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  • Juve spurn chance for nine-point lead

    Juventus spurned the chance to go nine points clear of title challengers Roma in a scoreless draw away to Udinese on Sunday, as Napoli crept closer to second place in Serie A. On a day of several surprises in Italy's top flight, Juve failed to capitalise after Roma's fourth consecutive draw on…

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  • Rampant Arsenal crush Villa to boost top four bid

    Arsene Wenger's side moved above Tottenham into fifth place and within touching distance of fourth-placed Southampton in the race to qualify for the Champions League thanks to their biggest win of the season. Olivier Giroud opened the scoring early in the first half at the Emirates Stadium and…

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  • Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa: Gunners torch hapless Villa with deadly counters

    Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott all struck on counterattacks and Santi Cazorla and Hector Bellerin also scored in Arsenal's rout at the Emirates.

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  • Gabriel swoop gives Wenger renewed hope

    Arsene Wenger believes his swoop for Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista could prove a turning point in Arsenal's battle to qualify for the Champions League. Wenger splashed out £11.5 million ($17 million) to sign Gabriel from Villarreal earlier this week and the 24-year-old could make his debut…

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  • Rampant Juve face Udinese test in Italian Serie A

    Juventus face a potentially tricky trip to Udinese on Sunday looking to reinforce their seven-point lead of Italy's Serie A as the battle for the third and final Champions League spot moves up a gear. Juve scraped into the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday when a last-gasp Alvaro Morata…

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  • Gareth Bale steals shot off James Rodriguez's boot and misses

    The Welshman was whistled by his own fans, amidst fresh accusations of selfishness, in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Real Sociedad.

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  • Pochettino hopes Kane pledges future to Spurs

    Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham for "a long time" after the forward reached 20 goals for the season with a brace in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Kane's double and another sublime Christian Eriksen free-kick helped Spurs dominate at the Hawthorns on…

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  • Rodgers pleads for Sturridge patience

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has cautioned about placing too much expectation on Daniel Sturridge following his goalscoring return to action in a 2-0 win at home to West Ham. After Raheem Sterling put Liverpool ahead, second-half substitute Sturridge doubled the Merseysiders' lead after five…

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  • No fizz, but Klopp happy with Dortmund point

    Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp says he does not expect 'Champagne football' from his side as they battle to avoid relegation at the bottom of the Bundesliga. Dortmund slipped back into last place despite Saturday's goalless draw at fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen. Before kick-off,…

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  • Dortmund hit rock bottom despite point at Bayer

    Borussia Dortmund slipped back to the bottom of the Bundesliga on Saturday despite picking up a point in their goalless draw at fellow Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen. Before kick-off, Freiburg's 4-1 comeback win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt had lifted Christian Streich's side up to 13th…

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  • Kane double inspires Spurs

    Harry Kane reached 20 goals for the season as his double helped Tottenham ease to a 3-0 win at West Bromwich Albion as they kept the pressure on the Premier League's top four on Saturday. Another sublime Christian Eriksen free-kick and Kane's brace lifted Mauricio Pochettino's fifth placed team to…

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  • United enjoy Leicester revenge

    Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, two Manchester United forwards whose form has been under an intense recent spotlight, both scored as their side beat bottom-of-the-table Leicester 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Victory saw United continue their quest for a place in next seasonâ s Champions…

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  • Bayern left licking wounds after Wolfsburg mauling

    Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were Saturday counting the cost of their 4-1 mauling at second-placed VfL Wolfsburg with their stars insisting they must bounce back against Schalke 04 on Tuesday. This was Bayern's first loss in the league since April and was their heaviest Bundesliga defeat since…

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  • Kane urges Tottenham to harness cup momentum

    On a high after reaching the League Cup final in mid-week, Tottenham Hotspur begin an important run of Premier League fixtures on Saturday with a game at West Bromwich Albion. An 87th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen at Sheffield United on Wednesday night saw Mauricio Pochettino's side through…

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  • Liverpool boss Rodgers has no fears over Sturridge return

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about how Daniel Sturridge will fit into his redefined formation ahead of the striker's long-awaited comeback from injury. Sturridge will be in Liverpool's squad for their Premier League clash against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday having…

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  • Man United ready to fight for top four spot, says winger Valencia

    Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has warned his team-mates that the hard work starts now in their bid to secure a top four finish in the Premier League. Louis van Gaal's side hold the final Champions League berth as they prepare for Saturday's home fixture against lowly Leicester, but…

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  • Avram Grant won over by Cup of Nations standards

    Ghana coach Avram Grant has been impressed by the quality of football at his first Africa Cup of Nations but appears less positive about how this year's tournament in Equatorial Guinea has been organised. The Israeli, who was only appointed as coach of the Black Stars after they had qualified for…

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