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FAZ DC awards Kitwe United three points

Football house

  The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) disciplinary committee has awarded three points to Kitwe United Football Club in a matter were they complained against Indeni Football Club’s decision to use an ineligible player in a division one fixture involving the two clubs. The FAZ disciplinary committee chaired by Joseph Jalasi and Mutakela Lisimba, found Indeni Football Club guilty of ...

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Klopp must clear heads for Chelsea

Liverpool players

Shellshocked after their capitulation against Sevilla and having been thrashed in two big Premier League clashes this season, Liverpool have their backs to the wall ahead of Chelsea’s visit on Saturday. Liverpool’s horizons were clear in the 30th minute of Tuesday’s game at Sevilla in the Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-0 up and cruising towards the last 16. ...

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Barca, Chelsea advance; United lose

Barcelona 0 - 0 Juventus

Barcelona and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lionel Messi in Turin, later introducing him as a second-half substitute as a 0-0 draw against Juventus sent the five-time European champions through ...

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I’m sure Messi will stay – Rakitic

I'm sure Messi will stay - Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic expressed his confidence on Tuesday that Lionel Messi would sign a new contract to stay at the Camp Nou. Barcelona announced last summer a three-year extension of the Argentinian’s contract until 2021 – agreed with his father and agent – but the 30-year-old has still not made the agreement official. “Leo is the same as usual. ...

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Real cruise through, Reds blow lead

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd-R) celebrates with teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed Apoel 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla. Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing Apoel, with four of the goals coming before halftime. The ...

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Italy soccer boss resigns after World Cup elimination

Carlo Tavecchio

Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio resigned on Monday, a week after the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. Referees association president Marcello Nicchi told reporters that Tavecchio had quit during a meeting at FIGC headquarters in Rome. Tavecchio, 74, had been under pressure to step down after a goalless draw at home to Sweden ...

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Zidane staying upbeat amid Real troubles

Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is still “optimistic” as the Spanish giants look to shrug off a poor run of form in La Liga by securing their place in the Champions League last 16.European champions in each of the last two seasons, Madrid will be guaranteed a place in the last 16 with a game to spare in ...

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Focused Coutinho heals Liverpool rifts

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho’s long-term future might lie away from Liverpool, but the Brazil star’s ability to focus on the present has helped heal the wounds from his flirtation with Barcelona. When Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Sevilla for a crucial Champions League clash on Tuesday, they will rely on Coutinho to lead their bid to get the win that would book ...

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Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

Karim Benzema

In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby. Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the ...

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Real draw derby, Suarez fires Barca

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Leganes during the Spanish La Liga

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid slipped 10 points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a Madrid derby short on chances finished 0-0 at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. Earlier, Barca also weren’t at their best but Luis Suarez’s double ended a five-game goal drought for the Uruguayan and Paulinho’s late strike helped see off a determined Leganes ...

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