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  • S. Korea reach Asian Cup final

    South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 yesterday and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates. Lee Jeong-hyeop gave the Taegeuk Warriors the...

  • Higuain brace puts Napoli third

    Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain allowed Napoli to regain third spot in Serie A, although their 2-1 win over Genoa was not without its share of controversy. The Argentine’s opener could have been ruled out for offside. On seven minutes, Jose...

  • Sturridge could return against Chelsea – Rodgers

    Sturridge could return against Chelsea – Rodgers

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return from injury in their League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight, manager Brendan Rodgers told reporters yesterday. Former Chelsea striker...

  • Crucial point for Hibernians says last-gasp scorer Agius

    Crucial point for Hibernians says last-gasp scorer Agius

    The 90th minute was about to elapse at the National Stadium on Saturday when the fourth official signalled four minutes of added time to the top-of-the-table clash between Hibernians and Birkirkara. At that juncture, the Paolites were on the brink...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 11 (2 pens); Mifsud Triganza 5; Guerrero 4; Darmanin 3, Zarate 3; Kaljevic 2; Micallef, Serrano, Bezzina, Guobadia. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar Lions); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs Hibernians); Arab (vs...

  • No room for romance in ‘pointless’ Coppa Italia

    No room for romance in ‘pointless’ Coppa Italia

    The Italian Cup enters the quarter-finals this week although, unlike its English counterpart, there will be no hint of romance and barely a flicker of interest. While the FA Cup is steeped in tradition and giant-killing feats, organisers of the...

  • Danes want special court to deal with sports corruption

    The Danish Football Association (DBU) has called on the country’s government to set up a special court and increase resources to investigators to deal with match-fixing and other forms of corruption in sport. Culture minister Marianne Jelved...

  • Bayern’s Guardiola in no rush for contract extension

    German champions Bayern Munich have repeatedly signalled their desire for a contract extension with coach Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard seems in no rush to sign a deal past 2016. Guardiola led Bayern to the domestic league and cup double in his...

  • Football news

    Midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has joined Inter from Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on a two-year loan deal with the option of making the move permanent, the Italian side said yesterday. The 22-year old, who has scored one goal in seven...

  • Sporting briefs

    Cassano: Antonio Cassano is on the look out for yet another club as Serie A bottom side Parma ripped up his contract yesterday after the striker asked for unpaid wages. A club statement said the agreement had been mutual. The former AS Roma, Real...

  • Leeflang scores on debut as Citizens maul Lions

    Leeflang scores on debut as Citizens maul Lions

    Naxxar Lions 0Valletta 3Leeflang 45; Elford-Alliyu 82, 85; The one-all stalemate between Birkirkara and Hibernians on Saturday was greeted with a certain dose of enthusiasm in the Valletta clan as the result handed them a slight boost as their...

  • Postponed matches at Hibs Stadium to be played in Hamrun tomorrow

    The two BOV Premier League matches at the Hibernians Stadium yesterday were both cancelled. The Malta FA said in a statement that as a consequence of the bad weather that hit the islands and the heavy rainfalls which fell in the lead-up to the...

  • Wanderers throw away 3-1 lead

    Wanderers throw away 3-1 lead

    Balzan 5Piccioni 31, 88; Kaljevic 58, 79; Darmanin 76;Sliema Wanderers 3Pedrinho 2, 27; Bocar 52; Balzan produced an astonishing comeback and emerged on top in a topsy-turvy match against Sliema Wanderers to consolidate their grip on fourth...

  • Gudja held, Pembroke lose

    Gudja held, Pembroke lose

    Gudja United 0Mqabba 0 After suffering a heavy 6-0 defeat to Sirens in the FA Trophy in midweek, Gudja continued to misfire as yesterday they were held by lowly Mqabba in a league match at the Centenary Stadium. This was one of the most boring...

  • Pogba inspires Juventus

    Pogba inspires Juventus

    Paul Pogba scored a typically majestic goal to set Serie A leaders Juventus on the way to a 2-0 win over Chievo while second-placed Roma could not go beyond a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina which means the champions have now extended their lead to seven...

  • Inter still on track – Mancini

    Inter coach Roberto Mancini still believes his side can qualify for the Champions League next season even after their shock 1-0 home defeat against Torino yesterday which he described as “cruel”. “Strange things can happen in football and we could...

  • Arsenal cling on to victory over Brighton

    Arsenal cling on to victory over Brighton

    Holders Arsenal were made to sweat by Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion before eventually prevailing 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday to ensure they did not fall foul of another upset. A day after Chelsea and Manchester...

  • Cambridge flush with cash ahead of Man. Utd replay

    Cambridge United are flush with cash after securing a lucrative FA Cup fourth round replay at Manchester United and will spend their Old Trafford windfall on new toilets, the fourth tier club’s chairman said. Cambridge, promoted from the minor...

  • Iran lose protest to overturn loss to Iraq

    Iraq were cleared to take their place in today’s Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran. Iraq beat their old foes 7-6 on penalties after the teams finished tied at 3-3 in...

  • MFPA in key Euro Taskforce meeting

    The Malta Football Players Association (MFPA) was recently involved in discussions during a meeting on the implementation of minimum requirements in contracts of professional players in Europe. The meeting at the Excelsior Hotel was attended by...

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