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Messi's hat-trick inspires Barca to 4-0 rout of Man City in CL

Messi's hat-trick inspires Barca to 4-0 rout of Man City in CL

Barcelona [Spain], Oct.20 : Star striker Lionel Messi marked his return to Barcelona with a hat-trick as the Spanish giants clinched a 4-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League Group C clash here at Camp Nou on Thursday.

The Argentine, who came off the bench after a groin injury, netted a 17th-minute opener for Barcelona before scoring twice in the 61st and 69th minute to pile further misery on Pep Guardiola's side, goal.com reported.

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Bale strikes early as Madrid cruise past Legia Warsaw in CL

Bale strikes early as Madrid cruise past Legia Warsaw in CL

Madrid [Spain], Oct.19 : Striker Gareth Bale struck his first European goal since 2014 as Real Madrid registered a crushing 5-1 win over Legia Warsaw in their Champions League Group F clash here at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Welsh professional put Madrid ahead in the 16th minute with a curled left-foot drive before an own goal by Legia's Tomasz doubled their lead just three minutes later, the Guardian reported.

In the 22nd minute of the match, midfielder Miroslav Radovic finally pulled one back for Legia Warsaw from the penalty spot.

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"I've got a lot of football left," insists Rooney

"I've got a lot of football left," insists Rooney

Johannesburg [South Africa], Oct. 19 : Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who is under criticism over his recent form, has insisted he has still got a "lot of football left" amid speculations that his days as a regular starting player for the club could be coming to a close.

Rooney, who earned his name as a goal-scoring forward, has been a substitute in five of the last six matches for club and country, including the last game in which the Reds were left with a goalless draw away to arch-rivals Liverpool.

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Mourinho criticises 'cautious' Liverpool post scoreless stalemate at Anfield

Mourinho criticises 'cautious' Liverpool post scoreless stalemate at Anfield

London [England], Oct. 18 : Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused Liverpool of being the 'cautious team' in a dull goalless draw in their Premier League clash at Anfield.

United nullified Liverpool, a side which had scored nine goals in their previous two home games, with Mourinho selecting a defensive line-up.

Both the teams got plenty of chances to break the deadlock in the second-half of the match, but none of the team was able to put the ball behind the goal post.

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Man U hold Liverpool to scoreless stalemate in PL clash

Man U hold Liverpool to scoreless stalemate in PL clash

Liverpool [England], Oct.18 : Manchester United displayed a defensive and disciplined performance as they held Liverpool to a frustrating goalless draw in their Premier League clash at Anfield here on Tuesday.

Both teams got plenty of chances to break the deadlock in the second-half of the match, but none of the team was able to put the ball behind the goal post.

United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a great chance to open his side's account in the first half when he contrived to head Paul Pogba's curling cross away from the Liverpool goal, goal.com reported.

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FC Pune City play out 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters in ISL

FC Pune City play out 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters in ISL

Pune (Mumbai) [India], Oct.18 : Mohamed Sissoko struck a second-half equalizer as FC Pune City settled for a 1-1 draw against Kerala Blasters to gain their first point at home in the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League ( ISL) here at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium last evening.

Cedric Hengbart scored the fastest goal of this season after he opened the account in the third minute itself but Pune marquee Sissoko struck in the 68th minute to rescue a point for the hosts.

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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny- Rashford's toughest opponent so far

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny- Rashford's toughest opponent so far

London [England], Oct. 14 : Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has rated Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny as the toughest opponent he has faced so far in his career.

The pair came up against each other during United's 3-2 win against Arsenal at home earlier this year, a match that also saw Rashford make his Premier League debut.

In spite of scoring twice in that match, the 18-year-old admitted Koscielny proved "difficult" to play against.

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It's my dream to stay at Real Madrid for years to come: Ronaldo

It's my dream to stay at Real Madrid for years to come: Ronaldo

Madrid [Spain], Oct.14 : Describing it as his 'dream' to stay at Real Madrid for many years to come, star striker Cristiano Ranoldo has reiterated his desire to continue with the Spanish giants following a stellar year for the Portugal forward.

"It's my dream to keep playing for Real Madrid and I really want to stay here for many years because the club holds a special place in my heart," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by goal.com.

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Two first-half goals help Chennaiyin FC register first ISL win

Two first-half goals help Chennaiyin FC register first ISL win

Chennai [India], Oct.14 : Two goals in the first-half allowed defending champions Chennaiyin FC outplay FC Goa 2-0 to register their first victory of the ongoing third edition of the Indian Super League ( ISL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here last evening.

The victory helped Chennaiyin FC accumulate four points from three matches and leapfrog mid-table while FC Goa are placed at the bottom of the pool without any point from three matches. FC Goa is the only team without a point in the league.

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NorthEast United return to top of ISL table post hardfought win over Pune City

NorthEast United return to top of ISL table post hardfought win over Pune City

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Oct. 13 : NorthEast United FC earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City in the ongoing edition of the Indian Super League to return to the top of the table at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium, Balewadi-Pune, on Wednesday

In a match that saw fortunes-fluctuating and both teams reduced to 10 men, NorthEast United scored the only goal of the match through Emiliano Alfaro in the 79th minute.

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