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Qualification for knockout stage should never be taken for granted, says Klopp

Jürgen Klopp said qualification for the Champions League knockout stage should never be taken for granted after Liverpool secured their passage with an ultimately comfortable defeat of Dutch champions Ajax. Liverpool progressed from their group for a sixth successive season, and with a game to spare, courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah, Darwin Núñez and […]

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Furious Antonio Conte ‘doesn’t see honesty’ after VAR disallows Kane goal

Antonio Conte launched a furious attack on the “honesty” of refereeing and the VAR system after a late decision overruled a winner in Tottenham’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Sporting. Deep in injury time, Harry Kane knocked in Emerson Royal’s assist to set off wild celebrations that were curtailed when the video assistant intervened. Kane […]

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Giovanni Simeone fires in early double as Napoli swat aside dismal Rangers

Rangers’ sobering Champions League campaign continued on its downward trajectory with a 3-0 defeat against Napoli in the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. A 7-1 defeat by Liverpool at Ibrox in their last Group A outing had shocked the Light Blues and their fans and it looked ominous when striker Giovanni Simeone scored twice in the […]

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Barcelona humiliated, relegated to Europa League then defeated by Bayern

Barcelona’s players sat beneath the stand and watched their Champions League campaign come to an end, then ran out on to the pitch and demonstrated some of the reasons why. Already eliminated when this game began, witnessing any last, tiny hope extinguished on the television where Internazionale beat Viktoria Plzen in the early kick-off, they […]

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Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder hit hat-tricks as Chelsea dismantle Vllaznia

Chelsea found the free-flowing rhythm that has previously eluded defeat of Albanian champions Vllaznia in the Champions League. Four goals from Sam Kerr, three from Pernille Harder, one from the substitute Katerina Svitkova and four assists from Guro Reiten on her 100th Chelsea appearance, helped the Blues take control of Group A with Real Madrid […]

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Gabriel Jesus says Arsenal will not suffer burnout despite mammoth schedule

Gabriel Jesus believes suggestions Arsenal’s players could experience burnout this season are unfounded and says he has no fear of fatigue during a campaign in which he could play more than 60 games for club and country. Eyebrows were raised last week when Mikel Arteta said his team, in relation to their workload and Bukayo […]

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Ian Poulter insists he will play in Ryder Cup again despite signing for LIV Golf

Ian Poulter has insisted his Ryder Cup days are far from over, while dismissing any sense he has turned his back on the biennial joust between Europe and the US by signing for LIV Golf. Poulter, an iconic figure for the European team, is at the forefront of a legal challenge to the DP World […]