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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warns Atletico Madrid of intimidating Anfield
19.02.2020
Jurgen Klopp warned Atletico Madrid that Anfield will be as intimidating as the Wanda Metropolitano when Liverpool look to overturn a 1-0 loss from the Champions League last-16 first leg. Saul Niguez's fourth-minute strike was enough to give the Spanish side the advantage over the defending champions. Madrid's stadium was raucous on Tuesday with fans orchestrated by energetic Atletico manager Diego Simeone. "Atletico fans who can a get ticket... 'welcome to Anfield'," said Klopp. "Emotions are important. Tonight they were obviously completely on the side of Atletico, but I am really looking forward to the second leg. "We speak from time to time about the power of Anfield and the power a stadium can have and tonight you saw that. "It's half-time and we're 1-0 down. The second half will be played in our stadium an
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Maguire scored his first league goal for Manchester United
18.02.2020
Manchester United closed in on the Champions League places with victory over Chelsea as Frank Lampard's side were left with a sense of injustice after contentious video assistant referee decisions went against them. United closed to within three points of Chelsea in fourth place with headed goals either side of the interval from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire at Stamford Bridge. Martial glanced in Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross on the stroke of half-time before Manchester United captain Maguire powered in a header from Bruno Fernandes' corner after 66 minutes. Chelsea felt aggrieved as Maguire was fortunate to escape a red card for kicking Michy Batshuayi in the groin in the first half as they tangled on the touchline, despite the incident being examined by VAR. And the review system denied them again when Chelsea thought substitute Kurt Zouma had made it 1-1. The g
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Aubameyang's goal was his 15th league goal of the season, in his 24th outing
17.02.2020
Arsenal picked up just their seventh Premier League victory of the season with a confidence-boosting thrashing of Newcastle at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have been the division's draw specialists this campaign having been held 13 times and it looked to be going the same way after a goalless first half. But the hosts sprung into action immediately after the restart with Eddie Nketiah's no-look strike from Nicolas Pepe's cutback clipping the top of the crossbar. Mikel Arteta's side broke the deadlock on 54 minutes through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's well-placed header and Pepe doubled the lead just three minutes later with a neat, first-time finish. Mesut Ozil poked in a third late on from substitute Alexandre Lacazette's pass and the Frenchman converted a fourth in injury-time. Newcastle attempted to play further forward after conceding but were r
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Genesis Open: Rory McIlroy tied for lead with Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott
16.02.2020
Genesis Invitational third-round leaderboard -10 McIlroy (NI), Kuchar (US), Scott (Aus); -9 Henley (US), Varner (US); -8 Dahmen (US), Johnson (US) Selected others: -6 Rahm (Spa); -5 Casey (Eng); -4 Fitzpatrick (Eng); -2 Garcia (Spa); -1 Rose (Eng), Laird (Sco); +5 Woods (US) World number one Rory McIlroy moved into a three-way tie for the lead at the Genesis Open in California alongside American Matt Kuchar and Australian Adam Scott. Northern Ireland's four-time major winner McIlroy carded a three-under par 68 for his third round in Los Angeles. A birdie putt at 18 saw Scott complete a 67 to join McIlroy on 10 under, while overnight leader Kuchar made 70. Masters champion Tiger Woods is on five over after a disastrous 76. Americans Russell
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Hakim Ziyech: The street footballer set to become Chelsea's next big-money signing
14.02.2020
From captaining a club in crisis in his early twenties through to shining on Europe's biggest stage, Hakim Ziyech has experienced much on his journey from street footballer to becoming Chelsea's latest signing. The Dutch-born Morocco midfielder is poised to head to London this summer after Chelsea agreed a fee with Ajax that could rise to more than £36m. While any big-money transfer to the Premier League comes laden with expectation, 26-year-old Ziyech has already shown he is no stranger to adversity or pressure. The youngest of eight children, his father died when he was 10, leaving his mother to raise a large family on a modest income. Football became a particular focus for the family, with two of Hakim's siblings holding aspirations of making it in the game. But as their hopes faded, it instead fell to the youngest Ziyech to keep the dream al
