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Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brilliant Mbappe leads Monaco back to French summit

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe produced another stylish winning goal as Monaco climbed back to the top of Ligue 1 with a 2-1 victory at Lyon on Sunday.

A seventh straight league win leaves Monaco level with Paris Saint Germain on 80 points but with a game in hand on the champions and a far superior goal difference.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Brighton on brink of Premier League promotion

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London (AFP) – Brighton and Hove Albion all but confirmed their promotion to the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at home to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

The Championship leaders will definitely go up if Huddersfield fail to win against Derby County in Monday’s late kick-off.

But even if Huddersfield beat Derby, it will likely only delay Brighton’s promotion given their vastly superior goal difference over the Yorkshire side.

Okazaki fires 50th for Japan in 4-0 Thai rout

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Goal-crazy PSG hammer Marseille

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Paris (AFP) – Edinson Cavani bagged his 35th goal of a spectacular season as Paris Saint Germain swept aside Marseille 5-1 on Sunday in “Le Classique” to move second in Ligue 1.

The reigning French champions are three points behind prolific league leaders Monaco and level with Nice, but go second thanks to a better goal difference in what has become a three-way tussle for the title.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Allen strike freezes out Palace at Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sam Allardyce’s poor run since taking over Crystal Palace was compounded by their loss at Stoke City on Saturday as Joe Allen’s slick finish gave the hosts a 1-0 Premier League win.

The defeat leaves Palace second bottom on goal difference and the south Londoners have won just once in eight games since the former England boss, who has never suffered relegation from the top flight, took over.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Monaco down Nice to go clear, PSG climb second

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Paris (AFP) Radamel Falcao scored a second-half brace as Monaco defeated Nice 3-0 on Saturday to carve open a three-point lead ahead of their Cote d'Azur rivals at the top of Ligue 1.

Valere Germain headed in the opening goal on 47 minutes at the Stade Louis II before Falcao turned in Monaco's second with an hour gone.

Falcao fires 60-goal Monaco top in Marseille mauling

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Paris (AFP) Monaco climbed top of Ligue 1 after thrashing Marseille 4-1 away on Sunday as the free-scoring southerners took their goal haul to 60 from just 20 league games.

The result puts Monaco top on goal difference as Nice, who slugged out a 0-0 draw with bottom side Metz earlier in the day, also have 45 points.

Klinsmann pleads patience over Pulisic as US face Trinidad

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Miami (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called for patience as the clamour for rising star Christian Pulisic to be given a starting berth reaches fever pitch.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Pulisic produced a sparkling two-goal cameo last Friday as the USA demolished St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in Kingstown.

Poland coach Nawalka hails historic qualification

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Marseille (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka hailed his side's dogged work to qualify for the last-16 at Euro 2016 after their 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"For the first time in Polish history we have qualified from the Euros group stage, the first time in three attempts," he said.

With two 1-0 wins in Group C against Northern Ireland and Ukraine either side of a scoreless draw against Germany, Poland finished in second place in the group on goal difference.

Poland coach Nawalka hails historic qualification

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Marseille (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka hailed his side's dogged work to qualify for the last-16 at Euro 2016 after their 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"For the first time in Polish history we have qualified from the Euros group stage, the first time in three attempts," he said.

With two 1-0 wins in Group C against Northern Ireland and Ukraine either side of a scoreless draw against Germany, Poland finished in second place in the group on goal difference.

Besiktas set for Turkey championship after Fenerbahce slump

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas were Monday on course to take their first Turkish Super Lig title since 2009 after sole challengers and local rivals Fenerbahce, slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Basaksehir.

With just two games of the season remaining in the next week, Beskitas lead Fenerbahce by six points and also hold a goal difference advantage of seven.

Besiktas set for Turkey championship after Fenerbahce slump

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Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul side Besiktas were Monday on course to take their first Turkish Super Lig title since 2009 after sole challengers and local rivals Fenerbahce, slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Basaksehir.

With just two games of the season remaining in the next week, Beskitas lead Fenerbahce by six points and also hold a goal difference advantage of seven.

