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  • Sporting briefs

    Torpedo: Torpedo Moscow must play two home matches behind closed doors because of the racist abuse aimed at Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk in Sunday’s Premier League match. “Due to the offensive racial behaviour of the Torpedo fans towards Hulk...

  • Atletico Madrid in quarter-finals after shoot-out at the Calderon

    Atletico Madrid in quarter-finals after shoot-out at the Calderon

    Atletico Madrid kept alive their dream of a second consecutive Champions League final appearance when they beat Bayer Leverkusen on penalties last night to claim a place in the last eight. The Bundesliga side won last month’s first leg in Germany...

  • Barca not taking last-eight spot for granted

    Barcelona are not taking progress for granted despite holding a 2-1 advantage heading into today’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City, coach Luis Enrique said. Only twice in the Champions League era has a team won a...

  • Improving Dortmund defence boost chances against Juventus

    Improving Dortmund defence boost chances against Juventus

    Borussia Dortmund’s must score at least once to overturn a 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg deficit against Juventus today but are confident their watertight defence can hold firm and keep the Italians at bay. The improving Germans, who have...

  • Garcia looks at positives

    Roma head coach Rudi Garcia has urged his side to forget Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico. Goals from Lorenzo De Silvestri and Luis Muriel sealed Roma’s fate and the defeat has all but ruled them out of beating...

  • Nimes to be relegated for attempted match-fixing

    Ligue 2 side Nimes will be relegated to the third division at the end of the season after former president Jean-Marc Conrad was found guilty of attempted match-fixing, the French League (LFP) said yesterday. LFP disciplinary commission president...

  • Advocaat replaces Poyet at Sunderland

    Advocaat replaces Poyet at Sunderland

    Sunderland are banking on the guile of Dick Advocaat to save them from relegation after the English Premier League strugglers appointed the Dutchman as head coach until the end of the season yesterday. The club, who sacked Gus Poyet on Monday...

  • Hillsborough police chief admits mistake caused deaths

    The police commander in charge of the English soccer match at which 96 Liverpool supporters died in 1989 told an inquest yesterday that his failure to close a tunnel “was the direct cause” of the loss of lives. The BBC reported that former chief...

  • Time to prove Serie A’s worth

    Time to prove Serie A’s worth

    The UEFA competitions for clubs have now reached a decisive phase. Till today, there are six Serie A sides still in the running which is quite a remarkable feat considering Italian clubs’ disappointing campaigns in Europe of late. Following the...

  • Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in MLS

    Giovinco hopes for Azzurri future while thriving in MLS

    Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco is hopeful that he can remain part of Antonio Conte’s national team plans despite his move to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. Giovinco surprised many when he left Italian champions Juventus in January to move...

  • Football results

    The ChampionshipBlackburn vs Brentford 2-3; Blackpool vs Charlton 0-3; Cardiff vs Bourne-mouth 1-1; Derby vs M’boro 0-1; Huddersfield vs Norwich 2-2; Ipswich vs Bolton 1-0; Millwall vs Brighton 0-0; Wigan vs Watford 0-2; Wolves vs Sheffield...

  • Football news

    Garath McCleary was the target of alleged racial abuse from a fan during Reading’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Bradford, reports said yesterday. The Jamaica international had provided the assist for Hal Robson-Kanu’s opener before scoring a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Recalled: Fiorentina midfielders David Pizarro and Matias Fernandez have been recalled by Chile for their Copa America warm-up friendlies against Iran and Brazil. Chile play Iran in Sankt Poelten, Austria on March 26 and Brazil in London three...

  • Lazio edge closer to rivals Roma

    Lazio edge closer to rivals Roma

    Lazio edged closer to second-placed Roma with a 2-0 win at Torino which has the Biancocelesti breathing down the necks of their city rivals who were beaten 2-0 by Sampdoria at the Olympic Stadium last night. Roma fell to their first defeat in...

  • Platini delighted soccer’s ‘modern-day slavery’ is ending

    The practice of third parties owning a share of footballers was a modern-day form of slavery and had to stop, UEFA president Michel Platini said. Third Party Ownership (TPO) is widespread in Brazil and Argentina and has been widely exploited by...

  • Reading reach cup semis

    Reading outclassed 10-man Bradford in their FA Cup quarter-final replay to set up a Wembley semi-final date against holders Arsenal. The two sides shared a goalless draw in the original tie at Valley Parade but Reading were the better side in...

  • Arsenal confident they can still reach the quarter-finals

    Arsenal confident they can still reach the quarter-finals

    Arsenal were on the floor after losing 3-1 to Monaco last month but the Londoners have rebuilt confidence enough to believe they can overturn their Champions League deficit in today’s return match. Since being beaten in the last-16 first leg at...

  • Effiong, Mbong named in provisional Malta squad

    Effiong, Mbong named in provisional Malta squad

    Alfred Effiong has been named in Malta’s provisional squad for the upcoming international commit-ments after the Nigeria-born forward was granted Maltese citizenship last month. The Qormi striker is one of five new faces in Pietro Ghedin’s...

  • Malta FA condemns violent incidents in domestic games

    The Malta FA has reiterated its strong condemnation of any form of abuse and violence in domestic football in light of the incidents that marred a number of matches over the past weeks. “Any kind of aggression on match officials, adminis-trators...

  • BOV Premier League statistics

    BOV Premier League statistics

    Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 12 (2 pens); Kaljevic 6 (2 pens); Mifsud Triganza 5, Guerrero 5; Darmanin 3, Zarate 3; Micallef 2; Serrano, Bezzina, Guobadia, Arab. Red cards: Cassar (vs Naxxar); Guobadia (vs Valletta); Brincat (vs Hibernians);...

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