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Sunday will be the first time Emery has faced Arsenal’s home fans since leaving the club, with his previous visit in 2021 as Villarreal manager taking place behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AlJazeera)

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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa: Preview

Arsenal welcome back ‘unbelievable’ Aston Villa manager Unai Emery for the first time in the Premier League on Sunday

Aston Villa’s progress under former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been incredible, his successor Mikel Arteta at the Gunners said ahead of their Premier League clash.

Source: aljazeera.com
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Liverpool seek to rebound against Palace

Jurgen Klopp’s side return to domestic action after a shock three-goal defeat to Atalanta in Thursday night’s Europa League tie, ending their 14-month unbeaten streak at Anfield. (Source: Evening Standard)

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Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace: Preview

Premier League contenders Liverpool entertain Crystal Palace on Sunday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has promised a strong reaction from his team, stunned by their 3-0 Europa League quarterfinal home loss to Atalanta, when they host Crystal Palace in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

Source: aljazeera.com
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Alonso can become German champion if he wins today

With six games to go, Leverkusen are 13 points clear of Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart in second and third, respectively, and have the opportunity to seal the title on Matchday 29 with victory over Bremen. (Source: Bundesliga.com)

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Bayer Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen: Preview

Will Leverkusen claim title against Bremen?

After a remarkable season, Leverkusen stand on the brink of making history by claiming a first Bundesliga glory.

Source: amp.bundesliga.com
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Perfect day for Guardiola as Man City take top spot

It's fair to say Guardiola was in a jovial mood after his side went top of the table for the first time since November

If Manchester City had to design their perfect game between two Champions League ties against Real Madrid, a 5-1 home win over Luton would have been up there.

Source: bbc.com
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Fernandez double earns Man United point at Bournemouth

Captain Bruno Fernandes scored both goals as United twice came from behind to deny the hosts

Erik ten Hag says it is "up to the fans" whether they remain patient after Manchester United's winless Premier League run extended to four games with their draw at Bournemouth.

Source: bbc.com
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Jao Felix scores overhead kick as Barca beat Cadiz

Victory leaves Xavi's side second, eight points behind leaders Real Madrid

Joao Felix scored a superb overhead kick as a much-changed Barcelona side battled to victory over relegation-threatened Cadiz in La Liga.

Source: bbc.com
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Tchouameni strike gives Real Madrid scrappy win

With one eye on their trip to the Etihad, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti took the opportunity to rest and rotate players

Real Madrid warmed up for a pivotal week in their season with a hard-fought win over Mallorca in La Liga thanks to Aurelien Tchouameni's long-range goal.

Source: bbc.com
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Derby Day in Turin

Seeking to continue their long dominance of the Turin derby, Serie A's fallen giants Juventus visit city rivals Torino on Saturday evening.

After posting back-to-back wins, Juve now aim for an 18th straight game without defeat to their neighbours, which would set a new record in the Derby della Mole.

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Newcastle a 'cautionary tale' for Postecoglou

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou said Newcastle's difficult season should act as a warning if Spurs secure Champions League football

Newcastle made a return to European football's elite competition after they finished fourth last season.

Source: bbc.com
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Rob Edwards: ‘If Luton stay up, I don’t want it to be because of deductions’

When Arsenal went top of the Premier League against Luton last week, it wasn’t their fans who were celebrating

Comfortable in their two-goal lead, the home crowd were slipping out before the end and the stadium was empty soon after the whistle. But not entirely. Clustered in the south-east corner, nearly 3,000 Luton fans stayed to serenade their beloved manager.

Source: theguardian.com
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Plymouth stun Championship leaders Leicester

Plymouth Argyle dealt Championship leaders Leicester City's automatic promotion hopes a blow and gave their own survival hopes a huge boost with a 1-0 victory at Home Park

Having been outplayed for the first 20 minutes Argyle took the lead when Mustapha Bundu ended an excellent counter-attack with a calm right-footed finish.

