Atalanta’s distant dream dashed as handball rule checks Serie A charge | Nicky Bandini | Football

Atalanta’s distant dream dashed as handball rule checks Serie A charge | Nicky Bandini | Football

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Atalanta had waited 31 years for this moment. As the clock ticked past 11.30pm on Saturday, they led 2-1 at Juventus in a game that had the potential to blow the Serie A title race open, drawing them to within six points of the league leaders. To fight for the Scudetto was a bonus. A
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Manchester City’s Champions League ban lifted by Cas but club fined €10m | Football

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Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League for a serious breach of Uefa’s financial fair play rules has been overturned by the court of arbitration for sport, which has also reduced the club’s fine to €10m (£9m). City, whose executives had furiously denied wrongdoing and throughout a 20-month saga consistently accused Uefa’s processes and
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Real Valladolid v Barcelona: La Liga – live! | Football

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12.37pm EDT 12:37 Team news Luis Suarez, who scored the winner against Espanyol on Wednesday, is only on the bench for Barcelona. They have just seven substitutes, and two of them are goalkeepers. Valladolid (4-3-3) Masip; Moyano, Olivas, Sanchez, Garcia; San Emeterio, Joaquin, Alcaraz; Plano, Guardiola, Perez.Substitutes: Caro, Antonito, Alende, Nacho, Matheus, Hervias, Villa, Garcia,
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Real Madrid maintain winning run against Alavés and close in on title | Football

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Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a home win against Alavés. Karim Benzema converted an early penalty and later provided the assist for Marco Asensio’s second-half tap-in as Zinedine Zidane’s side edged closer to clinching the title. Real, who registered their eighth straight league victory, need
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Espanyol slip away to Barcelona’s tune but the silence will sting too | Sid Lowe | Football

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Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol left the first division to the opening bars of “Cant del Barça”, the anthem of the club that has cast a shadow over them for so long. It was, their director general said, “a dark night”, although it could have been even darker. Relegated after 26 years and at the Camp
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Musa Juwara: from a refugees’ dinghy to San Siro supersub with Bologna | Football

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Sinisa Mihajlovic says it was destiny. With his Bologna side a man down after Roberto Soriano’s red card and trailing 1-0 at Internazionale on Sunday, the coach surveyed his bench and weighed up his options. “The first idea was to put [Mattias] Svanberg on the right, then watching the game I said to myself: ‘Let’s
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European roundup: Suárez’s winner for Barça condemns Espanyol to relegation | Football

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Barcelona kept up their pursuit of La Liga leaders Real Madrid by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home, the victory also condemning their neighbours to relegation from the top flight. Luis Suárez struck the only goal in the 56th minute, lashing a loose ball into the net shortly after both sides had been reduced
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Milan’s six-minute salvo fires dramatic comeback to stun leaders Juventus | Football

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Milan scored three goals in six second-half minutes as they came from behind to stun Juventus, winning 4-2 at San Siro to deny the Serie A leaders the chance to move 10 points clear at the top. After a goalless first half, Adrien Rabiot and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in quick succession early in the second
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Barcelona after Lionel Messi, Juventus and José – Football Weekly | Football

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Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Max speaks to Sid Lowe about all the latest developments in La Liga, as Real Madrid close in on the Spanish title at Barcelona’s expense. This is followed by a discussion on the future for the Catalan club and Lionel Messi, as they start to plan for
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Ralf Rangnick agrees to become Milan manager for start of 2020-21 season | Football

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Milan have reached a deal with Ralf Rangnick to become the club’s new manager for the 2020-21 season. The German will replace Stefano Pioli, who has been in charge since October last year. The 62-year-old Rangnick has already agreed to become the club’s new manager but will also hold discussions with the Milan hierarchy to
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Faltering Lazio look destined to yet again wonder what might have been | Nicky Bandini | Football

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The resumption of this Serie A season was supposed to rescue Lazio from another century of ‘what ifs’. They had lost a chance to become champions of Italy on the only previous occasion that football was suspended mid-season – back in 1915. When the country went into lockdown this March, there were fears of history
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European roundup: Barcelona find top gear against Villarreal to stay in title race | Football

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Barcelona put their recent struggles aside in an impressive display at Villarreal, winning 4-1 to move back to within four points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Recent draws with Atlético and Celta, coupled with Madrid’s earlier 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao, meant the defending La Liga champions kicked off at El Madrigal seven points
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Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A top scorers 2019-20 | Football

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Premier League 21 Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 19 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 18 Danny Ings (Southampton)17 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 16 Sergio Agüero (Man City)16 Sadio Mané (Liverpool) 15 Raúl Jiménez (Wolves)15 Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)15 Anthony Martial (Man Utd) 13 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)13 Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)13 Harry Kane (Tottenham)13 Raheem Sterling (Man City) La Liga 22 Lionel
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Villarreal v Barcelona: La Liga – live! | Football

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Villarreal: Asenjo, Gaspar, Albiol, Pau, Gerard, Cazorla, Iborra, Chukwueze, Paco Alcacer, Moreno, Anguissa Subs: Fernandez, Trigueros, Baccas, Morales, Quintilla, Peña, Bruno, Sofian, Moi Gomez, Ontiveros, Lozano, Fer Niño Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Vidal, Suarez, Griezmann, Messi Subs: Cuenca, Collado, Neto, Morer, Rakitic, Brathwaite, Ansu Fati, Araujo, Peña, Puig, Arthur,
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Atalanta’s fairytale overwritten by tragedy but momentum continues | Nicky Bandini | Football

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Not even Gian Piero Gasperini knew if Bergamo was ready to start watching football again this June. Before the coronavirus outbreak, his Atalanta team had been enjoying the finest season in their 113-year history. A club representing a city of 120,000 people sat fourth in Serie A, outscoring the giants from Milan, Rome and Turin.
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European roundup: Real Madrid go four points clear after edging past Getafe | Football

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive La Liga victory to take his side one step closer to winning the title. Ramos coolly passed the ball into the net to break the deadlock in
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