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Pune FC end jinx against East Kolkata in I-League

Pune FC end jinx against East Kolkata in I-League

Kolkata, May 18 - Pune FC clinched a famous 2-1 victory against East Bengal in their I-League encounter at the Barasat District Sports Stadium in Kolkata.

A hard fought game, Dudu Omagbemi put East Bengal in front in the 44th minute before substitute Ishfaq Ahmad levelled scores for Pune four minutes later. Striker Thongkhoseium Haokip then netted the winner for Pune FC in the
66th minute as they registered their first win after three consecutive losses in the league.

Messi scores as Barcelona win 23rd La Liga Title

Lionel Messi

London, May 18 - Lionel Messi's second half winner against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday helped Barcelona clinch their 23rd La Liga title.

Defending champion Atletico went close to getting a lead before the Argentinean forward exchanged passes with Pedro and fired low into the corner. His 41st goal of the season ensured Real Madrid finished second in the points table, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trickagainst Espanyol, the BBC reported.

With one game left Barcelona now hold a four-point unassailable lead ahead of their rivals.

Arsenal eyes third spot in PL after draw with Man U

Arsenal eyes third spot in PL after draw with Man U

London, May 18 - Arsenal will look to secure the third spot in the Premier League after playing out a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the Old Trafford on Sunday, having already confirmed their place in the next season's Champions League.

Ander Herrera gave Manchester United the lead in the 30th minute of a low intensity match, with Arsenal unable to manage a single shot on target in the first half, the BBC reported.

Juventus stun Real to enter Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo

London, May 14 - A tie at the Santiago Bernabeu was enough for Juventus as the Italian club stunned Real Madrid to reach its first Champions League final in 12 years.

The 1-1 draw ensured that Juventus went through at Real's expense, with a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo provided Real Madrid with the lead, scoring a penalty in the 23rd minute of the match. However, Juventus came back strongly in the second half with former Real player Alvaro Morata striking the decisive goal in the 57th minute.

Juventus will now face Barcelona in the final on June 6.

Guardiola compares 'all-time best' Messi to Pele as Barca enter CL finals

Guardiola compares 'all-time best' Messi to Pele as Barca enter CL finals

London, May 13 : Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has compared Lionel Messi to Brazilian legendary footballer Pele, describing the Barcelona talisman as 'best player of all time'.

Barca reached their first Champions League final since 2011 despite enduring a 3-2 defeat against the German club in their return-leg tie on Tuesday night in Germany.

Messi had inspired the Catalan giants to a 3-0 win with a brace in the first leg tie against Bayern last week.

Barca advance to CL final despite 3-2 loss to Bayern in return-leg

Neymar

London, May 13 - Barcelona progressed to their first Champions League final since 2011 despite enduring a 3-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in their return-leg tie on Tuesday night in Germany.

Holding a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg, Barca secured a quick equalizer when Neymar netted his first goal of the night from a Luiz Suarez pass in the 15th minute after Medhi Benatia put Bayern ahead seven minute before.

Neymar doubled the lead after picking a well-worked assist from Suarez again in the 29th minute.

Swansea ends Arsenal's 8 match winning run

Swansea ends Arsenal's 8 match winning run

London, May 12 - Swansea ended the eight match winning run of Arsenal in the Premier League by snatching a dramatic late win, thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis' header in the 84th minute of the match at Emirates stadium.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made a lot of saves, not allowing Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsay to score, as the Swansea attacked relentlessly in the second half.

However, with only five minutes remaining, substitute Gomis nodded in to make the score 1-0 as Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina had failed to palm the ball.

QPR relegated in Premier League after 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City

QPR relegated in Premier League after 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City

London, May 11: Queen Park Rangers were relegated from the Premier League after suffering a humiliating 6-0 loss against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick, with two of the goals coming because of poor defence and third via a penalty corner. Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and David Silva also chipped in as the hosts played the Rangers out of the park.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pelligrini was very happy with the team's performance, especially with the way Aguero played, saying that a he has changed a lot in the past one year, the BBC reported.

Cristiano Ronaldo donates 5M pounds to help Nepal earthquake victims

Cristiano Ronaldo

London, May 9 - Cristiano Ronaldo has donated 5million pounds to Nepal earthquake charity fund which is helping survivors of last month's earthquake.

According to French publication So Foot, the Real Madrid star gave the hefty sum of money to global organisation 'Save the Children', the Mirror reported.

The 30-year-old footie ace has also used his Facebook and Twitter pages to urge fans to donate to relief efforts.

'Save the Children' is one of the main charities involved in helping survivors of last month's devastating disaster which killed more than 7,000 people. (ANI)

Soccer legend Pele undergoes prostate surgery in Brazil

Pele

London, May 08 - Legendary Brazil footballer Pele has undergone successful prostrate surgery after he is hospitalized for the second time in six months.

The three-time World Cup winner was earlier admitted in hospital for a urinary infection in November after having kidney stones removed, the BBC reported.

Although the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo confirmed Pele was a patient, it did not disclose any details on his condition.



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