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Argentina icon Lionel Messi admits he is keen to avoid Spain in World Cup draw: ‘They’d be a very difficult rival’

It might be because he lives there or perhaps because he has friends in their team, but Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi has identified Spain as the one country he hopes to avoid in the group stages of the World Cup finals next year. ‘I wouldn’t like to be drawn against Spain, who are one of the rivals we could get in the draw,’ Messi told Argentine broadcaster ...

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China Cup lines up Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale could face Barcelona rival Luis Suarez

SHANGHAI    : Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale could face Barcelona rival Luis Suarez in southern China in March after organisers said Wednesday that Wales and Uruguay would join the hosts in the China Cup. The fourth team taking part in the mini-tournament from March 19-27 in the city of Nanning is the Czech Republic, the Chinese Football Association said. Chinese organisers hope that the likes of ...

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Roma end dismal away record with 2-1 win at Qarabag

ROME      :  Roma ended its poor away record in the Champions League with a labored 2-1 victory at Qarabag on Wednesday. Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko gave Roma a comfortable 2-0 lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, but Pedro Henrique reduced the deficit in the 28th minute with Qarabag’s first ever goal in the Champions League. ...

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Edinson Cavani rejects €1m from PSG to let Neymar take penalties

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has refused a payout of €1 million from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to let Neymar take penalties, according to a report in Spanish daily El Pais. The daily has claimed that the 30-year-old striker was offered the amount as bonus should he finish as leading scorer in the French top division. But Cavani has rebuffed the offer. Neymar and Cavani ...

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded with pop star Madonna

LISBON   :  Real Madrid C.F. and Portugal football team star Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded with American singer Madonna to snub an offer from Benfica, in favour of Sporting Lisbon, for her adopted son, according to Spanish publication AS. Cristiano Ronaldo rang the singer after hearing that Madonna’s son could join Benfica’s academy. David Banda, 11, joined the Eagles over the summer despite ...

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Barcelona beat Girona 3-0 to maintain perfect start in La Liga

   GIRONA      :  Barcelona extended their perfect start to the La Liga season with a sixth consecutive victory, this time a 3-0 triumph away from home against Catalan rivals Girona. The Blaugrana were solid throughout the match and never looked like dropping points, and while this wasn’t their best performance, it was strong enough to get a good win at a difficult stadium ...

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Real Madrid stunned by Real Betis in La Liga, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla win

MADRID    :  Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday as an inspired performance from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a stoppage-time winner from Antonio Sanabria stunned the Liga champions. Sanabria had an effort disallowed for offside in the final minute of normal time, but rose highest to head in a 94th-minute winner ...

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Gareth Barry equals Premier League appearance record

LONDON    :  West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry plans to play on for as long as possible after equalling Ryan Giggs’s Premier League appearance record at the weekend. The 36-year-old started in the Baggies’ 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday to draw level with the Manchester United legend’s mark of 632 games. Barry, who made his debut in 1998, ...

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Manchester United will miss Pogba, says Mkhitaryan

MANCHESTER     : Manchester United may struggle to maintain their explosive start to the Premier League season if injured midfielder Paul Pogba is out for long, the club’s playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said. Pogba hurt his hamstring during United’s Champions League win over Basel last week and will undergo further scans to determine his recovery period. The France international, ...

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