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  • Lacazette on target in France victory

    Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) - Alexandre Lacazette scored his first international goal to set France on the way to a 2-0 friendly victory over Denmark in Saint-Etienne on Sunday evening. The Lyon striker set the ball rolling in the 14th minute and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud added another before…

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  • Harry Kane quickly off mark, Spain sink Ukraine

    Man of the moment Harry Kane scored just moments into his international debut to seal a 4-0 win for England against Lithuania at Wembley in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday. The Tottenham Hotspur striker was called up by Roy Hodgson having scored 29 goals for his club this season, and he was brought…

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  • Monaco unhappy at fixture pile-up

    Monaco have hit out at the French league (LFP) for refusing to postpone a rescheduled Ligue 1 match against Montpellier to help their preparations for the Champions League quarter-finals. The principality club's home meeting with Montpellier, postponed on February 14 due to heavy rain, has been…

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  • Uganda spoil Enyeama party in Nigeria

    Nigeria goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama had his 100-cap celebrations spoilt Wednesday as visiting Uganda turned party-poopers with a 1-0 international friendly victory. Farouk Miya, who plays for the Vipers club in Kampala, delivered the stinging blow nine minutes from time in southern city…

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  • Ibrahimovic defends himself following referee outburst

    Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday defended himself following a remarkable outburst earlier this month in which he labelled France a "shit country". Ibrahimovic will go before the disciplinary commission of the French league on April 9 for incendiary comments made after PSG's…

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  • Dunga looking to exorcise Paris demons in international friendly

    Brazil coach Dunga will revisit the site of one of his greatest disappointments when he leads out his side against France at the Stade de France in Paris on Thursday. He was the Brazil captain in 1998 when his side were surpassed by a Zinedine Zidane-inspired France in the World Cup final. Luis…

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  • Quotes from voters in this week's AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) -- Quotes from voters in this week's Associated Press Global Football 10:

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  • Conte calls Verratti to midfield helm in Pirlo absence

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has called on Marco Verratti to take the next step towards replacing Andrea Pirlo as the Azzurri's midfield orchestrator ahead of this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Bulgaria. Verratti has long been considered the heir to Italy great Pirlo and Saturday's game in…

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  • Gourcuff out for at least a month - Lyon

    Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is set for at least a month on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring, his club said Tuesday. Gourcuff was forced off in the 47th minute of Saturday's damaging 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Nice -- a result which allowed Paris Saint-Germain to leapfrog Lyon at…

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  • UEFA warns over referee harassment

    UEFA has warned all the Champions League quarter-final teams to stop their players harassing referees, secretary general Gianni Infantino said Monday. UEFA's refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina warned Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Monaco, Paris Saint Germain, Porto and Real…

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  • Marseille keep tabs on PSG after Lens romp

    Marseille thumped Lens 4-0 on Sunday to close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain back to just two points. Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to break the deadlock before Lens collapsed late on, with the Belgian adding a second -- taking his tally to six goals in his last four games --…

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  • Atletico stay in Spanish title hunt ahead of 'El Clasico'

    Atletico Madrid got a big win in the Spanish League before Sunday's all-important ''Clasico'' between Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Lyon lost ground in the French race on Saturday. A bizarre referee's blunder - the third in the Premier League this season - marred Manchester City's win. Here is…

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  • PSG go top of Ligue 1 as Lyon lose

    Paris Saint-Germain went top of Ligue 1 for the first time this season after title-rivals Lyon lost 2-1 at home to ten-man Nice on Saturday. The result leaves PSG on 59 points from 30 games with Lyon, who had taken the Ligue 1 lead from Marseille in the first game of 2015, second a point behind. …

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  • Luiz and Marquinhos to miss French test

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Defenders David Luiz and Marquinhos are out of Brazil's friendly against France next Thursday at the Stade de France in Paris, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said Friday.

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  • Ibrahimovic treble lifts PSG to the top

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his recent disciplinary problems behind him by bagging a hat-trick to give Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 victory over Lorient on Friday night. The big Swede was banned for one Champions League match on Thursday for his sending off against Chelsea last week, while he also faces a…

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  • Fresh start for familiar neighbours Real, Atletico

    Last season's Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet for a seventh and eighth time this season after being paired together in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday. Atletico will host the first leg on April 14 before travelling across Madrid for the return on…

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  • Real Madrid meets Atletico in Champions League quarterfinals

    Real Madrid will take on crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, and that could be bad news for the 10-time winners. Also, 2013 champion Bayern Munich will face FC Porto, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona will meet again after playing in the group stage this…

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