Newcastle United

This Number Of Wins Guarantees Newcastle’s Promotion

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Newcastle have just 10 games to play now and we are 9 points ahead of 3rd placed Huddersfield in an automatic promotion place. Huddersfield have 11 games left and are on 68 points, so the most points they can get is 101 and they also have a much worse goal difference that's unlikely to change [...]

Former Tottenham Manager – Newcastle Are Safe

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Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone when Norwich overtook us on goal difference after we were hammered 5-1 on Saturday in the late game at Chelsea to take our goal difference to a disastrous -22. There is some hope for Newcastle coming from former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood who thinks Newcastle's [.

Ashley Must Act Decisively – Make Some Changes Quickly

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With the 5-1 drubbing at Chelsea today we sink to 3rd bottom in the Premier League with 24 points from 26 games and our goal difference of -22 is the worst in the Premier League and our defense showed today they are simply not good enough for the Premier League. At best it was schoolboy [...]

Bruce: We have to beat United

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Manchester United take on Hull in the final game of the season, knowing that if they win, Steve Bruce's side will be relegated.

If Newcastle win, Hull's result against us won't make any difference to their title hopes, but if Newcastle draw or lose, Hull will stay up with a victory over United, as their goal difference is superior by seven.

Remember when we played Newcastle during Christmas 1995?

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The day after Boxing Day during the 1995-96 season, Manchester United took on Newcastle at Old Trafford. Ahead of kick-off, the visitors were 10 points clear at the top of the table, with a goal difference superior by 10, and with four more wins to their name.

Of the previous five games, United had drawn three, before losing two on the bounce, with painful defeats away to Liverpool and then Leeds.

Alan Pardew May Need A Result At Liverpool

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Everything was going to plan on Monday night, when after 75 minutes at Selhurst Park Liverpool were easily winning 3-0 against Crystal Palace, and going for more goals to improve their goal difference, since Manchester City's is better. Alan Pardew may need a win on Sunday But then the unbelievable happened something that [.

Leagues: Ligue Un

Monaco plot Nice revenge in French summit clash

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Paris (AFP) Free-scoring Monaco led by Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli's slick Nice side clash at the top of French Ligue 1 this weekend.

Early pacesetters Nice have faltered of late allowing Monaco to move top of the table on goal difference on 49 points, with champions Paris Saint-Germain lurking in third on 46 ahead of their trip to Dijon later Saturday.

Monaco plot Nice revenge in French summit clash

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Paris (AFP) Free-scoring Monaco led by Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli's slick Nice side clash at the top of French Ligue 1 this weekend.

Early pacesetters Nice have faltered of late allowing Monaco to move top of the table on goal difference on 49 points, with champions Paris Saint-Germain lurking in third on 46 ahead of their trip to Dijon later Saturday.

Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich’s heights mean Pep Guardiola may be ready for his next puzzle

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Bayern Munich appear to have it all figured out. A five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table; a mere four goals conceded, coupled with a goal difference of +33. They sit top of their Champions League group and are practically assured of a place in the knockout round. Even on an individual level, where injuries have hampered superstars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, FCB's helped Robert Lewandowski to an astonishing 14 goals from 11 league appearances.

Bayern Munich’s heights mean Pep Guardiola may be ready for his next puzzle

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Bayern Munich appear to have it all figured out. A five-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table; a mere four goals conceded, coupled with a goal difference of +33. They sit top of their Champions League group and are practically assured of a place in the knockout round. Even on an individual level, where injuries have hampered superstars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, FCB's helped Robert Lewandowski to an astonishing 14 goals from 11 league appearances.

Manchester City

The Decline Of Cesc Fabregas Is A Major Worry For Chelsea

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It's been a terrible start to the season for Chelsea, who sit 8 points adrift of pace-setters Manchester City after just four matches, with a gap in goal difference of 13 away from last season's runners-up. Throw in what most would consider to have been a thoroughly underwhelming transfer window for the champions and you are left with one decidedly unhappy manager.

The Last Time The English Football Top Flight Was This Close Was Christmas 1974

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The last time the clubs near the top of the table of English football's top flight were this close was Christmas 1974.