Source: bbc.com
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Napoli keen on €16m La Liga midfielder this summer after successive good campaigns

RCD Mallorca may not have won the Copa del Rey last weekend, but that does not mean to say their efforts went unnoticed, as they came within touching distance of a second major trophy in the 21st century. Not least those of Portuguese midfielder Samu Costa

Costa was left to screen in front of the back three alone at times by Javier Aguirre against Athletic Club, and put in a heroic performance, battling, tackling and heading everything within sight. As per Diario AS, he has caught the eye of Serie A champions Napoli.

Source: football-espana.net
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Luis Alberto sparks revolutionary Lazio summer

Luis Alberto’s shock announcement he wants his contract terminated sparks a revolution at Lazio, where Ciro Immobile, Felipe Anderson and Mattia Zaccagni are also ready to walk away

The Biancocelesti finished second in Serie A last season and were eliminated from the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage by Bayern Munich.

Source: football-italia.net
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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Welcome returns at Liverpool while Arsenal and Villa juggle ambitions and Guimarães’s discipline under scrutiny

Here are the things to look forward to ahead of another thrilling weekend of Premier League football.

Source: theguardian.com
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Amorim denies meeting with Liverpool – shuts down talk of move

Sporting CP coach Rúben Amorim has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool or any other club regarding his future

Amorim, 39, is considered one of the top candidates to succeed Jürgen Klopp this summer after Xabi Alonso confirmed his intention to remain at Bayer Leverkusen next season.

Source: espn.com
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Fenerbahce fined after Turkish Super Cup walkout

Fenerbahce have been fined 115,000 euros and Galatasaray awarded a 3-0 win after the club's protests at the Turkish Super Cup on Sunday

Fenerbahce fielded their under-19 team and walked off the field in the third minute, in a pre-planned protest.

Source: bbc.com
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Sheffield United deducted two points by EFL for defaulting on payments

Sheffield United’s board has accepted the club must kick off its next ­season in the Championship on minus-two points after reaching a ­“negotiated settlement” with the English Football League

An independent EFL disciplinary commission has imposed the sanction after the club defaulted on a number of payments due to other clubs during the 2022-23 season, when they won promotion to the Premier League.

Source: theguardian.com
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Mancini reveals inspiration from Dybala in Roma’s win over Milan

Cheerful Roma defender Gianluca Mancini says Paulo Dybala led by example in a 1-0 win over Milan at San Siro and admits he couldn’t ask more after scoring a winner in the derby as well

The Italy centre-back scored the second consecutive winning goal for Roma, allowing the Giallorossi to beat Milan at San Siro on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals.

Source: football-italia.net
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OM return to Vélodrome with hope thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal

Olympique de Marseille put in an uninspired performance against Benfica but return to the Vélodrome next week with hope thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half goal, which opened out goals from Rafa Silva and former Parisien Ángel Di María

The only way that Marseille are getting into the UEFA Champions League next season is by winning this season’s Europa League.

Source: getfootballnewsfrance.com
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Liverpool left needing miracle after Scamacca double for Atalanta

Anfield was shorn of its flags and Liverpool lost all of their powers. A thumping first home defeat in 34 matches, against a highly accomplished Atalanta, left the Europa League favourites needing another stirring comeback to resurrect Jürgen Klopp’s chances of signing off with a Dublin final

A manager responsible for so many unforgettable European nights during his Liverpool reign is at risk of exiting quietly.

Source: theguardian.com
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Moyes gives West Ham 'half a chance' in Leverkusen tie

David Moyes insists West Ham are "still in the tie" despite two late goals condemning his side to defeat in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen

Jonas Hofmann fired through a crowd of bodies for Xabi Alonso's side after the visitors struggled to clear a corner with seven minutes remaining.

Source: bbc.com
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Europa League Quarter Finals

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Eurpa Conference Quarter Finals

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Fit-again Liverpool trio train before Atalanta tie

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says injured trio Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson and Diogo Jota are back in training but there is "no decision" about whether they will face Atalanta

The Reds host the Serie A club in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday.

