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Argentina

Messi scare as Argentina down Honduras

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San Juan (Argentina) (AFP) Lionel Messi was taken to hospital after suffering an injury scare on Friday as Argentina defeated Honduras 1-0 in their only warm-up game before next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

A first-half goal from in-form Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain settled a low-key encounter in San Juan, with two-time world champions Argentina dominating possession and shots.

Messi scare as Argentina down Honduras

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San Juan (Argentina) (AFP) Lionel Messi was taken to hospital after suffering an injury scare on Friday as Argentina defeated Honduras 1-0 in their only warm-up game before next month's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

A first-half goal from in-form Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain settled a low-key encounter in San Juan, with two-time world champions Argentina dominating possession and shots.

Argentina call on Messi, Aguero for Copa but Tevez snubbed

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino named his 23-man squad for the Copa America on Friday, pinning his hopes on Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero but ignoring Carlos Tevez.

Idolised by his Boca Juniors club and popular throughout Argentina, Tevez was overlooked in favour of Gonzalo Higuain who smashed a record 36 goals in Serie A this season with Napoli.

Argentina call on Messi, Aguero for Copa but Tevez snubbed

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino named his 23-man squad for the Copa America on Friday, pinning his hopes on Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero but ignoring Carlos Tevez.

Idolised by his Boca Juniors club and popular throughout Argentina, Tevez was overlooked in favour of Gonzalo Higuain who smashed a record 36 goals in Serie A this season with Napoli.

Rumours

Could Gonzalo Higuain move to Stamford Bridge this summer?

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After a disappointing 2015/16 campaign, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Chelsea make a number of moves in the summer transfer window. Soon-to-be Blues boss Antonio Conte is going to have various targets but perhaps Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain may be his number one priority ahead of what could be a defining season for the club.

Is there a need for Gonzalo Higuain?

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Let's face it: Chelsea's season was disappointing and the club ended up way below its own standards. Many reasons for that can be found at the back with the team giving up a staggering amount of 53 goals. It is a statistic previously unheard of at Chelsea.
What about their offensive output though?

Serie A

Will Anyone Meet Gonzalo Higuain’s 94m Price Tag?

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Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists anyone interested in signing record breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain will have to meet the Argentine striker's €94m (£74m) release clause.

The 28-year-old Higuain, had a career year for Napoli scoring at least 17 more goals than any other player in Serie A this season (36) and helping Maurizio Sari's side challenge Juventus all the way for the Serie A title.

Gonzalo Higuain Breaks Serie A Scoring Record

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Gonzalo Higuain wrote himself into the Serie A record books as his hat-trick fired Napoli to a 4-0 win over 10-man Frosinone that sealed a second-placed finish.

Higuain's 19-minute second-half treble sees him become the first man to score 36 goals in a Serie A campaign, nudging ahead of AC Milan's Gunnar Nordahl, who scored 35 in 1949-50 in 37 matches.

New Chelsea boss Looking To Raid Serie A This Summer

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According to the Daily Mirror, incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident of signing Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain for £45m (€57m) this summer.

Higuain has been brilliant for Napoli this season, scoring 34 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions, and almost single handily taking Napoli to a top three finish this season.

Napoli

Higuain feels Napoli love but doubts on future persist

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Rome (AFP) History-making Gonzalo Higuain has declared his love for Napoli but left doubts hanging over his future as rumours persist of a possible move to the Premier League.

Higuain hit a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 win over relegated Frosinone on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 36 in 35 games, in the process breaking a 66-year-old Serie A scoring record.

Higuain feels Napoli love but doubts on future persist

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Rome (AFP) History-making Gonzalo Higuain has declared his love for Napoli but left doubts hanging over his future as rumours persist of a possible move to the Premier League.

Higuain hit a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 win over relegated Frosinone on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 36 in 35 games, in the process breaking a 66-year-old Serie A scoring record.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain was in high spirits after a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 rout of Frosinone set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season and fired Napoli into the Champions League.

"I feel immense joy at overtaking this record," Higuain told Mediaset at the San Paolo stadium.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain was in high spirits after a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 rout of Frosinone set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season and fired Napoli into the Champions League.

"I feel immense joy at overtaking this record," Higuain told Mediaset at the San Paolo stadium.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain expressed his "extreme joy" after a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 rout of Frosinone set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season and fired Napoli into the Champions League.

"I feel immense joy at overtaking this record," Higuain told Mediaset at the San Paolo stadium.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain expressed his "extreme joy" after a hat-trick in a dramatic 4-0 rout of Frosinone set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season and fired Napoli into the Champions League.

"I feel immense joy at overtaking this record," Higuain told Mediaset at the San Paolo stadium.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a hat-trick to set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season as Napoli secured second spot and Champions League football with a dramatic 4-0 rout of 10-man Frosinone.

Roma, despite a 3-1 win at AC Milan that has virtually ended the hosts' hopes of Europa League football, finished two points further adrift in third meaning they will enter the preliminary rounds of Europe's premier club competition.

