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What to make of the USWNT's ugly loss?
The United States women's national team was dominated by France in Saturday's friendly, but there isn't much reason to panic at this point.

Watch: The best of Neymar against Guingamp
Neymar scored twice in PSG's 9-0 win over Guingamp on Saturday. He was heavily involved throughout with plenty of moments of brilliance.

Arsenal 'working' on Suarez deal ahead of Man United clash - Emery
Unai Emery refused to discuss Denis Suarez's potential move to Arsenal after the Spaniard was left out Barcelona's squad.

Maurizio Sarri on Arsenal loss: 'Chelsea players lack ferocity and are extremely difficult to motivate'
A furious Maurizio Sarri last night launched an astonishing attack on the mentality of his Chelsea players, saying they are “extremely difficult to motivate” after their abject 2-0 defeat by Arsenal. The Chelsea head coach switched to his native Italian for his post-match press conference after saying that he wanted to “send a very clear message” to his players. Sarri went on to say that Arsenal were far more mentally determined than Chelsea, adding that the players do not have enough “ferocity”.

Pochettino not worried about injuries ahead of Chelsea second leg
Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not worried about Tottenham's growing injury list ahead of a trip to Chelsea despite losing Harry Kand and Dele Alli to injury.

Guardiola wants Solskjear's number ahead of Man United v Liverpool
Pep Guardiola insists he has zero impact on Manchester United's clash with title rivals Liverpool but joked he will find Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's number and call him.

Top Five Goals from Matchday 21
There were bullets and there there were classy dinks, but who made our top five goals from matchday 21 in the French top flight?

Danilo scores off massive deflection for Man City
Man City's Danilo fires a shot from outside the box that deflects off the head of Huddersfield's Christopher Schindler and bounces into the goal to make it 1-0.

Bittersweet night for Dembele as oft-criticized star thrills in Barca win over Leganes
A year later it is becoming clear that Dembele was the wiser investment of the two, even though for months he looked like an over-priced panic buy. An icy night in Catalonia only brought out 50,000 Barcelona fans, filling little more than half of the stadium, and they would have been dismayed to find five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi named as a substitute. Messi is one of the reasons people go to watch the club and, with the visitors not particularly attractive opponents, at the end of a week where Barcelona hosted two other small sides in Eibar and Levante, his absence from the line-up was a blow.

Chelsea had 62 percent possession but only one shot on target
Lynsey Hipgrave believes that Chelsea need a striker so that Hazard can be released to create more chances for Chelsea.

Would other Premier League managers have been sacked at Chelsea?
Lynsey Hipgrave, Toby Tarrant and Raj Mannick discuss whether other current Premier League managers would have been sacked by now if they were in charge of Chelsea

Pep Guardiola demands more from Manchester City despite 100-goal milestone
Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City team still have significant room for improvement despite scoring their 100th goal of the season in a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town. City returned to within four points of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with a clear-cut win, but Guardiola insisted that they should do better. After strikes from Danilo, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane brought City to their century of goals before the fourth round of the FA Cup, the City manager was quick to acknowledge the achievement.

McTominay signs new Manchester United contract
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has signed a new contract at Old Trafford running until June 2023, the Premier League club have confirmed. McTominay was one of few young players to make a breakthrough at United under Jose Mourinho, managing to play 13 times in the Premier League last season despite reservations about his ability from many supporters. Mourinho was a staunch backer of McTominay, lauding him as a "special kid" after the 3-1 defeat at West Ham in September.

Man Utd flying but Mata admits Solskjaer's resurgent side 'want more'
He has enjoyed a dream start to life at the helm, and is yet to suffer a setback of any kind, but there is a desire within the squad he has inherited to achieve even more. Mata wrote on his personal blog after seeing United edge out Brighton 2-1 on home soil: “We continue on our good run of results. To win seven games from a possible seven is not a simple task in any way, so we are proud and happy with how things have gone in recent weeks.

Amid injury crisis, Tottenham finds scoring hero in Winks
Nearly 800 days since his first goal for his boyhood club, the center midfielder scored his second to clinch Tottenham's 2-1 win at Fulham in the Premier League. It came in the third and final minute of injury time, and the nature of the goal by Winks made it even more improbable — beating taller players to a header from close range inside a crowded penalty area. "I can't even remember the last time I scored, to be honest," Winks said.

