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  • Juve lead Roma as battle heats up for third

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has insisted the Serie A season is far from over after the champions guaranteed year-end top spot with a three-point lead on challengers Roma. Juventus face defending Cup champions Napoli in Doha on Monday where the Bianconeri will aim to secure their third…

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  • Liverpool on track for top four, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his players demonstrated the character necessary to revitalise their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish in their last-gasp 2-2 draw with Arsenal. After Philippe Coutinho's opener was swiftly cancelled out by Mathieu Debuchy in first-half stoppage…

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  • Liverpool ties Arsenal; Marseille leads in France

    LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool is starting to produce the kind of fluid attacking that led to a second-place finish in the English Premier League last season. Now the Reds need a striker to finish their chances.

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  • Lennon not an Inter target, says Mancini

    Inter coach Roberto Mancini has played down reports he is trying to recruit Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon as the Serie A side prepare to bolster their squad for a Champions League push in the second half of the season. Reports in England claimed Lennon, who has fallen out of favour at White Hart…

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  • Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling

    World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hometown of Funchal on Madeira on Sunday to attend the unveiling of a statue sculpted in his honour. The Real Madrid star travelled to the Portuguese island from Marrakech, where on Saturday he helped his club lift the Club World Cup,…

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  • Bloodied Skrtel earns Liverpool point

    A bloodied and bandaged Martin Skrtel headed home a last-gasp 97th-minute equaliser to earn Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. Having bossed the first half, Liverpool went ahead through Philippe Coutinho, only for goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier…

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  • Allegri eyes 1st title in charge of Juventus

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Massimiliano Allegri has a shot at his first title with Juventus when it faces Napoli in Monday's rearranged Italian Supercup.

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  • Bayern's domination sparks 'boring Bundesliga' debate

    Bayern Munich will start 2015 with a record 11-point lead in the Bundesliga, sparking debate over how to stop Germany's top flight becoming boring. Pep Guardiola's Bayern have brushed off their domestic rivals with ease and are poised to become the first team to go through a Bundesliga campaign…

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  • Patched-up Man City leave Pellegrini purring

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are finally performing like champions, even though there is no immediate end in sight to their chronic injury problems in attack. City made light of the fact they did not have a recognised fit striker in their squad to beat Crystal Palace…

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  • Real Madrid win Club World Cup, fourth title of 2014

    Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 on Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. The Spanish giants dominated the final with Sergio Ramos, who had been an injury doubt because of a hamstring strain, and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet. Real…

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  • Abidal bows out with Olympiakos win

    Former France international defender Eric Abidal played his last official match Saturday as his Olympiakos team blasted Kalloni 5-0 in a Greek Super League contest on the Aegean island of Mytilene. It was my last match, we played well and an ideal way to go on holiday,” Abidal told Nova TV after…

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  • PSG held at home, Marseille on course to end year on top

    Paris Saint-Germain failed to find the killer punch in a drab goalless draw at home to Montpellier on Saturday, handing arch-rivals Marseille the chance to end the year on top of the Ligue 1 table. The home side were looking anything like reigning champions even after upping the tempo at the start…

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  • Suarez opens league account, Messi at double

    Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal and Lionel Messi netted twice as Barcelona moved to within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 thrashing of Cordoba in their final game of the year on Saturday. The hosts got off to a flying start as Pedro Rodriguez, once again deputising for Neymar,…

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  • Dortmund second from bottom after 10th defeat

    Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga crisis deepened on Saturday after suffering their tenth defeat of the season in losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Werder Bremen to drop to second from bottom. Having started December at the foot of the table, Dortmund can finish 2014 back at the bottom if Freiburg…

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  • High-flying Cherries hit Blackpool for six

    London (AFP) - Bournemouth underlined their Premier League promotion credentials as they consolidated their place at the top of the Championship with a 6-1 demolition of Blackpool on Saturday.

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  • Klopp vows to end Dortmund's 'catastrophe' in 2015

    Jurgen Klopp on Saturday vowed to turn around Borussia Dortmund's dire Bundesliga form in 2015 after their tenth defeat of the season left them second from bottom of the table. Dortmund have the most defeats in Germany's top flight at the halfway stage with just 15 points from 17 games following…

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  • Lamela's stunner lifts Spurs

    Erik Lamela produced a moment of magic to keep Tottenham in contention for a place in the Premier League's top four with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. Lamela endured a difficult first season in England following his £25 million ($39 million) move from Roma in 2013, but he has…

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