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Football: Aussies slam ref after World Cup penalty blow

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Australian players and media slammed the referee after Syria’s controversial late penalty dented their hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup following a 1-1 play-off draw in Malacca.

The Socceroos remain in the box seat ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Sydney, where the eventual winner will go into a final play-off with the CONCACAF federation’s fourth-placed team.

Football: Aussies slam ref after World Cup penalty blow

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Malacca (Malaysia) (AFP) – Australian players and media slammed the referee after Syria’s controversial late penalty dented their hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup following a 1-1 play-off draw in Malacca.

The Socceroos remain in the box seat ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Sydney, where the eventual winner will go into a final play-off with the CONCACAF federation’s fourth-placed team.

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Real Madrid outflanked Man Utd by offering Gareth Bale £16.9m if they DIDN’T try to sign him

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Real Madrid reportedly put themselves in the box-seat to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs three months ago by offering him a payment of £16.9m if they DIDN'T bid for him. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Real wanted to prove how badly they wanted the Wales international. So they promised him the bumper payment if [.

Liverpool favourites to beat Spurs and Man Utd to Willian

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Liverpool are in the box-seat to sign Anzhi midfielder Willian, ahead of Spurs and Manchester United. The Brazil international, voted Most Likely To Be Assumed To Be The Victim Of A Typing Error by his high school classmates, is set for a move to Anfield, according to reports in the Daily Telegraph. Financially stricken Russian [.

Manchester City and Manchester United battle for £27m Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic

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Manchester United could be set to pip rivals Manchester City to the signing of Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. Reports in both The Mirror and The Sun suggest that City boss Manuel Pelligrini is in the box seat and that the Etihad remains the Montenegro international's most likely destination. But both newspapers also agree that Manchester [.

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Video: Antoine Griezmann and Haris Seferovic score wonder goals (Lyon 0-2 Real Sociedad)

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As 2-0 away wins go, you'd be hard pressed to find one with better goals than Real Sociedad's victory at Lyon last night. The Spanish side put themselves in the box-seat for Champions League goals courtesy of two absolutely stunning goals. Haris Seferovic's long range dipping effort would have been grabbing all the headlines today.