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  • Aubameyang brace earns Dortmund win

    Aubameyang brace earns Dortmund win

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice in the final 13 minutes to earn Borussia Dortmund a nerve-wracking 2-0 victory over promoted Ingolstadt yesterday and cut the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to five points. The 2015 African player of...

  • Barca sink nine-man Atletico

    In-form Luis Suarez scored the winner as Barcelona came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid and move three points clear at the top of La Liga yesterday. Atletico started the stronger with Koke putting them ahead after...

  • Football news

    Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez is set to start against Espanyol in today’s La Liga clash with Gareth Bale injured but coach Zinedine Zidane wants him to do more defensive work. It has been a disappointing season for Rodriguez after an...

  • Sporting briefs

    Adriano: Former Brazil and Inter striker Adriano has signed for fourth-tier regional league American club Miami United, the team said in a statement. The 33-year-old’s last competitive appearance was for Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense in 2014...

  • FA Cup heroics from Peterborough, Arsenal march on

    FA Cup heroics from Peterborough, Arsenal march on

    Third tier Peterborough United produced the performance of the FA Cup fourth round when they twice battled from behind in the dying minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. On a day when the big guns largely...

  • Lions hit five past Qormi

    Lions hit five past Qormi

    Naxxar Lions ended a four-match losing streak when they hammered relegation rivals Qormi 5-0 at the Tedesco Stadium. Naxxar threatened 10 minutes from half-time when David Fenech sent a curling cross into the path of Demba Toure but the Senegalese...

  • St Andrew’s make their point against Hibs

    St Andrew’s make their point against Hibs

    St Andrew’s have picked up their first league point of the season when they surprisingly held champions Hibernians in a 2-2 draw at the Tedesco Stadium. The Paolites made all the early running and their first attempt at goal arrived on six minutes.

  • Players spend much time with national teams - Juve president

    Players spend much time with national teams - Juve president

    Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has criticised the amount of time players spend with their national teams and said that FIFA's rules are far away from the interests of European clubs. Agnelli's comments were the latest indication that Europe's...

  • I will toast Man Utd FA cup win with a bottle of wine - van Gaal

    I will toast Man Utd FA cup win with a bottle of wine - van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal said earlier in the week that FA Cup defeat at Derby could cost him his job - but a routine win over the Rams means the under-fire Manchester United boss will spend the weekend opening up a celebratory bottle of wine instead of...

  • Besek unfazed by title expectations

    Besek unfazed by title expectations

    Birkirkara’s renaissance under new coach Drazen Besek will be subjected to another stern test tomorrow when they meet Floriana. Emboldened by a five-match winning run in the championship, the Stripes will entertain high hopes of keeping their...

  • Focus on other matches…

    Hibernians are weakened by the absence of five players but remain favourites to overcome St Andrew’s who have raised their game since signing a host of foreigners. Defender Andrei Agius, Marcelo Dias and Mbele Diosdado are suspended for the...

  • French Federation backs Infantino for FIFA presidency

    French Federation backs Infantino for FIFA presidency

    The French Football Federation announced yesterday its formal backing for Swiss candidate Gianni Infantino’s bid for the FIFA presidency in a snub for French hopeful Jerome Champagne. “Noel Le Graet, in the name of the French Football Federation...

  • Lija and Rabat share spoils

    Rabat Ajax 0Lija Athletic 0 Rabat and Lija failed to maintain their challenge for the promotion play-off slot following this goalless draw. Rabat went close first as midfielder David Azzopardi hit a scorcher but his shot took a deflection with...

  • FA Cup romance can give troubled Aston Villa a tonic

    FA Cup romance can give troubled Aston Villa a tonic

    One of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round ties is the clash between lowly Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park. The form book is thrown out of the window in this competition and there are no certs as to who will advance and the ones...

  • United beat Derby to ease pressure on manager Van Gaal

    United beat Derby to ease pressure on manager Van Gaal

    Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 yesterday to reach the FA Cup fifth round. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put...

  • Milan and Inter set for San Siro derby

    Milan and Inter set for San Siro derby

    Two twisting roads to recovery converge at San Siro tomorrow night as Milan and Inter take separate shots at redemption. Milan are steadily following a winding path towards Europa League qualification – the minimum requirement this season – and...

  • Real and Atletico Madrid transfer bans suspended pending appeals

    Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico Madrid have had their bans on signing new players for the next two transfer windows suspended pending the outcome of appeals to FIFA, the clubs said in separate statements last night. The pair, who are...

  • Football news

    Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter will return to the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on February 16 when his appeal against his ban from the sport will be heard, according to his advisor. Blatter, head of soccer’s scandal-plagued...

  • Sporting briefs

    Pato Signs: Chelsea have signed Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato on loan from Corinthians until the end of the season. “I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new team-mates...

  • Man Utd beat Derby in FA Cup to ease pressure on Van Gaal

    Man Utd beat Derby in FA Cup to ease pressure on Van Gaal

    Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 to reach the FA Cup fifth round. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put the...