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Messi injured in Barca's 1-1 La Liga draw against Atletico

Messi injured in Barca's 1-1 La Liga draw against Atletico

London [England], Sept.22 : Star striker Lionel Messi suffered a groin injury as Barcelona were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at the hands of Atletico Madrid in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou on Thursday.

Although Messi made Barcelona's first effort in the 14th minute of the clash, but it was comfortably saved by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The home side were almost on course to slash down Real Madrid's lead in the La Liga table to one point when Ivan Rakitic put his side ahead in the 41st minute of the match.

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Fabregas scores brace as Chelsea knock Leicester out of League Cup

Fabregas scores brace as Chelsea knock Leicester out of League Cup

Leicester [England], Sept.21 : Midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as Chelsea recovered from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester City 4-2 in the third round of the Football League Cup, here at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.

It was Premier League champions Leicester, who took the lead first when Shinji Okazaki ended a 13-game goal drought with two first-half goals for his side in the 17th and 34th minute respectively.

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Real Madrid equal Barca's La Liga record with 2-0 win over Espanyol

Real Madrid equal Barca's La Liga record with 2-0 win over Espanyol

Madrid [Spain], Sept.19 : Real Madrid produced yet another imperious performance by equalling a La Liga record set by rivals Barcelona with a scrappy 2-0 win over Espanyol here at RCDE Stadium on Monday.

It was the 16th straight league victory for Madrid, going back to last season, thus matching Pep Guardiola's Barcelona record in 2010-11 season.

Midfielder James Rodriguez, who was linked with a move away from Zinedine Zidane's side, smashed his maiden goal for Madrid in five months by converting a penalty kick in the first-half injury time.

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Man Utd stunned 1-0 by Feyenoord in Europa League opener

Man Utd stunned 1-0 by Feyenoord in Europa League opener

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept 16 : Manchester United fell to a second successive defeat with a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League Group A opener at the De Kuip stadium, Netherlands.

Tonny Vilhena fired the decisive goal in the 79th minute as a much-changed United line-up failed to put up a spirited performance, Sport24 reported.

United had earlier suffered a painful loss to bitter rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side will now aim to reverse the upset when they will play Feyenoord in the return leg at Watford on Sunday.

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Ronaldo on target to spare Real's blushes against Sporting Lisbon

Ronaldo on target to spare Real's blushes against Sporting Lisbon

London [England], Sept 15 : Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata scored late goals to help Real Madrid avoid an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League opener at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

Sporting looked set to pull off a stunning upset victory over the reigning champions, thanks to Bruno Cesar's 47th-minute goal, but Ronaldo dampened his boyhood club supporters' spirits by curling in an 88-minute free-kick.

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I couldn't celebrate against boyhood club Sporting Lisbon: Ronaldo

I couldn't celebrate against boyhood club Sporting Lisbon: Ronaldo

Madrid [Spain], Sept 15 : Explaining his subdued celebration against Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he didn't celebrate his Champions League goal against his boyhood club as a mark of respect.

Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata's late strikes help Real avoid an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Sporting in their Champions League opener at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

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Messi treble helps Barca kick off CL with 7-0 rout of Celtic

Messi treble helps Barca kick off CL with 7-0 rout of Celtic

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept 14 : Lionel Messi hogged the limelight with an excellent hat trick as Barcelona kicked off their Champions League campaign in a resounding fashion, thrashing Celtic 7-0 in the opening game of the European competition at Camp Nou.

The emphatic victory saw Barca surpass their biggest win in the Champions League to date, a 7-1 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, Sport24 reported.

With the hat trick, the Argentine talisman has extended his goal scoring tally to 86 in Europe's top-tier competition.

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`No one better than Messi`, says Man City boss Guardiola

`No one better than Messi`, says Man City boss Guardiola

Madrid [Spain], Sept.13 : Wading into the long-running debate of whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the greatest footballer on the planet, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come out in support of the Argentine talisman saying no one is better than the Barcelona star.

Ronaldo enjoyed a terrific season so far, inspiring Real Madrid to the Champions League glory before winning the Euro 2016 with Portugal following a 1-0 win over host France.

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Lukaku's treble propels Everton to 3-0 win over Sunderland

Lukaku's treble propels Everton to 3-0 win over Sunderland

London [England], Sept 13 : Romelu Lukaku netted a scintillating hat-trick as he propelled Everton to a 3-0 win over a hapless Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light.

The Belgian striker ended an 11-game goal drought by clinically dispatching two headers from well-worked Idrissa Gueye and Yannick Bolasie crosses in the second half, the Mirror reported.

Lukaku then completed his hat-trick in 11 minutes when he calmly side-footed the ball past Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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Balotelli says joining Liverpool was the `worst decision of my life`

Balotelli says joining Liverpool was the `worst decision of my life`

London [England], Sept.12 : Taking a jibe at his ex-Liverpool managers Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, Mario Balotelli has revealed that joining the Anfield club was the worst decision he has ever made.

The 26-year-old maverick footballer, who left AC Milan to move to Liverpool in 2014, failed to make an impact at Anfield. He then endured an unsuccessful loan spell at Milan last season where he could only score one Serie A goal.

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