Arsenal's Aubameyang hails Lacazette's impact in Chelsea win
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his role in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Chelsea in Saturday's Premier League game. The 29-year-old opened the scoring before Laurent Koscielny's header sealed the victory to help Unai Emery's men maintain a fifth spot in the log having garnered 44 points from 23 games. Aubameyang and Lacazette have formed a formidable partnership since the former joined the side in January 2018.

Mo Salah is getting a reputation as a diver - referees need to get tough
Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the Premier League - a wonderfully gifted goalscorer whose efforts could well end up ending his club's long wait for a title. But there is a less savoury side to his football which is in danger of spoiling his reputation - the tendency to collapse to the ground at the slightest of contact in the penalty area. There have been some close calls in recent weeks, with Salah earning penalties against Newcastle and Brighton, but against Crystal Palace on Saturday there was simply no doubt that he dived after Mamadou Sakho flicked out a leg in the box.

Saint-Etienne 1 - 2 Lyon
Olympique Lyonnais climbed above AS Saint-Etienne and into third in Ligue 1 Conforama after Nabil Fekir (pen. and Moussa Dembélé (90+5') fired them to a 2-1 win at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Xeka header gives Lille late win over Amiens
Xeka scored the decisive goal with five minutes left on the clock to secure a 2-1 win for Lille over Amiens on Friday.

Madrid beats Sevilla 2-0, returns to top 3 in Spanish league
Producing one of its best displays of an up-and-down season, Real Madrid scored a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla to get back into the Spanish league's top three. Casemiro was on target with a superb long-range shot before Luka Modric added a late second goal. The win moved Madrid into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari.

Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud in Madrid court
Cristiano Ronaldo will make an unwanted trip back to Madrid on Tuesday and is expected to plead guilty to tax fraud. Ronaldo will be in the Spanish capital on tax charges related to his time at Real Madrid. The Juventus forward is expected to appear before a judge and receive a suspended two-year sentence as part of a deal struck with Spain's state prosecutor and tax authorities last year.

Tottenham are yet to draw and it isn't just a quirk
Tottenham are yet to draw this season, and Lynsey Hipgrave believes that there is a reason that they either win or lose games.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Freiburg
Eintracht Frankfurt closed the gap on the Bundesliga's top four with a 3-1 win at home to Freiburg on Saturday.

Rashford will benefit Man United and England for years - Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford will play a big role for club and country for many years in the future.

Marko Arnautovic likely to stay at West Ham after £36m Chinese Super League offer is withdrawn
Marko Arnautovic is set to stay at West Ham United after a €40million (£36million) offer to sign him was withdrawn by a Chinese Super League club. Should they have to sell West Ham have been looking for replacements for Arnautovic who was left out of the 2-0 defeat away to Bournemouth by Manuel Pellegrini. The West Ham manager, who had the final say on whether Arnautovic could leave, if a deal was agreed, believed that the 29-year-old was not in the right state of mind to play.

Southgate: Rashford will benefit United and England for years
England manager Gareth Southgate believes that Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has the potential to benefit his club and country for many years to come. The 21 year old has scored seven goals in his last 10 games in all competitions.

Gonzalo Higuain transfer: Chelsea target has 'made a choice' claims AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso claims Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain has “made a choice” as a move away edges closer after being omitted from the squad to face Genoa on Monday. Higuain has failed to shine at the San Siro since signing on loan from Juventus with Maurizio Sarri eager to link up with the player at Stamford Bridge. Gennaro Gattuso sent Higuain on with 19 minutes remaining in the 1-0 defeat to the Old Lady in the Supercoppa.

Solskjaer happy with Pogba's penalty method
Interim Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't have an issue with Paul Pogba's penalty run-up method as long as he keeps scoring.

