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Van Dijk, Mane on PFA awards record, no Salah

playIs Virgil van Dijk the Prem’s best player? (2:45)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley shares his thoughts on where Virgil van Dijk ranks among the Premier League’s best players this campaign. (2:45)Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award with Raheem Sterling and Virgil van Dijk among those shortlisted.Sergio Aguero, Sadio…

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W2W4: Following UCL epic, how will Spurs and Man City recover?

Apr 19, 2019Nick MillerESPN.com writer W2W4 previews the weekend’s Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines …Liverpool’s task at Cardiff becomes much harderAfter Liverpool’s rather less dramatic European progression, Jurgen Klopp insisted that his selection of Divock Origi ahead of Roberto Firmino in the starting XI had nothing to do with Sunday’s Premier…

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Transfer Talk: Zaha’s UCL vision alarms Arsenal, Man Utd

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.TOP STORY: Zaha has Champions League ambitionsWilfried Zaha has sent a message to Europe’s top…

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Premier League: Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United battle it out

Apr 18, 2019Kevin DeVriesWith just four weeks of play remaining, the Premier League is reaching the crucial stages of the season. The races for both the title and relegation are still in full swing, while four clubs battle it out for the two remaining automatic Champions League spots. With so much of the season having…

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MLS W2W4: Rooney looks to channel Tiger; NYRB to skid?

Atlanta United will look to stay on the winning track when they host Paxton Pomykal and FC Dallas’s young guns on Saturday, while Wayne Rooney will seek a return to the scoresheet for D.C. United against winless New York City FC on Sunday. Also, two teams mired in dysfunction, the New England Revolution and the…

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Power Rankings: Barcelona Stay on top; Ajax Scale

playSid Lowe: Barca haven’t faced a team like Liverpool (1:26)ESPN FC’s Sid Lowe makes the case that Liverpool’s attacking prowess could have the potential to overwhelm Barcelona in the Champions League semis. (1:26)The Champions League semifinalists occupy the top four spots, while Juve’s bad week is reflected by their tumble. Plus, Arsenal and Chelsea are…

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The way the guardian became the best player in the Premier League

Apr 15, 2019Simon KuperESPN.com writer In his teens, Virgil van Dijk worked part time washing dishes in a small-town restaurant. Nobody at Willem II, his mid-table Dutch club, saw much future in him. He was a well-liked but occasionally difficult kid — “a real little rat,” according to his youth coach, Robby Hendriks. Willem II…

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Inter, Roma recovering from dramatic effort

Apr 18, 2019James HorncastleItaly writer Ahead of Saturday’s clash at San Siro (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+), it’s worth pointing out that supporting Inter Milan or Roma hasn’t been particularly fun for either fan base this season. It has been weirdly captivating for everybody else, though. Netflix has struggled to produce anything capable of generating the…

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Serie A’strongly condemns’ Bakayoko racism

playMilan remain in the top 4 (2:30)Milan took back Roma’s short hold of the No. 4 spot thanks to a late penalty from Franck Kessié. (2:30)5:21 PM BSTAndrew Cesare RichardsonLega Serie A have told ESPN FC they “strongly condemn” recent episodes of racism that have blighted Italian football and will do “everything in our power”…

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Are there any Potential for Alexis Sanchez at Man United?

5:01 PM BSTAndy MittenManchester United writer The Camp Nou was generous with their applause for Alexis Sanchez when he came off Manchester United’s bench with 10 minutes left on Tuesday night. It was some noise from 92,000 home fans — and maybe some in the away end too. Not everyone has fully given up on…

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Liverpool hike price for Barca fans, replicate Man Utd

Liverpool have taken a cue from Manchester United and hiked prices for away supporters when they host Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals to subsidise tickets for own fans travelling to the Nou Camp.United increased prices for their quarterfinal tie with Barca when the Spanish club charged £102, which British media reported was the most…

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Guardiola: gamers still not over UCL heartbreak

