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  • Last-gasp penalty goal saves Melita

    Last-gasp penalty goal saves Melita

    Melita 1San Ġwann 1 A penalty scored by Julian Galea very late in the match saved Melita in this direct clash against fellow relegation strugglers San Ġwann, yesterday. The result leaves Melita three points ahead of the Saints with only one match...

  • Rangers sink Celtic on penalties to reach final

    Rangers sink Celtic on penalties to reach final

    Rangers beat Celtic 5-4 on penalties after the two fierce Glasgow “Old Firm” rivals battled to a 2-2 draw after extra time in an epic Scottish FA Cup semi-final at Hampden Park yesterday. Rangers, who have just won promotion back to the Scottish...

  • Barcelona rocked by Valencia

    Barcelona’s stuttering title bid suffered another setback when they lost 2-1 at home to Valencia as they registered a third straight La Liga defeat for the first time since 2003. Luis Enrique’s shell-shocked side are level on 76 points with...

  • Football news

    Fallen Italian giants Parma have taken their first significant step towards returning to the top flight by winning promotion from Serie D. The Emilia-Romagna club, who were forced to reform and start from scratch after being declared bankrupt last...

  • Sporting briefs

    Ajax: Ajax scored twice in the final five minutes, including a controversial last-gasp penalty, to avoid a home defeat but a 2-2 draw with Utrecht yesterday threw the Dutch title wide open. Ajax went back to the top of the standings on goal...

  • Valletta held by Birkirkara in goalless stalemate

    Valletta held by Birkirkara in goalless stalemate

    VALLETTA-0, BIRKIRKARA-0 The title race remains wide open as Valletta were held to a goalless draw by Birkirkara to move one point clear of second-placed Hibs at the top. While the result looks disappointing for Valletta, they were relieved to...

  • Ojuola gives Qormi a point

    Ojuola gives Qormi a point

    Qormi needed a late goal by Noah Ojuola to rescue a point against Naxxar Lions in a 1-1 draw. Naxxar created the first chance after ten 10 minutes when Juergen Debono’s fierce drive from outside the area flashed just wide. On the half hour the...

  • Jamie Vardy sees red but Foxes snatch point to move eight points clear

    Jamie Vardy sees red but Foxes snatch point to move eight points clear

    Leicester recovered from Jamie Vardy's sending-off and a West Ham comeback to eke out what could prove to be a crucial 2-2 draw in the race for Barclays Premier League glory. England striker Vardy put Claudio Ranieri's men ahead after 18 minutes...

  • Juventus tighten grip on top spot, Totti saves Roma

    Juventus tighten grip on top spot, Totti saves Roma

    Juventus moved nine points clear in Serie A by beating Palermo 4-0 at home while Francesco Totti bagged a dramatic late equaliser as Roma drew 3-3 at Atalanta. With second-placed Napoli losing 2-0 at Inter yesterday, Juve tightened their grip at...

  • Inter beat Napoli to put Juve on course to title

    Inter beat Napoli to put Juve on course to title

    Napoli's hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were dealt a further blow with a 2-0 defeat at Inter Milan. A second loss in three league games leaves Napoli six points behind the defending champions, who are at home to Palermo. Captain Mauro...

  • Gżira too strong for Magpies

    Rabat Ajax 0Gżira United 3 Gżira United maintained their grip on top spot in the standings following a comfortable victory over relegation-threatened Rabat yesterday. The Maroons, who have already secured promotion, had a very slow start but in...

  • Stick around and try build something Rafa

    Stick around and try build something Rafa

    It’s easy to understand why Rafa Benitez took the Newcastle United job: keep them up and become an instant hero, take them down and everybody will blame the previous manager. It’s the ultimate win-win situation for a man who has been around the...

  • R. Madrid pile the pressure on Barca

    Real Madrid moved to within a point of La Liga leaders Barce-lona after Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo all scored in a 5-1 thrashing at struggling Getafe yesterday. Benzema opened the scoring after 29...

  • Paris SG hit Caen for six

    Paris St Germain rebounded after their Champions League exit to Manchester City with a 6-0 victory over Caen in Ligue 1 yesterday. PSG, who wrapped up the Ligue 1 title last month, suffered heartbreak in midweek when City won the second leg of...

  • Bayern move closer to title

    Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewan-dowski scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Schalke yesterday that edged them closer to a record fourth consecutive league title. The Bundesliga’s leading scorer took his tally to 27 goals after a fine turn and shot in...

  • Hibs reach cup final

    Debutant keeper Conrad Logan was the Hibernian hero as the Easter Road side won their Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at Hampden Park, yesterday. Hibs striker Jason Cummings dramatically dinked a...

  • Football news

    Liverpool midfielder Emre Can’s domestic season is over after he was ruled out for at least four weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments. The 22-year-old limped off in Thursday’s Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund and left Anfield on...

  • Sporting briefs

    De Jong: LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong has been suspended for three games and handed an undisclosed fine for a controversial tackle on Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. The Dutch international, who has earned nicknames such as...

  • Aston Villa relegated, Newcastle, Sunderland boost hopes

    Aston Villa relegated, Newcastle, Sunderland boost hopes

    Former European champions Aston Villa had their fate confirmed and were relegated from the Premier League with a ninth straight defeat as north-east rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United both won to boost their battle against the drop. Villa, who...

  • Mosta retain premier league status

    TARXIEN RAINBOWS 0; MOSTA 1  The relegation limbo which Mosta faced lately is now mathematically over. Their latest victory over Tarxien Rainbow after four consecutive defeats, although a slender one, has brought them their salvation without the...