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Sevilla claim controversial win ahead of Man Utd clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla warmed up for their Champions League clash with Manchester United by winning 2-1 at Las Palmas in La Liga on Saturday, although they were aided by a controversial late offside call.

Real Madrid youth product Pablo Sarabia produced a great piece of skill to make space for a 35th-minute shot that was saved by Las Palmas goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola, and Wissam Ben Yedder netted the loose ball to put Sevilla ahead.

Sevilla claim controversial win ahead of Man Utd clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla warmed up for their Champions League clash with Manchester United by winning 2-1 at Las Palmas in La Liga on Saturday, although they were aided by a controversial late offside call.

Real Madrid youth product Pablo Sarabia produced a great piece of skill to make space for a 35th-minute shot that was saved by Las Palmas goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola, and Wissam Ben Yedder netted the loose ball to put Sevilla ahead.

Demands of coaching Real Madrid are ‘exhausting’ – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.

Demands of coaching Real Madrid are ‘exhausting’ – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.

Barcelona face tricky Eibar trip as Chelsea lie in wait

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Madrid (AFP) – Before their Champions League clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua on Saturday.

The modest 7,000-seat ground in the Basque Country welcomes a Barca side who have laboured to draws against Espanyol and Getafe in their last two outings.

Barcelona face tricky Eibar trip as Chelsea lie in wait

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Madrid (AFP) – Before their Champions League clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua on Saturday.

The modest 7,000-seat ground in the Basque Country welcomes a Barca side who have laboured to draws against Espanyol and Getafe in their last two outings.

Seedorf suffers losing start as Deportivo coach

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Madrid (AFP) – Clarence Seedorf’s reign as coach of Deportivo La Coruna began with a 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Monday that left his new club firmly in the relegation zone in La Liga.

The former Dutch international midfielder, 41, was appointed by the Galician side on a deal until the end of the season with the aim of keeping them in Spain’s top flight after the sacking of Cristobal Parralo.

Seedorf suffers losing start as Deportivo coach

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Madrid (AFP) – Clarence Seedorf’s reign as coach of Deportivo La Coruna began with a 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Monday that left his new club firmly in the relegation zone in La Liga.

The former Dutch international midfielder, 41, was appointed by the Galician side on a deal until the end of the season with the aim of keeping them in Spain’s top flight after the sacking of Cristobal Parralo.

PSG tie set to define Real Madrid season – Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.

“The tie…is one that could define the whole season,” the Portuguese forward told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.

Barcelona frustrated in goalless draw with Getafe

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Madrid (AFP) – A disallowed Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe on Sunday.

After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca could not break down a well-organised Getafe side, who showed why they have the third-best defensive record in the league.

Ronaldo hat-trick as Madrid warm up for PSG with big win

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain with a big 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not perfect, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side.

Ronaldo hat-trick as Madrid warm up for PSG with big win

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick as Real Madrid warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain with a big 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not perfect, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side.

Early Griezmann goal enough for Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann scored after just 39 seconds as Atletico Madrid won 1-0 away at bottom side Malaga on Saturday to move to within six points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

The French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path.

Dembele set for latest Barcelona comeback

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Madrid (AFP) – Ousmane Dembele is in line to make his latest comeback for Barcelona when the leaders of La Liga take on Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The young France forward has endured a campaign ravaged by injury since his 105 million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund in August, a fee that could eventually rise to as much as 145 million euros.

Dembele set for latest Barcelona comeback

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Madrid (AFP) – Ousmane Dembele is in line to make his latest comeback for Barcelona when the leaders of La Liga take on Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The young France forward has endured a campaign ravaged by injury since his 105 million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund in August, a fee that could eventually rise to as much as 145 million euros.

Clarence Seedorf named new Deportivo coach

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Madrid (AFP) – Former Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorf will coach Deportivo La Coruna until the end of the season, the La Liga club said on Monday.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan star replaces Spaniard Cristobal Parralo, who was sacked on Sunday following a 5-0 defeat to Real Sociedad that left the club in the relegation zone.

Pique keeps Barca unbeaten, Atletico cut gap

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique salvaged a 1-1 draw for La Liga leaders Barcelona at city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, keeping their bid for an unbeaten campaign on track, while Atletico Madrid edged out Valencia to cut the gap at the top to nine points.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were in danger of falling to their first league defeat of the season when Gerard Moreno nodded the hosts ahead midway through the second half, but centre-back Pique met a Lionel Messi corner in the 82nd minute to snatch a point.

Ligue 1

Footy on the Telly Feb. 16 – 23

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All the League fixtures plus: FA Cup, Carolina Challenge Cup, Laliga Iberdrola, CONCACAF Champions League, Copa Libertadores, UEFA Champions League, Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Europa League.

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.

Unai Emery Is Not Good Enough To Lead PSG To Champions League Glory

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Unai Emery, Unai Emery, Unai Emery! You will never hear that chant from PSG fans because he is simply not good enough to lead PSG to Champions League glory.

For any team to reach its full potential and win the holy grail of European football – the Champions League – you need the right man in charge.

