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England achieve friendly triumph 3-2 over Germany

Eric Dier’s dramatic stoppage-time header earned England a stunning 3-2 comeback win over world champions Germany in Berlin. Harry Kane’s exceptional strike and an even better Jamie Vardy flick saw a two-goal deficit extinguished, allowing Dier to complete a remarkable friendly victory. This was an impressive performance that underlined the progress made since the dismal 2014 World Cup, although for a ...

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Greek Sport in danger of “eviction” from the Rio Olympics

Greek sports are risking exclusion from the Rio Olympic Games in August and other international competitions due to the draft law the government is preparing to table in Parliament. Earlier it was FIFA and UEFA that threatened to kick Greek football teams from international competitions after Sports Deputy Minister Stavros Kontonis decided to stop the Greek Cup because of violence ...

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Football legend Johan Cruyff dies at 68

Netherlands great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68, his official website has announced. Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, won the Ballon d’Or three times. He won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and went on to manage Barcelona to their first European Cup win in 1992. Cruyff helped his country reach the ...

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No clash between favourites in Champions League quarter-finals

Defending champion Barcelona will play Atlético Madrid in an all-Spanish quarterfinal in the Champions League. Barcelona is trying to become the first team to retain the title since the format was created 24 years ago, while Atlético is bidding to be the third straight winner from Spain. Real Madrid, which won its 10th European title in 2014, was drawn against Wolfsburg, ...

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Threat of football Grexit looms again

Football’s governing body FIFA has warned Greece to reinstate the Greek Cup, cancelled by the government in March because of crowd trouble at a game, or risk sanctions against the country’s football federation. The competition was called off after the first leg of the semi-final between PAOK Salonika and Olympiakos Piraeus was abandoned on March 2. FIFA and European football’s governing ...

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Champions League: Meet the contenders before the draw

Eight clubs from five countries will feature in the draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, streamed live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET on Friday. The quarter-final pairings are determined by an open draw in which no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association can be drawn against each other. The side drawn first will play the first ...

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Champions League: Bayern, Barca clinch remaining spots

Bayern Munich squeezed into the Champions League quarterfinal after coming from behind to beat Juventus 6-4 on aggregate in a thrilling tie. The Germans were trailing as the match entered injury time at the end of regulation time in the second leg only for Thomas Muller to head home a thumping equaliser. The five-time European champions pushed on in extra-time ...

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Champions League: City, Atletico advance to the last 8

Atletico Madrid have won a dramatic penalty shootout 8-7 after a scoreless extra time against PSV Eindhoven as Manchester City kept a lifeless Dynamo Kiev in check to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time. Atletico won into the next stage on the back of 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie. Juanfran converted the winning spotkick ...

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Champs Olympiakos dominate Greek derby

Recently-crowned Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus scored twice in the last three minutes to beat Panathinaikos 3-1 thanks to late goals by Manuel da Costa and Brown Ideye in a thrilling Athens derby on Sunday. Olympiakos’ central defender Da Costa headed home a Kostas Fortounis set-piece in the 87th minute before Ideye dispossessed defender Stavros Tavlaridis and slotted home two minutes ...

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Dortmund, Shakhtar take the lead in last-16

Borussia Dortmund underlined their status as Europa League favourites with a masterclass show against a largely second-string Tottenham Hotspur, winning their last-16 first leg clash 3-0 last night. Marco Reus scored twice in the second half, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given Dortmund a 30th-minute lead, to hand the German side an emphatic advantage ahead of next week’s return leg in ...

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