3:11 PM BSTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola has said his Manchester City players are still not over their dramatic elimination from the Champions League quarterfinals at the hands of Tottenham, who they face in the Premier League on Saturday.City suffered injury time heartbreak in midweek when a last minute goal from…

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Why Firmino is so crucial to Liverpool

2:54 PM BSTMichael CoxESPN.com writer In simple terms, it was the classic Plan B: a back-up striker coming off the bench to get on the end of a teammate’s cross and nod home in the closing stages.Except for the fact that Liverpool had already wrapped up their 6-1 aggregate win in the Champions League quarterfinal…

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Klopp: I sensed for City after demanding VAR call

Jurgen Klopp has said he felt for Manchester City after the VAR call which knocked them out of the Champions League and ended their hopes of a historic Quadruple in agonising fashion.The Liverpool manager sympathised with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who said it was a “cruel” way to lose after his side thought they…

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Ronaldo Juventus exit ruled from Allegri

playMarcotti: Juve’s experience trumped by Ajax’s tactics (1:44)Gab Marcotti examines where things went wrong for Juventus and where the blame lies following their second-leg defeat against Ajax. (1:44)1:19 PM BSTBen GladwellItaly correspondent Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed talk of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club in the wake of their Champions League elimination, confirming the…

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Participants’ anti-racism social networking boycott starts

David Beckham, Marcus Rashford and Gareth Bale are among the names to have joined a 24-hour social media boycott in a protest against online racial abuse.Rashford’s Manchester United temmate Jesse Lingard has also taken part in the boycott — organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) in England — along with Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin and…

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Lucas: City thriller most emotional I’ve played in

Tottenham midfielder Lucas Moura has told ESPN Brasil that Spurs’ wild Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday was the most emotional game of his life.The north London side advanced on away goals — 5-5 on aggregate — after a thrilling 4-3 defeat at the Etihad in which Raheem Sterling’s go-ahead goal…

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City should refocus or a historical season becomes a collapse

8:15 AM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Pep Guardiola resembled a broken man at the end of Manchester City’s epic, but draining, Champions League quarter-final exit against Tottenham earlier this week. The image of the City manager on his knees on the touchline, his head in his hands, perfectly summed up the mood of everyone…

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W2W4: Following UCL epic, how will Man City and Spurs regain?

8:18 AM BSTNick MillerESPN.com writer W2W4 previews the weekend’s Premier League action by highlighting its most compelling storylines …Who’ll recover the quickest from the Champions League drama?On Saturday, Man City and Tottenham will reconvene at the Etihad Stadium, ostensibly for a football match. But what we’ll really be watching is a contest of emotional recovery,…

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Explaining the VAR drama: Why Llorente’s goal stood

8:13 PM BSTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC In a perfect world, we would have been talking only about four goals in 11 minutes, one of the wildest quarterfinal matches in history, how Manchester City’s season is reduced to a “mere” potential Treble and how Tottenham are 180 minutes away from their first European Cup final.…

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MLS to enlarge to 30, eyes St. Louis, Sacramento

1:43 AM BSTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.LOS ANGELES — MLS intends to expand to 30 teams, with teams 28 and 29 requiring an expansion fee of $200 million, commissioner Don Garber announced Thursday following a Board of Governors meeting.Garber said the board had authorized…

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Transfer Chat: Hazard to Madrid to be announced in days

12:29 AM BSTNick JuddTransfer writer The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Hazard signing announcement to follow ‘in days’Real Madrid are set…

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Emery unsure whether harm ends Ramsey’s season

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Aaron Ramsey may be out for “some weeks” after he suffered an apparent hamstring injury in Thursday’s Europa League quarterfinal win over Napoli.The timeframe could mean the Wales international, who is bound for Juventus in the summer, has played his last match in a Gunners jersey.”It is a muscular injury.…

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Arsenal learning out of Europa League master Emery

