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  • Melita held to a draw

    Melita 1Birżebbuġa 1 Melita lost two precious points in their bid to reach Żebbuġ in second place in the standings after they were held to a draw by a Birżebbuġa side that never gave away an inch. As things stand at present, Żebbuġ only need one...

  • Maroons beat Spartans

    Ħamrun Spartans 1Gżira United 4 Gżira returned to winning ways yesterday with an easy win at the expense of the already-relegated Ħamrun Spartans. Ħamrun went close first through a Mariano Cornago del Pedro free-kick that was saved in style by...

  • Football news

    Kasper Schmeichel immediately turned his attentions to winning the Championship title after Leicester wrapped up promotion to the Premier League. Defeats for QPR and Derby meant the Foxes returned to the top flight of English football. Goalkeeper...

  • Sporting briefs

    Hughton sacked: Chris Hughton was sacked as manager of Premier League strugglers Norwich City last night. “The Norwich City Board has taken the decision to give the club the maximum chance to secure the points required between now and the end of...

  • Balzan win it at the death

    Sliema Wanderers 0Balzan 1Negrin 90; Down to 10 men from the 52nd minute, Balzan's chances of snapping a seven-match losing streak looked slim. In fact, Balzan were forced to mount a sustained rearguard action, displaying great resilience to keep...

  • Floriana in relegation trouble

    Floriana 1Coronado 53;Vittoriosa Stars 2Guerrero 48; Sidibe 68; Starting the match six points behind Floriana in the Relegation Pool and with direct rivals Qormi and Naxxar having won their matches earlier in the afternoon, Vittoriosa’s survival...

  • Swiss girls beat Malta 11-0 in Zug

    The Maltese women’s national team suffered a comprehensive 11-0 defeat to group leaders Switzerland in a World Cup Group 3 qualifier at the Herti Almend Stadium, in Zug, yesterday. It was a dominant display from the Swiss girls who were all over...

  • Qormi ease through

    Qormi 3Jorginho 5; Caruana 15; Bondin 17;Rabat Ajax 1Carrillo Pendas 54; This was a stroll for Qormi. Facing a demoralised and depleted Rabat team whose fate had been sealed the previous weekend, Qormi exploited their opponents’ fragile...

  • Bakare hits scorcher to lift Lions spirits

    Tarxien Rainbows 0Naxxar Lions 1Bakare 22; Raimi Bakare eased Naxxar Lions’ fraying nerves with a superb strike that went some way towards lifting his team’s spirits in the Relegation Pool. After snapping a dismal run of nine matches without a...

  • Pointless friendlies on the way out

    I’ve never been a big fan of international friendlies. More often than not, irrelevant of who is playing who, they turn out to be as exciting as spending an evening in rearranging your sock drawer. Which is why getting rid of them – or at least...

  • Chelsea go top with Stoke win

    Chelsea bounced back from their mini-slump and surged to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 home victory over Stoke City thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian at Stamford Bridge yesterday. A 32nd minute strike by...

  • Atletico stay on course for title

    Atletico Madrid remained on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when Raul Garcia’s header secured a 1-0 victory for the leaders at home to Villarreal yesterday as Barcelona and Real Madrid also won. Lionel Messi scored twice for Barca in a...

  • Roma eye return to Europe’s big stage

    Roma travel to Cagliari today looking for a first win in Sardinia for over 18 years and knowing that a point would be enough to guarantee them at least a place in the Champions League preliminary rounds. Rudi Garcia’s side lie second in Serie A on...

  • Celtic show true prowess

    Celtic showed why they are Scottish Premiership champions with a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice, yesterday. Forward Georgios Samaras gave the Hoops the lead with a well-taken volley after only five minutes with striker Anthony...

  • Football results

    Ligue 1Bastia vs Sochaux - 2-2Bordeaux vs Rennes - 2-2Guingamp vs Montpellier - 1-2Lorient vs Evian - 1-1Paris SG vs Reims - 3-0Toulouse vs Lille - 1-2

  • ‘I know I have to work harder to show that I deserve it’

    Malta’s preparations for the UEFA Under-17 Championship received a boost with the news that promising forward Joseph Mbong has been given the all-clear to represent the country. Mbong was only two when his family moved to Malta after his father...

  • Bayern concede first loss in 18 months

    Champions Bayern Munich yesterday suffered their first league defeat in 18 months when they slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg courtesy of Sascha Moelders’s first-half strike. The Bavarians, who clinched this season’s title in record time with...

  • Football news

    Torino issued a statement yesterday to deny comments made by agent Gianfranco Cicchetti that their striker Alessio Cerci was set to join city rivals Juventus in summer. Cerci has hit great form this season, prompting the interest of various top...

  • Sporting briefs

    Rodriguez: Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez’s hopes of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup are under threat after he badly injured his knee in yesterday’s 4-1 Premier League loss to Man. City. The 24-year-old Southampton’s top...

  • City cautious in face of Hibs threat

    All games in the Championship Pool are difficult but some are trickier than others. Indubitably, tomorrow’s encounter with Hibernians is shaping up as another acid test for Valletta whose title hopes are hanging by a thread as they trail leaders...

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