Source: bbc.com
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Kolasinac excited for Liverpool and ‘idol’ Van Dijk

Atalanta defender Sead Kolasinac assures they are ‘super excited’ to play Liverpool in the Europa League and especially to face his ‘idol’ Virgil van Dijk

The first leg kicks off at Anfield on Thursday at 20.00 UK time. While La Dea played here in November 2020 for the Champions League, it was during the COVID pandemic, so the stands were completely empty.

Source: football-italia.net
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Rodri admits to needing a rest amid Manchester City’s push for double treble

Rodri has pleaded for a rest and ­admitted Manchester City are fatigued after drawing 3-3 with Real Madrid in ­Tuesday’s ­Champions League quarter-final first leg at ­Santiago ­Bernabéu, with the ­midfielder ­suggesting players may get a break in the coming weeks in order to combat the situation

City are in the midst of an intense phase of the campaign as they remain on course to repeat last ­season’s ­treble.

Source: theguardian.com
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Xavi Hernandez full of pride after Barcelona’s comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona have a great chance of progressing to the semi-finals of the Champions League, having defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in the first leg of their quarter-final match-up at the Parc des Princes

The Catalan giants came from 2-1 behind to secure victory in the French capital, with goals of Raphinha (x2) and Andreas Christensen.

Source: football-espana.net
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Raphinha and Christensen conjure slim advantage as Barcelona edge PSG

On a gripping, occasionally frantic night at the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona produced a game that felt like the opposite of the shared “Barça DNA” Xavi had spoken about in the build-up to this quarter-final

Never mind control, patterns and a fight for space. This was an increasingly wild game, building from a mannered start into a second half of sweeping mob-handed attacks, feather-light defending and chances that simply came and went, posts clipped, shots blocked in desperation.

Source: theguardian.com
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"We will play to win" - Dortmund's Haller quietly confident ahead of Atlético Madrid rematch

Speaking to BeinSports at full-time, Dortmund's goalscorer Sebastian Haller gave his thoughts on the 2-1 first-leg defeat to Atlético Madrid

The Ivorian striker voiced his disappointment at the result, but remained confident ahead of the second-leg at Signal-Iduna Park.

Source: bulinews.com
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Simeone: "Atletico Madrid lacked Real Madrid, Man City scoring touch"

Coach Diego Simeone praised Atletico Madrid's performance in their 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, but lamented his side's inability to take the chances which could have given them a greater advantage in the quarterfinal tie

Atletico dominated much of the first leg at the Metropolitano on Wednesday, with Rodrigo de Paul putting them ahead in the fourth minute and Samuel Lino making it 2-0 after half an hour.

Source: espn.com
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Atletico hold on to edge Dortmund in first leg

Atletico Madrid held off a late Borussia Dortmund fightback to hold a slender advantage after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final

Diego Simeone's side made a blistering start at Estadio Metropolitano and Rodrigo de Paul put them in front in the fourth minute after intercepting Ian Maatsen's loose pass as Dortmund tried to play their way out of an aggressive Atletico press.

Source: bbc.com
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Everton takeover thrown into fresh doubt as 777 asks for more time

Fresh doubt has been raised over 777 Partners’ ability to buy Everton after the Miami-based investment company asked for more time to complete the deal

The American company had been seeking to close the protracted takeover by the end of this week, with part of a £158m loan to MSP Sports Capital and two local business people, Andy Bell and George Downing, due to be repaid by Monday under conditions set by the Premier League.

Source: theguardian.com
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Wednesday's UCL menu

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Barcelona’s Joao Felix full of praise for Kylian Mbappé

Ahead of a mouthwatering UEFA Champions League quarter final with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona forward Joao Felix has paid hommage to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappé

Felix’s Barcelona travel to face former Barcelona player and coach Luis Enrique’s PSG side this tonight and the Portuguese took the opportunity to praise what he considers to be one of the very best players in world football.

