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    Furious Blackpool fans pelted the directors’ box at Bloomfield Road with a flare, a smoke bomb, fireworks and eggs before their game with Reading on Tuesday. The Seasiders’ relegation to League One was sealed by Rotherham’s victory over Brighton...

  • Sporting briefs

    Closed doors: Croatia have been ordered to play their next home match in the Euro 2016 qualifiers behind closed doors because of racist behaviour by their fans, UEFA said yesterday. UEFA’s disciplinary panel said the trouble happened during the...

  • Lulic wins it for Lazio

    Substitute Senad Lulic struck late to send Lazio through to the final of the Coppa Italia with a semi-final second leg win at holders Napoli. Lulic steered home a low cross from Felipe Anderson in the 79th minute to seal a 2-1 aggregate win after...

  • Coutinho goal sends Liverpool into FA Cup semi-final

    Coutinho goal sends Liverpool into FA Cup semi-final

    Philippe Coutinho thumped home a second-half winner as Liverpool broke the resistance of Championship Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a gritty 1-0 replay victory. Brendan Rodgers's side, who came into the game after...

  • Long overdue victory for Parma

    Parma 1 Udinese 0 Silvestre Varela fired relegation-bound Parma to a long overdue victory to inspire a faint glimmer of hope at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. The on-loan Porto winger's second-half cross-cum-shot settled a 1-0 victory - bankrupt...

  • Football Women’s 2017 European Championship: Malta ‘keeping feet on ground’ ahead of final game

    Football Women’s 2017 European Championship: Malta ‘keeping feet on ground’ ahead of final game

    Malta are well-placed to advance to the qualifying group stage of the 2017 Women’s European Championship but coach Mark Gatt is not taking anything for granted ahead of tomorrow’s final preliminary-round match against Faroe Islands at the Victor...

  • 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...

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