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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Romain Gall, and more

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Borussia Dortmund climbed back into the race for a runners-up spot in the German Bundesliga with a 4-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Following their disappointing defeat at Schalke a week ago, the hosts cruised to three points and Christian Pulisic was a part of the action. The American winger's lovely assist in the 13th minute set up Jadon Sancho for Dortmund's opener in the triumph.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Tottenham, Barcelona faces Sevilla, and more

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Both Manchester United and Tottenham were two sides expected to do great things this season but have underachieved big time. However, one of those two clubs will be playing for England's biggest trophy this May. Manchester United will make their 20th appearance in the F.A. Cup final after a 2-1 semifinal win over Tottenham on Saturday.

John Brooks subbed off in first half of Wolfsburg return

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This season has not gone the way that Wolfsburg defender John Brooks had hoped for. After a big move from Hertha Berlin, the U.S. international has seen injuries dampen his chances at consistent playing time for his new club.

Brooks made his first start on Friday for Wolfsburg since Dec. 12th after returning from a knee injury.

European Weekend Preview: Juventus hosts Napoli, Sevilla faces Barcelona, and more

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For most of this season it looked like Napoli would run off with the Serie A title after a dominant start. However, the script has been changed with defending champions Juventus currently leading the table by four points over their opponents this weekend.

The Old Lady defeated Napoli, 1-0, at the San Paolo back in December, handing Maurizio Sarai's men their first league loss of the season.

Sunday European Rewind: West Brom clinches EPL title for Man City, Schalke defeats Dortmund, and more

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Manchester United have gone for the highest high to the lowest low in a matter of one week. A week after coming back against rivals Manchester City for a 3-2 derby win, the Red Devils were upset 1-0 by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday which clinched City the 2017-18 league title. The lone goal came from a West Brom corner as Jay Rodriguez headed in from close-range for the winner.

Saturday European Rewind: Man City edges Tottenham, Barcelona makes history, and more

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Manchester City has had a rough couple weeks after falling out of the UEFA Champions League and failing to clinch the Premier League title against their biggest rivals. However; the Citizens showed a short memory and got back to winning ways as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Man City, Monaco travels to PSG, and more

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The last two weeks have not been the prettiest for Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side has seen themselves eliminated from the UEFA Champions League and also defeated by their closest rivals, Manchester United in the latest Manchester Derby. The Citizens will look to get back to winning ways this weekend as they travel to Tottenham.

Sunday European Rewind: Real Madrid ties Atletico, Torino edges Inter, and more

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Cristiano Ronaldo has put himself atop of Europe's top scorers list with a dominant start to 2018. On Sunday, Ronaldo set another milestone with his 650th career goal between club and country helping Real Madrid to a 1-1 Derby draw against Atletico Madrid.

Following a scoreless first-half, Ronaldo broke the deadlock scoring in the 53rd minute.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Man City, Bayern clinches Bundesliga, and more

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For one half of Saturday's Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City looked like they would claim their third title out of the past seven seasons. Rivals Manchester United had other ideas and rolled their way back for a 3-2 come-from-behind win to spoil the party.

Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan each netted goals in the opening 45 minutes to give City a 2-0 halftime lead.

European Weekend Preview: Real Madrid hosts Atletico, Manchester Derby, and more

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The Manchester Derby may take centerstage on Saturday, but there's also another historic rivalry match that will grab your attention on Sunday.

Sunday's lunchtime kickoff comes from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid entertain rivals Atletico Madrid. The hosts defeated Juventus, 3-0, in their UCL first leg quarterfinal draw, thanks to a pair of beautiful goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sunday European Rewind: Tottenham defeats Chelsea, Bremen edges Frankfurt, and more

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Tottenham Hotspur handed Chelsea a heavy home defeat on Sunday, defeating their London rivals 3-1. The Blues thought they would hold a lead at halftime, thanks to a goal in the 30th-minute from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. Christian Eriksen had other ideas rifling home a goal of the year contender past Thibaut Courtois in first-half stoppage time.

Saturday European Rewind: Sevilla ties Barcelona, Bayern thumps Dortmund, and more

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Barcelona was staring in the face of their first league defeat at Sevilla before their dynamic duo saved the day. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scored in the final minutes to help Barcelona earn a 2-2 draw at Sevilla on Saturday. Franco Vazquez's left-footed strike in the 36th-minute opened the scoring in Seville as the hosts led 1-0.

Sunday European Rewind: RB Leipzig defeats Bayern, PSG comebacks against Nice, and more

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RB Leipzig may have seen 2017-18 as a much more difficult season than last year, but that did not stop them from handing league leaders Bayern Munich their third league loss of the season.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side came back from an early deficit to defeat Bayern 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Saturday European Rewind: Salah propels Liverpool, Gladbach ties Hoffenheim, and more

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Mohamed Salah's return to the Premier League has been nothing short of amazing, scoring 24 league goals in his 29 appearances. The Egyptian continued his stellar form scoring four goals and adding an assist to propel the Reds to a 5-0 trouncing of Watford at Anfield on Saturday. Salah's opener came four minutes in as he finished Sadio Mane's assist into the bottom-right corner.

