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Two Union problems, or why real soccer is not a video game

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Right now, the Union seem defined by their attackers' lack of movement off the ball and the youth of their back line.

Manchester City 2-1 Napoli: Game in 10 Tweets as City produce another attacking masterclass in the Champions League

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The Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football, and in a midweek of potentially exciting group stage matches, Manchester City v. Napoli was sure to be one for the neutrals. City came...

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Dries Mertens: Man Utd very interested in Napoli star

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Manchester United are very interested in signing Napoli winger Dries Mertens, according to a former director of the Italian club. Pierpaolo Marino...

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Serie A: Dries Mertens Scores Exquisitely Perfect Lob As Napoli Stick Four Past Lazio At Stadio Olimpico (Video)

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Table-topping Napoli continued their fine form with a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday night, thanks largely to a whirlwind of second-half goals.

Trailing 1-0 from the 29th minute, the away side then raced into the lead with a flurry of goals after the break three in five minutes from Kalidou Koulibaly (54′), Jose Callejon (56′) and this absolute beauty from Dries Mertens (59′).

Impact Sub: Napoli’s Dries Mertens Scores Roughly Eight Seconds After Coming On As Substitute Against Juventus (Video)

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Juventus just about squeaked through to the Coppa Italia final by edging out Napoli on aggregate come the end ofWednesday evening's semi-final second leg.

Carrying over a 3-1 lead from the first leg, Juvefell to a 3-2 defeat at the Stadio San Paolo two goals from popular Napoli old boy Gonzalo Higuain ensuringanoverall victory for the Old Lady.

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Last-gasp Napoli keep title ambitions alive

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Milan (AFP) – Last-gasp goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Amadou Diawara kept Napoli’s title ambitions alive with a 2-1 win over Chievo on Sunday to maintain pressure on Serie A champions Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri’s title-chasers looked destined to remain seven-points behind the reigning champions as they trailed until the 89th minute in their San Paolo Stadium.

Last-gasp Napoli keep title ambitions alive

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Milan (AFP) – Last-gasp goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Amadou Diawara kept Napoli’s title ambitions alive with a 2-1 win over Chievo on Sunday to maintain pressure on Serie A champions Juventus.

Maurizio Sarri’s title-chasers looked destined to remain seven-points behind the reigning champions as they trailed until the 89th minute in their San Paolo Stadium.

Mertens keeps Napoli top, Milan stall Lazio in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored a double as Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A ahead of Juventus with a 3-1 win over Bologna on Sunday as AC Milan rekindled their push for Europe with a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who had moved top after Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored in a 2-0 win at nine-man Chievo on Saturday.

Mertens keeps Napoli top, Milan stall Lazio in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored a double as Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A ahead of Juventus with a 3-1 win over Bologna on Sunday as AC Milan rekindled their push for Europe with a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who had moved top after Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored in a 2-0 win at nine-man Chievo on Saturday.

Mertens keeps Napoli top, Milan stall Lazio

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens hit two as Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A with a 3-1 win over Bologna on Sunday while AC Milan rekindled their European push with a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who had beaten nine-man Chievo 2-0 on Saturday with goals by Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain.

Mertens keeps Napoli top, Milan stall Lazio

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens hit two as Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A with a 3-1 win over Bologna on Sunday while AC Milan rekindled their European push with a 2-1 win over Lazio.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who had beaten nine-man Chievo 2-0 on Saturday with goals by Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain.

Mertens brace keeps Napoli ahead of Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens continued his return to goal scoring form with a brace as Napoli bounced back from a goal down to reclaim top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Bologna.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who went top after Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored in a 2-0 win at nine-man Chievo on Saturday.

Mertens brace keeps Napoli ahead of Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens continued his return to goal scoring form with a brace as Napoli bounced back from a goal down to reclaim top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Bologna.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who went top after Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored in a 2-0 win at nine-man Chievo on Saturday.

Mertens brace keeps Napoli top

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Milan (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored a brace as Napoli bounced back from a goal down to reclaim top spot in Serie A on Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Bologna.