I've got to work on my soccer skills! - Mavs' Doncic didn't know ejection rule
Luka Doncic may have played for Real Madrid's basketball team, but the Dallas Mavericks rookie joked he needed to work on his "soccer skills" after being ejected for kicking the ball into the crowd. The Slovenian teenager suffered a night to forget in an otherwise fine debut NBA campaign on Saturday, scoring just eight points on three-of-14 shooting before being ejected in the third quarter of Dallas' 111-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Doncic picked up one technical foul at the conclusion of the first half and was tossed from the game when he was awarded another technical for kicking the ball into the stands.

Ibrahima Sissoko scores stunner in Monaco rout
Monaco were hammered 5-1 by Strasbourg on Saturday. But the goal of the game went to Ibrahima Sissoko.

Guardiola keen to keep City rhythm and challenge on four fronts
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not concerned that Liverpool are set for a lighter schedule ahead of the Premier League title run-in. While City continue to challenge on four fronts, Jurgen Klopp's men are only still in action in the league and the Champions League following early exits in the FA Cup and EFL Cup. Liverpool could therefore play considerably fewer matches as they look to protect their lead at the top of the table, but Guardiola believes the champions can benefit from a busy calendar.

Allegri won't take strugglers Chievo lightly
Massimiliano Allegri isn't prepared to use complacency as an excuse when his side face Serie A strugglers Chievo, and is convinced Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't need to score goals constantly for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner to remain motivated.

Superb work by Kalu, Cornelius in the finish!
Andreas Cornelius scored his third goal of the season in Ligue 1, thanks to Samuel Kalu's amazing work to give Bordeaux the lead against Dijon (1-0).

Chelsea face battle from Bayern to keep 'outstanding' Hudson-Odoi - Ballack
Michael Ballack admits Callum Hudson-Odoi has to decide which of his former clubs, Chelsea or Bayern Munich, are best for his future.

Mauricio Pochettino will change when he starts winning trophies - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho thinks that Mauricio Pochettino's outlook on management will change only once he starts winning trophies. The Argentinean will take his team to Stamford Bridge to defend a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Thursday. Mourinho, who was sacked as manager of Manchester United on December 17th, was speaking as part of a BeIN Sports broadcast, was asked what was more important to him as a manager – winning trophies or finishing in the Premier League's top four.

Man City boss Guardiola 'demands more' after Huddersfield stroll
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was far from satisfied despite seeing his side cut Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 3-0 win away to basement club Huddersfield on Sunday. City were rarely in trouble after Danilo's deflected shot gave them an 18th-minute lead but they appeared to switch off for the remainder of the first half at the John Smith's Stadium against a Huddersfield team who parted company with manager David Wagner on Monday.

Alonso: Chelsea provoked Arsenal with silly mistakes
Marcos Alonso accepted Chelsea were guilty of making "silly mistakes" in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to London rivals Arsenal. Chelsea found themselves trailing after just 14 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette emphatically found the net from close range. Chelsea did go close to making things interesting, as Alonso hit the post with a header and then forced Bernd Leno into a late save, but Arsenal ultimately ran out comfortable winners.

Matic: Man Utd ready for top-four fight
Nemanja Matic says that Manchester United will do their best to finish in the top four after reviving their campaign with a strong run of form. The Red Devils looked to have been left behind after a poor start to the Premier League campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. However, since then, United have won seven on the spin in all competitions and are back to within three points of a top-four finish, with Chelsea's 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium closing the gap.

Every goal from Matchday 23 in the Premier League
There were 33 goals scored in Matchday 23 in the Premier League. Watch all the goals right here.

Watching Ramsey would have been bittersweet for Arsenal fans
Watching Aaron Ramsey perform for Arsenal against Chelsea would have bittersweet for Arsenal fans as the Welshman is due to leave the club in the summer.

Zimbabwe protests: Politics blood spill onto soccer field
Kelvin Tinashe Choto, a 22-year-old captain of an armature football club from Zimbabwe's largest suburb of Chitungwiza, was watching his teammates strutting their stuff on their grassrless field. This was during violent protests by angry Zimbabweans venting their anger against the sharp rise in fuel as well as high cost of living. Choto's coffin was draped in his jersey to commemorate what he loved best, football, and his teammates chanted war songs out of their hearts.