European Weekend Preview: RB Leipzig hosts Bayern, Lyon travels to Marseille, and more

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RB Leipzig had a dream campaign last year, finishing second following their promotion into the German Bundesliga. This season has been a struggle for the club, though, as they currently sit in sixth place ahead of Sunday's showdown with Bayern Munich.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last three matches, but have drawn their last two in league play.

Sunday European Rewind: Dortmund edges Frankfurt, Inter ties Napoli, and more

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Michy Batshuayi has quickly made an impact at Borussia Dortmund since joining from Chelsea on-loan back in January. The Belgian international continued his productivity for the German club, netting a brace off of the bench including the gamewinner in Dortmund's 3-2 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Saturday European Rewind: Man United edges Liverpool, Ronaldo bags brace, and more

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Knowing the Premier League title looks to be going to the blue side of Manchester, Manchester United's next best goal is to finish as league runners up behind city rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils boosted their chances of that, downing visiting Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford led the way with a brace for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring both in the first half.

European Weekend Preview: Man United hosts Liverpool, Napoli travels to Inter, and more

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Two of the Premier League's historic clubs will duke it out this weekend with both fighting for a runners-up finish in the league table.

Two points separate Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of Saturday's clash at Old Trafford, with the Reds holding a slight edge in better form at the moment.

Sunday European Rewind: Barcelona edged Atlético, Man City defeats Chelsea, and more

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Lionel Messi has broken many records for Barcelona during his time with the club, and the Argentina reached another milestone on Sunday. Messi scored the winning goal in Barcelona's 1-0 home triumph against Atletico Madrid, giving him 600 combined goals for club and country. Messi's cool free kick after 26 minutes was all Barcelona needed to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table to eight points.

Saturday European Rewind: Juventus edges Lazio, Dortmund ties Leipzig, and more

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The Serie A title race looks clear that it is down to two teams for the remainder of the season. League leaders Napoli are now just one point clear of defending champions Juventus following the Old Lady's 1-0 dramatic win at Lazio on Saturday. With both sides failing to have many shots on goal in the match, Paulo Dybala played the role of hero again for Juve scoring the winner after 93 minutes.

European Weekend Preview: Man City hosts Chelsea, Inter faces AC Milan, and more

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Manchester City have been one of Europe's best teams this season, rolling to a 24-1-3 mark so far in the Premier League campaign. Pep Guardiola's team will look to inch closer to the league title with a home date this weekend against defending champions, Chelsea.

City is coming off back-to-back 3-0 wins against Arsenal in both the Carabao Cup final and a make-up league fixture, and are clear 16 points in the league table.

Sunday European Rewind: Man United defeats Chelsea, PSG edges Marseille, and more

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Both Chelsea and Manchester United have had underachieving seasons so far in the Barclays Premier League, playing catch-up in the top four race. The Red Devils got revenge on the Blues after falling 1-0 to them earlier this season, by defeating their opponents 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku drew the sides level after 39 minutes, seven minutes after Willian had given Chelsea the lead.

Saturday European Rewind: Real Madrid rolls past Alaves, Hertha ties Bayern, and more

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After hitting some roadblocks to start 2018, defending La Liga champions Real Madrid look back to their old selves in February. Zinedine Zidane's men made it five wins in a row in all competitions, downing Alaves 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo led Los Blancos with a brace, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also got on the scoresheet.

European Weekend Preview: PSG hosts Marseille, Chelsea travels to Man United, and more

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In their last meeting with one another in France's top flight, PSG and Marseille shared the points in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Stade Velodrome. These league heavyweights will do battle for the second time this season at the Parc Des Princes this Sunday hoping for three points this time around. PSG are winners of four straight in league action, rolling past Strasbourg 5-2 their last time out.

Timmy Chandler nets second goal of season for Frankfurt

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Timmy Chandler has gone under the radar for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, being a creative force for the team.

Chandler added to his numbers on Monday, scoring Frankfurt's second goal in their Bundesliga fixture vs. RB Leipzig. The U.S. international showed composure, slotting home Ante Rebic's assist on a Frankfurt fast break.

Sunday European Rewind: Juventus edges Torino, Dortmund defeats Gladbach, and more

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Following a tough or disappointing result, the best way for a team to show a short memory is to win. Juventus showed a short memory from Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw with Tottenham, by edging Serie A rivals Torino 1-0 on Sunday at the Olimpico Grande Torino. The visitors got a lone goal, scored by Brazilian international Alex Sandro after 33 minutes.

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern edges Wolfsburg, PSG rolls, and more

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Even on their off days, good teams find a way to get the job done. Bayern Munich did just that on Saturday, edging Wolfsburg 2-1 in dramatic fashion at the Volkswagen Arena. Despite seeing a second-half penalty saved, and being behind for most of the match Bayern fought their way back for three points.

