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  • Lionel Messi out of Argentina friendly due to injury 19 minutes ago

    Lionel Messi looks set to miss a second consecutive match because of a foot problem when Argentina meet Ecuador in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday. The Barcelona forward has been with Gerardo Martino's squad since the start of last week after tests showed he had no damage to his...
  • India held by Bangladesh in U-23 AFC match marred by power blackout 49 minutes ago

    Dhaka: India and Bangladesh finished with a goalless draw in a power blackout-marred Group E exchange of the Under-23 AFC Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday. India threatened the Bangladesh citadel time and again in the first session, but the script was reversed after the lemon break as Bangladesh...
  • Hawk-Eye goal-line technology headed for Women's World Cup 2 hours 46 minutes ago

    Zurich: FIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women's World Cup in Canada. The British camera-based system to track the ball's position is already used in the Premier League. It was developed in tennis and cricket. FIFA says Hawk-Eye will first be tested at the six...
  • Radamel Falcao equals Colombia's goal-scoring record 3 hours 36 minutes ago

    London: Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has equalled Colombia's national scoring record with his 24th goal for his country. The 29-year-old, at Manchester United on a season's loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco, drew level with former forward Arnoldo Iguaran's record by converting a penalty in a 3-1 win over Kuwait...
  • Manchester United fans worst troublemakers 10 hours 14 minutes ago

    London: Manchester United fans were the worst troublemakers in the English Premier League (EPL), says a report from the British Transport Police (BTP). The report said Manchester fans sparked more trouble on trains than any other top-flight club. Over the past two seasons, they were involved in 37 of the total...
  • UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia Yesterday

    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players. European soccer's governing body said on Monday it was probing the "setting off and throwing of fireworks and objects" by...
  • Zinedine Zidane interested in managing Real Madrid Yesterday

    Zinedine Zidane has said he would be willing to become Real Madrid head coach although he was not in a hurry. "Of course, if the role is offered to me I would agree to it but once again there is an amazing coach in place," Zidane, the Real Madrid reserve coach,...
  • Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes Yesterday

    Berlin: Traditional heavyweights Germany and Portugal earned important wins to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday, while Romania and Northern Ireland hold a big edge in their group after victories. Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller scored late in the first half to give Germany a...
  • France recover from Brazil defeat with 2-0 Denmark win in friendly match Yesterday

    Saint-Etienne: France recovered from last week's defeat by Brazil when Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud earned a second-string side a 2-0 home friendly win over Denmark in St Etienne on Sunday. Lacazette, who was booed by the crowd before kickoff because he plays for St Etienne's bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, was...
  • Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run 2 days ago

    Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino's goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a...
  • Manchester United's Chris Smalling hails Louis van Gaal impact 2 days ago

    London: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling hailed manager Louis van Gaal as the reason behind his upturn in form and believes he is now playing the best football of his career. Smalling has struggled for consistency since joining United from Fulham in 2010 but the 25-year-old has flourished under Van Gaal...
  • Gandalf, Iron Man, Superman and many more; this is a soccer match worth watching 2 days ago

    Imagine, if there was a football match between DC and Marvel superheroes. Now lets crank it up a notch and add Gandalf the Grey (Lord of The Rings), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Neo (The Matrix), a Jedi Knight (Star Wars) and Shaolin monks. It would be unbelievably epic. Also imagine...
  • Guus Hiddink insists Netherlands will qualify despite setback 2 days ago

    Veteran Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink insisted his side would qualify for next year's European Championship as questions over his tenure re-emerged in the wake of a last-gasp 1-1 home draw with Turkey on Saturday. Hiddink's team needed a goal from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar two minutes into stoppage time to snatch a dramatic...
  • Wayne Rooney needs honours to be ranked with Bobby Charlton: Roy Hodgson 2 days ago

    Wayne Rooney might break Bobby Charlton's 45-year-old England scoring record of 49 goals this season but he must be successful at a major championship to be regarded as one of the country's greats said coach Roy Hodgson. Rooney, who will be 30 in October, has scored 47 goals in 102 appearances...
  • Xavi close to deal with Al Sadd, says Qatari club 2 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder and former Spain international Xavi is close to agreeing a deal to join Al Sadd, the Qatari side said on Saturday. The 35-year-old has played for Barca a record 751 times since he graduated from the academy to the first team in 1998 but has had limited playing...
  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly 2 days ago

