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Ireland U21s Have Two Players Sent Off But Still Beat Italy 4-2 Courtesy Of A Couple Of Wonder-Goals (Highlights)

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 By Alan Duffy

What a bizarre game! We usually don't cover U21 matches but this one, a European Championship qualifier in Casarano, literally had it all Sendings off? Two Derrick Williams (Aston Villa) on 36 minutes and Anthony Forde (Wolves) on 84. Penalties? One missed by Ciro Immobile (Genoa) on 37 minutes.

Scotland 0-0 Serbia – Hampden Playes Host To Disappointing Draw (photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Craig Levein and his Scottish charges failed to secure a vital home win against Serbia on Saturday.

Both sides huffed and puffed, but in truth they game lacked a real spark. Man City defender Aleksandar Kolarov was key to the majority of the Serbs' good play while new Stoke man, Charlie Adam, did his best to make things happen for the Scots.

Moldova 0-5 England – Lampard On The Double As Three Lions Maul Minnows (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Fat Frank Lampard once again provided his trademark goalscoring magic from midfield for England on a night that they totally dominated a dismal Moldovan side.

The Chelsea man netted a first-brace, courtesy of a penalty and then a header, after a fine floated cross from Glen Johnson.

North And South: Irish Sides Struggle In The East As World Cup 2014 Gets Underway (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

That's some divot

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland produced poor performances on Friday night in their opening World Cup qualifiers of the new campaign.

The North travelled to Moscow to face Fabio Capello's Russia.

Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa – Ben Arfa Bullet Rescues Point For The Magpies (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa Premier League 2nd September 2012

A superb Hatem Ben Arfa thunderbolt gave Newcastle a share of the points on Sunday against an improved Aston Villa side.

Coming into the game at St.

Southampton 2-3 Man Utd – Hat-Trick Hero Van Persie Saves Red Devils In Fergie Time (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Southampton 2-3 Manchester United Premier League 2nd September 2012

On Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th league game in charge of Manchester United, summer-signing Robin Van Persie conjured up a fine gift for his boss in the shape of a crucial hat-trick.

Swansea 2-2 Sunderland – Fletcher On The Double As Black Cats Hold Swans At The Liberty (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 2-2 Sunderland Premier League 1st September 2012

Steven Fletcher celebrated his debut for Sunderland with a fine brace which would ultimately earn the Black Cats a creditable share of the points at the Liberty Stadium.

Man City 3-1 QPR – Tevez To The Rescue As Sloppy Citizens Struggle At The Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 1st September 2012

Despite dominating this clash with fellow nouveau riche side QPR, Man City struggled to turn possession into goals as the visitors battled back to push the champions all the way.

Man City 3-1 QPR – Tevez To The Rescue As Sloppy Citizens Struggle At The Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 1st September 2012

Despite dominating this clash with fellow nouveau riche side QPR, Man City struggled to turn possession into goals as the visitors battled back to push the champions all the way.

Wigan 2-2 Stoke – Crouch Rescues Point For Potters At The DW (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Stoke City Premier League 1st September 2012

The DW Stadium played host to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday, with the home side going ahead twice only to be pegged back on both oaccasions.

Scottish attacker Shaun Maloney opened ths coring from the penalty spot after just five minutes, when Robert Huth handled the ball.

Tottenham 1-1 Norwich – Still No Win For AVB As Canaries Snatch Late Draw (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Norwich City Premier League 1st September 2012

It looked like being the dream start of new Spurs man Moussa Dembélé, after the Belgian opened the scoring on his debut for the Lilywhites. However, visitors Norwich had worked hard all afternoon and were rewarded for their graft with a late equaliser, courtesy of former Leeds man, Robert Snodgrass.

West Brom 2-0 Everton – Baggies Stay Unbeaten After Shooting Down Toffees (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Everton Premier League 1st September 2012

Everton's superb start to the season came crashing to a halt at the Hawthorns on Saturday, courtesy of another impressive display by Steve Clarke's charges.

West Ham 3-0 Fulham – Hammers Nail Whites As Carroll Thrives On Debut (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

West Ham United 3-0 Fulham Premier League 1st September 2012

Geordie boys Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan were reunited against Fulham on Saturday, with the Hammers' new signing Carroll providing Sam Allardyce's hooftastic side with a big old-fashioned battering ram up front.

Super Cup: Chelsea 1-4 Atletico Madrid – Falcao On Fire As Blues Flop In Monaco (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

One imagines Roman Abramovich was standing outside the Atletico Madrid dressing room at half-time with his cheque-book open, after he witnessed a magnificent first-half hat-trick from Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao.

'El Tigre' tore Chelsea apart in an outstaning first-half performance, netting three superb goals as the Blues defence fell apart.

