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Real Madrid 0 Real Betis 1: Five things you missed in Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappy return to La Liga action

Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday as an inspired performance from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a stoppage-time winner from Antonio Sanabria stunned the champions on Cristiano Ronaldo's…

Leroy Sane double clinches Manchester City EFL Cup victory over West Brom

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Leroy Sane's classy double strike fired a dominant Manchester City into round four of the Carabao Cup but only after Pep Guardiola's men had survived a big scare at The Hawthorns. There was no denying the Premier League leaders deserved to…

Wednesday, Sep 20

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Chelsea 5 Nottingham Forest 1: Michy Batshuayi hat-trick seals victory for rampant Blues

Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick as Chelsea provided a glimpse of the future with a 5-1 Carabao Cup rout of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night. Kenedy and the impressive Charly Musonda were also on target and Tendayi Darikwa scored a…

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Manchester United vs Burton Albion: 5 things we learned from the home side's assertive EFL Cup victory

Manchester United cruised their way into the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday night as they knocked four past Burton Albion in a dominant display at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford was at the double for the home side while Jesse…

Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers: 5 things we learned as Theo Walcott strike sees Gunners sneak through in EFL Cup

Arsenal scraped a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers to make it through to the Carabao Cup fourth round on a frustrating night in north London. Theo Walcott scored the only goal as a record-low Emirates crowd looked on with the usual moans and…

Mark Sampson to leave England Women manager's role as racism row continues

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Mark Sampson is set to leave his role as manager of the England football team in the midst of an ongoing racism row at the heart of the women's game. The FA are expected to confirm the news later on Wednesday afternoon with a press…

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Mark Sampson sacked as England manager by FA after unprofessional relationship with players

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Mark Sampson was sacked as England Women's manager today for inappropriate relationships with his female players during his previous spell as manager of Bristol Academy. Football Association CEO Martin Glenn made the decision after reading…

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Tyson Fury drug ban claims 'inaccurate' as UK Anti-Doping hit back at former world heavyweight champion

UK Anti-Doping [Ukad] have released a statement to hit back at Tyson Fury following his public outburst against his continued licence suspension by revealing that the process is being held up by the boxer's own appeal. Both former…

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Jake LaMotta dead: Legendary boxer and inspiration for Raging Bull dies aged 95

Former world middleweight champion boxer Jake LaMotta has died due to complications from pneumonia, aged 95. Real name Giacobbe LaMotta, the American's death was announced by a relatives on social media, with his eldest daughter Christi…

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Alexis Sanchez looks distracted at Arsenal, says Gary Neville

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Alexis Sanchez has lost his focus and become distracted at Arsenal following speculation over his future at the club, Gary Neville has said. The Chilean, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of the current season, was repeatedly…

The 55 players voted the best in the world by their fellow pros, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Real Madrid have dominated the long list of the FIFPro World XI after their record 12thChampions League victory with 13 players nominated – the same amount from the entire Premier League. Harry Kane is the only Englishman on the list with…

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Ladbrokes forced to apologise to Burnley after official sponsor mocked club's own players on Twitter

Ladbrokes have been forced to apologise to Burnley for a message on social media which contained a rude gesture towards players Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor. Ladbrokes, who are the club's "official UK betting partner" and sponsor the…

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Jurgen Klopp 'really sick' of Liverpool's defending as Reds' frailties are exposed once again

Jurgen Klopp was "really sick" as defensive frailties once again came back to haunt Liverpool as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Leicester. The Foxes dumped Liverpool out in the third round after Shinji Okazaki and…

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Mauricio Pochettino hails Dele Alli for getting over dip in form after firing Tottenham past Barnsley in Carabao Cup

Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli is over his dip in form after the midfielder scored Tottenham's winner against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third round. Pochettino had admitted before the game he would start Alli at Wembley to help…

Tuesday, Sep 19

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Tottenham vs Barnsley: Dele Alli's second-half strike sees Spurs into Carabao Cup fourth round

And how Pochettino needed Alli to finally come good to see off Barnsley. A slow start to the season had seen the England man come under fire from his own supporters. They were threatening to turn against him as he was caught surrendering…

