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Colombia: Radamel Falcao Might Be In Trouble With FIFA For Allegedly ‘Discussing Beneficial Scorelines’ With Peru Players In Last Few Minutes Of World Cup Qualifier (Video)

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Colombia captain Radamel Falcao has admitted that he discussed scoreline permutations with opposing Peru players during the latter stages of Monday night's World Cup qualifier between the two sides.

With the score stood at 1-1 and roughly five minutes left to play, Falcao was seen nattering away with several Peruvian players individually.

Video: Gabriel Jesus double helps Brazil to 3-0 win over Chile

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Video: David Ospina howler costs Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez his place at World Cup

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Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is partly to blame for his team-mate Alexis Sanchez missing out on next summer's World Cup. Ospina's...

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From The Brink: Peerless Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Drags Argentina To World Cup As Chile Miss Out On Goal Difference (Photos & Video)

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Timed for maximum dramatic impact, Lionel Messi produced an inspirational performance in Argentina's final World Cup qualifier to drag his nation from the brink of elimination and into the 2018 finals in Russia.

The Albiceleste began the day in sixth place, but a 3-1, last-gasp, Messi-powered victory over Ecuador saw them hurtle up into third, hence securing themselves an automatic qualification spot at the death.

Chilean Primera Division: Everton ‘Keeper Eduardo Lobos Drops Almighty Clanger, Concedes Stinker Against Audax Italiano (Video)

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Everton de Vila found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat when they travelled to Audax Italiano in the Chilean Primera Division a few days ago.

The away side were already a goal behind when, shortly before half-time, veteran goalkeeper Eduardo Lobos (a sheep in wolf's clothing) dropped an industrial-sized clanger to let a second goal slip in calamitous circumstances.

Argentina: Adorable Little Dog Invades Pitch, Steals Show, Gives Post-Match Interview In Tunnel (Video)

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San Lorenzo's narrow 1-0 victory over Arsenal di Sarandi in the Argentinian Superliga will live long in the memories of those fortunate enough to watch it.

This was because the game played host to what might just rank as the most adorable pitch invasion ever.

During the second half, a small sausage-ish dog came bounding onto the pitch, stole the ball and then continued to evade capture in the cutest manner imaginable.

FAIL: Colombian Striker Teofilo Gutierrez Shanks Embarrassing Penalty Wide During Primera Clash (Video)

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Atletico Junior produced a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory over Tigres in the Colombian Primera A on Sunday but, in all honesty, the winning margin definitely should have been more emphatic to the tune of at least one more goal.

As the match moved into its final stages, Junior won themselves a penalty which star striker Teofilo Gutierrez (once briefly of Sporting Lisbon) stepped up to dispatch.

Copa Argentina: Cosplay Enthusiasts Sacachispas Emerge From Tunnel Dressed As Gladiators Ahead Of Tricky Cup Tie (Photo & Video)

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You'll no doubt be glad to know that Sacachispas, everybody's favourite cosplaying Argentinian football team, have been up to their old tricks.

Having steeled themselves for a tricky cup tie back in May by dressing up as the Justice League, the fourth-tier side attempted to repeat the feat for their Copa Argentina Round of 32 game against Sarmiento de Junin on Monday night by charging out of the tunnel dressed up as gladiators.

Brazil: Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo & Thiago Silva Enjoy Lively Game Of ‘Foot-Table-Head-Tennis-Ball’ In Dressing Room (Video)

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The Brazilian national team are currently congregated at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, where the Selecao are limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday evening.

After their morning session, several of the squad kept things ticking over by pairing off to take part in a little impromptu skill challenge in the dressing room.

Videos: Philippe Coutinho training with Brazil

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Wantaway Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been training with his Brazil team-mates ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. The attacking...

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Ronaldinho: Lost Pitch Invader Rescued By His Idol During Costa Rican Legends Exhibition Match (Video)

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Without a club at the moment, Ronaldinho is currently on a mini-tour of Central America where he's picking up cheques for taking part in a string of exhibition games in Honduras, El Salvador and Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican friendly took place at the Nacional stadium in San Jose, where Ron and his guest XI enjoyed a spirited kickabout against a team of local 'Leyendas'.

Brazil: Santa Cruz Striker André Luis Injures Himself While Celebrating Opening Goal Against Criciuma (Video)

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Three days in and we've already witnessed the finest goal celebration of the week, courtesy of Santa Cruz forward Andre Luis.

Luis was Johnny-on-the-spot to put Santa Cruz ahead against Criciuma in the Brazilian second tier on Tuesday night, only to immediately do himself an extreme physical discourtesy while attempting to celebrate it.