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took a...
  • Netherlands, Italy need late equalisers in 2016 Euro qualifiers 2 days ago

    The Netherlands and Italy needed late equalizers to rescue draws in European Championship qualifying on Saturday. And a pair of goals plus an assist by Gareth Bale put Wales atop its group. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in injury time as the Netherlands drew with Turkey 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Eder scored the...
  • Neymar can break Pele's Brazil goal record, says Dunga 2 days ago

    Brazil striker Neymar, who has scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break Pele's long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach Dunga said on Saturday. Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962...
  • I-League: Injury-hit Salgaocar to face Bengaluru FC 3 days ago

    Margao: Injury-hit Salgaocar SC will have a tough time when they face defending champions Bengaluru FC in their penultimate round of the first leg of the Hero I-League on Sunday. Salgaocar, who lacked finishing, were expecting that their injured players like Darryl Duffy and Saran Singh would be fit during the...
  • Depleted England lose Danny Welbeck for Italy game 3 days ago

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson will be without in-form striker Danny Welbeck and three other players for Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin due to injuries. Arsenal striker Welbeck limped off during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday with a knee problem after scoring his sixth goal...
  • Italy coach Antonio Conte gets death threats after Marchisio injury 3 days ago

    Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule midfielder Claudio Marchisio out for the rest of the season. Marchisio suffered ruptured knee ligaments during the warm-up for Friday's Italy's training session ahead of the Euro...
  • Mohun Bagan extend I-league supremacy with 1-0 win over East Bengal 3 days ago

    Kolkata: Mohun Bagan defeated traditional rivals East Bengal 1-0 in an I-league football match at the Salt Lake stadium here on Sunday. Indian striker Balwant Singh scored the goal for the winning side. The win extended Mohun Bagan's undefeated streak in the competition to nine matches and consolidated their supremacy atop the...
  • Barcelona defender Jordi Alba out for 10 days with injury 3 days ago

    Madrid: Barcelona say defender Jordi Alba has a right leg muscle injury and will be sidelined for around 10 days. Tests on Saturday morning "confirmed a Grade 1 injury to the abductor muscle in his right leg," the club says in a statement. Alba asked to be substituted in the 77th minute...
  • Pune FC take on Royal Wahingdoh in I-League 3 days ago

    Shillong: Pune FC will look to maintain their 100 percent record against Royal Wahingdoh when they face the north-east side in an I-League Round 13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday. Playing their second away game in a row, third-placed Pune FC (16 points) will also be eager...
  • Euro qualifiers: Harry Kane scores on debut as England thrash Lithuania 3 days ago

    London: Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut on Friday, providing another astonishing moment in his breakthrough season in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania in European Championship qualifying. The 21-year-old Kane replaced captain Wayne Rooney amid roars by expectant fans inside Wembley Stadium, and he delivered instantly by heading...
  • Alvaro Morata hailed as 'the future of Spain' 3 days ago

    Alvaro Morata was designated "the future of the national team" after the Juventus forward fired holders Spain to a 1-0 win against Ukraine in Euro 2016 qualifying in Seville on Friday. There was a strong element of luck about Morata's 28th minute strike, the ball looping up off a defender and...
  • Hull City fined for failing to control players 4 days ago

    London: Hull City have been fined 30,000 pounds ($44,700) for failing to control their players during a 1-1 draw against Leicester City this month, the English FA said on Friday. The fine relates to an incident in the 68th minute when Hull players surrounded referee Jonathan Moss after defender Alex Bruce...
  • Stoke manager Mark Hughes agrees contract extension 4 days ago

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract until 2018 and predicted a bright future for the club after confounding the gloomy predictions that were made when he took over two years ago. Hughes joined Stoke in May 2013, replacing fellow Welshman Tony Pulis who had turned the club...
  • I-League: Dempo FC draw against Bharat FC 4 days ago

    Margao: Dempo FC and Bharat FC played out a goalless draw to split points in a I-League match played at Nehru Stadium on Friday. With today's draw, Dempo have nine points from 10 matches while Bharat FC have 10 points from nine matches. Dempo FC looked the better of the two...
  • Serbia can stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, says Branislav Ivanovic 4 days ago

    Belgrade: Portugal have one of the world's top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation's captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than...