Darmain set to end United misery and join Juventus
Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian will leave the club in the coming days and join Juventus on loan. Goal understand that the 29-year-old will sign for the Old Lady for a fee of £3 million and the short-term deal could be made permanent next summer as his contract at United is set to expire. Darmian's addition will also allow Juve defender Leonardo Spinazzola to depart for Bologna on loan.

Klopp hints at Liverpool move into January transfer market
Nathaniel Clyne was allowed to complete a loan switch to Bournemouth as a result, with Klopp happy with his options at right-back. He has, however, suffered a series of injury and suspension blows since then, with James Milner adding to his selection headache when collecting a late red card in a dramatic 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. Rafa Camacho, who made his Premier League bow against the Eagles, is now Liverpool's only recognised available right-back, but he is just 18 years of age and lacking in experience.

U.S. women's soccer team's unbeaten run ends at 28
LE HAVRE, France — The U.S. women's national soccer team's 28-game unbeaten streak ended Saturday, but the world's No. 1-ranked team is looking at the bigger picture: Defending their World Cup title. Kadidiatou Diani scored twice and France beat the U.S. 3-1 in a friendly that served as a warm-up for both teams before the Women's World Cup in France begins in June. The Americans had been 25-0-3 since falling 1-0 to Australia in 2017. “I'm not worried,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “We know who we are and what we can do.” Marie-Antoinette Katoto also scored for third-ranked France, a legitimate World Cup threat who put on a show before a sold-out crowd of 25,000 at La Stade Oceane, a World Cup

Klopp salutes Liverpool's 'proper warriors' as Premier League title battle intensifies
Jurgen Klopp has branded his Liverpool side “proper warriors” after seeing them prove that they have the stomach for a Premier League title battle. The Reds cemented a standing at the English top-flight summit on Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace. Klopp's side rose to all of the challenges put in front of them, with Mohamed Salah starring once again as he bagged a brace to complement efforts from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

PSV shocked by late Emmen equaliser
PSV were held to a 2-2 draw at struggling FC Emmen after a dramatic injury time equaliser.

Defender 'dreams' of Arsenal, but will 'never' join Man Utd
Reims centre-half Bjorn Engels “dreams” of a move to Arsenal, but has ruled out joining Manchester United. Engels has spent the first half of the season on loan with newly-promoted Ligue Un side Reims, who are faring well in mid-table with the fourth-best defensive record in France's top flight. The 24-year-old is yet to earn an international cap for Belgium, but was linked with Arsenal, Fulham and Stoke before his move to Olympiakos in summer 2017. He says joining Arsenal “would be a dream” if he continues to develop, but says he will “never” sign for United. “Not right now, but if my level continues to rise, it will come,” he told L'Equipe. “I've been there a couple of times in the past, maybe

Highlights: Newcastle 3, Cardiff City 0
Newcastle got two goals from Fabian Schar on their way to an important 3-0 win over Cardiff City.

Henry Onyekuru powers up Galatasaray with scoring bonanza
Left-winger/center-forward Henry Onyekuru is a force of nature for Galatasaray which in in the midst of its long and arduous search for a reliable forward this season. The 21-year-old Nigerian international brought the Lions a crushing victory against Ankaragücü on Saturday in a Super League game and recorded the first hat trick of his career. The 6-0 victory that marked the beginning of the second half of the league for Galatasaray is the latest addition to Onyekuru's score sheet. The player scored nine goals this season in the Turkish league, equal to one fourth of the Lions' total goals in the season. This is an impressive record for Onyekuru who joined on loan from Everton in the beginning

Highlights: Watford 0, Burnley 0
Watford and Burnley could not find a goal as the sides shared the points in a scoreless draw.

'Not mentally ready' Higuain dropped by AC Milan as Chelsea move looms
AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has dropped Gonzalo Higuain for Monday's Serie A game against Genoa saying the Argentine forward was "not mentally ready to do battle" as a transfer to Chelsea looms. Gattuso insisted that "nothing has been decided yet" concerning the transfer but all the talk has unsettled the 31-year-old Argentine and the team. "I'll be honest with you, I saw one of the worst training sessions since I have been here," Gattuso told a pre-match press conference.







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