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  • Dejected Liverpool target FA Cup glory

    Dejected Liverpool target FA Cup glory

    With Premier League results on the slide and Champions League qualification hanging in the balance, Liverpool’s season seemingly rests on FA Cup glory, starting with a quarter-final replay against Championship side Blackburn Rovers...

  • Roma handed partial closure stadium ban

    Roma have been ordered to close part of their stadium at their next home game after fans displayed banners insulting the mother of a Napoli fan who died following clashes between rival supporters last year. The banners caused an outcry after they...

  • Benteke scores hat-trick in 3-3 draw

    Christian Benteke’s superb hat-trick rescued a potentially priceless point for Aston Villa, who twice came back from a goal down to draw 3-3 yesterday with relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers, yesterday. Benteke’s free-kick with seven minutes to...

  • Juventus outclass Fiorentina to reach Coppa final

    Treble-chasing Juventus, beaten 2-1 at home in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, hit back with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Fiorentina to reach the final yesterday. Alessandro Matri, Roberto Pereyra and Leonardo Bonucci scored the goals...

  • Failure to storm Palace spells the end for City title hopes

    Failure to storm Palace spells the end for City title hopes

    Separated from Chelsea by alphabetical order on New Year’s Day, Manchester City now trail the Premier League leaders by nine points and their hopes of retaining the title appear to be over. A 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace on Monday continued a poor...

  • St George’s beat Melita to step up third-place chase

    Melita 1St George’s 2 St George’s completed a double over Melita to move just three points behind third-placed Fgura as the race for the play-off spot hots up in Division One. The Cottonera side scored two goals in the space of four second half...

  • Cohen says league title will erase 2013 decider upset

    Cohen says league title will erase 2013 decider upset

    Hibernians are within touching distance of their first Premier League crown since 2009. A crushing 5-0 victory over Mosta at the National Stadium last weekend ensured the Paolites retained an eight-point lead over nearest rivals Birkirkara,...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    BalzanPiccioni 13 (2 pens); Kaljevic 9 (2 pens); Mifsud Triganza 5, Guerrero 5; Darmanin 3, Zarate 3, Micallef 3; Serrano, Bezzina, Guobadia, Arab, Grima. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs Hibernians); Arab (vs...

  • Lazio now eyeing second place

    Lazio now eyeing second place

    Last summer, Lazio were only considered as outsiders to make a top-three finish at the end of the season. Champions Juventus and 2013-14 runners-up Roma were ranked favourites by the pundits to battle it out for the scudetto and eventually occupy...

  • Three Maltese match officials awarded diploma by UEFA

    Three Maltese match officials awarded diploma by UEFA

    Elite Referee Philip Farrugia and assistant referees Ryan Aquilina and Rick Heckenlaible have just been awarded a UEFA diploma following their participation at the 24th CORE (Centre of Refe-reeing Excellence) Programme in Switzerland. UEFA...

  • Parma coach Donadoni promises full commitment

    Roberto Donadoni does not expect to remain with Parma following their impending relegation to Serie B but has promised the stricken club will close out their doomed campaign “with dignity”. The Gialloblu are 16 points shy of safety with only 11...

  • Football news

    Swansea City defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage. Naughton was hurt during Swansea’s 3-1 Premier League home victory over Hull on Saturday in a challenge which saw Tigers midfielder David...

  • Sporting briefs

    Arrested: Turkish police have detained two people suspected of involvement in an attack on Fenerbahce’s team bus, a governor said yesterday. The bus driver was taken to hospital after being wounded in the incident which took place as the team were...

  • Juventus outclass Fiorentina to reach Coppa final

    Treble-chasing Juventus, beaten 2-1 at home in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final, hit back with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Fiorentina to reach the final. Alessandro Matri, Roberto Pereyra and Leonardo Bonucci scored the goals as...

  • Benteke nets hat-trick as Villa and QPR draw 3-3

    Benteke nets hat-trick as Villa and QPR draw 3-3

    Christian Benteke's superb hat-trick rescued a potentially priceless Premier League point for Aston Villa, who twice came back from a goal down to draw 3-3 with relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers. Benteke's free kick with seven minutes to play...

  • Roma sanctioned after supporters insult dead fan's mother

    Roma have been ordered to close part of their stadium at their next home game after fans displayed banners insulting the mother of a Napoli fan who died following clashes between rival supporters last year. The banners caused an outcry after they...

  • Nafti breaks Naxxar’s hearts

    Nafti breaks Naxxar’s hearts

    Naxxar Lions 0Valletta 1Nafti 90; This was always seen a tricky fixture for Valletta as Naxxar Lions have hit their stride in this late phase of the season. Predictions of a tight, combative encounter materialised as Naxxar, on a high after three...

  • Theuma sinks Georgia

    Theuma sinks Georgia

    Georgia 1Malta 2 Malta captain Dorianne Theuma scored a last-gasp winner as the national team moved a step away from qualifying to the main draw of the Euro Championship following a 2-1 win over Georgia, at the Tedesco Stadium, yesterday. With one...

  • Balzan shoot down Hotspurs

    Balzan shoot down Hotspurs

    Pietà Hotspurs 0Balzan 3Piccioni 23; Micallef 77; Kaljevic 89; The third-round match between Balzan and Pietà Hotspurs was a clash between two traditionally modest clubs that are pursuing different targets this season. Balzan needed the points to...

  • Gżira stay in play-off contention

    Msida St Joseph 1Gżira United 6 Gżira hit six goals past lowly Msida to go fourth in the table and keep alive their hopes of finishing third in the standings that would earn them a play-off against the third bottom side in the Premier League. On...

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