening. The Tigers (8-10-16) boosted their chances of winning their battle against relegation after securing back-to-back league…

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  • From eggs to excellence for Juve coach Allegri

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has won over his egg-throwing critics in the most emphatic of styles this season. He grabbed his second league title as a manager on Saturday following Juve's 1-0 win at Sampdoria that sealed the team's fourth straight championship and banished thoughts that…

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  • Juventus make light of opposition to canter to title

    The general view in Italy suggests Juventus are simply too strong for a Serie A league still gripped by an economic crisis which is restricting the spending power of potential rivals. On the other hand had Roma not suffered a spectacular collapse the title race would have been far closer but the…

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  • West Brom hand United third defeat in row

    Manchester United slumped to a third successive Premier League defeat for the first time in 13 years as Jonas Olsson deflected in West Bromwich Albion's winner in their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday. United's latest lacklustre display means they have now failed to score in three…

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  • Lyon reclaim top spot in France

    Lyon reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday with a convincing 2-0 victory over strugglers Evian to put the pressure back on title rivals Paris Saint-Germain. A superb free-kick from Clement Grenier after just 20 minutes and an Alexandre Lacazette penalty seven minutes from the break gave Lyon…

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  • Ronaldo hat-trick keeps Madrid in touch with eight-goal Barca

    A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick maintained Real Madrid's La Liga title aspirations as they ended Sevilla's 34-game unbeaten run at home with a 3-2 win on Saturday. Victory kept the European champions just two points behind Barcelona with three games to play after Luis Suarez scored his first…

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  • West Brom sink Man Utd, Burnley and QPR on brink

    West Bromwich Albion dealt Manchester United's hopes of automatic Champions League qualification a serious blow with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday. West Brom took a 64th-minute lead when Chris Brunt's free-kick cannoned into the net off team-mate Jonas Olsson and…

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  • Leverkusen spoil Neuer's bid for history

    Bayer Leverkusen fired two goals past Germany's World Cup hero Manuel Neuer on Saturday to stop the goalkeeper claiming a slice of Bayern Munich history and boost their Champions League hopes. Neuer went into the game seeking one more clean sheet to beat Oliver Kahn's record of 19 Bayern games in…

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  • Juventus win 31st Italian title, target Real

    Juventus won the Italian title for the 31st time on Saturday after Arturo Vidal's first half strike saw Massimiliano Allegri's side defeat Sampdoria 1-0. It was Juventus' fourth league title in a row with as many games to spare this season and set them up perfectly for their upcoming Champions…

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