Record-setting Higuain fires Napoli into Champions League

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a hat-trick to set a new all-time record of 36 goals in a single Serie A season as Napoli secured second spot and Champions League football with a dramatic 4-0 rout of 10-man Frosinone.

Roma, despite a 3-1 win at AC Milan that has virtually ended the hosts' hopes of Europa League football, finished two points further adrift in third meaning they will enter the preliminary rounds of Europe's premier club competition.

Higuain hat-trick sets new Serie A goals record

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Rome (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a hat-trick in Napoli's final game of the season to beat a 66-year-old record for the number of goals scored in a single Serie A season.

Argentina striker Higuain went into the final game against Frosinone two goals short of equalling Gunnar Nordahl's 1950 record of 35 goals in a 20-team, three-points-for-a-win Serie A campaign.

Higuain hits 33rd goal, Toni scores in farewell win over Juve

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain's 33rd strike of the season maintained Napoli's bid to secure Champions League football as evergreen striker Luca Toni bid farewell to the game with a cheeky 'Panenka' in Verona's shock 2-1 win over 10-man Juventus.

Roma, looking for a third consecutive runners-up spot after Juventus clinched a record-equalling fifth consecutive title, had piled the pressure on Napoli with a 3-0 thumping of Chievo earlier Sunday.

Higuain hits 33rd goal, Toni scores in farewell win over Juve

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain's 33rd strike of the season maintained Napoli's bid to secure Champions League football as evergreen striker Luca Toni bid farewell to the game with a cheeky 'Panenka' in Verona's shock 2-1 win over 10-man Juventus.

Roma, looking for a third consecutive runners-up spot after Juventus clinched a record-equalling fifth consecutive title, had piled the pressure on Napoli with a 3-0 thumping of Chievo earlier Sunday.

Gonzalo Higuain hits 33rd goal; Luca Toni scores in farewell win over Juve

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Gonzalo Higuain's 33rd strike of the season maintained Napoli's bid to secure Champions League football as evergreen striker Luca Toni bid farewell to the game with a cheeky 'Panenka' in Verona's shock 2-1 win over 10-man Juventus.

Roma, looking for a third consecutive runners-up spot after Juventus clinched a record-equalling fifth consecutive title, had piled the pressure on Napoli with a 3-0 thumping of Chievo earlier Sunday.

Gonzalo Higuain hits 33rd goal; Luca Toni scores in farewell win over Juve

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Gonzalo Higuain's 33rd strike of the season maintained Napoli's bid to secure Champions League football as evergreen striker Luca Toni bid farewell to the game with a cheeky 'Panenka' in Verona's shock 2-1 win over 10-man Juventus.

Roma, looking for a third consecutive runners-up spot after Juventus clinched a record-equalling fifth consecutive title, had piled the pressure on Napoli with a 3-0 thumping of Chievo earlier Sunday.

Higuain brace keeps Napoli on track

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Milan (AFP) Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain gave Napoli a 2-1 win over Atalanta keeping them on track for second place in Seria A on Monday.

And third-placed Roma stayed in the race for the automatic Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win at Genoa.

With two games to go Napoli have 76 points and while Roma have just 74 they enjoy a better head-to-head record if the two finish the season level on points, with fourth-placed Inter Milan ten points back.

Higuain brace keeps Napoli on track

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Milan (AFP) Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain gave Napoli a 2-1 win over Atalanta keeping them on track for second place in Seria A on Monday.

And third-placed Roma stayed in the race for the automatic Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win at Genoa.

With two games to go Napoli have 76 points and while Roma have just 74 they enjoy a better head-to-head record if the two finish the season level on points, with fourth-placed Inter Milan ten points back.

Crucial Inter visit for Serie A title-chasing Napoli

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Napoli's Serie A title credentials face the acid test on a trip to Inter Milan on Saturday when record-chasing striker Gonzalo Higuain sits out the second of a four-game ban for the visitors.

Higuain, whose 30-goal league tally so far leaves him just five short of Gunnar Nordahl's all-time Serie A record for AC Milan, was handed the untimely sanction two weeks ago after a spectacular meltdown at Udinese.

Crucial Inter visit for Serie A title-chasing Napoli

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Napoli's Serie A title credentials face the acid test on a trip to Inter Milan on Saturday when record-chasing striker Gonzalo Higuain sits out the second of a four-game ban for the visitors.

Higuain, whose 30-goal league tally so far leaves him just five short of Gunnar Nordahl's all-time Serie A record for AC Milan, was handed the untimely sanction two weeks ago after a spectacular meltdown at Udinese.

Napoli see off Verona to keep Serie A title hopes alive

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Manolo Gabbiadini opened the scoring as Napoli made light of Gonzalo Higuain's four-game ban to keep their Serie A title hopes alive with a 3-0 win at home to 10-man Verona on Sunday.

Champions Juventus had stretched their lead to nine points with a precious 2-1 victory at AC Milan on Saturday that took the Turin giants a step closer to a record-equalling fifth consecutive 'Scudetto'.

