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Galaxy denied first crack at making playoffs

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Los Angeles (AFP) The Los Angeles Galaxy were denied a chance to qualify for the Major League Soccer post-season on their first attempt Sunday, losing 4-2 to the Seattle Sounders.

Jordan Morris scored back-to-back goals in the second half to keep the Sounders' playoff hopes alive and spoil the festive atmosphere for the Galaxy and their fans at StubHub Center stadium in south central Los Angele.

Five things we learnt in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) The Juventus attack is a work in progress, Marek Hamsik is on the Maradona trail for Napoli, it's Totti time at inconsistent Roma and Gianluigi Donnarumma is arguably AC Milan's biggest asset.

Here are five things we learnt in Serie A this weekend:

Juve front line a work in progress

Days before Juventus travel to Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb, Massimiliano Allegri is still experimenting with his front line.

Five things we learnt from the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich remain the only team in Germany's top flight with a perfect record, Borussia Dortmund keep on scoring and Hamburg sacked Bruno Labbadia for the second time.

Here are five things we learnt from the fifth round of matches in the Bundesliga:

Ancelotti's record start

Bayern's 1-0 win at Hamburg means Carlo Ancelotti has won all eight of his first matches as head coach, a new club record.

FIFA condoning football on ‘stolen’ West Bank land: HRW

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Jerusalem (AFP) FIFA has been condoning football matches played on "stolen" land in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch saidMonday, calling for Israeli clubs based in settlements to be forced to relocate.

Six clubs in the Israeli football league play in West Bank Jewish settlements, which are considered illegal under international law, the report said.

Hart spoils Totti party, Lazio join scudetto chase

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Milan (AFP) England goalkeeper Joe Hart upset the upcoming birthday celebrations of Francesco Totti in a 3-1 win for Torino over Roma as rivals Lazio brazenly joined the scudetto race Sunday.

Ousted from Manchester City by Pep Guardiola last month, Hart joined unfashionable Serie A side Torino in a bid to maintain his status as England's number one shot-stopper.

Hamburg appoint Gisdol to succeed sacked Labbadia

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Berlin (AFP) German Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg on Sunday appointed Markus Gisdol as their new coach after earlier sacking Bruno Labbadia, for the second time.

The former European Cup winners released a statement to say the 47-year-old Gisdol had agreed a contract through to the end of the season.

Record-signing Burke nets for unbeaten Leipzig

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Berlin (AFP) Scottish teenager Oliver Burke scored his first Bundesliga goal on Sunday as new-boys RB Leipzig drew 1-1 at Cologne to remain unbeaten in Germany's top flight.

Leipzig are backed by Austrian energy drinks giants Red Bull and are unpopular with fans of Germany's traditional clubs due to the commercialism they represent.

No home comforts for West Ham as Saints stroll

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London (AFP) Southampton condemned West Ham to another miserable experience at their new London Stadium as Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic inspired the visitors' 3-0 victory on Sunday.

West Ham's move from Upton Park to the former Olympic Stadium just across east London was supposed to herald the start of a successful new era.

Atletico injuries overshadow Griezmann winner

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Madrid (AFP) Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid's hero once more with the winner as last season's Champions League finalists moved third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over 10-man Deportivo la Coruna.

However, the hosts' victory was overshadowed by an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered by midfielder Augusto Fernandez before half-time that will keep him out for much of the remainder of the season.

No Balotelli, but Nice win in Ligue 1 again

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Paris (AFP) Nice may have been without Mario Balotelli but they ground out a 1-0 win at Nancy on Sunday to go back to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

With Balotelli, scorer of four goals in his first two appearances in French football, left behind on the Cote d'Azur due to an adductor problem, his fellow striker Alassane Plea scored the only goal of the game at the Stade Marcel-Picot.

No home comforts for West Ham as Southampton stroll

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London (AFP) Southampton condemned West Ham to another miserable experience at their new London Stadium as Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic inspired the visitors' 3-0 victory on Sunday.

West Ham's move from Upton Park to the former Olympic Stadium just across east London was supposed to herald the start of a successful new era.

Asamoah, Rugani add to Juventus injury woes

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Milan (AFP) Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and Italian defender Daniele Rugani were added to the Juventus casualty list on Sunday after suffering knee injuries in a 1-0 win at Palermo.

Asamoah and Rugani are expected to be ruled out "for 45 days", according to a short statement by the Italian champions and league leaders following tests at the J Medical centre Sunday.

Griezmann rescues Atletico to down 10-man Deportivo

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Madrid (AFP) Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid's hero once more with the winner as last season's Champions League finalists moved third in La Liga with a 1-0 win over 10-man Deportivo la Coruna.

Moroccan winger Faycal Fajr undid a fine opening 45 minutes for the visitors when he picked up two quickfire yellow cards just before the break.

Schalke suffer worst ever Bundesliga start

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Berlin (AFP) Schalke 04 have made the worst start to a Bundesliga season in the club's history with Sunday's 2-1 loss at Hoffenheim their fifth straight league defeat.

The latest set-back piles the pressure on Schalke's new coach Markus Weinzierl.

His side are the only club to still have no points in Germany's top flight.

Torino’s Hart spoils Totti party, Lazio join scudetto chase

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Milan (AFP) England goalkeeper Joe Hart upset the upcoming birthday celebrations of Francesco Totti in a 3-1 win for Torino over Roma as rivals Lazio brazenly joined the scudetto race Sunday.

Ousted from Manchester City by Pep Guardiola last month, Hart joined unfashionable Serie A side Torino in a bid to maintain his status as England's number one shot-stopper.