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England in South Africa: Tourists lose first Twenty20 by one run
13.02.2020
First Twenty20 international, East London South Africa 177-8 (20 overs): Bavuma 43; Jordan 2-28 England 176-9 (20 overs): Roy 70; Ngidi 3-30 South Africa won by one run Scorecard England threw away the opportunity to defeat South Africa in the first Twenty20 international, losing a dramatic contest by one run in East London. The tourists needed three from the final delivery of the match, but Adil Rashid could only manage a single. England were cantering to their target of 178 as Jason Roy plundered 70 from 38 balls, only for his dismissal to spark South Africa's resurgence. Even then, Eoin Morgan's 52 meant England needed just seven from the final over, yet the brilliant Lungi Ngidi had Tom Curran caught at deep mid-wicket and bowled Moeen Ali. England have lessons to learn - Morgan
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Said Benrahma's goal against Leeds was his ninth goal of the season
12.02.2020
Faltering promotion hopefuls Leeds United recovered from a goalkeeping blunder to earn a point at Brentford that keeps them second in the Championship. A disastrous mistake from Kiko Casilla, letting a routine pass back from captain Liam Cooper roll under his foot, allowed Said Benrahma to open the scoring with a tap-in for the Londoners. Another goalkeeping error allowed Cooper to stab home an equaliser, the ball falling at the defender's feet after David Raya failed to deal with a corner. Helder Costa wasted Leeds' best chance to win it after the break, firing weakly into the grasp of Raya after getting onto a deflected cross from Mateusz Klich, meaning the visitors had to settle for a draw that keeps them in the automatic promotion spots. Leeds started the night level on points with Fulham and ahead in the table on goal difference alone, and the draw at Griffin Par
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Jordan Pickford: Everton goalkeeper's 'erratic' form a dilemma for England
11.02.2020
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's "erratic" club form has given England boss Gareth Southgate a "dilemma", says former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton. Pickford, 25, played in all of England's matches at the 2018 World Cup and was also Southgate's number one during the Euro 2020 qualifying games. But he has made club errors and was at fault for a goal by Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke on Saturday. "Pickford has not played well enough," said Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live. In England's last two Euro 2020 qualifiers, Pickford started against Montenegro, but, with qualification then secured, Burnley's Nick Pope played against Kosovo. Aston Villa's Tom Heaton was also in the squad. Sheffield United's Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, has not won a senior England cap, but has represented the Under-21s
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Barcelona were six points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid at kick-off
10.02.2020
Defender Clement Lenglet scored the winning goal and was sent off as Barcelona beat Real Betis to close the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid. The champions twice came from behind to level before Lenglet headed in Lionel Messi's 73rd-minute free-kick. Sergio Canales' sixth-minute penalty gave Betis an early lead but Frenkie de Jong levelled three minutes later. Nabil Fekir's fine strike restored the hosts' advantage only for Sergio Busquets to make it 2-2 at half-time. Trailing 3-2, Betis were reduced to 10 men after Nabil Fekir received two yellow cards in quick succession but Lenglet's dismissal made for a tense finale. Earlier, leaders Real Madrid had beaten Osasuna 4-1 to go six points clear. Real Betis v Barcelona as it happened La Liga table It had been a difficult week for Barcelona after they were dumped out of the Copa d
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Sheffield United: European football a realistic prize for Chris Wilder's side
09.02.2020
Chris Wilder will certainly not say so but Sheffield United's incredible story could yet have a European ending. Wilder's team, in League One three seasons ago, are fifth in the Premier League with 12 games left and dreaming of qualifying for a major European competition for the first time in the club's 130-year history. Only leaders Liverpool have conceded fewer goals and fourth-placed Chelsea are only two points ahead, but the Blades boss has so far refused to contemplate continental football. "Europe is not something we're thinking about," said Wilder. A previous question got this response: "Europe? It might be the end-of-season trip to Magaluf again. It was always the norm for the older generation, you'd see 20 teams out there in May so that might be the same for us." But with half of their remaining matches against teams in the
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