Joan Gamper Trophy: Standing Ovations All Round As Barcelona Beat Chapecoense In Incredibly Emotional Friendly (Photos & Video)

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Chapecoense defender Neto (centre) weeps before the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly against Barcelona

Monday evening saw Barcelona play host to Chapecoense in the Joan Gamper Trophy, just nine months after the tragic plane crash that near-destroyed the Brazilian club.

As you might expect, emotions ran high throughout with the only three players to survive the disaster Jackson Follman, Neto and Alan Ruschel (all seen above) invited out onto the Camp Nou pitch before the match to perform a ceremonial kick-off.

Hark At These Glorious 360-Degree Images Of Argentinian Football Stadiums (Photos)

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Ever wished you could view a succession of Argentinian football stadiums, all 360 degrees at once?

Well, Brazilian photographerGabriel Uchida (@uchidagabriel) has spent months touring a variety of Argentina's football grounds, across several different divisions, so you can do exactly that from the comfort of your own living room.

Bullseye: Argentinian Fan Knocks Drone Out Of The Air With Laser-Guided Toilet Roll Missile (Video)

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When a pesky drone descended over Gimnasia de Mendoza's big Torneo Federal tie withCA Mitre on Sunday, one fan in the stands demonstrated the proper decorum in dealing with invasive technology.

Armed solely with a roll of toilet paper (or possibly till roll),

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World Cup

Willian reacts to Brazil’s win over Chile

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Chelsea midfielder Willian has taken to social media to react to Brazil's 3-0 win over Chile in their final World Cup qualification game....

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Tweets and Photos: Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez celebrates World Cup qualification

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez has taken to Twitter to celebrate after he and his Colombia team-mates booked their place at next...

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Argentina: Drab 0-0 Draw Against Peru Leaves Lionel Messi And Co. In Serious Danger Of Missing 2018 World Cup

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Argentina are getting perilously close to missing out on the 2018 World Cup after a drab 0-0 draw with Peru on Thursday evening left their qualification hopes dangling by a gossamer thread.

Lionel Messi and the chaps carved out a succession of decent chances but failed to make anything stick in front of a cacophonous Bombanera crowd, as Peru 'keeper Pedro Gallese kept all and sundry at bay.

Football Ink: Diego Maradona’s Infamous ‘Hand Of God’ Immortalised In Wonderfully Creative Tattoo Form (Photo)

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While it still rankles with many an England fan (and player), Diego Maradona's nefarious dalliance with divine intervention at the 1986 World Cup has itself become deified in football folklore.

Indeed, one of the most infamous swindles in the game's entire storied history is apparently now venerated enough to warrant a tattoo tribute.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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It may be an international break, but there's still a lot of exciting soccer to watch this week.

The later stages of World Cup Qualifying take center stage and the highlight matches are in South America. Brazil is the only CONMEBOL team with a guaranteed place in Russia, and with three and a half more spots up for grabs the competition is fierce.

Former Liverpool and Man Utd players used banned substances during 2010 World Cup

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Former Liverpool and Manchester United players were among those given permission to use banned substances during the 2010 World Cup, according to a...

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Football: 2018 World Cup South America qualifying table

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Montevideo (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup South American qualifying competition (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points)

Brazil-q 18 12 5 1 41 11 41

Uruguay-q 18 9 4 5 32 20 31

Argentina-q 18 7 7 4 19 16 28

Colombia-q 18 7 6 5 21 19 27

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Peru-x 18 7 5 6 27 26 26

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Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 26

Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 24

Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 20

Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 14

Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 12

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against New Zealand

Football: 2018 World Cup South America qualifying table

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Montevideo (AFP) – Final standings from 2018 World Cup South American qualifying competition (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points)

Brazil-q 18 12 5 1 41 11 41

Uruguay-q 18 9 4 5 32 20 31

Argentina-q 18 7 7 4 19 16 28

Colombia-q 18 7 6 5 21 19 27

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Peru-x 18 7 5 6 27 26 26

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Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 26

Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 24

Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 20

Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 14

Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 12

q-qualified for World Cup

x-qualified for intercontinental playoff against New Zealand

Argentina, Uruguay collide in World Cup South America qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Luis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.

With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.

Argentina, Uruguay collide in World Cup South America qualifiers

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Montevideo (AFP) – Luis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.

With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.

Transfer News and Gossip

Gustavo Vieira: Chelsea and Liverpool tracking Uruguayan wonderkid

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Chelsea and Liverpool are chasing Uruguayan starlet Gustavo Vieira, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. The 16-year-old striker is...

