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Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

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Madrid (AFP) – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.

For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them.

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

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Madrid (AFP) – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.

For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them.

Dybala returns Juve to Serie A summit as Napoli held at Inter

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Rome (AFP) – Paulo Dybala struck twice to send Juventus to the top of Serie A with a 2-0 victory over Udinese on Sunday, as title rivals Napoli were held to a goalless draw at Inter Milan.

Argentinian Dybala followed his midweek Champions League winner over Tottenham with a match-clinching double, as Massimiliano Allegri’s men moved a point clear of Napoli with a game in hand.

Dybala returns Juve to Serie A summit as Napoli held at Inter

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Rome (AFP) – Paulo Dybala struck twice to send Juventus to the top of Serie A with a 2-0 victory over Udinese on Sunday, as title rivals Napoli were held to a goalless draw at Inter Milan.

Argentinian Dybala followed his midweek Champions League winner over Tottenham with a match-clinching double, as Massimiliano Allegri’s men moved a point clear of Napoli with a game in hand.

Juventus hailed as ‘the lions of Wembley’

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus were hailed as “the lions of Wembley” by the Italian media on Thursday after the Serie A side’s stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Spurs ahead at their temporary home of Wembley on Wednesday.

Football: Defiant Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Juve collapse

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.

Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday.

Football: Defiant Pochettino proud of Spurs despite Juve collapse

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino insisted Tottenham had nothing to be ashamed of after three minutes of madness ended their Champions League challenge in a painful 2-1 defeat against Juventus.

Tottenham were on course to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2011 when Son Heung-Min rewarded their first-half dominance with the opening goal at Wembley on Wednesday.

Juventus stun Spurs as Dybala caps fightback

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London (AFP) – Juventus staged a stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after Paulo Dybala sealed a dramatic 2-1 win in the last 16, second leg on Wednesday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Tottenham ahead at Wembley.

Juventus stun Spurs as Dybala caps fightback

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London (AFP) – Juventus staged a stunning fightback against Tottenham to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after Paulo Dybala sealed a dramatic 2-1 win in the last 16, second leg on Wednesday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Tottenham ahead at Wembley.

Juventus fight back to reach Champions League quarter-finals

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London (AFP) – Juventus qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 2-1 win away to Tottenham Hotspur in their last 16, second leg.

Son Heung-Min had put Spurs ahead on the night, six minutes before half-time at Wembley, after the clubs drew 2-2 in the first leg in Italy last month.

Buffon backs Juventus to stun Spurs

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London (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon has warned Tottenham that Juventus are confident of upsetting the odds in the Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday.

Tottenham are in a good position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals following their dramatic 2-2 draw in the first leg in Italy last month.

Buffon backs Juventus to stun Spurs

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London (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon has warned Tottenham that Juventus are confident of upsetting the odds in the Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday.

Tottenham are in a good position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals following their dramatic 2-2 draw in the first leg in Italy last month.

Argentina end Higuain’s exile for Spain, Italy clashes

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was recalled to the Argentina squad after a nine-month absence on Thursday for pre-World Cup friendlies against fellow former winners Spain and Italy.

Higuain, 30, has 31 goals from his 69 international appearances and takes his place in a 22-man squad made up entirely of players based outside of Argentina.

Juventus face AC Milan for fourth Italian Cup title in row

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Holders Juventus booked their ticket to the Italian Cup final for the fourth year in a row to set up a meeting with AC Milan after a 1-0 win over Atalanta in a semi-final second leg tie played in the snow in Turin on Wednesday.

The first leg ended 1-0 in Bergamo thanks to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, and Juventus also won the second when Miralem Pjanic slotted in a 75th-minute penalty awarded after Blaise Matuidi was fouled in the box.

Juventus face AC Milan for fourth Italian Cup title in row

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Holders Juventus booked their ticket to the Italian Cup final for the fourth year in a row to set up a meeting with AC Milan after a 1-0 win over Atalanta in a semi-final second leg tie played in the snow in Turin on Wednesday.

The first leg ended 1-0 in Bergamo thanks to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, and Juventus also won the second when Miralem Pjanic slotted in a 75th-minute penalty awarded after Blaise Matuidi was fouled in the box.

Pjanic sends Juventus into fourth successive Italian Cup final

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Holders Juventus booked their ticket to the Italian Cup final for the fourth year in a row after a 1-0 win over Atalanta in a semi-final second leg tie played in the snow in Turin on Wednesday.

The first leg ended 1-0 in Bergamo thanks to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, and Juventus won the second when Miralem Pjanic slotted in a 75th-minute penalty awarded after Blaise Matuidi was fouled in the box.

Injury-depleted Juventus continue Turin derby domination

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Milan (AFP) – Alex Sandro put Juventus top of Serie A with a 1-0 derby win at Torino but rivals Napoli could reclaim the summit when they play SPAL later on Sunday.

Brazilian Sandro scored after 33 minutes for the six-time defending champions who dominated despite being weakened by injuries and losing top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to an early knock.

Sandro lifts Juventus top of Serie A before Napoli play

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Milan (AFP) – Alex Sandro put Juventus top of Serie A with a 1-0 derby win at Torino but rivals Napoli could reclaim the summit when they play SPAL later on Sunday.

Brazilian Sandro scored after 33 minutes for the six-time defending champions who dominated despite losing top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to an early injury.