11:49 PM BSTNick AmesESPN.com writer NAPLES, Italy — The final hour of this tie was played out amid what, by this arena’s standards, was near silence. As the last 20 minutes drew in, the population of Stadio San Paolo’s famous “Curvas” thinned out to a fraction of their capacity.Think about what those two sentences mean.…

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Pedro brace forces Chelsea into Europa semis

Chelsea reached the Europa League semifinals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a roller-coaster game on Thursday, helped by a Pedro brace in a first-half onslaught before withstanding a comeback bid by the Czechs after the break.Chelsea, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia’s Petr Sevcik…

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Giroud 8/10, Luiz 4/10 as Chelsea reach Europa semis

10:36 PM BSTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Pedro scored twice to help Chelsea into the Europa League semifinals as 5-3 aggregate victors over Slavia Prague after a 4-3 win at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. On a day when his former club Napoli were eliminated, the win and progression preserves Maurizio Sarri’s one remaining hope of winning silverware…

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Premier League still tops Europe for excitement

9:20 AM BSTIan DarkeESPN.com writer CloseDarke, who called games for the network during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is ESPN lead soccer voice in the United States. He has covered the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League since 1982, and has one of the world’s most recognizable soccer voices.Whatever the outcome…

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Why they will, or won’t, win the Champions League

It’s a cliche because it’s true. With just 270 minutes (plus extra time) left to play, anyone can win the Champions League. Liverpool were in the final just a year ago and Barcelona were the last team not named Real Madrid to actually win it. Ajax and Tottenham look like the longshots but have earned…

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Tuchel’stressed’ by PSG approaches

playPSG again fail to clinch Ligue 1 title (1:24)PSG have lost consecutive Ligue 1 games for the first time since November 2011 after falling 3-2 to Nantes. (1:24)10:23 AM BSTJonathan JohnsonPSG correspondent Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said he is “worried” by his players’ poor attitude after they lost 3-2 away at Nantes in Ligue…

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Chelsea, Revs officials to attend March of the Living

play29 Premier League goals in 90 seconds (1:30)Take a look at all of this weekend’s Premier League goals, including Mohamed Salah’s thunderbolt against Chelsea. (1:30)9:00 AM BSTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Chelsea will continue their campaign against antisemitism by sending a delegation to participate in the annual March of the Living in Poland next month, along with…

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Juventus stocks slump after Ajax defeat

9:33 AM BSTBen GladwellItaly correspondent Shares in Serie A club Juventus fell by 24 percent on the Italian stock exchange in the wake of their Champions League elimination on Tuesday night.- Marcotti: Why we should have seen Juve’s collapse comingTrading was temporarily suspended after a rush of trades saw the club’s value plummet before a…

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What we learned from Champions League: Llorente really made Spurs worse

9:23 AM BSTMichael CoxESPN.com writer Champions League knockout ties are meant to be tight — instead, we were treated to 18 goals in the four quarterfinal matches this week, with almost non-stop action from Lionel Messi’s brilliant opener for Barcelona against Manchester United to Raheem Sterling’s disallowed goal against Tottenham in the final minute. Here…

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Can Man United remain in touch with top four\?

playBurley: It was men against boys in Man United’s defeat (1:30)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona. (1:30)8:40 AM BSTDerek BiltonESPN.co.uk betting writer What a rollercoaster few days for the column. We correctly called Ajax turning Juventus over in Turin at 9/4 but our…

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Transfer Chat: Spurs plot move for Gomez, Felipe

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.TOP STORY: Tottenham plotting Gomez signing, eye FelipeCelta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez could be on…

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Transfer Chat: Spurs plot go for Gomez, Felipe

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Tottenham plotting Gomez signing …Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez could be on his way to…

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Klopp: Thankful I have to time to prep for Messi

Liverpool face a testing Champions League semifinal against Lionel Messi and Barcelona, but have made a statement by reaching the last four for the second straight year and are equipped to deal with the very best, manager Jurgen Klopp said.Liverpool beat Porto 4-1 at the Dragao Stadium on Wednesday to advance 6-1 on aggregate with…