Source: getfootballnewsfrance.com
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Sancho ahead of Atlético: “We just have to stick to the game plan”

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has given his thoughts on Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final

Jadon Sancho has pointed out that Borussia Dortmund need to stick to their game plan if they are to get a good result in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Atletico Madrid.

Source: bulinews.com
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Luis Enrique: "I represent 'Barca way' better than Xavi"

Paris St-Germain manager Luis Enrique says he represents the values of former club Barcelona better than current boss Xavi before the sides meet in the Champions League

Luis Enrique won the Treble in 2015 and spent three seasons as manager at Barcelona while Xavi won more than 20 major trophies as a player at the club and La Liga in his first full season as manager last year.

Source: bbc.com
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Arteta rues mistakes after draw with Bayern

"This is the Champions League: if you make mistakes, you get punished," Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said after watching his side share the spoils with Bayern

Mikel Arteta felt his Arsenal side were punished for their mistakes in Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League quarterfinal draw with Bayern Munich.

Source: bulinews.com
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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Eder Militao as likely candidate to replace suspended star for Manchester City second leg

It was an epic Champions League quarter-final first leg between Real Madrid and Manchester City on Tuesday night, as six goals were shared at the Santiago Bernabeu

However, it does mean that Los Blancos will be significantly disadvantaged for the return leg at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday, as they take no lead into that one.

Source: football-espana.net
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Valverde volleys Real Madrid level in thriller with Manchester City

Real Madrid produced another of those European comebacks but on this occasion so, too, did Manchester City

So Madrid went and did it again, even if this time they stopped short of the full turnaround, instead ­leaving this quarter-final on edge.

Source: theguardian.com
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Kane scores as Arsenal draw with Bayern Munich

Harry Kane returned to north London with a goal as Arsenal's Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance after they fought out a draw with Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg at Emirates Stadium

Kane, Tottenham's record goalscorer, received a predictably hostile reception from Arsenal's supporters, who saw the Gunners make the perfect start when Bukayo Saka's low finish put them ahead after only 12 minutes.

Source: bbc.com
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Super Tuesday in the UCL

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‘We have to punish them’: Guardiola rallies City for Real Madrid reunion

Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to “hurt and punish” Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, with the hosts asking Uefa’s permission to close the stadium roof to ensure as vocal an atmosphere as possible

City knocked Real out of last year’s semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate, which included a 4-0 hammering of Carlo Ancelotti’s team in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

Source: theguardian.com
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Can Harry Kane haunt Gunners again in Champions League last eight?

Arsenal may have thought they had seen the back of nemesis Harry Kane when he left Tottenham for Bayern Munich in the summer, but he returns to north London looking to dump Mikel Arteta's side out of the Champions League

The 30-year-old has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than anybody else - with 14 strikes. Five of those came at the Emirates, which is the joint most for a non-Arsenal player.

Source: bbc.com
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Uefa considering increasing squad sizes for tournament in Germany

Uefa is considering increasing squad sizes for this summer's European Championship in Germany to 26 players following talks with coaches

Discussions with international bosses whose teams had qualified for Euro 2024 were held in Dusseldorf on Monday.

Source: bbc.com
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Cristiano Ronaldo sees red as Al Nassr exit Saudi Super Cup

Al Nassr captain Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off late on as his side lost 2-1 to city rivals Al Hilal in their Saudi Super Cup semifinal after a heated clash in Abu Dhabi on Monday

Portugal's record scorer was shown a straight red card four minutes from time for elbowing an opponent when his side was down 2-0 before they scored a late consolation.

Source: espn.com
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Nerazzurri saved with late winner as hosts condemned

League leaders Inter left it late to secure all three points over Serie A strugglers Udinese, needing a Davide Frattesi winner in extra time to pick up a tense 2-1 win

The Nerazzurri are only weeks away from securing their Scudetto after a near-flawless campaign in Serie A, having won 25 of their 30 games this term.