Currently, Liverpool sit atop the Premier League table on goal difference above Arsenal who have the same number of points but not as good a goal difference as the Reds. Right behind Arsenal are Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.

Everton thoughts

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The ledger now reads P17 W4 D1 L12, with a goal difference that tells us that this represents our futility so far.

The signs of improvement are everywhere and while other teams seem well able to beat big teams once in a while, the cut-throat Manchester City squad was never going to be one that this Fulham team could see off.

Everton thoughts

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The ledger now reads P17 W4 D1 L12, with a goal difference that tells us that this represents our futility so far.

The signs of improvement are everywhere and while other teams seem well able to beat big teams once in a while, the cut-throat Manchester City squad was never going to be one that this Fulham team could see off.

Manchester United

What would Stuart Holden make of Evans’ SIX match ban?

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On March 19th 2011, Manchester United took on Bolton at Old Trafford, with just nine games of the Premie League season remaining.

We were three points clear of Arsenal, but they had a game in hand, so this match was a must win. Ideally, we could have done with quite a few goals too because our goal difference was superior only by three.

United U-21s climb towards top of the table after win over Chelsea

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Manchester United U-21s beat Chelsea to join the west London club and Southampton with 21 points, although Chelsea currently have a goal difference better by one.

10 minutes in to the second half, Chelsea took the lead after Ashley Young delivered a poor back pass towards Tyler Blackett. 15 minutes later, Andreas Pereira equalised through a deflected freekick.

The Rest

FPI Major League Soccer Week 8 Power Rankings

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A new week, a new number 1 in the FPI as previous title holder Columbus Crew fell on the road to NYRB. Biggest winners this week are NYRB and Seattle Sounders both jumping 6 spots following solid performances. The biggest loser is Chicago, dropping 6 spots following a 3-1 loss at Toronto.

What goes into the FPI?

Pahang Top On Goal Difference After T Team Rout

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Malaysia Super League

Kedah v Sarawak 3-2 (Baddrol Bakhtiar, Sandro da Silva Mendoca, Syazwon Zainon; Mark Hartmann, Tommy Mawat) 25,000

Sounds like a proper thriller in the north west as Kedah finally edged out a tenacious Sarawak side in front of a large, passionate crowd.

Arsene Wenger Has No Issues With Sanchez’s Latest Strop

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Arsene Wenger played down Alexis Sanchez's frustration at being substituted in Arsenal's 4-0 Premier League victory at Swansea.

Sanchez had scored Arsenal's fourth goal his 16th of the season before being withdrawn 11 minutes from time with the Gunners moving in to the top three on goal difference.

CL Round of 16- Gent make history, Roma qualify with just 6 points & goal difference of -5

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The last sixteen of the Champions League have been determined and Belgian side KAA Gent have created history by qualifying for the knockout stages. Gent qualified ahead of Valencia and Lyon to join Russian outfit Zenit in the last sixteen. Roma could consider themselves lucky, qualifying for the last 16 despite picking up just one [.

Italy and Uruguay’s Predicted Line-Up For Last Group D Spot

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Italy against Uruguay was always marked as an important game, but perhaps not for the reasons that it will be on Tuesday. With Costa Rica surprising everybody and topping Group D going into the final round of fixtures, only one of the two previous champions will join them in the knockout phase of the World Cup.

FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for is

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FIFA has drawn the ire of fans for issues off the pitch surrounding the World Cup. However, because of ambiguous tiebreaker rules, that focus could shift to the field of play in Brazil. Under very particular circumstances, a three-way tie could lead to confusion and more criticism for the governing body.

La Liga Roundup, Gameweek 16: Barca and Atleti Are Neck and Neck as Madrid Slip Up

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Barcelona and Atletico Madridboth won again to remain level at the top of La Liga as Atleti's three-goal margin brought them exactly level with the Catalans on points, wins and goal difference. Ten-man Real Madrid salvaged a draw at lowly Osasuna to trail the top two by five points.

Atletico Madrid survived an even first half at the Vicente Calderon to overcome fading Valencia 3-0.