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Guardiola bemoans Man City’s’cruel’ UCL exit

11:39 PM BSTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola said it was a “cruel” way for Manchester City to go out of the Champions League after a late Raheem Sterling goal was ruled out by the Virtual Assistant Referee.City beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 on the night but went out on away goal rule…

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Spurs predominate in classic as City’s Quadruple dream ends

11:35 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC MANCHESTER, England — It was Pep Guardiola’s Jose Mourinho moment. A late, dramatic winner in a Champions League tie, followed by the victorious manager sprinting down the touchline to celebrate wildly with his players.But then, in the flash of a video screen, it wasn’t.The Etihad Stadium went from…

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Spurs oust Town in epic seven-goal UCL thriller

After an astonishing encounter at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semifinals of the Champions League on away goals following a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0 and progressed after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate, will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against…

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Giroud’not happy’ since Chelsea’s backup option

8:21 PM BSTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent LONDON — Olivier Giroud has warned Chelsea that he is not prepared to be second-choice striker next season even if the club decides to keep him.Chelsea have yet to inform Giroud — who is the Europa League’s top scorer with nine goals but has started just seven Premier League matches…

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PSG lose again as Name plans remain on ice

playPSG again fail to clinch Ligue 1 title (1:24)PSG have lost consecutive Ligue 1 games for the first time since November 2011 after falling 3-2 to Nantes. (1:24)Paris Saint-Germain missed another opportunity to seal their eighth Ligue 1 title when their much-changed side were beaten 3-2 at strugglers Nantes on Wednesday.Victory would have put PSG…

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La Liga: Sevilla’s Sarabia quickening late

6:52 PM BSTKieran DarcyESPN Staff Writer CloseKieran Darcy is an ESPN.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball. Follow Kieran on Twitter »Barcelona’s lead in La Liga is down to nine points, following a scoreless draw at last-place Huesca…

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Why we should have seen Juve’s collapse coming

6:19 PM BSTGabriele MarcottiSenior Writer, ESPN FC Imagine a warning light flashing on your dashboard as you speed down the highway. You know it’s there. You know it’s potentially important but no matter what you do, no matter what tweaks you make, it won’t go away.Welcome to Max Allegri’s view while driving Juve’s team bus.…

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United to do it following Youthful racially abused

playPhil Jones is ‘still spinning’ trying to mark Messi (0:54)ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno says Lionel Messi did ‘whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted’ against Man United’s defence. (0:54)4:06 PM BSTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Manchester United have said they will take “the strongest possible action” against any supporter found to have sent Ashley Young racist abuse…

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Two-goal Messi’unstoppable’ at his finest – manager

11:45 PM BSTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent BARCELONA, Spain — Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is unstoppable when he’s at his best after the Argentine fired Barcelona into the semifinals of the Champions League for the first time in four years.Messi scored twice in Barca’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at Camp Nou on Wednesday to take…

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Oblak signs Atletico contract extension to 2023

playForlan addresses Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid future (1:45)Former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan talks Atleti’s exit from the Champions League vs. Juventus and advises on Antoine Griezmann’s future. (1:45)Goalkeeper Jan Oblak has signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid, which will keep him at the club until 2023.The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best…

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The Bible,’Baby’s Day Out’: Train with 13-year-old Messi

playBurley: It was men against boys in Man United’s defeat (1:30)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley believes Manchester United got a dose of reality following their three-goal defeat in Barcelona. (1:30)We’re accustomed to seeing Lionel Messi steal the headlines, most recently with his two goals in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League on…

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Resources: Solskjaer targeting five Utd signings

12:10 PM BSTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting at least one signing in every area of his squad this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.Solskjaer said after the chastening Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday night that he is facing a “rebuild” at Old Trafford before United again…

