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Derby County knock Southampton out of FA Cup in perfect penalty shootout

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Southampton Derby County (3) 2 (5) 2 FT-Pens Derby County wins 5-3 on Penalty Kicks. Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Derby County came back from two goals down and went on to upset Premier League side Southampton in penalties and move on the FA Cup fourth round. Championship side Derby County hit back from two goals down to beat Premier League Southampton on penalties in an FA Cup third-round replay marred by another VAR controversy on Wednesday. Frank Lampard's Derby side were denied what looked like a good goal in the first half by a marginal VAR decision and Southampton then scored twice midway through the second half through Stuart Armstrong and substitute Nathan Redmond. With Southampton closing in on an away tie at Accrington Stanley, Derby, just as...
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Real Madrid reach Copa del Rey quarters despite lacklustre loss to Leganes

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Leganes Real Madrid 1 0 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 3 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Real Madrid limped into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at Leganes with an another lacklustre performance yet still advancing 3-1 on aggregate. Danish forward Martin Braithwaite struck the only goal of the game on the half hour mark, knocking into an empty net from close range following a goalmouth scramble after the Middlesbrough loanee had headed against the post. Leganes kept pushing for a second goal that would have put them back in contention in the tie but were...
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Mourinho gagged by Man United as part of £18m pay-off - source

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ESPN FC's La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe explains why Florentino Perez and and Real Madrid might consider bringing back Jose Mourinho. Steve Nicol and Craig Burley discuss the possibility of a shock return to Real Madrid for Jose Mourinho. Jose Mourinho will not be able to lift the lid on his Manchester United sacking when he returns to work as a pundit this week because of a non-disclosure agreement in his severance deal, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC. Mourinho is set to make his first public appearance since his dismissal from Old Trafford when he returns to work as a Bein Sports analyst for Thursday's Asian Cup group match between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the Premier League clash between Arsenal and former...
Rob Dawson

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future uncertain in event of 'no deal' Brexit

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Alejandro Moreno sifts through all the big transfer news surrounding the likes of Isco, Alvaro Morata, Fernando Llorente and more. Gareth Bale's Real Madrid future would be plunged into doubt in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union in a "no deal" Brexit, ESPN FC has been told. Wales international Bale, 29, is one of an estimated 800,000 British citizens living elsewhere in the EU who could potentially lose their right to work where they are living if a "no deal" Brexit takes place on March 29. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. How Mourinho unravelled at Man United Fear, paranoia, difficult behaviour and constant battling with club officials and players led to the inevitable, writes Rob Dawson. The greatest game never played When Boca Juniors and River Plate were set to meet in Argentina's most important match, Buenos Aires lost its mind, writes Wright Thompson. - Follow Transfer Talk LIVE in January - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! Officials at the British Embassy in Madrid have told ESPN FC the Withdrawal Agreement drawn up in November 2018...
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Chelsea close to completing Higuain loan deal with Juventus - sources

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With Gonzalo Higuain set to be loaned out to Chelsea by Milan, the FC guys question if he'll be able to solve Chelsea's woes in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half header secured Juventus' first Italian Super Cup since 2015 against 10-man AC Milan, in Saudi Arabia. The FC crew answer your tweets on how far Juventus will go in European and domestic competitions, the chances Real Madrid and Juve do a Dybala-Isco swap & more. Chelsea are close to completing a deal to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on an initial six-month loan deal, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC. The agreement will give Chelsea the option to either buy Higuain -- who had made clear his desire to cut short an unsatisfying loan spell at AC Milan -- next summer or extend the loan for a further 12 months. Chelsea accelerated talks with Juventus and Milan on Wednesday after the two clubs contested the Italian Supercoppa in Jeddah, which Juve won...
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Juventus ready to talk to Chelsea about Gonzalo Higuain deal - vice president

