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  • Monaco facing elimination as play-offs promise drama

    Monaco facing elimination as play-offs promise drama

    Monaco, quarter-finalists last season, must overturn a two-goal deficit at home to Valencia in arguably the most attractive of the UEFA Champions League play-offs round second-leg clashes and Lazio defend a one-goal lead at Bayer...

  • Malmo coach Hareide hits back over ‘pigs’ jibe

    Malmo coach Hareide hits back over ‘pigs’ jibe

    Malmo boss Age Hareide has attacked the Scottish media amid controversy over the “pigs” jibe aimed at Celtic following the first leg of their Champions League play-off. Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland branded Celtic players “grisar” – a Swedish word...

  • Mihajlovic accepts Rossoneri defeat

    Mihajlovic accepts Rossoneri defeat

    Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic admitted his side got what they deserved from their Serie A opener at Fiorentina. Fiorentina won 2-0 with the Rossoneri playing with just 10 men from the 36th minute after Brazilian defender Rodrigo Ely was sent off...

  • Italian federation chief Tavecchio promises no more Parma cases

    The Italian soccer federation (FIGC) says there will be no repeat of last season’s case involving Parma who were bailed out by the organisation to avoid losing their Serie A place due to money problems. FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio has explained...

  • Muscat urging players to stay grounded after landmark win

    Muscat urging players to stay grounded after landmark win

    Pembroke Athleta had a dream start to life in the Premier League as in their first-ever appearance in the top flight they beat Qormi 2-1 to put three useful points on the board as they bid to avoid an immediate drop back to Division One at the end...

  • Cech denies Liverpool

    Cech denies Liverpool

    Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last night. Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech – at fault for West Ham United’s goals in a 2-0...

  • Mourinho hails debutant Pedro

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Pedro’s instant impact after the winger scored on his debut in the 3-2 win over West Brom. Pedro also set up Diego Costa for Chelsea’s second before Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal and they hung on after John Terry’s...

  • Montebello moves to Tarxien on loan

    Tarxien Rainbows have reached an agreement with BOV Premier League rivals Valletta to sign striker Luke Montebello on loan until the end of the season. The Rainbows, who opened their league campaign with an eye-catching 2-0 win over Sliema...

  • Benzema happy to call Madrid ‘home’

    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has insisted he has no plans to leave the Bernabeu. The France forward has been persistently linked with Arsenal, but took to Twitter to say he was going nowhere. “For all those clowns who want to make believe...

  • Football news

    Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz believes his side’s latest poor start to a season is down to more than just bad luck as for the fifth year running the Bavarians have failed to win either of their opening two league fixtures. A 1-1 draw at...

  • Sporting briefs

    Stark: Hertha Berlin have signed Germany’s former Under-19 European champion Niklas Stark on a four-year deal from second division Nuremberg. The 20-year-old Stark, who is now an Under-21 international, trained with the squad after completing his...

  • Pedro scores on Chelsea debut

    Pedro scores on Chelsea debut

    Chelsea’s Pedro scored and made a huge impact on his Premier League debut as the champions got their campaign off the ground with an entertaining 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion while Manchester City won 2-0 at Everton yesterday. Chelsea had taken...

  • Victory can be big boost – Rodgers

    Victory can be big boost – Rodgers

    Liverpool can land a psychological blow on Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal with victory at the Emirates Stadium tonight, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds travel to the capital for an early meeting with another side who have...

  • Pochettino planning signings

    Tottenham’s timid display at Leicester highlighted their need to bring in reinforcements and manager Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful of concluding a deal this week. Up until the moment Nacer Chadli clipped in a lovely curling cross for substitute...

  • Juventus humbled by Udinese as Milan fall flat

    Juventus humbled by Udinese as Milan fall flat

    Serie A champions Juventus, weakened by a series of departures in the close season, slumped to a shock 1-0 home defeat against Udinese in their opening game of the new Italian league campaign yesterday. Defeat ended Juve’s 47-match unbeaten home...

  • Suarez earns Barca win at Bilbao in opener

    Suarez earns Barca win at Bilbao in opener

    Barcelona got their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years off to a winning start when Luis Suarez buried a fine volley shortly after half-time to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao yesterday. The Spanish and European champions’...

  • Dortmund win to go top

    Dortmund win to go top

    Borussia Dortmund struck four times in the second half to crush promoted Ingolstadt 4-0 yesterday and climb to the top of the Bundesliga on six points, ahead of champions Bayern Munich on goal difference. The 2011 and 2012 champions, who won their...

  • Cameroon player dies after collapsing during match

    A 26-year-old striker for Cameroonian second division soccer team Dynamo de Douala collapsed during a match and later died, the central African nation’s professional soccer league said yesterday. Leopold Angong Oben was fouled in the penalty area,...

  • Deila has faith in Celtic

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila will leave for Sweden this morning armed with faith in his squad after a much-changed team won 3-1 at Dundee United on Saturday. Only Emilio Izaguirre and Leigh Griffiths retained their places following Celtic’s 3-2...

  • FIFA’s reform committee says Blatter unfairly treated-paper

    Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been unfairly treated over the corruption scandal surrounding world soccer‘s governing body, the head of its reform committee told a Swiss newspaper yesterday. United States prosecutors in May indicted nine...