Hoffenheim 3-3 Schalke 04: Match Report

Hoffenheim and Schalke shared six goals them in a dramatic game at the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Joel Matip got Schalke off to a flying start, but Anthony Modeste hauled Hoffenheim back into the game. Marco Hoger restored Schalke's two-goal advantage before half-time, but a Roberto Firmino penalty and a

Dortmund 5-0 Freiburg: Match Report

Borussia Dortmund defended their position at the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 win over struggling Freiburg, who finished with 10 men at the Westfalenstadion. Marco Reus scored twice before half-time, with Fallou Diagne sent off for the visitors for giving away the penalty the led to the hosts' second. Robert

Aston Villa 3-2 Man City: Match Report

This was a sobering dose of reality for Manuel Pellegrini as the euphoria of last weekend was blown away to leave Manchester City still waiting for their first Premier League away win this season. Andreas Weimann earned Aston Villa a victory even the most hardened of Holte Enders cannot have foreseen

Kilmarnock 2-5 Celtic: Match Report

Georgios Samaras grabbed a hat-trick as Celtic warmed up for the visit of Barcelona in midweek with a 5-2 win over Kilmarnock in their Scottish Premiership clash at Rugby Park. The visitors raced into a three-goal lead in 26 minutes through a Kris Commons strike and a Samaras double but Killie

Lorient 0-2 Marseille: Match Report

Marseille continued to impress on the road in the new Ligue 1 season by claiming a 2-0 win over Lorient at the Stade du Moustoir. Mathieu Valbuena celebrated his 28th birthday with a superb second-half free-kick to fire his team level on points with leaders Monaco, for 24 hours at least,

‘Real Madrid are weaker without Mesut Ozil’

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes the departure of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal has weakened Real Madrid. The Germany international opted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu side for the Premier League giants this summer in a £42 million deal following the signings of Isco and Gareth Bale. Courtois feels Madrid should have

Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea: Match Report

John Terry's second-half header prevented Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas from claiming victory over Chelsea in a hot-tempered grudge match against former mentor Jose Mourinho. The pre-match fireworks between the two managers had given an extra edge to what was already one of the most hotly-contested derbies in English football, and

Sunderland vs Liverpool: Match Preview

Sunderland (Possible, 4-1-3-2): Westwood; Gardner, OÔÇÖShea, Roberge, Colback; Johnson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Larsson; Giaccerini, Altidore. Out: Borini (inelgible), Bardsley (foot), Brown (calf), Dossena (thigh), Fletcher (shoulder). Test: O'Shea (unspecified). Liverpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Mignolet; Tour├®, Agger, Sakho, Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard; Moses, Su├írez, Sturridge. Out: Johnson, Cissokho (both ankle), Allen (hamstring), Coutinho (shoulder). Referee: Howard Webb.

Reina doesn’t expect to return to Anfield

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits it is difficult to see himself playing for Liverpool again. The Spaniard was loaned to Napoli in the summer as manager Brendan Rodgers brought Belgian stopper Simon Mignolet to the club from Sunderland. The arrangement may be a temporary one, but Reina, who is back working under former

How Mourinho and AVB became public enemies

When Andre Villas-Boas first worked with Jose Mourinho, at Porto, the older man identified in the younger a set of skills he admired and recognised. The rigour of Villas-BoasÔÇÖs analyses made him the outstanding candidate to head up an Opponent Observation department, scouting and reporting on future rivals. By its nature,

Tottenham vs Chelsea: Match Preview

Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1):Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Demb├®l├®, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado. Out: Capoue (ankle), Adebayor (illness). Tests: Kaboul (abductor), Lennon (foot). Chelsea (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Cech; Ivanovic. Cahill, Terry, Cole; Sch├╝rrle, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard; Oscar; EtoÔÇÖo. Out: Kalas (leg), Van Ginkel (knee). Test: Ramires (hip). Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 3. R0 Y14. Team News Left-back Danny Rose

Messi appears in court over alleged tax fraud

The Argentine and his father, Jorge Messi, have been summoned to go before a judge in the coastal town where the player lives, Gava near Barcelona, accused of evading tax on his image rights to the tune of £3.5 million. Messi's form on the field has scarcely been affected, with the Barcelona

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