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'Who needs Messi when we have Passi'

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   Nineteen-year-old Swapnil is so pumped about the India-UAE game that he and his friends have travelled to the Zayed Sports City stadium almost six hours ahead of kick-off. A college student based in Mumbai, Swapnil is one of 150 fans who have travelled together and will be seated together for the Group A clash on Thursday night. More fans have bought tickets but will be in the UAE section of the crowd because they assumed India would be the away team tonight, while the fixtures have...
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Girona knock Atletico Madrid out of Copa del Rey in six-goal thriller

18 hours 44 minutes ago
Atletico Madrid Girona 3 3 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 4Girona wins on Away Goals Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Atletico Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Girona on Wednesday following a highly entertaining 3-3 draw at home to the Catalan side, who sneaked through to the quarterfinals on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate. Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann looked to have completed a late turnaround for Diego Simeone's side, who were trailing 2-1 in the second half, when he put the hosts 3-2 up in the 84th minute. Yet Girona forward Seydou Doumbia delivered a final twist in the saga...
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Thierry Henry's Monaco draws Patrick Vieira's Nice in clash of ex-teammates

18 hours 52 minutes ago
AS Monaco Nice 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Neither Thierry Henry nor his former France and Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira left with bragging rights in their first managerial clash in Ligue 1. Monaco coach Thierry and his Nice counterpart Patrick Vieira exchanged warm greetings ahead of their first face-off as managers. Ahead of Nice's clash with Monaco, Patrick Vieira says it'll be strange to manage against his former teammate and tips Henry to turn Monaco's recent form around. Thierry Henry's Monaco stretched their winless run in Ligue 1 to four games as they drew 1-1 with Patrick Vieira's Nice on Wednesday as the two former Arsenal greats did battle in the dugout. Former France internationals Henry and Vieira played 313 games together at Arsenal, under the Premier League club's former boss Arsene Wenger, and with Les Bleus, but their former loyalties were put to one side as Monaco chased a first league win since Dec. 4. The result left Monaco second from bottom with 15...
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Asian Cup: Son starts as South Korea beat China to win group; Iran top Group D

19 hours 16 minutes ago
South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham's Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento's side. The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club's Premier League loss to Manchester United and was not expected to start South Korea's final group encounter. Yet with the Koreans needing a win to claim pole position, Bento selected the 26-year-old and goals from Hwang Ui-jo and Kim Min-jae secured...
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Asian Cup: Son starts for South Korea in win against China; Iran top Group D

19 hours 16 minutes ago
South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham's Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento's side. The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club's Premier League loss to Manchester United and was not expected to start South Korea's final group encounter. Yet with the Koreans needing a win to claim pole position, Bento selected the 26-year-old and goals from Hwang Ui-jo and Kim Min-jae secured...
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Rumour Rater: Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United? Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea?

19 hours 37 minutes ago
Alejandro Moreno sifts through all the big transfer news surrounding the likes of Isco, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and more. It's January, and the transfer window is open. Which players are likeliest to move before the window closes at the end of the month? David Amoyal rates the top rumours from around world football. Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United in January: 15 percent After falling behind Ousmane Dembele in coach Ernesto Valverde's pecking order, Coutinho is reportedly unhappy with the reduced playing time. This situation seems to be of great interest to Manchester United, who reportedly already sent out feelers...
David Amoyal

Cristiano Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

19 hours 40 minutes ago
Juventus AC Milan 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half header secured Juventus' first Italian Super Cup since 2015 against 10-man AC Milan, in Saudi Arabia. Italian Supercoppa: Cristiano Ronaldo (61') Juventus 1-0 AC Milan Italian Supercoppa: Patrick Cutrone (48') Juventus 0-0 AC Milan Italian Supercoppa: Cristiano Ronaldo (43') Juventus 0-0 AC Milan Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half goal secured a record eighth Italian Super Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday. The trophy, which was being contested outside of Italy for the 10th time, is traditionally a clash between the Italian league and cup winners, but Milan qualified as Coppa Italia runners-up after Juve clinched the domestic double last season. Striker Gonzalo Higuain was dropped to the Milan bench amid media rumours of an imminent...
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Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa follows 'Spygate' with detailed scouting explanation

19 hours 57 minutes ago
The panel react to Marcelo Bielsa's admission that he and his Leeds United staff have observed their opponents' training sessions. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admits to having watched the training sessions of all of his team's opponents this season. When Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday afternoon, fans of the Championship leaders were concerned. Bielsa has been a huge success in his first season at Elland Road -- Leeds are four points clear at the top of the Championship -- but last week's "Spygate" controversy, which saw the club apologise after a member of staff was caught observing a Derby training season ahead of Friday's game between the two teams, has led to an EFL investigation.  So,...
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Son Heung-min's South Korea overcame China, but Team Dragon still have Wu Lei to call on

22 hours 29 minutes ago
Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16. After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate. Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds. After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine. Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner. South Korea have Son Heung-min, and China have Wu Lei. The two may not be at the same level in terms of talent or renown, but the Chinese attacker is as important to Marcello Lippi's side as Son is to Paulo Bento's. This was made all the more clear on Wednesday when the teams met in their final group game at the Asian Cup. The Chinese were always going to find it tough against South Korea in Abu Dhabi. But without Wu -- sidelined by a shoulder injury -- it was almost mission impossible as they sank...
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