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Islam Slimani stunner seals win for Leicester and dumps more woe on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho caught the eye but Leicester claimed the win as Liverpool's Brazilian star dominated discussion when he was on the field and again when he left it. Coutinho made his first start since failing to secure a summer move to…

Leicester vs Liverpool: 5 things we learned as Islam Slimani's stunning strike dumps Reds out of the EFL Cup

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Liverpool have been left ruing missed opportunities after dominating large parts of a Carabao Cup match against Leicester City on Tuesday night that they eventually went on to lose 2-0. The Reds had made much the brighter start to the game…

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England vs West Indies: Jonny Bairstow hits fine century to hand hosts victory

Jonny Bairstow has waited patiently for his chance to take centre stage for England in one-day international cricket so it was fitting that his brilliant maiden century in this format proved the difference in this series opener against…

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Arsenal stand their best chance of winning the League Cup, yet it could prove the catalyst for so much more

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Glass half empty, or glass half full? That's often the question for Arsenal fans, and like so many times during the second half of Arsene Wenger's reign as manager, it's one that stems from bad injury news ahead of the Carabao Cup third…

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Leicester vs Liverpool: What time does it start, which TV channel is it on and where can I watch it?

Jurgen Klopp has insisted his Liverpool side will not travel to Leicester with a "white flag" for their Carabao Cup third round match on Tuesday night. The Reds have the added pressure of competing in the Champions League this season and…

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Danny Welbeck out for a month with groin injury as Arsene Wenger plans changes for Arsenal vs Doncaster

Danny Welbeck will be out until after next month's international break with a groin injury sustained during Arsenal's game against Chelsea on Sunday. Welbeck will miss Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash with Doncaster, the Premier League games…

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Eden Hazard set to make first start of the season as Chelsea boss Antonio Conte shuffles his pack for Carabao Cup

Antonio Conte is ready to welcome Eden Hazard back into his Chelsea team for tomorrow's Carabao Cup third round game against Nottingham Forest, along with youngsters Kenedy and Charly Musonda. Hazard is yet to start a game so far this…

David Haye: All terms agreed for Tony Bellew rematch

David Haye says all terms have been agreed between his camp and Tony Bellew's for the pair to meet again in the ring. The British pair fought at heavyweight in March at London's O2 Arena, with Haye being defeated in the 11th round. The 36…

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Rio Ferdinand criticised as 'totally naive' by Eddie Hearn for launching professional boxing career

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Promoter Eddie Hearn has criticised Rio Ferdinand for his decision to launch a professional boxing career, labelling the former Manchester United defender as “totally naïve”. The 38-year-old, who retired from football in 2015, is taking…

Edinson Cavani rejects claims of changing room row with Neymar as he insists PSG pair have 'no problem'

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Edinson Cavani has eased fears of a Paris Saint-Germain bust-up with teammate Neymar following their disagreement over a penalty kick at the weekend, with the striker insisting there is “no problem” between the pair despite conflicting…

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Alan Shearer launches damning attack on Liverpool as he points to club's lack of progress under Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool have made no significant headway under Jurgen Klopp since the German replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager in 2015, former England striker Alan Shearer has said. The appointment of Klopp, who had built up an impressive reputation…

Manchester United seeking advice over racist Romelu Lukaku song about the size of his penis

Manchester United are seeking specialist advice after they were contacted by anti-racism group Kick It Out over a song that has been heard at Old Trafford in support of the striker that refers to a racial stereotype. Kick It Out has…

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Eden Hazard in swipe at former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after claiming it took Antonio Conte a week to improve him

Eden Hazard has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho by admitting that it took his replacement just one week to improve him as a player. Mourinho was dismissed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for a second…

Ander Herrera starts Premier League mind games claiming Manchester City are under more pressure than United

Ander Herrera has ramped up the mind games insisting Manchester City's summer spending makes them Premier League favourites, with Pep Guardiola's trophyless first season meaning they currently have a greater obligation to win titles than…

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Tottenham's Dele Alli to start in Carabao Cup in bid to regain form

Mauricio Pochettino wants to help Dele Alli by starting him against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday but has called for patience with the Tottenham midfielder. Alli has endured a turbulent start to the season. The 21-year-old is…