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Youngsters Chalov, Tashayev named in preliminary Russia squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov handed youngsters Fyodor Chalov and Alexander Tashayev their first-ever call-ups as he named an initial 28-man squad for his country’s home World Cup.

The 20-year-old Chalov has scored six goals in just nine league starts this season for CSKA Moscow, while Tashayev, 23, has had a breakthrough season for Dynamo Moscow.

Youngsters Chalov, Tashayev named in preliminary Russia squad

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov handed youngsters Fyodor Chalov and Alexander Tashayev their first-ever call-ups as he named an initial 28-man squad for his country’s home World Cup.

The 20-year-old Chalov has scored six goals in just nine league starts this season for CSKA Moscow, while Tashayev, 23, has had a breakthrough season for Dynamo Moscow.

Russia seeks monkey chant solution ahead of World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian football’s anti-racism chief wants the World Cup hosts to start using fan ID cards at league matches to combat monkey chants.

Ape noises have turned into one of the most serious dilemmas facing Russia in the run-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece.

The incidents have blighted some of the biggest games played in Russia and aired live on national TV.

Russia seeks monkey chant solution ahead of World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian football’s anti-racism chief wants the World Cup hosts to start using fan ID cards at league matches to combat monkey chants.

Ape noises have turned into one of the most serious dilemmas facing Russia in the run-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece.

The incidents have blighted some of the biggest games played in Russia and aired live on national TV.

No action taken against player accused of racism by Liverpool’s Brewster

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Paris (AFP) – Spartak Moscow youth team player Leonid Mironov will not be charged for racially abusing Liverpool teenager Rhian Brewster during a UEFA Youth League game last December, after UEFA found no evidence to confirm the allegation.

Mironov admitted swearing at Brewster, who was the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup triumph last year, but denied making a racial slur.

Spartak sign Algerian Hanni from Anderlecht

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Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow signed Algerian international midfielder Sofiane Hanni from Belgian giants Anderlecht on Wednesday, the reigning Russian champions announced.

Spartak have reportedly signed the 27-year-old on a three-and-a-half year contract. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

Spartak sign Algerian Hanni from Anderlecht

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Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow signed Algerian international midfielder Sofiane Hanni from Belgian giants Anderlecht on Wednesday, the reigning Russian champions announced.

Spartak have reportedly signed the 27-year-old on a three-and-a-half year contract. No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

‘Racist’ Spartak ‘chocolates’ tweet prompts outcry

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Moscow (AFP) – Russian champions Spartak Moscow, already sanctioned by UEFA this season for racist behaviour, sparked further condemnation on Saturday after a club tweet that likened its black players to “chocolates”.

Spartak tweeted a video of Brazilian players Fernando, Luiz Adriano and Pedro Rocha training in sunny conditions at a team camp in Dubai alongside a caption translated to “see how chocolates melt in the sun”.

Klopp ridicules idea the ‘dark days are back’

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the “dark days are back” in terms of inconsistency.

The 50-year-old German - whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits followed a stunning 7-0 Champions League humbling of Spartak Moscow - said his players had not lost their creative spark.

Klopp ridicules idea the ‘dark days are back’

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London (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp took issue on Friday with the notion that because Liverpool have drawn their last two games the “dark days are back” in terms of inconsistency.

The 50-year-old German - whose side have drawn successive games against Everton and West Brom which dampened spirits followed a stunning 7-0 Champions League humbling of Spartak Moscow - said his players had not lost their creative spark.

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom retires

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Stockholm (AFP) – Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he was hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.

Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom retires

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Stockholm (AFP) – Kim Kallstrom, who won 131 caps for Sweden, announced on Friday that he was hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The left-sided midfielder had returned to one of his first clubs, Djurgardens, in Stockholm, on a two-year deal before the recently completed Swedish season.

Rooney gives Everton a share of derby spoils

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Liverpool (AFP) – Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in a Merseyside derby as his late penalty earned Everton a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool had taken the lead in the 229th meeting of the old rivals when Mohamed Salah spectacularly curled a shot home just before half-time, but the Reds were unable to find a killer second goal at Anfield.

Rooney gives Everton a share of derby spoils

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Liverpool (AFP) – Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in a Merseyside derby as his late penalty earned Everton a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool had taken the lead in the 229th meeting of the old rivals when Mohamed Salah spectacularly curled a shot home just before half-time, but the Reds were unable to find a killer second goal at Anfield.