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Resources: Barca close agreement to signal De Ligt

playMarcotti: Juve’s experience trumped by Ajax’s tactics (1:44)Gab Marcotti examines where things went wrong for Juventus and where the blame lies following their second leg defeat against Ajax. (1:44)10:25 AM BSTMoises LlorensSam MarsdenBarcelona are close to reaching an agreement to sign defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, club sources have told ESPN FC.The La Liga…

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De Jong: Ajax should have beaten Juve by more

Ajax Amsterdam followed up their elimination of Real Madrid by producing a spell-binding display of inventive, passing football to win 2-1 away to Juventus on Tuesday and end the Serie A team’s dreams of winning the Champions League.Ajax’s 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt headed the winner from the corner in the 67th minute of the…

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Beckham group sued over Miami scene plan

12:29 AM BSTJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.David Beckham’s five-year quest to bring an MLS team to South Florida has encountered another obstacle in the form of a lawsuit that could at least delay its efforts to redevelop Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium.Beckham, his partners and…

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Allegri dismisses Juventus exit speculation

playMarcotti: Juve’s experience trumped by Ajax’s tactics (1:44)Gab Marcotti examines where things went wrong for Juventus and where the blame lies following their second leg defeat against Ajax. (1:44)Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed speculation about his future following their Champions League exit against Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday, saying he would be at the club next…

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Transfer Talk: Spurs lead race for Fulham’s Sessegnon

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Jump to: Chelsea want Pepe to replace Hazard | Busy summer looms in MilanTOP STORY:…

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Messi genius can win Champions League for Barcelona

11:29 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC BARCELONA, Spain — It is six years since a team without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League and, if you conducted a straw poll of the Manchester United team torn apart by Barcelona’s magician in the Nou Camp during a 3-0 quarterfinal second-leg defeat Tuesday…

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Ajax stun Juventus

2018/19 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals 1 FT Agg. 2–3 2 Donny van de Beek (34′) Matthijs de Ligt (67′) 2nd Leg – Ajax Amsterdam advance 3-2 on aggregate 2nd Leg – Ajax Amsterdam advance 3-2 on aggregate KO Kickoff 11 On: Daley Sinkgraven | Off: Noussair Mazraoui 28 Cristiano Ronaldo Goal – Header 34 Donny…

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Milner: Liverpool desire decoration to be called’best’

8:48 PM BSTNick MillerESPN.com writer James Milner says Liverpool must win something before they can live up to Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao’s assertion that they are sometimes “the best team in the world.”Liverpool take a 2-0 lead into the second-leg of their Champions League quarterfinal at the Estadio Dragao on Wednesday, and speaking ahead…

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Messi contributes Barcelona previous Man United

(Adds details)By Richard MartinBARCELONA, April 16 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday.Barca, who toyed with United for the majority of the encounter, sealed a…

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Scholes billed over alleged betting breaches

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, the English governing body said on Tuesday.It is alleged that the 44-year-old former England international placed 140 bets on football matches between August 2015 and January 2019, the FA said in a statement…

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Fantasy MLS: Load on some Northwest tourists

5:05 PM BSTKieran DarcyESPN Staff Writer CloseKieran Darcy is an ESPN.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball. Follow Kieran on Twitter »Los Angeles Football Club has been the most impressive team in Major League Soccer so far this…

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Senegal goalkeeper suffers double leg fracture

Senegal international goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye has suffered a double leg break after colliding with his teammate during a Champions League clash for club side Horoya AC against Wydad Casablanca and will miss this summer’s the African Nations Cup.Ndiaye, 34, who started all three of Senegal’s matches at the 2018 World Cup, suffered the horrific injury…

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Spurs, United matches’absolute finals’ – Guardiola

2:11 PM BSTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Pep Guardiola said Manchester City’s next three matches will go a long way to defining their season as they chase an unprecedented Quadruple.City face Tottenham on Wednesday night in the Champions League trailing 1-0 from the first leg followed by a Premier League double-header against Spurs…

