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Messi's hat-trick secures Argentina's place in World Cup 2018

With Argentina facing the dire possibility of missing out on a World Cup for the first time since 1970, their brilliant captain delivered when it matter most with three goals in the rarefied air of Quito. The twice World Cup winners finished third in the 10-team South American group, going through with Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia as the automatic qualifiers, while Peru grabbed a playoff place ...


Huge rally against independence from Spain in Catalonia

At least 350,000 people gathered in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a rally against independence from Spain. They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying Together we are stronger and Catalonia is Spain. It was the largest such rally in Catalonia amid the furore over last weeks disputed independence referendum. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has warned he would not rule o...


Two own goals help Barca to secure Catalan derby win
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Two own goals help Barca to secure Catalan derby win

An own goal either side of the break and a second-half Luis Suarez strike ensured Barcelona maintained their 100percent start to the La Liga season with a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Catalan rivals Girona on Saturday. With political tension rising in the region following a self-declared referendum on independence from Spain, the first-ever league meeting between the two sides started amid ...


Ronaldo, Messi and Griezmann to contest FIFA's annual award

Frenchman Antoine Griezmann joined regulars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the shortlist for FIFAs Player of the Year award on Friday. Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the years biggest surprises, were nominated for the best coach award alongside Real Madrids Zinedine Zidane. Germanys Melanie Behringer, last years winner Carli Lloyd of the United States and ...


Without Messi, Barcelona held to home draw by Malaga
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Without Messi, Barcelona held to home draw by Malaga

In a game that meant so much for Atletico Madrid, it was Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid celebrating when it was all over. Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Madrid handed rival Atletico a painful 3-0 loss on Saturday in its last Spanish league derby before leaving Vicente Calderon Stadium next season. The victory also snapped Madrids six-game winless streak against the city rival, and gave t...


Messi stays quiet after rumor he won't remain with Barcelona
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Messi stays quiet after rumor he won't remain with Barcelona

Everybody is talking about Lionel Messis possible departure from Barcelona when his contract expires in 2018. Everybody but him. Messi is neither confirming nor denying a report in sports newspaper Marca that the player has told Barcelona that he does not intend to renew his contract. The players representatives said Monday that Messi would not be making any comments related to the story....


Bale keeps Madrid ahead; Messi gets his 500th goal for Barca

With Karim Benzema out injured and Cristiano Ronaldo playing below expectations again, Gareth Bale got the job done for Real Madrid with two goals against Leganes on Sunday. Not to be outdone, Lionel Messi scored his 500th goal for Barcelona as the Catalan club won a thriller against Sevilla. Reaching that landmark prompted Barcelona to tweet: Counting official matches and friendlies, Messi re...


Four-goal Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool leading way in EPL

Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool matched each other with four-goal wins and only goal difference separated them at the top of the English Premier League on Saturday. Its shaping up to be the tightest title race in years and Manchester United is not part of it. Instead, Jose Mourinho is experiencing a frustrating start to his United career. Mourinho was sent off as a 0-0 draw with Bur...


Culture clash: It's Pulis vs. Guardiola in the Premier League

One coach will be wearing a baseball cap, tracksuit and sneakers. The other is usually sharply dressed in a suit, tie and shoes. One team will be defensively robust, direct and likely relying on goals from set pieces. The opponent is highly technical, obsessed with possession and easy on the eye. Tony Pulis vs. Pep Guardiola. West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City. Get ready for the Pre...


Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for Ballon d'Or again
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Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for Ballon d'Or again

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the worlds best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon dOr announced on Monday. Barcelonas Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrids Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007...


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