Napoli see off Verona to keep Serie A title hopes alive

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Manolo Gabbiadini opened the scoring as Napoli made light of Gonzalo Higuain's four-game ban to keep their Serie A title hopes alive with a 3-0 win at home to 10-man Verona on Sunday.

Champions Juventus had stretched their lead to nine points with a precious 2-1 victory at AC Milan on Saturday that took the Turin giants a step closer to a record-equalling fifth consecutive 'Scudetto'.

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Napoli eyes on Juventus trip to San Siro

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The fall-out from Gonzalo Higuain's four-match ban will overshadow Serie A this weekend, when the Argentine striker and his Napoli team-mates will be glued to a crucial San Siro clash between AC Milan and Juventus.

Sitting three points behind Juventus before last week's games, Napoli's bid for a first Serie A title in 26 years looks to be in tatters following a shock 3-1 defeat at Udinese that saw Higuain lose the plot after being shown a red card.

Napoli eyes on Juventus trip to San Siro

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The fall-out from Gonzalo Higuain's four-match ban will overshadow Serie A this weekend, when the Argentine striker and his Napoli team-mates will be glued to a crucial San Siro clash between AC Milan and Juventus.

Sitting three points behind Juventus before last week's games, Napoli's bid for a first Serie A title in 26 years looks to be in tatters following a shock 3-1 defeat at Udinese that saw Higuain lose the plot after being shown a red card.

Napoli’s Higuain banned for 4 matches

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Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban following his sending off in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Udinese, a blow for his team who are battling with Juventus for the Serie A title.

Higuain was shown his second yellow card for kicking out at defender Felipe, prompting the striker to launch a verbal tirade against the referee.

Napoli’s Higuain banned for 4 matches

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Napoli's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban following his sending off in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Udinese, a blow for his team who are battling with Juventus for the Serie A title.

Higuain was shown his second yellow card for kicking out at defender Felipe, prompting the striker to launch a verbal tirade against the referee.

Tantrum: Napoli Goal-Hound Gonzalo Higuain Given Four-Game Ban (At Worst Possible Time) For Red Card Strop At Udinese

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Napoli still fancy they have an outside chance of pipping Juventus to the Scudetta, positioned six points behindthe Serie A leaders with sevengames left to play.

However, there aspirations of usurping the front-runners may have just disappeared in a puff of smoke with the news that Gonzalo Higuain has been hit with a four-match ban for his little temper tantrum during the 3-1 away defeat against Udinese at the weekend.

Napoli down Chievo to move joint top of Serie A

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Napoli moved joint top of Serie A after goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Vlad Chiriches and Jose Callejon saw them beat Chievo 3-1 on Saturday and get their title challenge back on track after a three-game mini-slump.

Maurizio Sarri's side are level on 61 points with reigning champions Juventus after a winning a hugely entertaining encounter in which Chievo, who stay 11th on 34 points, more than played their part and opened the scoring with just over a minute on the clock through Nicola Rigoni.

Napoli down Chievo to move joint top of Serie A

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Napoli moved joint top of Serie A after goals from Gonzalo Higuain, Vlad Chiriches and Jose Callejon saw them beat Chievo 3-1 on Saturday and get their title challenge back on track after a three-game mini-slump.

Maurizio Sarri's side are level on 61 points with reigning champions Juventus after a winning a hugely entertaining encounter in which Chievo, who stay 11th on 34 points, more than played their part and opened the scoring with just over a minute on the clock through Nicola Rigoni.

Milan can battle for Champions League, says boss Mihajlovic

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AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic insists the fallen Serie A giants can fight for a place in next season's Champions League after a battling 1-1 draw with Napoli that dented their opponents' title hopes.

Napoli welcomed Milan to the San Paolo on Monday looking to capitalize on Juventus's stalemate at Bologna on Friday with a win that would have sent them a point clear of Juve at the top.

Milan can battle for Champions League, says boss Mihajlovic

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AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic insists the fallen Serie A giants can fight for a place in next season's Champions League after a battling 1-1 draw with Napoli that dented their opponents' title hopes.

Napoli welcomed Milan to the San Paolo on Monday looking to capitalize on Juventus's stalemate at Bologna on Friday with a win that would have sent them a point clear of Juve at the top.

European Soccer

Tuesday Kickoff: Messi, Higuain, Conte and more

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Many stars of the soccer world have made the news recently for the wrongreasons, including potential tax evasion, suspension and alleged match-fixing.

The family of Barcelona star Lionel Messi denies their involvement in tax evasion amid the emergence of an offshore account in the Panama Papers scandal, calling the accusations "false and insulting.

The Weekend's Best: Higuain, Real Madrid, Southampton-Liverpool and more

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While there were a few sensational goals scored over the weekend, one Argentine forward proved to be the hero for a Serie A side in need of three points. Here are SBI's picks for The Weekend's Best (as voted by SBI's editorial staff):

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

GONZALO HIGUAIN (Napoli).