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De Gea has performed’unique groundwork’ to get Messi

playMan United need to replicate PSG performance at Barca (1:17)The FC crew agree that Man United will have to dig deep against Barcelona to reproduce a comeback reminiscent of what they pulled off in Paris. (1:17)10:27 AM BSTAdriana GarciaManchester United goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez says David De Gea has done “super special preparation” before facing…

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Resources: Mkhitaryan includes UEFA assistance over visa

playWill poor away form haunt Arsenal in Leg 2? (2:16)Despite a comfortable 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League, the ESPN FC panel are concerned Arsenal’s form away from home can doom then in leg 2. (2:16)10:15 AM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal will be given the full support of…

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Jose Enrique awarded all-clear and is currently cancer free free

playChampions League quarterfinals 2nd-leg predictor (1:51)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson square off in predicting who will advance to the Champions League semifinals. (1:51)Former Newcastle and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has said he has been given the all-clear following his battle with cancer.Enrique was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2018 and underwent…

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Transfer Talk: Juve to unite’new Ronaldo’ using Ronaldo

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Jump to: Ajax ace to Prem? | Barca want Rashford TOP STORY: Juve to unite…

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Zidane: Real should play better after woeful draw

Real Madrid stumbled to a 1-1 La Liga draw at Leganes on Monday, the latest disappointing result in a nightmare season for the European champions.Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are third in the table and 13 points behind leaders Barcelona, were uninspired against local rivals Leganes.Madrid put in the kind of lethargic performance which has plagued…

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Italian authorities ceased 54 weapon-wielding Ajax fans

playChampions League quarterfinals 2nd-leg predictor (1:51)ESPN FC’s Craig Burley and Mark Donaldson square off in predicting who will advance to the Champions League semifinals. (1:51)9:39 PM BSTAssociated PressItalian police stopped 54 weapon-carrying Ajax supporters on the eve of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Juventus and will escort them out of the country.The fans were stopped…

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Barca should tune out the noise as they plan for background

11:21 PM BSTGraham HunterSpain writer CloseGraham Hunter is a Barcelona-based freelance writer for ESPN.com who specializes in La Liga and the Spanish national team.It’s both startling and somewhat unfair, the degree to which Barcelona are treading along a knife edge at the Camp Nou. If they eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League, whether by…

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Solskjaer, United eye another miracle in Camp Nou

6:39 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC BARCELONA, Spain — The last time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tasked with a salvage mission in the Nou Camp, he only had nine minutes to make something happen. When he returns as Manchester United manager on Tuesday, he will have the full 90, and probably a fair bit…

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Emery’s tinkering shows lack of a constant strategy

11:32 PM BSTMichael CoxESPN.com writer On the face of it, this was an excellent night for Arsenal — three points, back into the top four, and at long last, a clean sheet away from home.But this was a hugely disappointing performance, especially when Arsenal’s two matchwinners here were actually opposition players. Ben Foster’s dawdling when…

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Marcelo 6/10 as uninspired Madrid draw neighbours Leganes

11:02 PM BSTDermot CorriganMadrid correspondent Real Madrid’s slow and tortuous end to 2018-19 continued with a very underwhelming 1-1 La Liga draw at near neighbours Leganes on Monday evening.PositivesJust six games left now in 2018-19, and then the “changes” that coach Zinedine Zidane keeps talking about can start to actually take place. While this is…

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Foster’sorry’ Following howler Assists Arsenal into 4th

playArsenal return to top 4 with win at 10-man Watford (1:37)Arsenal secured their first clean sheet away from home this Premier League season and soared back into the top four with a 1-0 win over 10-man Watford. (1:37)Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League after a bizarre 10th-minute goal by…

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Sala transfer Charge dispute goes to FIFA

9:33 PM BSTJulien LaurensTom HamiltonCloseSenior Writer• Joined ESPN in 2011 • Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours • Previously rugby editor, and became Senior Writer in 2018The dispute over Emiliano Sala’s transfer fee will be adjudicated by FIFA after Cardiff City submitted their evidence on Monday.Nantes called on…