Celtic 2-0 Helsingborgs (4-0 Agg) – Bhoys Back In The Big Time After Parkhead Stroll (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scottish giants Celtic made it to the Champions League group stages for the first time in four years after comfortably finishing off Helsingborgs at Celtic Park last night.

Taking a two-goal advantage with them into the second leg of his Champions League qualifier, the home side were rarely threatened by the Swedes.

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers Gives Rude Boy Raheem A Sterling Smackdown In Behind The Scenes Doc (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool fans will no doubt be happy with Brendan Rodgers' desire to get Liverpool playing sexy football. However, the Anfield faithful are also likely to be impressed by the Irishman's no-nonsense approach, which has been perfectly highlighted in a new Fox Sports documentary on the Reds.

Liverpool 2-2 Man City – Impressive Reds Gift City A Share Of The Points At Anfield (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City Premier League 26 August 2012

A fine performance from Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday should have seen Brendan Rodgers' side take all three points against Man City. However, mistakes from Martin Kelly and then Martin Skrtel, handed the league champions a couple of goals on a plate.

Stoke 0-0 Arsenal – Gunners Still Goalless After Mediocre Draw At The Britannia (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal Premier League 26 August 2012

Arsenal made it two goalless draws out of two this season after failing to find a way past Stoke's defence at the Britannia Stadium.

As expected, the Gunners had the vast majority of the possession but their RVP-less front-line struggled to create a clear cut chance.

Southampton 0-2 Wigan – Impressive Latics Spoil The Party At St Mary’s (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Southampton 0-2 Wigan Athletic Premier League 25 August 2012

Playing in their first home game in the top tier in seven seasons, the Saints were looking to give their fans something to celebrate. However, an impressive display by visitors Wigan spoiled the party and gave Roberto Martinez's side a deserved victory.

Norwich 1-1 QPR – Opening Day Whipping Boys Share Points At Carrow Road (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Norwich City 1-1 Queens Park Rangers Premier League 25 August 2012

Both sides came into this game on the back of heavy opening day defeats, but ultimately they would have to be satisfied with a share of the points after a fairly close contest.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle – Hazard Hot-Streak Continues As Blues Shoot Down Magpies (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle United Premier League 25 August 2012

Man of the moment Eden Hazard produced another match-winning performance for Chelsea in Saturday's tridcy late game against Newcastle.

The Belgian wunderkind scored from the penalty spot on 22 minutes after Fernando Torres was fouled, before setting up the Spaniard himself before half-time.

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton – Villans Give Criminal Performance As Fellaini Scores Again (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton Premier League 25 August 2012

Aston Villa, having barely strengthened their squad during the summer, were utterly dire at home to Everton, with the visitors going in 3-0 up at the break.

Steven Pienaar opened the scoring with a superb effort early on while Marouane Fellaini headed home his second of the season.

Man Utd 3-2 Fulham – RVP Off The Mark But Whites Push Utd All The Way (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Man Utd 3-2 Fulham Premier League 25 August 2012

An early Damien Duff goal for Fulham did nothing more than prod the home side into action at Old Trafford, with new boys Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa bagging a goal each in reply.

Swansea 3-0 West Ham – Beauty Batters The Beast At The Liberty (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 3-0 West Ham United Premier League 25 August 2012

A clash of two rather different styles of play here, with Michael Laudrup's smooth and sexy Swans starting well against Sam Allardyce's more prosaic Hammers.

100-Cap Irish Winger Damien Duff Retires From International Football

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By Alan Duffy

A terrific little player, Damien Duff has decided to hang up his boots for the Republic of Ireland after picking up his 100th cap at Euro 2012. The move by the 33-year-old comes hot on the heels of Shay Given's decision to do the same.

The gifted wideman has enjoyed a fantastic club career with Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and his current club, Fulham, although it's probably fair to say that he never quite hit the heights that his talent, back at the turn of the millennium, hinted at.

Europa League: Hearts 0-1 Liverpool – Reds Need Own-Goal To Break Hearts At Tynecastle (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Liverpool had to rely on a late own-goal to secure victory at Tynecastle on Thursday night, against a Hearts side that deserved more from the game.

Fabio Borini missed a load of chances to score for Brendan Rodgers' side, while Raheem Sterling impressed out wide.

Chelsea 4-2 Reading – Blues Survive A Right Royal Shock At The Bridge (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Chelsea 4-2 Reading Premier League August 22 2012

Another pivotal performance from Belgian wing-wizard Eden Hazard helped Chelsea on their way to a second win of the season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. However, Premier League new-boys Reading made a proper game of it, and came close to pulling off a major shock.

Champions League: Helsingborgs 0-2 Celtic – Hoops Hooked On The Swede Smell Of Success (Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

With Rangers banished from the SPL, poor old Celtic must be feeling rather lonely in the top tier of Scottish football. However, the Champions League does offer Neil Lennon's side a chance to go face to face with some of Europe's big-boys, should they make it through the tricky qualifiers.