Napoli restored their one-point advantage over champions Juventus who went top after Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain scored in a 2-0 win at nine-man Chievo on Saturday.

Costa keeps Juve in hot pursuit of Napoli

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Brazilian Douglas Costa scored the only goal as champions Juventus kept in hot pursuit of leaders Napoli with a 1-0 win against Genoa on Monday.

Napoli stayed top after the first game following the winter break when Dries Mertens ended a long goal drought in a 1-0 victory at Atalanta on Sunday.

Costa keeps Juve in hot pursuit of Napoli

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Brazilian Douglas Costa scored the only goal as champions Juventus kept in hot pursuit of leaders Napoli with a 1-0 win against Genoa on Monday.

Napoli stayed top after the first game following the winter break when Dries Mertens ended a long goal drought in a 1-0 victory at Atalanta on Sunday.

Serie A leaders Napoli out of Italian Cup

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Rome (AFP) – Serie A leaders Napoli crashed out of the Italian Cup when a weakened side was beaten 2-1 at home by Atalanta in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri made a host of changes but did select Marek Hamsik, who recently became the club’s all-time top scorer, but the Slovak was anonymous and was replaced by Lorenzo Insigne after an hour.

Napoli back top amid tensions in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli reclaimed top spot in Serie A on Wednesday amid increasing tensions ignited by a photo of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a Roma jersey posted by Lazio fans last weekend which overshadowed the tenth round of Serie A action.

Inter Milan had provisionally moved top with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Tuesday but Napoli responded with Dries Mertens scoring a double and forcing an own goal in a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Genoa.

Guardiola proud to beat ‘best opponents’ Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola described his side’s 2-1 victory over Napoli in the Champions League group phase as one of the proudest moments of his storied career.

City took a quick-fire 2-0 lead in Tuesday’s game through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, but Amadou Diawara’s penalty - after Dries Mertens had squandered an earlier spot-kick - made for a nervy finale.

Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Jesus earns Man City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Jesus earns Manchester City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Jesus earns Manchester City narrow win over Napoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City conceded two penalties - one that was squandered, one that was scored - as they edged Napoli 2-1 on Tuesday to tighten their grip on Champions League Group F.

In a much-hyped clash of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s five major leagues, City swiftly went 2-0 up through Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the Etihad Stadium and looked set for another breezy win.

Napoli, Inter keep pressure on Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Marek Hamsik moved closer to Diego Maradona’s scoring record as Napoli stayed top of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday as Inter Milan pulled ahead of Juventus with a 2-1 win at Benevento.

The pressure will now be on Juventus, who travel to Atalanta later on Sunday, with the champions looking to match Napoli’s unblemished seven wins in as many games.

Napoli, Inter keep pressure on Juventus

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Milan (AFP) – Marek Hamsik moved closer to Diego Maradona’s scoring record as Napoli stayed top of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday as Inter Milan pulled ahead of Juventus with a 2-1 win at Benevento.

The pressure will now be on Juventus, who travel to Atalanta later on Sunday, with the champions looking to match Napoli’s unblemished seven wins in as many games.

Dybala, Mertens hat-tricks as Juventus, Napoli stay perfect

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from Champions League disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, while Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0.

Dybala, Mertens hat-tricks as Juventus, Napoli stay perfect

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from Champions League disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, while Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0.

Juventus, Napoli maintain perfect Serie A records

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Napoli bounced back from European disappointment to keep their Serie A perfect records and join Inter Milan at the top of the table on Sunday.

A Paulo Dybala hat-trick lifted Juventus to a 3-1 victory at Sassuolo making it four wins out of four for the champions, as Dries Mertens also scored three goals as Napoli demolished Benevento 6-0 to remain unblemished.

Zielinski screamer as Mertens-inspired Napoli win again

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Milan (AFP) – Piotr Zielinski hit a second-half screamer as Dries Mertens inspired Napoli to a 3-1 win over Atalanta on Sunday, while newcomers SPAL claimed their first goals and first win since coming up to Serie A.

Looking to keep pace with six-time champions Juventus after a Paulo Dybala hat-trick inspired the Turin giants to a 4-2 comeback win over Genoa on Saturday, Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli dominated Atalanta for long spells.

