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  • Sporting briefs

    Kurzawa: Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa has been ruled out of action for three weeks with a thigh injury, the Ligue 1 side said. Left-back Kurzawa picked up the injury in his team’s 1-0 win at Stade Rennes on Saturday. Claudio Ranieri’s side are...

  • Haruna hits treble as irresistible Birkirkara crush inept Sliema

    Birkirkara 6Haruna 5, 14, 40; Jhonnattann 10; Camenzuli 25; Bissi 69;Sliema Wanderers 0 The message from Birkirkara was loud and clear. While title rivals Valletta needed 77 minutes to rake up five goals in their demolition of Mosta, it took...

  • Hibs, Balzan in eight-goal thriller

    Balzan 4Pearson og 14; Micallef 39, 74; Negrin 62;Hibernians 4Pearson 4; Farrugia 36; Obiefule 50, Failla 64; Hibernians’ defensive frailties undermined a vibrant attacking display as they squandered the lead four times in an extraordinary 4-4...

  • Inter thrash Samp, Higuain nets hat-trick in goal glut

    Inter ended a poor run by routing Sampdoria 4-0 away in a stormy game yesterday, putting them back on course for a European return, after the hosts had forward Eder sent off and missed a penalty in the first 20 minutes. Gonzalo Higuain scored a...

  • Atletico Madrid close on La Liga triumph

    Atletico Madrid moved closer to a first La Liga title in almost two decades when Diego Godin and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe yesterday that stretched their advantage at the top to three points. The surprise leaders ahead of...

  • Football results

    Bundesliga: B. Leverkusen vs H. Berlin 2-1; Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg 2-0. Leading standings: B. Munich 78; B. Dortmund 61; Schalke 58; B. Leverkusen 51; Wolfsburg 50. Ligue 1: Nantes vs Guingamp 1-0; Reims vs St Etienne 2-2; Lyon vs Paris SG...

  • Hull City tame plucky Blades

    Premier League Hull City were given a fright as they had to come from behind twice to beat obstinate third tier side Sheffield United 5-3 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley yesterday to reach the final for the first time. In a frantic opening...

  • ‘Pool sink City to close on title

    Liverpool took a huge step towards becoming English champions for the first time in 24 years when they beat third-placed Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League game at Anfield yesterday. Chelsea won 1-0 at 10-man Swansea City to stay...

  • St Johnstone overcome Aberdeen to reach Cup final

    Stevie May killed off St Johnstone’s semi-final jinx as his double confirmed a 2-1 win over Aberdeen and booked the Perth men a place in next month’s Scottish Cup final yesterday. Niall McGinn had slotted Derek McInnes’ side ahead after a quarter...

  • Spartans see off St George’s

    St George’s 0Ħamrun Spartans 2 Already relegated Ħamrun Spartans lifted their low morale when they scored two early first-half goals to beat St George’s. The Spartans won the match on merit as they were surely the better side throughout the...

  • Żebbuġ hit four past Melita to seal promotion

    Żebbuġ 4Melita 0 Żebbuġ Rangers ended a 24-year old wait to finally secure promotion to the Premier League. Jesmond Zammit’s men produced a strong second-half performance to completely overwhelm Melita and seal second place in the...

  • Kooh Sohna scores five in Hotspurs win

    Birżebbuġa SP 2Pietà Hotspurs 6 Pietà Hotspurs honoured their status as Division One champions when they hammered Birżebbuġa St Peter’s with striker Raphael Kooh Sohna scoring five goals. The Hotspurs came out strongly and inside the first minute...

  • St Andrew’s too strong for Gudja

    Gudja United 1St Andrew’s 4 In a typical end of season encounter, St Andrew’s registered a sound victory over Gudja in a one-sided encounter. Early on, it was Emiliano Lattes who drove the ball just inches over the Gudja bar. Andrew’s forged ahead...

  • Football news

    Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian league set to kick off later this year. Atletico and former India captain Ganguly were part of the consortium that...

  • Sporting briefs

    Conte: Serie A champions and leaders Juventus are used to having the world against them and this season is no exception, coach Antonio Conte said yesterday. “Either you are for Juventus or you are against Juventus, it’s always been like that and...

  • Superb Birkirkara crush Sliema to regain top spot

    BIRKIRKARA-6, SLIEMA WANDERERS-0 Birkirkara stormed back to the top of the table after hammering Sliema Wanderers 6-0 this evening at the National Stadium. Valletta's 5-0 rout of Mosta yesterday looked to have turned up the pressure on the...

  • Hull beat plucky Sheffield United to reach first FA Cup final

    Hull City twice came from behind to beat obstinate third tier side Sheffield United 5-3 in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley today to reach the final for the first time. In a frantic opening half, Jose Baxter gave Sheffield United a shock lead on 19...

  • Hibs and Balzan fight out extraordinary draw

    BALZAN 4 HIBERNIANS 4 Hibernians and Balzan fought out an extraordinary 4-4 draw. The Paolites stunned Balzan when taking the lead inside the opening four minutes. Luis Edison was prominent as his looping header from Failla’s freekick released...

  • Updated: Higuain hat-trick boosts Napoli

    Gonzalo Higuain's hat-trick helped Napoli tighten their grip on the last Champions League place with a 4-2 home victory over 10-man Lazio. The Argentina striker plundered his first treble for the Stadio San Paolo outfit, while Dries Mertens'...

  • Updated: Chelsea beat Swansea, keep up pressure on leaders Liverpool

    Second-placed Chelsea won 1-0 at Swansea City today, taking advantage of playing against 10 men for most of the match to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool. That left Chelsea two points behind Liverpool after 34 games each...

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