Sandro lifts Juventus top of Serie A before Napoli play

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Milan (AFP) – Alex Sandro put Juventus top of Serie A with a 1-0 derby win at Torino but rivals Napoli could reclaim the summit when they play SPAL later on Sunday.

Brazilian Sandro scored after 33 minutes for the six-time defending champions who dominated despite losing top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to an early injury.

Juventus fly-on-the-wall series set for Netflix airing

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon will be among the Juventus players to star in a fly-on-the-wall documentary series on Netflix from February 16, the reigning Serie A champions confirmed on Monday.

‘First team: Juventus FC’, the original docu-series about the Italian giants, with the first three episodes following the club’s key players on and off the pitch, is to be aired from mid-February with the second part available in the summer.

Juventus fly-on-the-wall series set for Netflix airing

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon will be among the Juventus players to star in a fly-on-the-wall documentary series on Netflix from February 16, the reigning Serie A champions confirmed on Monday.

‘First team: Juventus FC’, the original docu-series about the Italian giants, with the first three episodes following the club’s key players on and off the pitch, is to be aired from mid-February with the second part available in the summer.

Juventus keep pressure on Napoli in Serie A

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Milan (AFP) – Champions Juventus kept pace with Serie A leaders Napoli on Saturday after a hard-fought 1-0 win over title-rivals AS Roma with Inter Milan suffering a second consecutive defeat.

Moroccan Medhi Benatia scored the only goal against his former club after 18 minutes in Turin.

Buffon, Pjanic doubts for Juventus in Champions League

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Athens (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed captain Gianluigi Buffon and midfielder Miralem Pjanic were both in doubt for Tuesday night’s crunch Champions League game against Olympiakos.

Juventus - runners-up twice in the last three seasons - head to Athens needing a win to ensure their passage to the knockout phase.

Allegri delight as Juventus trip up Napoli

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Milan (AFP) – Massimiliano Allegri could not hide his delight as Juventus tripped up Serie A leaders Napoli to deliver a psychological blow to their title challengers at their San Paolo Stadium.

In an key early clash in the battle for the Scudetto defending six-time champions Juventus move second just one point behind Napoli, who suffered their first defeat in 15 games this season.

Juventus’ injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Juventus’ injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Juventus’ injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli’s run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Juventus’ injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli’s run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli’s run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Injury-stricken Higuain ends Napoli’s run

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Milan (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain shrugged off a broken hand to inflict a first Serie A defeat of the season on his former club Napoli Friday, as champions Juventus moved a point behind the leaders with a 1-0 win.

Higuain had surgery on Monday, but insisted on starting in a key clash between league leaders Napoli and the six-time defending champions.

Allegri confident Higuain can play with broken finger

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was confident Gonzalo Higuain can play Friday’s Serie A clash with Napoli despite having surgery on a broken finger this week.

“Gonzalo Higuain’s hand is still hurting, but we’re quietly confident about his chances.

Juventus crash as Buffon, Barzagli rested

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Milan (AFP) – Captain Gianluigi Buffon and defender Andrea Barzagli were rested by Juventus in the wake of Italy’s World Cup exit as the Serie A champions lost 3-2 at Sampdoria on Sunday.

Juventus were three goals down heading into injury time after Colombian Duvan Zapata, Uruguayan Lucas Torreira and Italian defender Gian Marco Ferrari scored in the second half for the Genoa side.

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Chelsea Make Laughable 63m Bid For Mauro Icardi

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Chelsea have made the first move to sign in-demand Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

The 25-year-old Inter captain is a target for a number of Europe's top clubs, including Real Madrid, after scoring 22 goals in 26 appearances for the Serie A side this season.

Atlanta United expectations at a fever pitch for second season in MLS

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As a huge fan of European soccer, I usually stray away from watching the MLS because the difference in quality is so noticeably vast. However, this year I’ll be making an exception by trying to tune in to watch as many Atlanta United games as I possibly can.

Last year, Atlanta United became the third-ever MLS expansion team to qualify for the playoffs in their inaugural season.

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Columbus match an early litmus test for Union

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Columbus is a good team, but they're a team with weaknesses ripe for a team like Philadelphia Union to exploit. The match will be an early test of how good the Union are, PSP's Dan Walsh writes.

Higuain, Zardes score as Crew spoil TFC's title celebration

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The defending champions didn't quite open their title defense how they wanted to.

Thanks to goals from old talisman Federico Higuain and newcomer Gyasi Zardes Toronto FC's first league game after lifting MLS Cup ended in a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew.

Towards the end of a first half mostly devoid of scoring chances for either side, Higuain opened the scoring in the final two minutes of the frame.

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Champions League: Juventus Stop Tottenham In Their Tracks With Four-Minute Rampage At Wembley (Photos & Video)

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Two goals in four second-half minutes saw Juventus pip Tottenham at Wembley and bring the Premier League side's Champions League journey to a shuddering halt on home(ish) soil.

With a 2-2 draw carried over from the first leg in Turin, Tottenham actually nudged themselves into the lead shortly before the break when Heung-Min Son continued his scoring streak with rather a fortuitous finish.

Champions League: Harry Kane Sets New Goal-Scoring Record As Tottenham Stage Impressive Comeback To Draw 2-2 With Juventus (Photos & Video)

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Tottenham came from two goals down to secure as precious draw away to Juventus, with Harry Kane netting a record ninth goal in his first nine Champions League games.

Spurs got off to a nightmare start in Turin, with Gonzalo Higuain netting a fabulous reverse-angled volley within the first two minutes of the game.