Source: football-italia.net
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Felipe Anderson on verge of Juventus move

Juventus are only a step away from signing Lazio winger Felipe Anderson on a free transfer, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano reports

The 30-year-old forward has looked set to leave the Biancocelesti on a free transfer for a little while, unhappy with the offers received from president Claudio Lotito.

Source: football-italia.net
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Everton deducted two points for second financial breach

Everton have been deducted two points for a second breach of Premier League financial rules

Profit and sustainability rules (PSR) permit clubs to lose £105m over three years and an independent commission found Everton breached that by £16.6m for the three-year period to 2022-23.

Source: bbc.com
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Arsenal fear no one, says Ødegaard before Bayern Munich test

Martin Ødegaard has insisted Arsenal do not fear anyone as they prepare to face Harry Kane’s Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League ­quarter-final in scintillating form

An impressive victory at Brighton on Saturday meant Mikel Arteta’s team have won 10 of their 11 Premier League games since the turn of the year and conceded only four goals to reignite their title challenge.

Source: theguardian.com
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Matondo rescues Rangers with last-gasp equaliser in six-goal Old Firm thriller

The tightest Scottish title race in more than a decade remains far too close to call after Rangers staged a potentially season defining comeback

An initially unlikely draw leaves Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic one point ahead at the top of the table but, perhaps crucially, Philippe Clement’s side have a game in hand.

Source: theguardian.com
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Ajax suffer record 6-0 defeat by rivals Feyenoord

Ajax's turbulent campaign hit a new low as they suffered a record 6-0 loss to rivals Feyenoord in the Eredivisie

Reigning champions Feyenoord recorded 30 shots to Ajax's one as they scored three goals in both halves to earn a famous win in the Dutch 'Klassieker'.

Source: bbc.com
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Klopp: Display at Man Utd 'won't be enough for title'

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects more plot twists in the Premier League title race after his side salvaged a 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Sunday

Klopp's side entered the weekend with a two-point lead in the title race, and they looked set to maintain that advantage when they dominated the first half against United, albeit wasting multiple chances to put the game out of sight.

Source: espn.com
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Salah salvages point for title-chasing Liverpool at Manchester United

Liverpool are the first to falter in the three-way title joust with ­Arsenal and Manchester City, and ­Manchester United will be delighted at causing this

When Jürgen Klopp looks at the Premier League table he now sees his team second, level on points with Arsenal but behind on goal ­difference, and one ahead of City, all three having seven games left.

Source: theguardian.com
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Spurs move into fourth with 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest

Tottenham Hotspur boosted their Champions League qualifying hopes with a 3-1 home win over relegation-battling Nottingham Forest on Sunday to move into fourth spot in the Premier League

Second-half goals from Micky van de Ven and Pedro Porro, after Forest's Chris Wood had cancelled out Murillo's own goal in the opening period, helped Spurs capitalise on rivals Aston Villa and Manchester United dropping points this weekend.

Source: espn.com
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Allegri on Juventus critics: ‘Nobody controls 90 minutes’

Max Allegri resists questions on why Juventus play such negative football after the hard-fought win over Fiorentina. ‘Nobody keeps the ball for 90 minutes, not even in their dreams'

The Bianconeri had just one Serie A victory in their last nine rounds, but were coming off a midweek 2-0 Coppa Italia semi-final win over Lazio.

Source: football-italia.net
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Fenerbahce field U19 side then leave pitch in Super Cup against Galatasaray

Fenerbahce fielded their under-19 side in the Turkish Super Cup against rivals Galatasaray - and the young side walked off the pitch after one minute in protest at alleged unfair treatment

Fenerbahce had asked for the match to be postponed as they face a Europa League quarter-final against Olympiakos of Greece on Thursday.

Source: bbc.com
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Super-subs complete the comeback for OL and move them into European contention

Ligue 1’s Sunday night offering offered lockdown football flashbacks as no fans were in attendance for the match between Nantes and Lyon at the Stade de la Beaujoire

Both teams were looking to maintain momentum after securing victories in their last matches.

Source: getfootballnewsfrance.com
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