Allardyce hails ‘genius’ Liverpool strikeforce

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London (AFP) – New Everton boss Sam Allardyce has hailed the “genius” of Liverpool’s attackers as he prepares to take on Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring team in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Allardyce takes his side to Anfield hoping to repeat the feat he managed with Crystal Palace in April, when the Eagles came from a goal down to claim victory.

Allardyce hails ‘genius’ Liverpool strikeforce

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London (AFP) – New Everton boss Sam Allardyce has hailed the “genius” of Liverpool’s attackers as he prepares to take on Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring team in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Allardyce takes his side to Anfield hoping to repeat the feat he managed with Crystal Palace in April, when the Eagles came from a goal down to claim victory.

Klopp calls for Liverpool focus after Euro spree

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp urged his Liverpool players not to succumb to the hype generated by their own scintillating performances after they crushed Spartak Moscow to reach the Champions League knockout rounds.

Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ shone in a 7-0 trouncing of Spartak on Wednesday, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick, Sadio Mane claiming a double and both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah finding the net.

Klopp calls for Liverpool focus after Euro spree

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Liverpool (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp urged his Liverpool players not to succumb to the hype generated by their own scintillating performances after they crushed Spartak Moscow to reach the Champions League knockout rounds.

Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ shone in a 7-0 trouncing of Spartak on Wednesday, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick, Sadio Mane claiming a double and both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah finding the net.

Liverpool through in Champions League, Ronaldo claims new record

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Paris (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool to score seven in their win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday as they joined Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qualifying for the Champions League last 16.

That quartet completed the line-up on the final night of group-stage action that was also notable for another Cristiano Ronaldo goals record in the competition.

Liverpool through in Champions League, Ronaldo claims new record

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Paris (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool to score seven in their win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday as they joined Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qualifying for the Champions League last 16.

That quartet completed the line-up on the final night of group-stage action that was also notable for another Cristiano Ronaldo goals record in the competition.

‘Fab Four’ fire seven-goal Liverpool into last 16

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Liverpool (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s first Liverpool hat-trick propelled Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday that swept the Merseyside club into the Champions League last 16.

Sadio Mane scored twice and Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both found the net as Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ emphatically returned the five-time champions to the knockout rounds after a nine-year absence.

‘Fab Four’ fire seven-goal Liverpool into last 16

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Liverpool (AFP) – Philippe Coutinho’s first Liverpool hat-trick propelled Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday that swept the Merseyside club into the Champions League last 16.

Sadio Mane scored twice and Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both found the net as Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ emphatically returned the five-time champions to the knockout rounds after a nine-year absence.

Liverpool start ‘make or break’ run at Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool defender Joe Gomez admits the club face a run of games which will “make or break” their season ahead of a Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Reds are in fifth spot, a huge 14 points behind table-topping Manchester City, but they are in striking distance of Manchester United Chelsea and Arsenal immediately above them.

Liverpool start ‘make or break’ run at Brighton

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Brighton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool defender Joe Gomez admits the club face a run of games which will “make or break” their season ahead of a Premier League clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Reds are in fifth spot, a huge 14 points behind table-topping Manchester City, but they are in striking distance of Manchester United Chelsea and Arsenal immediately above them.

Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.

A thrilling 3-3 draw leaves Liverpool still on top of Champions League Group E, but means they still require a point when the English side host Spartak Moscow on December 6 to book their place in the last 16 for the first time in nine seasons.

Liverpool not mentally weak despite Sevilla surrender: Klopp

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp defended his side’s mental strength despite crumbling under the pressure of an inspired second-half Sevilla comeback to throw away a three-goal lead in Spain on Tuesday.

A thrilling 3-3 draw leaves Liverpool still on top of Champions League Group E, but means they still require a point when the English side host Spartak Moscow on December 6 to book their place in the last 16 for the first time in nine seasons.

Late Maribor goal hits Spartak knockout hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow’s hopes of earning a place in the Champions League last 16 suffered a damaging blow on Tuesday as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maribor.

The result kept Russian champions Spartak third in Group E ahead of their final match, one point behind second-placed Sevilla, who take on group leaders Liverpool later on Tuesday.

Late Maribor goal hits Spartak knockout hopes

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Moscow (AFP) – Spartak Moscow’s hopes of earning a place in the Champions League last 16 suffered a damaging blow on Tuesday as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Maribor.

The result kept Russian champions Spartak third in Group E ahead of their final match, one point behind second-placed Sevilla, who take on group leaders Liverpool later on Tuesday.

