Friday, September 19, 2014

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COLUMN: It has become an accepted reality that coaches are sacked when results dry up - why not employ them on a short-term basis to let them work in peace?

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Ronny Deila's side earned a creditable 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg having twice gone in front, while Napoli came from behind to see off Sparta Prague

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EXCLUSIVE: The Croatia international has nothing but praise for the experienced playmaker, while also hailing Lionel Messi and Neymar's individual quality

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Leighton Baines scored one and created two more as Roberto Martinez's side ran out comfortable winners over their visitors from Germany on their return to Europa league action

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A heavily changed Spurs side boasting new faces were only able to pick up a point against their strong and disciplined Serbian opponents in a tough game in Belgrade

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Craig Gordon was in fine form as he continually denied the Austrian champions to see the Hoops earn an away point in their first Europa League Group D clash

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The Nerazzurri ground out a single-goal victory against the 10-man Ukrainian side in their Europa League opener, with Danilo D'Ambrosio's strike proving decisive in Kiev

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Ikechukwu Uche scored with his first touch as a second half substitute before coming off injured straight after the goal, as the Spanish side snatched a point in Germany

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The €50 million man played just 62 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund, again prompting questions over his value to Arsenal and position in the starting XI

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COMMENT: The Dane has become better known for his endless sound bites than his ability in front of goal and must now produce the goods for Wolfsburg or face an uncertain future

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and Arsenal's tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in our first select XI of the season

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PROFILE: Every Europa League Thursday, Goal profiles a new starlet under the age of 21 who could be set for big things in the game. Here we look at the Fiorentina winger ...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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COMMENT: The young midfielder made a superb debut as Barcelona beat APOEL 1-0 in an otherwise disappointing Champions League clash at Camp Nou

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The French giants failed to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as Lasse Schone's second-half free kick cancelled out Edinson Cavani's opener

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The Giallorossi return to the Champions League in style as strikes from Juan Iturbe, Gervinho (2), Maicon and a Sergei Ignashevich own goal give them an emphatic opening win

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The German champions took a long time to make their superiority count, but Jerome Boateng's late winner ensured they have the edge over Manchester City in Group E

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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours