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Italy beat Albania in match marred by crowd trouble

Italy beat Albania in match marred by crowd trouble

Italy survived some first-half scares on the way to a 2-0 win over Albania in a World Cup qualifier marred by crowd trouble caused by away fans. A Daniele De Rossi penalty and Ciro Immobile header gave Italy three points in Group G as their veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 1,000th senior appearance. De Rossi had to wait to take his penalty...

  • UEFA chief Ceferin suggests new financial controls

    UEFA chief Ceferin suggests new financial controls

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes European football should consider more restraints on spending, squad limits and changes to the transfer system to stop rich clubs from dominating. The 49-year-old Slovenian, who has been in charge of...

  • Ghedin hands ‘B’ trio chance to show true worth

    Ghedin hands ‘B’ trio chance to show true worth

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has decided to promote Michael Johnson, Cain Attard and Jurgen Bezzina to the national squad ahead of Sunday evening’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia at the National Stadium (kick-off: 20.45). Earlier this month,...

  • Nicholl shines in Cassar Cup final

    Nicholl shines in Cassar Cup final

    In 1956-57 the traditional charity Cassar Cup competition was played in September before the start of the league campaign and Sliema Wanderers started the season on a top note when they beat Ħamrun Spartans in the final. Before the Cassar Cup got...

  • Sanchez and Ozil talks are on hold, says Wenger

    Contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on hold until the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday. Speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger had no news about his own future at the club other than saying he would...

  • Ibrahimovic still motivated by feud with Guardiola

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he is still motivated by his falling out with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. Guardiola brought Ibrahimovic to the Nou Camp in 2009 but the relationship between the pair broke down and he was loaned to Milan after only...

  • Football: Southgate impressed by adaptable England despite Germany defeat

    Football: Southgate impressed by adaptable England despite Germany defeat

    England manager Gareth Southgate has praised his side for adapting well to his new system despite losing 1-0 to Germany in a friendly at Dortmund last night. England, who host Lithuania at Wembley in Sunday's World Cup qualifier, played with a...

  • Football news

    Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has emphasised his loyalty to Arsene Wenger amid “flattering” transfer links to former club Barcelona and Manchester City. The 22-year-old signed a new six-year deal with Arsenal in November, but that may have been...

  • Sporting briefs

    Prieto: Real Sociedad captain Xabi Prieto has signed a one-year contract extension with the club. The 33-year-old was in the final months of his previous deal, which was due to expire in June. Prieto has spent his entire career with his hometown...

  • Balzan’s Anderson to miss Hibs clash

    Five Premier League players were handed a one-match suspension by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday. Balzan will be without midfielder Anderson de Barros for the top-of-the-table clash against Hibernians on April 2. The Brazilian...

  • Rush backs Bale to get Wales back on track in World Cup campaign

    Rush backs Bale to get Wales back on track in World Cup campaign

    Ian Rush expects Gareth Bale to get Wales back on World Cup track in Dublin and move even closer to his international goals record. Wales take on the Republic of Ireland on Friday four points adrift of the Group D leaders. But Rush feels the...

  • Loew sees England as a team in transition

    Loew sees England as a team in transition

    Germany head coach Joachim Loew is more interested in England’s potential than their struggles as recently-appointed Gareth Southgate attempts to bring “modern football” to a side in transition. Last March there was a feel-good factor around the...

  • New cool-headed Costa is good for Chelsea – Courtois

    Thibaut Courtois believes Premier League leaders Chelsea have benefited from Diego Costa learning to keep his cool in the face of provocation this season. The Blues claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday that maintained their...

  • Vardy received death threats after Ranieri exit

    Vardy received death threats after Ranieri exit

    England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has revealed he has received death threats and his family have been targeted following Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes sacking. The forward fears for his wife Rebekah’s safety after saying she had been cut up...

  • Ferguson urges United to aim for Europa League glory

    Ferguson urges United to aim for Europa League glory

    Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season's Champions League, former manager Alex Ferguson has said. United are fifth...

  • Ivory Coast name Wilmots as coach

    Ivory Coast named Marc Wilmots as their new coach yesterday, describing the former Belgium boss as a “big catch.” The 48-year-old, who was sacked by Belgium in July after failing to take their highly-rated team beyond the Euro 2016 quarter-finals,...

  • PSG did not offer me contract, says Wenger

    PSG did not offer me contract, says Wenger

    Arsene Wenger has denied that he has been offered a contract by Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain. Wenger has kept the footballing world guessing if he will sign a new contract with the Gunners but revealed after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West...

  • Football news

    Two home wins in a row lifted Bournemouth clear of the relegation zone and Swansea City manager Paul Clement has urged his squad to follow suit as they prepare for back to back home games against Middlesbrough and Tottenham. Swansea sit just one...

  • Sporting briefs

    Jones: Manchester United defender Phil Jones is out of England’s squad for their upcoming international fixtures against Germany and Lithuania after sustaining an injury in training, the English Football Association said yesterday. Jones, who has...

  • Muscat, Pisani ruled out of Slovakia qualifier

    Muscat, Pisani ruled out of Slovakia qualifier

    Valletta FC midfielder Rowen Muscat and Jurgen Pisani, the Floriana FC wing-back, have been ruled out of Malta’s 2018 FIFA World Cup European qualifier against Slovakia because of injuries, the Malta Football Association said.  While Muscat has...

  • Luis Enrique marvels at prolific ace Messi

    Luis Enrique marvels  at prolific ace Messi

    Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique yesterday paid tribute to talisman Lionel Messi after the Argentine scored twice in a 4-2 win over Valencia to rack up at least 40 goals in all competitions for the eighth year in a row. Messi put Barca 2-1 up...