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  • Italian crowds fall by over six per cent in a year

    The number of people going to watch soccer in Italian stadiums has dropped by over 800,000 or six per cent in the space of a year, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said yesterday. With the game in Italy losing ground on the pitch to European...

  • Juventus edge closer to title

    Juventus re-opened an eight-point lead at the top of the Serie A standings following a 2-0 win away at Udinese last night. The visitors had defender Andrea Barzagli, Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Carlos Tevez not figuring in the starting...

  • We need to keep fighting – Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is trying to keep things on an even keel despite the win over rivals Manchester City edging the Reds closer to a long-awaited title. The 3-2 win at Anfield leaves Liverpool just four matches in which to end a...

  • Wenger eyes strong finish

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to build on their FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out triumph by winning all of their remaining five Premier League matches to secure a top-four finish. The Gunners will host West Ham tonight...

  • Denni eager to boost City title push

    Denni could not have chosen a better moment to serve up a reminder of his match-winning qualities. Restored to Valletta’s starting XI on Saturday after his befuddling omission from the squad for the previous three games, the nimble forward...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    Balzan: Armario Negrin 11 (1 pen); Micallef 7; Darmanin 4; Bezzina 2, Scicluna 2, Spiteri 2; Agius, Aboulezz, Pereira, Sciberras, Grima, Pedrinho.Own goal: Pearson (vs Hibs).Red cards: Agius (vs Vittoriosa), Vignaroli (vs Sliema, Birkirkara),...

  • Pembroke host U-11 festival

    The Youth FA’s experiment of entrusting the organisation of a series of Under-11 festivals, which feature sports and cultural activities, to local nurseries has proved a huge success. Five nurseries were chosen to host this season’s events. Mġarr,...

  • Football news

    Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic has not given up hope of one day playing football again following his near-fatal car accident. The 24-year-old is still recovering from the September 2012 crash, which left him in a coma for almost two...

  • Sporting briefs

    Kurzawa: Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa has been ruled out of action for three weeks with a thigh injury, the Ligue 1 side said. Left-back Kurzawa picked up the injury in his team’s 1-0 win at Stade Rennes on Saturday. Claudio Ranieri’s side are...

  • Haruna hits treble as irresistible Birkirkara crush inept Sliema

    Birkirkara 6Haruna 5, 14, 40; Jhonnattann 10; Camenzuli 25; Bissi 69;Sliema Wanderers 0 The message from Birkirkara was loud and clear. While title rivals Valletta needed 77 minutes to rake up five goals in their demolition of Mosta, it took...

  • Hibs, Balzan in eight-goal thriller

    Balzan 4Pearson og 14; Micallef 39, 74; Negrin 62;Hibernians 4Pearson 4; Farrugia 36; Obiefule 50, Failla 64; Hibernians’ defensive frailties undermined a vibrant attacking display as they squandered the lead four times in an extraordinary 4-4...

  • Inter thrash Samp, Higuain nets hat-trick in goal glut

    Inter ended a poor run by routing Sampdoria 4-0 away in a stormy game yesterday, putting them back on course for a European return, after the hosts had forward Eder sent off and missed a penalty in the first 20 minutes. Gonzalo Higuain scored a...

  • Atletico Madrid close on La Liga triumph

    Atletico Madrid moved closer to a first La Liga title in almost two decades when Diego Godin and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe yesterday that stretched their advantage at the top to three points. The surprise leaders ahead of...

  • Football results

    Bundesliga: B. Leverkusen vs H. Berlin 2-1; Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg 2-0. Leading standings: B. Munich 78; B. Dortmund 61; Schalke 58; B. Leverkusen 51; Wolfsburg 50. Ligue 1: Nantes vs Guingamp 1-0; Reims vs St Etienne 2-2; Lyon vs Paris SG...

  • Hull City tame plucky Blades

    Premier League Hull City were given a fright as they had to come from behind twice to beat obstinate third tier side Sheffield United 5-3 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley yesterday to reach the final for the first time. In a frantic opening...

  • ‘Pool sink City to close on title

    Liverpool took a huge step towards becoming English champions for the first time in 24 years when they beat third-placed Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League game at Anfield yesterday. Chelsea won 1-0 at 10-man Swansea City to stay...

  • St Johnstone overcome Aberdeen to reach Cup final

    Stevie May killed off St Johnstone’s semi-final jinx as his double confirmed a 2-1 win over Aberdeen and booked the Perth men a place in next month’s Scottish Cup final yesterday. Niall McGinn had slotted Derek McInnes’ side ahead after a quarter...

  • Spartans see off St George’s

    St George’s 0Ħamrun Spartans 2 Already relegated Ħamrun Spartans lifted their low morale when they scored two early first-half goals to beat St George’s. The Spartans won the match on merit as they were surely the better side throughout the...

  • Żebbuġ hit four past Melita to seal promotion

    Żebbuġ 4Melita 0 Żebbuġ Rangers ended a 24-year old wait to finally secure promotion to the Premier League. Jesmond Zammit’s men produced a strong second-half performance to completely overwhelm Melita and seal second place in the...

  • Kooh Sohna scores five in Hotspurs win

    Birżebbuġa SP 2Pietà Hotspurs 6 Pietà Hotspurs honoured their status as Division One champions when they hammered Birżebbuġa St Peter’s with striker Raphael Kooh Sohna scoring five goals. The Hotspurs came out strongly and inside the first minute...

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