English Premier League

On This Day in Football: Rangers win first Old Firm final, Record crowd at Hillsborough

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On this day in 1894, Rangers beat Celtic 3-1 in the Scottish Cup final in what was the first Old Firm tie in the final of the competition.

The two Glasgow giants had met once in the league that season with Rangers emerging 5-0 winners and John Barker scoring a hat-trick. Barker struck again in the Cup final while Hugh McCreadie and John McPherson added two more to give Rangers a comfortable 3-1 victory over their rivals.

Bad news for Manchester United as £200k-per-week star nears £120m move to Real Madrid

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According to The S*n, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on a £120m deal for the midfielder.

Signed from Juventus in 2016, four years after leaving United for the Serie A side, Pogba has made 81 appearances in all competitions over the two stints in England.

Former Man Utd star makes surprise claim, says Spurs star is the best in his position

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Harry Kane is the best striker in the world right now.

After Tottenham’s draw against Juventus, Gary Lineker asked the BT Sport pundits, Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, to share their opinions on the matter.

The former Liverpool captain claimed that the Barcelona star Luis Suarez is the best striker in the world.

Top class star makes surprise claim, says Spurs star is on the same level as Messi

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Tottenham take on Juventus in the Champions League later tonight and Giorgio Chiellini has been talking up Harry Kane’s ability ahead of the clash.

The Italian centre-back revealed that the England international is on par with Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar right now.

He said: “Kane is now among the elite players in the world.

Arsenal amongst a host of Premier League giants in race for Dutch stopper

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Mourinho target prefers Man City, Man Utd ready to make him their highest earner

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked with a move away from the club in the recent weeks.

Apparently, Zinedine Zidane is prepared to sell the player at the end of this season following a series of underwhelming performances.

The Spaniard has been left out of the squad a few times already this season and he might have to switch clubs in order to play more often.

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.

Bad news for Manchester United as Real Madrid consider record transfer

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are closing in on Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. The 24-year-old is nearing a £96m move to Los Blancos, which would be bad news for fellow suitors Manchester United.

Icardi has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 18 goals in 22 Serie A games.

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.

Soccer TV: Spurs vs Arsenal

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It's the North London derby on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with Spurs hosting Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday. That's not the national TV game from the Premier League, with NBC showing Manchester City vs Leicester City in the 12:30pm ET slot. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Landon Donovan is expected to debut for Leon against Puebla on Saturday on ESPN Deportes.

Footy on the Telly Feb. 9 -16

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With so many sliders, schussers, skiers and skaters taking over, look for EPL Footy action on CNBC this Saturday. Then FS1 has midweek UEFA Action

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.

Done deal: West Ham confirm forward departure

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West Ham United confirm forward Toni Martinez has joined Segunda Division side Real Valladolid on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old made just three appearances in all competitions since joining from Valencia in 2016.

Chelsea linked with stunning move for Barcelona star, move depends on new managerial appointment

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Chelsea have been linked with a stunning move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.

Luis Enrique has been tipped to take over from Antonio Conte and reports in the Spanish media have claimed the former Barca boss would want to bring Suarez to Stamford Bridge.

Journalist Eduardo Inda told El Chiringuito TV that Enrique is in pole position to replace the under-fire Chelsea manager.

Deal signed: Defender snubs Liverpool for Atletico Madrid

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Liverpool have been dealt a blow, with Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko turning down their interest to sign a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, the La Liga side confirmed.

Sime @Vrsaljko amplía su contrato una temporada y vestirá nuestra camiseta hasta 2022
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FC Barcelona

Barca vs Eibar Preview | A Match which is more Important than Everyone Thinks!

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FC Barcelona will be facing Eibar in the 24th round of La Liga 2017-18 season. Despite the importance of this away match, all focus and attention will be on the mid week Champions League encounter!



After a good start to 2018 season; suddenly the Barca juggernaut seems like have lost a bit of steam.

A Draw which Worries Everyone | FC Barcelona - 0, Getafe - 0

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FC Barcelona was held to a goalless draw by Getafe at the Camp Nou in a very frustrating evening.



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Barcelona Futbol Club was made to suffer for a second consecutive match in La Liga with a very frustrating encounter against Getafe at Camp Nou.

The Rest

Soccer TV: Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United in the FA Cup Fifth Round

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It's the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on the weekend soccer TV schedule. On Saturday, Huddersfield Town hosts Manchester United. In Liga MX, Leon is home to Queretaro on Saturday on ESPN Deportes. beIN Sport has the Turin derby on Sunday with Torino hosting Juventus in Serie A.

Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United on Saturday on FS2 at 7:30am in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo Makes History As Real Madrid Come From Behind To Beat PSG In Bernabeu Thriller (Video)

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Real Madrid came from behind to beat Paris St-Germain 3-1 on Wednesday, in a highly entertaining clash at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the match-winner for the La Liga giants, with the superstar becoming the first player ever to net 100 goals for a single club in the Champions League.

On This Day in Football: Athletic put 12 past Barca, Super Caley go ballistic

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On this day in 1931, Athletic Bilbao inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats on Barcelona as they beat the Catalans 12-1 in a La Liga fixture.

Seven of those 12 goals were scored by Athletic’s 22-year-old superstar Agustin Sauto Arana or “Bata” as he is commonly known as.