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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...

  • Chicago Fire sign Schweinsteiger from Manchester United

    Chicago Fire sign Schweinsteiger from Manchester United

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed a deal to join Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire, the Premier League club confirmed, The 32-year-old German, who signed for United at the start of last season, has fallen out of...

  • Suarez suspension an advantage for Brazil – Casemiro

    Brazil visit Uruguay on World Cup duty this week, with midfielder Casemiro suggesting the absence of Luis Suarez will give the five-times champions an advantage in the top-of-the-table clash in Montevideo. The Barcelona striker has scored 31 goals...

  • Staying in the Premier League is key to Defoe’s England hopes

    Staying in the Premier League is key to Defoe’s England hopes

    Jermain Defoe has indicated he will leave struggling Sunderland if they are relegated because he needs to stay in the Premier League (EPL) to keep alive his hopes of going to next year’s World Cup finals with England. The 34-year-old striker, back...

  • ‘B’ initiative gives coach more options says Gatt

    ‘B’ initiative gives coach more options says Gatt

    The enticing race for the BOV Premier League title will be out the spotlight this week, making way for the national team and Malta U-21s in their commitments on the international scene. The U-21 squad, under the charge of coach Silvio Vella, leave...

  • Mueller defends Robben’s reaction at substitution

    Thomas Mueller defended Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben after the winger showed his displeasure at being substituted in the 1-0 win at Borussia Mgladbach. Mueller’s strike – only his second in the league this season – took Bayern 13 points...

  • Premier League statistics

    Premier League statistics

    BalzanKaljevic 20 (4 pens); Da Silva Souza 7, Piciollo 7; Effiong 4, Nafti 4; Fenech 3, Micallef 3 (1 pen); Agius, Arab, Bruno, Serrano, Anderson. Own goal: Lima (vs Hibernians).Red cards: Serrano (vs Tarxien); Da Silva Souza (vs...

  • Ghana referee handed life ban for match-fixing

    Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match manipulation in a World Cup qualifier, FIFA said yesterday. FIFA said Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result following South Africa’s 2-1 win over...

  • Football news

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Romelu Lukaku will continue to do his best for the club despite the uncertainty over whether the striker will sign a new contract. Reports said Lukaku had rejected a new long-term deal from Everton last week...

  • Sporting briefs

    Sounders: Reigning MLS champions Seattle Sounders got their first win of the season with a comfortable 3-1 success over New York Red Bulls. Goals from Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp earned the three points for Sounders and ensured...

  • Southgate wants to broaden horizons of English game

    Southgate wants to broaden horizons of English game

    Manager Gareth Southgate thinks English football needs to shed its island mentality and look beyond life in the Premier League if the national side is to become a success Gareth Southgate leads the Three Lions in a friendly in Germany on Wednesday...

  • Watch: Juve can go all the way in Champions League - Tacconi

    Watch: Juve can go all the way in Champions League - Tacconi

    From Gianpiero Combi to Dino Zoff, leading to Stefano Tacconi, Angelo Peruzzi and now Gianluigi Buffon, the Juventus goal has always been guarded by a great keeper. At 39 years of age, Buffon is probably writing his last few verses in an enriched...

  • Lija beat Senglea to join Lions at the top

    Lija beat Senglea to join Lions at the top

    Senglea Athletics 0Lija Athletic 2 Lija Athletic joined Naxxar Lions at the top of the Division One standings after beating Senglea with a goal in each half. This was a deserved victory for Lija as they were the more aggressive side and apart from...

  • Football news

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed he rolled the dice with a formation tweak at Stoke because he was not content to leave the bet365 Stadium with just a draw. With the score 1-1 and 20 minutes left, Conte brought on Cesc Fabregas – replacing...

  • Sporting briefs

    Bayern Munich: Thomas Mue-ller scored in his 250th Bundesliga match yesterday to give runaway leaders Bayern Munich a deserved 1-0 victory at Borussia Moen-chengladbach that sent them a staggering 13 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. The...

  • Manchester City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool

    Manchester City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool

    MANCHESTER CITY 1 LIVERPOOL 1 Manchester City had to come from behind to hold Liverpool 1-1 as both teams lost ground in the Premier League following victories for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. City, in third place, stayed a point ahead of the...

  • Cuadrado winner puts Juve 10-points clear at the top once more

    Cuadrado winner puts Juve 10-points clear at the top once more

    Juan Cuadrado's seventh-minute goal helped Juventus preserve their dominant lead at the top of the Serie A table while ending Sampdoria's unbeaten run. The 1-0 victory at the Marassi means Juve are once again 10 points clear of Napoli, who beat...

  • Man United punish struggling Middlesbrough despite Mourinho's pessimism

    Man United punish struggling  Middlesbrough despite Mourinho's pessimism

    MIDDLESBROUGH 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3 Manchester United moved into fifth place in the English Premier League today with a 3-1 victory away to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday. Jose Mourinho had said his team...

  • Wenger hints at end game

    Wenger hints at end game

    A downbeat Arsene Wenger said he has decided on his Arsenal future and would reveal all soon after his side slumped to a dismal 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion. Yesterday’s defeat meant Arsenal have lost four of their last five Premier League...

  • Spal goalkeeper wins call-up

    Serie B goalkeeper Alex Meret is the surprise inclusion in the Italy squad to face Albania and Holland. The 19-year-old Udinese player is on loan with Serie B promotion-seekers Spal, who are currently top of the league after putting together a...

  • Religion, football don’t mix

    Religion, football don’t mix

    If there’s one thing you could never accuse football fans of it is letting a lack of logic hold them back from venting their emotions. During last Monday’s FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Manchester United, a section of the home supporters decided...