Football League

Andre Villas-Boas Almost Got The Burnley Job in 2010, Jargon-Filled CV Blew His Chances

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By Alan Duffy

It all could have been so different for Andre Villas-Boas. Instead of walking a path which took in Euro-success with Porto, lack-of-success with Chelsea and not-sure-yet-if-he'll-have-any-success with Tottenham, the Portuguese tactician could have been the main man at none other than Burnley FC.

Doncaster Rovers Chairman Promises Player His Bentley If He Scores 20 Goals This Season

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By Alan Duffy

It's fair to say that footballers are rather fond of a flash motor, a penchant Pies have already featured today. And it's this love of high-end cars which Doncaster Rovers Chairman John Ryan is hoping will spur attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett on to great things this season.

Manchester City

QPR Midfielder Samba Diakite Suffering From Depression, Returns Home To France

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By Alan Duffy

QPR's tough-tackling Malian international, Samba Diakite, has returned home to France on a leave of absence (thought to be 10 days) after suffering from depression.

Although he started the Hoops' first two league games of the new season, Diakite missed the game against Man City due to his illness.

Driving School Feature Man City Kid On Website, Forget He’s Accused Of Death By Dangerous Driving

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By Alan Duffy

In what is a rather unfortunate oversight by 'Rochdale Driving School', Manchester City starlet Courtney Meppen-Walter is featured on the front page of their website (see below), as one of their happy customers who had passed first time.

However, this weekend the 18-year-old was arrested, along with another man, on suspicion of causing the death of another person due to dangerous driving.

Bacary Sagna Questions Arsenal Transfer Policy – Is He Next Out The Door At The Emirates?

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By Alan Duffy

Arsenal fans, here we go again! Currently sidelined by injury, Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been speaking to French newspaper L'Equipe. And his somewhat out-of-character comments won't have done anything to calm concerns over the Gunners' transfer policy.

Chelsea Kings Of The Big Spenders As Transfer Window Deals Hit £4.4bn In 10 Years

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By Alan Duffy

A new report from Deloitte puts the figure for total spending in the Premier League since the introduction of the transfer window (10 years ago) at a whopping £4.4 billion.

It'll come as little surprise that Chelsea come out on top as the top division's biggest spenders, with the Blues spunking £673 million (of mainly Roman Abramovich's money) over the last decade.

Stoke City

Stoked! Michael Owen Finally Gets A New Gig, Joins The Potters In 12-Month Deal

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By Alan Duffy

Pint-sized horse-lover Michael Owen has finally found himself a new team after spending the summer on the mooch for some football.

Since leaving Man Utd, the 32-year-old striker had even been linked with a move back to Anfield. However, rather than get a chance to join Brendan Rodgers' tiki-taka revolution on Merseyside, Owen has signed up for the far more prosaic tactics of Tony Pulis and co.

‘Gis A Job, Tony’ – Harry Kewell Turns Up At Stoke Unannounced, Looking For Work

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By Alan Duffy

Harry injured. Again.

Once a veritable bright young thing of the Premier League, former Leeds United star Harry Kewell has seen his career not quite live up to its initial potential. Now, after leaving Aussie side the Melbourne Victory, the 33-year-old Socceroo is looking for a new club, with Stoke City on his list of potential employers.

The Rest

Florent Malouda Left Out Of Chelsea’s Champions League Squad, Forced To Train With The Kids

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By Alan Duffy

A fine player on his day, Chelsea wingman Florent Malouda has seen his stock drop like a stone at Stamford Bridge over the last year. Once a key figure in the Blues' side, he is now a forgotten man at the club, having failed to secure a move away in the transfer window.

Scottish Sun Pull Book Serialisation After Rangers’ Fans Kick Up A Stink

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By Alan Duffy

After publicising the serialisation of a book telling the inside story of the collapse of Rangers FC, the Scottish Sun has now done a major about-turn and decided to drop the feature after their switchboard was inundated with complaints from angry Rangers fans.

Andrés Iniesta Named ‘UEFA Best Player In Europe’ Ahead Of Messi And Ronaldo

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By Alan Duffy

Barcelona's ghostly-paloured schemer, Andrés Iniesta, has come out on top of the pile in UEFA's 2011/12 Best Player In Europe awards. The Spaniard beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize which is voted for by journos across Europe.

Snapshot: Bangkok Restaurant Unveils Liverpool Strip Made Out Of Condoms

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By Alan Duffy

It's in a condom-themed restaurant (yes really) in Bangkok. So there. Why? God only knows.

And who is the (bloody creepy) player supposed to be? Stevie G, maybe?Again, God only knows.

via @Twisted_Blood