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With Gonzalo Higuain set to be loaned out to Chelsea by Milan, the FC guys question if he'll be able to solve Chelsea's woes in front of goal. Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half header secured Juventus' first Italian Super Cup since 2015 against 10-man AC Milan, in Saudi Arabia. The FC crew answer your tweets on how far Juventus will go in European and domestic competitions, the chances Real Madrid and Juve do a Dybala-Isco swap & more. Juventus will be open to discuss a transfer of Gonzalo Higuain with Chelsea from Thursday, according to their vice president Pavel Nedved. Higuain is currently on loan at AC Milan, who have an option to make the move permanent in the summer. However, Chelsea have expressed an interest in a player who enjoyed his best ever season under Maurizio Sarri, and the Bianconeri appear open to discussing a move. "It's right that we don't talk about it now out of respect for the player and for AC Milan, but...
Ben Gladwell

Why Barcelona wanted Jean-Clair Todibo after just 10 games in Ligue 1 for Toulouse

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ESPN FC's Ligue 1 correspondent Julien Laurens shares the latest on Adrien Rabiot's future, amid links between the PSG midfielder and Barcelona. Todibo's signing for Barcelona has raised eyebrows, but everything in his career so far suggests that he is ready for the challenge. The little Stade Municipal in Les Lilas hasn't changed much since the first time Jean-Clair Todibo walked in 10 years ago. It's still located at the bottom of a big council estate, with the main pitch in the middle and the training ones next to it. It's a place very familiar to Todibo, who joined this small club in the north of Paris, with a first-team currently competing in the fifth tier of the French league system, at just 6 years old. He used to come and train here two or three times a week...
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Asian Cup: Tom Rogic heroics send Australia to last 16; Jordan top group

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Australia left it late in their win over Syria on Tuesday. Tom Rogic smashed home an injury-time winner to earn defending champions Australia a 3-2 win over Syria on Tuesday evening and a place in the knockout rounds of the Asian Cup. The Celtic midfielder struck from 25 yards out to see off a determined Syrian side in an incident-packed clash, with victory ensuring the Socceroos advance to the round of 16 in second place in group B alongside Jordan. Jordan, meanwhile, won the group after playing out a goalless draw with Palestine, leaving the Syrians bottom...
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Fulham sign ex-Liverpool winger Ryan Babel from Besiktas until end of season

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Own goals from Fulham's Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Own goals from Fulham's Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Own goals from Fulham's Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi saw Burnley come from behind for a vital win. Fulham have signed Dutch international forward Ryan Babel from Turkish club Besiktas on a permanent deal running until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Babel makes a return to the English game, having made 146 appearances for Liverpool during his three-and-a-half year stint on Merseyside between 2007 and 2011. Transfers How a transfer works With help from former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, we show you a step-by-step guide to a transfer. What's a medical like? Can a 44-year-old man cut it in the Premier League? Our writer suffers -- and suffers some more -- through a medical at Everton. Watch live games, ESPN FC TV and MLS Rewind on ESPN+ in the U.S. LIVE: Latest from Transfer Talk FC Exclusives - United join race for Under - Morata loan, Chelsea want Higuain - United cool Milenkovic interest - Hudson-Odoi won't sign Chelsea deal - Man United to wait for Koulibaly The 32-year-old is Claudio Ranieri's first signing of the January window as 19th-placed Fulham seek a way out of the Premier League relegation zone. "I definitely...
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India must turn 'Sorrow of Sharjah' at Asian Cup into fuel for fire

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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. Ritsu Doan added to Yuya Osaka's two goals to ensure Asian Cup favourites Japan kicked off their tournament with a 3-2 win. Japan's J League started in 1993. At the same time, the national team was doing well in qualification for the 1994 World Cup and what would be a first appearance on the global stage. Going into the final game against Iraq in Qatar, the Samurai Blue just had to win to book their ticket. The goal was duly scored, and at halftime the team's Dutch coach, Hans Ooft, wrote "45 minutes to the World Cup" on the whiteboard in the dressing room. Iraq equalised soon after the break, but Japan restored their...
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Premier League will lose its most unique player when Mousa Dembele leaves Tottenham

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Dembele's skills as a disruptive, creative and aggressive central midfielder probably won't be found in the same player again. Promising young footballers are regularly compared to a current or former great and it's usually based upon a couple of attributes: the new Thierry Henry, the new Lionel Messi, the new Ronaldo. They rarely live up to the billing, but it's a useful shortcut for describing their style. It's difficult, though, to imagine anyone being an accurate "new Mousa Dembele" -- not because the Belgian was so magnificent that no one could possibly come close, but because Dembele is unlike anyone else before...
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