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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Usual suspects in the frame at expanded Asian Cup 2019

Japan have a reasonably straightforward passage having been drawn with Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan in Group F (Source: vetembaste) The 17th Asian Cup finals will be the biggest in the 62-year history of the tournament but even with 24 teams battling it out, it is hard to look much beyond regional powers Iran, Japan and South Korea as potential champions. ...

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Subrata Bhattacharya proud of son-in-law Sunil Chhetri for following his footsteps

Sunil Chhetri is set to become the first-ever Indian to play in two editions of an AFC Asian Cup. (Source: PTI) Mohun Bagan legend Subrata Bhattacharya was a key member of the Indian team in the 1984 Asian Cup and he will be keenly following his son-in-law and captain Sunil Chhetri during the showpiece event starting in the UAE on Sunday. ...

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India football’s freefall

As the qualifiers for Qatar 2022 loom and the realisation that the national team isn’t yet World Cup-ready sinks in, it’s only natural that Patel starts talking about 2026. Dangling the Cup carrot again Moments after the launch of India’s shiny new kit at a convention hall in the bowels of a plush Lutyens Delhi hotel last week, a remark ...

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I-League: Willis Plaza’s first-half strike guides Churchill Brothers to 1-0 win over Indian Arrows

Willis Plaza’s first-half strike gives Churchill Brothers three points against Indian Arrows. (Source: Indian Football Team Twitter) Willis Plaza scored the solitary goal as Churchill Brothers returned to winning ways after two successive defeats with a hard-fought 1-0 triumph over Indian Arrows in an I-League fixture at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Plaza’s first-half strike was enough to ...

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I-League clubs threaten to move court, FIFA over telecast row

Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj Sunday threatened to move court. (Source: I League) Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj Sunday threatened to move court under the aegis of I-League (Private) Clubs Association if the All India Football Federation (AIFF) does not sort out the telecast row. The association formed by defending champions Minerva Punjab, Chennai City FC, Neroca FC, Aizawl FC, ...

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Premier League roundup: N’Golo Kante gives Chelsea 1-0 win over Crystal Palace

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante scores their first goal past Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita. (Source: vetembaste) N’Golo Kante’s second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place in the Premier League. After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top ...

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Napoli players, fans support Kalidou Koulibaly after racist chants

Fans hold up photos of Koulibaly during the Italian Serie A football match. (Source: AP) Napoli fans and players showed their support for defender Kalidou Koulibaly in Saturday’s 3-2 victory against visiting Bologna in Serie A after he was subjected to racist chants this week. With Koulibaly suspended, Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam warmed up wearing the Senegal international’s No. 26 ...

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp avoids title talk despite Arsenal rout

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson at the end of the match vetembaste Liverpool crushed Arsenal 5-1 to move nine points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday but manager Juergen Klopp still would not get involved in any talk of winning the title. Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur’s surprise defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers allowed ...

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Serie A Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as VAR helps Juventus to 2-1 win

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates victory after the match vetembaste Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as runaway leader Juventus escaped with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday with help from the VAR. Ronaldo’s second goal, a penalty, was awarded by the VAR for a questionable handball. Then Sampdoria had a stoppage-time goal chalked off by the Video Assistant ...

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EPL 2018 roundup: Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick helps Liverpool open 9-point lead at the top

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring their fifth goal with Virgil van Dijk and teammates. (vetembaste). Roberto Firmino scored with an impudent no-look finish. There were jubilant cries of “Ole!” as Liverpool played possession football near the end, and the final whistle was met with a chant of “We shall not be moved” from The Kop. Juergen Klopp’s players look ...

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