Spartak win puts Sevilla back on track for Champions League last 16

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla put themselves back in pole position to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League as goals either side of half-time from Clement Lenglet and Ever Banega secured a nervy 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Victory moves Sevilla back above the Russians in Group E on seven points to Spartak’s five with Liverpool in top spot on eight points after their 3-0 win over Maribor at Anfield.

Klopp says Liverpool on Champions League track despite stalemate

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Moscow (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team remain on track to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League despite drawing both of their opening games.

After a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in their Group E opener, Liverpool drew 1-1 away to Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, with Fernando’s free-kick for the hosts cancelled out by a brilliantly constructed Philippe Coutinho equaliser.

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Most Assists in a Champions League season- James Milner (Liverpool 2017-2018)

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Liverpool's James Milner is not the first player that would come to your mind when you think assists, but the hardworking LFC medio is now the holder of the record for most assists in a single Champions League campaign. With his assist in the first leg of Liverpool's semifinal against Roma, Milner's tally for 2017/18 [.

Visualized: Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

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Previous Match Infographics: Brighton (a), Stoke (a), Chelsea (h), Sevilla (a), Southampton (h), West Ham (a), Maribor (h), Huddersfield (h), Tottenham (a), Maribor (a), United (h), Newcastle (a), Spartak Moscow (a), Leicester (a), Burnley (h), Sevilla (h), Manchester City (a), Arsenal (h), Hoffenheim (h), Crystal Palace (h), Hoffenheim (a), Watford (a)

Match data from WhoScored, except average position from the SofaScore app.

Video: Liverpool stars analyse rampant display vs Spartak Moscow

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Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum gave their thoughts on last night's 7-0 win over Russian side Spartak Moscow in their...

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Video: Highlights of Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

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Liverpool are through to the Champions League knockout rounds with an unbeaten record after a 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow at Anfield last night. The...

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Tweets and Photos: Liverpool players react to 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow

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Liverpool v Spartak Moscow 12.06.17

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2 and ESPN3

Previous Group results:
Liverpool: 3-3 Sevilla (a); 3-0 Maribor (h); 7-0 Maribor (a); 1-1 Spartak (a); 2-2 Sevilla (h)
Spartak: 1-1 Maribor (h); 1-2 Sevilla (a); 5-1 Sevilla (h); 1-1 Liverpool (h); 1-1 Maribor (a)

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 5-1 Brighton (a); 3-0 Stoke (a); 1-1 Chelsea (h)
Spartak: 1-0 Arsenal Tula (a); 3-1 Zenit (h); 1-1 Maribor (h)

Goalscorers (Europe):
Liverpool: Firmino 6; Salah 5; Can 3; Alexander-Arnold, Coutinho 2; Mané, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge 1
Spartak: Promes, Ze Luis 2; Fernando, Glushakov, L Adriano, Melgarejo, Samedov,1

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Guess at a line-up:
Karius
Gomez Lovren Klavan Moreno
Wijnaldum Henderson Coutinho
Salah Firmino Mané

Not that I necessarily know what "full-strength, first-choice" is anymore, but I'm guessing "full-strength, first-choice" tomorrow.

Five Talking Points From Moscow

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1) One of those days... again? How do you have a front line consisting of Salah, Firmino, Mane and Coutinho yet fail to be clinical? It's amazing isn't it, you're sat there thinking "you know what would be perfect here? An in-form Peter Crouch." Ok maybe that's a slight exaggeration but you get the jist, this side needs a true finisher.

Visualized: Liverpool 1-1 Spartak Moscow

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Previous Match Infographics: Leicester (a), Burnley (h), Sevilla (h), Manchester City (a), Arsenal (h), Hoffenheim (h), Crystal Palace (h), Hoffenheim (a), Watford (a)

Match data from WhoScored, except average position from the SofaScore app.



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Videos

Europa League: Spartak Moscow Fans Wreak Havoc On Streets Of Bilbao With Mass Firework Fight (Video)

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Spartak Moscow fans once again proved a nightmare to police ahead of their team's Europa League tie against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night.

The Basque police had their work cut on when droves of firework-toting ne'er-do-wells started scrapping in the streets around San Mames before the game, which Spartak won 2-1 (but lost 4-3 on aggregate).

‘The Chocolate Melts In The Sun’ – Spartak Moscow Draw Ire With Racially Insensitive Tweet About Group Of Black Players

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Spartak Moscow have sent a wave of consternation across social media today after posting a racially insensitive Tweet.

The Russian club shared a video of several black players training in the sun in Abu Dhabi, along with the caption "See the chocolate melts in the sun", with a few chocolate emojis thrown in for good measure.