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Five-star City edge thriller with Monaco

Five-star City edge thriller with Monaco

Manchester City came out on top in an epic Champions League battle against Monaco as late goals by John Stones and Leroy Sane secured a 5-3 victory in a last 16 first-leg tie that had goals galore and a missed penalty. City took the lead through Raheem Sterling but were then playing catch-up as Monaco drew level thanks to Radamel Falcao's header and went...

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    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted he was frustrated by his side’s over-confident approach to the first half of the 3-0 Europa League round-of-32 first-leg win over St Etienne. A hat-trick from striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the...

  • Arsenal boss Wenger says future will be settled soon

    Arsenal boss Wenger says future will be settled soon

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his future would probably be decided “in March or April” as he pondered whether to take up the offer of a contract extension or leave the club he has managed for 20 years at the end of the season. The Frenchman...

  • Real boss Zidane warns against complacency after Napoli stroll

    Real boss Zidane warns against complacency after Napoli stroll

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned that it was still all to play for in their Champions League last-16 clash against Napoli after the holders strolled to a 3-1 win in the first leg on Wednesday. Real fell behind to an early goal at the...

  • FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026

    FIFA to encourage co-hosting for 2026

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino yesterday said he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 soccer World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries if possible. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup...

  • Allegri faces juggling act as Juve eye historic title

    Massimiliano Allegri faces a conundrum as he looks to steer Juventus towards their sixth successive league title and the status of legends. While the coach still wants more from his players after they took their winning run to five against...

  • Infantino plays down violence fears in Russia

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has played down concerns about possible violence at the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite several flashpoints involving their supporters at the 2016 European Championship in France. “I’m not concerned about trouble...

  • Spurs lose at Gent, Roma and United win

    Spurs lose at Gent, Roma and United win

    Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they were beaten 1-0 by mid-table Belgian outfit Gent in their last 32, first leg tie yesterday despite fielding a strong side. Spurs, who have dropped into the...

  • Xewkija Tigers consolidate lead

    Xewkija Tigers consolidate lead

    Xewkija Tigers extended their positive run in the GFA Division One with a 4-1 win over Oratory Youths to open a four-point lead over champions Għajnsielem as the second round nears its completion. Oratory had shocked Xewkija in the corresponding...

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    Leading referee Mark Clattenburg is leaving the Premier League after 12 years to work in Saudi Arabia. The 41-year-old Englishman’s move was confirmed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation which provides and trains...

  • Sporting briefs

    Championship: Goal-line technology looks set to be used in English soccer’s second tier after Championship clubs agreed in principle yesterday to its introduction next season. Similar technology has been used in the Premier League since 2013-14...

  • Bayern crush Arsenal 5-1

    Bayern crush Arsenal 5-1

    Bayern Munich crushed Arsenal 5-1 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg last night, scoring three goals in a dazzling 10-minute spell in the second half to extend their record to 16 consecutive home wins in the competition. Thiago...

  • Cavani has last laugh over Suarez

    Cavani has last laugh over Suarez

    Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani swapped shirts with Barcelona and fellow Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after Tuesday’s Champions League last-16, first leg tie knowing his was the most valuable on the night after the French champions’ 4-0...

  • Dortmund rue missed chances in Benfica defeat

    Borussia Dortmund were left licking their wounds after wasting several chances in a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Benfica in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash on Tuesday. The Germans misfired throughout the game with their top scorer,...

  • Mourinho believes United could pay price of success

    Mourinho believes United could pay price of success

    Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will end up “in trouble” if they continue to fight on all fronts. Tonight’s  Europa League last-32 first leg against St Etienne kicks off a frantic 11-day period as the second leg in France comes after an...

  • Turkey will bid to host Euro 2024

    Turkey will bid to host the Euro 2024 soccer tournament after three previous unsuccessful attempts, Turkish Football Federation head Yildirim Demiroren said yesterday. The country previously made bids to stage the finals in 2008, 2012 and...

  • Ten Premier League players handed one-match ban

    Ten Premier League players were suspended by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday. Leaders Hibernians cannot bank on defender Andrei Agius for their clash against Ħamrun Spartans as the Malta defender received his fourth booking in the...

  • Winning start for Malta U-16

    Malta made a positive start to the UEFA European Boys Youth Under-16 Development Mini-Tournament after beating Armenia 1-0 in their opening game at the Centenary Stadium. Captain Shaun Dimech scored the winning goal with a direct free-kick from...

  • Adrian Mifsud...a fast and deadly goal-poacher

    Adrian Mifsud...a fast and deadly goal-poacher

    Adrian Mifsud was, in my opinion, one of the best strikers of the modern era in Maltese football. Small in stature, Mifsud was a pacey and deadly striker who made a name for himself with Rabat, Hibernians, Sliema and Floriana. Born on December 11,...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels ‘heading’ fears, study says

    Brain damage in former players  fuels ‘heading’ fears, study says

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lovren: Defender Dejan Lovren was the one notable absentee from the Liverpool squad which flew out to Spain for a warm weather training camp yesterday. The Croatia international has not played since the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on January 31,...

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