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Aubameyang 7/10, Mkhitaryan 4/10 as Arsenal escape

10:24 PM BSTJames McNicholasArsenal blogger Arsenal clung on to a 1-0 win against 10-man Watford to climb back into the Champions League places.Watford were the architects of their own downfall after a huge Ben Foster error to gift Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the game’s only goal was swiftly followed by a Troy Deeney red card.PositivesIt will be…

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Fantasy MLS: Snow means your watch has not finished

4:38 PM BSTKieran DarcyESPN Staff Writer CloseKieran Darcy is an ESPN.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball. Follow Kieran on Twitter »Matchweek 7 provided an early-season lesson for those fantasy players new to Major League Soccer — namely,…

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Gabriel Jesus’ frustrations view him train harder

1:45 PM BSTJonathan SmithManchester City correspondent Gabriel Jesus has said he is frustrated by his lack of game time at Manchester City, but in a “good way.”The Brazil international is battling Sergio Aguero for a place in the Premier League champions’ lineup and, with his teammate having an outstanding season that has seen him tipped…

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Solskjaer: I need to lead Utd to another Treble

8:42 AM BSTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told ESPN FC his ultimate aim as Manchester United manager is to repeat the Treble as he prepares to revisit the site of his goal which secured the achievement for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 1999.The Norwegian will lead United against Barcelona at Camp Nou…

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Fiorentina fans boycott first half Bologna

4:17 PM BSTAndrew Cesare RichardsonThe Fiorentina Supporters Association (ATF) boycotted the opening 45 minutes of Sunday’s goalless home draw with Bologna in protest against the club’s ownership.Brothers Andrea and Diego Della Valle, who are billionaires through their luxury shoe company Tod’s, bought the club in 2002 after it had been declared bankrupt and relegated to…

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Red Bulls’ Kaku sent off after firing ball into lovers

New York Red Bulls midfielder Kaku was shown a red card for kicking into the stands a ball that struck a fan late in his team’s 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.Kaku, whose full name is Alejandro Romero Gamarra, fired a ball from close range into the first few rows of seats in…

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Transfer Chat: Lille celebrity Pepe can property in Arsenal

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.TOP STORY: Pepe is off … perhaps to ArsenalNicolas Pepe is definitely set to leave…

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Salah’s aim goes down in history if Liverpool win league

7:43 PM BSTMark OgdenSenior Writer, ESPN FC LIVERPOOL, England — There have been some special goals that have gone on to define a title-winning campaign, and only time will tell whether Mohamed Salah’s unstoppable left-foot strike for Liverpool against Chelsea earns its place alongside those scored by the likes of Eric Cantona, Sergio Aguero and…

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Transfer Talk: Lille celebrity Pepe can land in Arsenal

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.TOP STORY: Pepe is off … perhaps to ArsenalNicolas Pepe is definitely set to leave…

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Weekend review: Liverpool a picture of composed

1:47 AM BSTNick MillerESPN.com writer Nick Miller recaps another wild weekend in the Premier League, as Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool held their nerve, but Chris Hughton’s Brighton lost theirs.Goal of the weekendThere was a the briefest fraction of a second where Kepa Arrizabalaga might have thought he could get to Mohamed Salah’s rocket, but then…

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Utd attackers can frighten Barca at Camp Nou – Ole

playNicol: Man United have been horrible lately (1:33)Steve Nicol questions how Manchester United are supposed to score two goals against Barcelona, given their recent form. (1:33)10:30 PM BSTRob DawsonManchester United correspondent MANCHESTER, England — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United have the attacking players to frighten Barcelona at Camp Nou.United are looking to overturn a…

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PSG forced to wait for title after Lille embarrassment

Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 title celebrations were delayed again when they suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat by second-placed Lille after being reduced to 10 men on Sunday.The capital side, who would have clinched their eighth title by avoiding defeat, had Juan Bernat sent off before the break after the Spaniard had cancelled out Thomas…

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Win over Chelsea closed’slipping publication’ – Klopp

