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Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid: Champions League holders claim fortunate win in Amsterdam

Marco Asensio’s late goal gave Real Madrid a big edge in the tie Real Madrid claimed a fortunate win at Ajax in the Champions League last-16 first leg. Ajax played well and had a Nicolas Tagliafico goal ruled out by the first Champions League video assistant referee consultation. Holders Real took the lead when Karim Benzema blasted into the top corner after fine work by Vinicius Jr. Hakim Ziyech levelled from 10 yards but Marco Asensio scored the winner from Dani Carvajal’s cross. The Dutch side had the game’s best…

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Scottish Cup draw: Holders Celtic to face Hibernian in quarter-finals

There will be two replays ahead of the quarter-final ties next month Holders Celtic will travel to Easter Road to face Hibernian in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. Aberdeen will host Premiership rivals Kilmarnock or Rangers, while Partick Thistle will play Hearts at home. And there will be a Championship clash between Dundee United and the winner of the Highland derby replay between Ross County and Inverness. Brendan Rodgers’ side defeated St Johnstone 5-0 to book their place in the last eight on Sunday. Scottish Cup quarter-final draw in…

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Women’s FA Cup fifth round: Holders Chelsea to face Arsenal in repeat of 2018 final

Highlights: Bachmann brace wins Chelsea FA Cup Women’s FA Cup holders Chelsea will face 14-time winners Arsenal in this season’s fifth round, a repeat of the 2018 final. The Blues beat the Gunners 3-1 in front of a competition-record crowd of 45,423 at Wembley last season. Eight of the 16 fourth-round games are still to be played after cold weather affected Sunday’s scheduled fixtures. The fifth round is scheduled for Sunday, 17 February, with each winning side receiving £3,000 in prize money. Fourth-tier outfit Keynsham Town are the lowest-ranked side…

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FA Cup: Holders Chelsea draw Man Utd in FA Cup fifth round

Highlights: Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty helps Chelsea beat Man Utd to win FA Cup Defending champions Chelsea will host 12-time winners Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a repeat of last year’s final. League Two side Newport County could host Premier League champions Manchester City if they overcome Middlesbrough in their replay. League One side Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to create an upset after they were drawn at home to Crystal Palace. The fifth-round ties will take place between 15-18 February. Fifth-round draw in…

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Scottish League Cup final: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen – Rodgers leads holders to seventh straight trophy

Ryan Christie fired past Joe Lewis at the second time of asking to put Celtic ahead Former Aberdeen loanee Ryan Christie scored the only goal as Brendan Rodgers led Celtic to his seventh straight domestic trophy and the club’s 18th Scottish League Cup. Dons winger Gary Mackay-Steven was knocked out by a clash of heads and carried off before Christie’s strike in first-half injury time. Celtic won a controversial 52nd-minute penalty but Scott Sinclair’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by Joe Lewis. Aberdeen could not find a leveller. And Celtic…

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Oxford United 0-3 Manchester City: Carabao Cup holders see off League One strugglers

Phil Foden is the first player born this millennium to score a competitive goal for Manchester City Manchester City’s Phil Foden produced a masterclass and scored his first senior goal as they cruised past Oxford United in the Carabao Cup third round at the Kassam Stadium. The 18-year-old, who is tipped for a golden future with club and country, ran the show as City eventually overpowered the League One strugglers to ease to victory. City manager Pep Guardiola made 10 changes from the side that won 5-0 at Cardiff City…

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Heineken Champions Cup: Holders Leinster draw Wasps, Toulouse & Bath

Leinster beat Racing 92 15-12 to win their fourth title in May Holders Leinster will face three other former winners in Pool One of next season’s Heineken Champions Cup. The Irish Pro14 champions have been drawn against Wasps, Toulouse and Bath, with 11 titles between the four sides. English Premiership winners Saracens are in Pool Three, alongside Challenge Cup champions Cardiff Blues, Glasgow Warriors and Lyon. Last year’s runners-up Racing 92 are in Pool Four with Scarlets, Leicester Tigers and Ulster. Exeter Chiefs, who were beaten by Saracens in May’s…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Lozano lights up the Luzhniki as El Tri defeat holders

Mexico pulled off a historic victory in the opening game of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group F, defeating World Cup holders Germany 1-0 in front of a fervent – and full – Luzhniki Stadium.  Juan Carlos Osorio’s masterplan worked to perfection, with El Tri soaking up the long spells of German possession and hitting Die Nationalmannschaft on the counter-attack. Hirving Lozano’s strike was a result of a swift break, with green shirts swarming forwards and the PSV Eindhoven man coolly converting past Manuel Neuer. Joachim Low’s side played their…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Holders Germany unveil Russia 2018 preliminary squad

FIFA World Cup™ holders Germany have unveiled their preliminary squad for Russia 2018, with Joachim Low naming a 27-man selection, as well as announcing he has signed a contract that will run until Qatar 2022. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was included, even though he has not featured since September, while the man who scored the winner at Brazil 2014 – Mario Gotze – missed out having slipped down the pecking order over the last 18 months. Low will be able to call on FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 adidas Golden Boot…

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