European Weekend Preview: Gladbach hosts Dortmund, Juve travels to Torino, and more

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Round 23 of the German Bundesliga begins on Friday but the headliner will be the weekend's finale from Borussia-Park on Sunday. Borussia Monchengladbach welcomes rivals Borussia Dortmund to town for the second Borussen Derby of the season. Dortmund were 6-1 winners in the first meeting back in September, and will hope to do the same this time around.

Sunday European Rewind: Newcastle edges Man United, Barcelona draws Getafe, and more

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Newcastle earned their first three points over Manchester United since 2013, thanks to a 1-0 success at St. James Park on Sunday. The sides duked it out for 60+ minutes before the hosts found the breakthrough. Scottish international Matt Ritchie's left-footed effort beat David De Gea to the bottom-right corner in the 65th-minute.

Saturday European Rewind: Tottenham edges Arsenal, Napoli routs Lazio, and more

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Harry Kane has been one of the top goalscorers throughout Europe the last few seasons, hitting double digits every season since 2014. The England international added to that trend on Saturday, scoring the winner in Spurs 1-0 North London Derby win over rivals Arsenal. After forcing Petr Cech into a single first-half save at Wembley, Spurs took control of the lead after 49 minutes.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Arsenal, Schalke travels to Bayern, and more

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Another weekend of European league action is upon us, and a cracking North London Derby kickstarts the Premier League slate on Saturday.

Tottenham faces off with rivals Arsenal at Wembley, looking to jump into the top four and further distance themselves from their rivals. Spurs drew, 2-2, with Liverpool in a thrilling match at Anfield last Sunday.

Saturday European Rewind: Arsenal routs Everton, Leipzig edges Gladbach, and more

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Arsenal cruised their way to three points once already this season against Everton, rolling to a 5-2 win back in October at Goodison Park. Arsene Wenger's men used a hat trick from Aaron Ramsey to defeat the Toffees 5-1 at the Emirates on Saturday. The Welsh midfielder opened things after six minutes, finishing Henrikh Mkhitaryan's assist to the bottom-right corner.

European Weekend Preview: Liverpool hosts Tottenham, Lyon travels to Monaco, and more

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The opening weekend of February gets underway with a bang as two of the top five teams in England face off on Merseyside. Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday, looking to build off Tuesday's beatdown of Huddersfield.Jurgen Klopp's men are third in the table, and three points back of Manchester United for second.

Sunday European Rewind: Marseille draws Monaco, Barcelona rallies for home win, and more

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Two top-four sides squared off in France on Sunday, in the match of the round across Ligue 1. Marseille welcomed defending champs Monaco to the Stade Velodrome, sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. The match got off to a cracking start as the sides were level 1-1 after seven minutes. Keita opened things in the fourth-minute as he slotted home his fifth goal of the season, before Adil Rami headed Florian Thauvin's cross in three minutes later.

Saturday European Rewind: Bayern rolls past Hoffenheim, Cavani makes history for PSG, and more

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Bayern Munich continued their league dominance in the Bundesliga, cruising past Hoffenheim 5-2 at home on Saturday. The hosts erased a 2-0 first-half deficit to claim the win. Mark Uth and Serge Gnabry each found the back of the net in the first 12 minutes to give Julian Nagelsmann's side a two-goal cushion.

European Weekend Preview: Marseille hosts Monaco, Real Madrid takes on Valencia, and more

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Following a thrilling conclusion to the Ligue 1 action a week ago between two of the countries' heavyweights, another duo will square off this weekend.

Marseille welcomes defending champs Monaco to the Stade Velodrome on Sunday to close out this weekend's action. Monaco cruised to a 6-1 beatdown of Marseille back in August, but may find this match a lot tougher than the one five months ago.

Sunday European Rewind: Lyon downs PSG, Real Madrid cruises, and more

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The top two teams in Ligue 1 squared off at the Parc OL on Sunday, with hosts Lyon edging PSG 2-1. Memphis Depay played the hero scoring the game-winner in the 94th-minute. The Dutch winger beat Alphonse Areola from long-range, finding the top-left corner with a right-footed effort. Layvin Kurzawa drew the sides level before halftime, finishing Dani Alves' assist for his second league goal of the season.

Saturday European Rewind: Aguero lifts Man City, Dortmund ties Hertha, and more

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The goal for Manchester City coming into Saturday's league clash with Newcastle was to bounce back from their first loss of the season a week ago. Pep Guardiola's side showed a short memory, easing past Newcastle United, 3-1, at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero capped his 200th Premier League appearance by netting a hat trick in the win.

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VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s law-making body on Saturday was set to approve the use of video assistant referee technology (VAR) at this summer’s World Cup, overriding purists concerned about technology disrupting the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.

VAR set for 2018 World Cup approval

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Zurich (AFP) – Football’s law-making body on Saturday was set to approve the use of video assistant referee technology (VAR) at this summer’s World Cup, overriding purists concerned about technology disrupting the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move already backed by FIFA’s top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.