Napoli, Sevilla, Celtic into Champions League group stage

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Paris (AFP) – A Jose Callejon goal helped Napoli ease into the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, while Sevilla also went through and Celtic suffered a scare in Kazakhstan before winning their play-off tie.

Third in Serie A last season, Napoli were too strong for Nice, winning 2-0 in France with Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne both scoring as they progressed 4-0 on aggregate.

Napoli, Sevilla, Celtic into Champions League group stage

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Paris (AFP) – A Jose Callejon goal helped Napoli ease into the Champions League group stage on Tuesday, while Sevilla also went through and Celtic suffered a scare in Kazakhstan before winning their play-off tie.

Third in Serie A last season, Napoli were too strong for Nice, winning 2-0 in France with Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne both scoring as they progressed 4-0 on aggregate.

Insigne at the double against Empoli

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Milan (AFP) – Lorenzo Insigne hit a brace as Napoli survived a late fightback by Empoli to claim a 3-2 win on Sunday that moved them up to second in Serie A seven points behind Juventus.

Napoli looked on their way to an easy but maiden win at the Carlo Castellani stadium after Insigne struck twice, once from the spot, and Dries Mertens added a third before half-time.

Insigne at the double against Empoli

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Milan (AFP) – Lorenzo Insigne hit a brace as Napoli survived a late fightback by Empoli to claim a 3-2 win on Sunday that moved them up to second in Serie A seven points behind Juventus.

Napoli looked on their way to an easy but maiden win at the Carlo Castellani stadium after Insigne struck twice, once from the spot, and Dries Mertens added a third before half-time.

Real Madrid oust Napoli to reach Champions League quarters

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored at both ends as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo to cruise into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate success.

Belgian Mertens had given Napoli a 24th minute lead to halve the 3-1 deficit they had suffered in the last 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.

Mertens brace conquers Roma, boosts Juventus title bid

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Milan (AFP) – Napoli’s Dries Mertens hit a brace in a thrilling 2-1 win at Roma that prompted Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti to virtually concede the Serie A title race to Juventus on Saturday.

“We have to be realistic. For us it’s now almost impossible to catch Juventus,” said Spalletti after a morale-crushing defeat that could leave Roma 10 points adrift in second place if the Turin giants beat Udinese away on Sunday.

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World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

Aged Just 24, Romelu Lukaku Equals Belgium All-Time Goalscoring Record With Poacher’s Double Against Mexico (Photo & Videos)

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At the tender age of just 24, Romelu Lukaku scored the necessary two goals in last night's 3-3 draw against Mexico to become one of Belgium's three joint-highest goalscorers.

Lukaku prodded in his 29th and 30th goals for the Red Devils (in just 64 appearances) to equal the international tallies of both Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst, both of whom formerly co-owned the record.

Greek Tweak: Belgium Forward Dries Mertens Picks Up Weirdest Yellow Card Of The International Break (Video)

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Saturday night's World Cup qualifier between Belgium and Greece was a feisty old affair, with the away side ultimately finishing the night with nine men on the pitch.

The game also saw a blizzard of yellow cards administered throughout, though you'll have to go some way to find an infringement weirder than the one that landed Dries Mertens in the book.

The Rest

Wednesday Kickoff: Sanchez will 'add something' to Man City, Vidal focused on Bayern and more

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A Premier League star dropped a major transfer hint to headline Wednesday's news.

Kevin de Bruyne says Alexis Sanchez will "add something" to Manchester City when he signs with the club. (REPORT)

Despite rumors linking the midfielder to Chelsea, Arturo Vidal insists that he is only focused on winning trophies with Bayern Munich.

Champions League: Captain Fantástico Sergio Ramos Inspires Real Madrid To Victory Against Napoli (Video)

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Real Madrid progressed to their seventh successive Champions League quarter-final after coming from a goal downto beat Napoli 3-1 in Italy.

The La Liga giants came into the game already 3-1 up from the first leg but had captain Sergio Ramos to thank for yet another inspirational attacking display.