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Philippe Coutinho’s back injury due to transfer stress

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The back injury that has prevented Philippe Coutinho from playing for Liverpool so far this season was due to stress over his prospective transfer to...

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Juan Foyth set to join Tottenham this week

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Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to complete the £8m signing of defender Juan Foyth this week, according to the Daily Mirror. The Estudiantes...

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Brazil

World Cup Qualifying: Bolivia Striker Marcelo Moreno Joins Brazil’s Pre-Match Team Photo

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Eagle-eyed viewers of Brazil's World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia last night might have spotted a little unorthodox to-doing during the pre-match team photos.

This was because Bolivia striker Marcelo Martins ended up posing in Brazil's ensemble photo, a lone island of green amid a sea of yellow.

Brazil on top of S. America qualifiers as Chile, Argentina struggle

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Montevideo (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.

Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre.

Brazil on top of S. America qualifiers as Chile, Argentina struggle

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Montevideo (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.

Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre.

Chelsea: Diego Costa Once Again Reiterates He Would Really, Really, Really Like To Return To Atletico Madrid If It’s At All Possible, Thank You

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Coming precisely one day after Diego Costa confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid, the AWOL Chelsea striker has re-confirmed his desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid.

After being informed via text message a couple of months ago that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte's plans, Costa has hunkered down in his hometown of Lagarto, Brazil, where he apparently intends to remain until his demands are met.

Chapecoense To Wear Special Shirt With 71 Stars, One For Each Victim Of Tragic Air Crash, In Upcoming Friendly Against Barcelona

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As part of their collective rehabilitation, Chapecoense are due to play Barcelona in a friendly next Monday evening.

Of course, Chape saw their club decimated in November of last year when a plane carrying almost every member of their squad and staff crashed on the approach to Medellin airport in Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

Horror Hair Hall Of Fame: Misty-Eyed Retrospective Of Neymar’s Most Ludicrous Looks, 2010-2013

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With Neymar about to make the second show-stopping enormo-move of his career, Pies thought we'd offer a timely glimpse back into his humble-ish beginnings at Santos.

Specifically, we simply fancied making fun of his old 2008-2013 hairstyles, almost all of which were astounding exercises in follicular folly.

Football Tat: Ronaldinho Launches His Own Line Of ‘Limited Edition’ Fidget Spinners (Photo)

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Already boasting his very own line of own-brand luxury condoms, it's perhaps only natural that Ronaldinho has now moved into the fidget spinner racket.

For the uninitiated, fidget spinners are basically faddy little gyroscopic-type gizmos that you spin, watch spinning, stop, then spin some more.

Chile

One Of The Actual Copa America Centenario Trophies Is Currently For Sale On eBay, Bidding Starts At $75,000

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If you've ever fancied treating yourself to a bona fide piece of South American football memorabilia, then you may be interested to know that the actual Copa America Centenario trophy is currently being flogged on eBay.

The Centenario tournament was staged in 2016 in celebration of the 10oth anniversary of the inception of the Copa America.

Colo-Colo Players Escorted Out Of Tunnel By Dogs From Local Animal Adoption Centre (Photo & Video)

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As part of a new partnership with a local animal shelter, Chilean side Colo-Colo were accompanied out of the tunnel by a selection of dogs for Sunday evening's Primera Division opener against with Antofagasta.

The club have linked up with Union de Amigos de los Animales (UAA) to help promote their cause, and as such had their players parade a selection of canines around the pitch all of which are available to adopt at the local UAA hospice.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Pulls Unconvincing ‘Instagram Sickie’ Less Than 24 Hours After Being Told To Report For Pre-Season Training (Photo)

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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is apparently claiming that he's far, far too ill to report for pre-season training as requested.

The Chilean was supposed to return to London Colney this Sunday after being granted an extended summer furlough to compensate for his participation in the Confederations Cup in June.

The Rest

Too Unfit To Play And £23m Better Off, Carlos Tevez Is Living The Life Of Riley At Shanghai Shenhua

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Carlos Tevez appears to have taken the popular misconception that a move to the Chinese Super League roughly equates to a move into semi-retirement to heart, fobbing it all off from the start while absolutely raking in the filthy lucre.

The Argentinian striker, 33, is currently one of, possibly *the* highest paid footballer in the world all thanks to the mammoth£640,000-a-week contract he signed with Shenhua last December.

Man City and Liverpool stars to share private jet

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Manchester City and Liverpool have split the costs of a private jet to bring their South American players back to the UK ahead of Saturday's...

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