9:01 PM BSTLiam TwomeyChelsea correspondent Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool laid the ghost of Steven Gerrard’s fateful slip against Chelsea to rest by beating the Blues 2-0 at Anfield to move back to the top of the Premier League.Sadio Mane’s header and a screamer from Mohamed Salah in the second half were enough for Liverpool…

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Brilliant Salah aim helps Liverpool back to top

Two goals in as many minutes, including a stunning Mohamed Salah strike, saw Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move back to the top of the Premier League.Liverpool had been frustrated in a tight first half, but Sadio Mane headed home after 51 minutes before Salah fired an unstoppable strike into the top corner…

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Man City are dull their way to the title

5:21 PM BSTNick AmesESPN.com writer If Manchester City retain the Premier League title, the signs are they will have done it the boring way.Sunday’s win at Crystal Palace — beyond a nine-minute spell after Luka Milivojevic’s clever free kick to make it 2-1 — was not a contest. And that has become a consistent theme.If…

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Sterling double sees Man City past Palace

Raheem Sterling’s double and another goal from Gabriel Jesus saw Manchester City briefly go top of the Premier League, before Liverpool responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 to leapfrog them.Sterling had already wasted a great chance by the time he shot high into the net to give City the lead after 15 minutes, and he wrapped…

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Premier League rush to the finish?

4:13 PM BSTDale JohnsonMark OgdenThe Premier League season is set for a frantic conclusion at both ends of the table, with the battles for the title, top four and relegation set to go down to the wire.With permutations updated after each game, we run through what is left to play for and ESPN FC senior…

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West Ham warns fans filmed misuse

10:53 PM BSTAssociated PressPremier League club West Ham says it will ban any fans who were filmed chanting anti-Semitic abuse ahead of a game at Manchester United.Journalist Darren Richman posted the video of the offensive song about West Ham rival Tottenham, which was filmed by his mother on public transport in the northern English city…

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Return to whitened kits that a timely reminder of Brazil’s past

8:20 AM BSTTim VickerySouth America correspondent Just under two months from now, Brazil will take the field for the opening game of the Copa America wearing their traditional white shirts.That might seem like a strange way to end a sentence, but it is true. From their first match in 1914 (against Exeter City) and for…

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Barco helps De Boer end 900-day win Burial

playAtlanta finally get first win (1:26)Ezequiel Barco found the net twice for Atlanta United, who secured their first win of the season at Gillette Stadium. (1:26)Ezequiel Barco came off the substitutes bench to score two goals as Frank De Boer’s Atlanta United recorded a 2-0 road victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.The win…

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Transfer Chat: Man Utd the newest to join Eriksen hunt

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Jump to: Man United move for Eriksen | Arsenal eye AlderweireldTOP STORY: Chelsea eye ‘next…

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Transfer Chat: Man Utd the latest to connect Eriksen hunt

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but you can click here to review all the deals. Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.Man United to treble Eriksen’s wages Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has emerged as one…

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Vidal on draw: Barca distracted by Man Utd

Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Huesca but Ernesto Valverde’s side, with star players including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez rested for next week’s Champions League game against Manchester United, still moved 12 points clear of Atletico Madrid.Barca, who welcomed Ousmane Dembele back after injury, gave teenage midfielder Riqui Puig a debut and…

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Dembele yields, child Puig 7/10 as Barca held

6:42 PM BSTSam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Huesca on Saturday after making 10 changes to the side which beat Manchester United in midweek.Ernesto Valverde took advantage of his side’s 11-point lead at the top of La Liga to rest everyone except goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen ahead of Tuesday’s Champions…

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Juventus suffer jolt SPAL conquer, denied title

Juventus were denied the chance of winning Serie A for a record eighth time in a row on Saturday, following a shock 2-1 defeat at relegation-threatened SPAL.Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floccari struck as SPAL completed a most unlikely turnaround to claim three points in their battle to avoid the drop, making Juventus wait a while…

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