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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Germany, Holland and Croatia win

Germany, Croatia and Hollan registered victories in their respective World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar next year.

Tite remains pragmatic and needs to play with attacking intent

“Brazil left it late to win in Caracas and it was only possible when Tite decided to attack. Sadly, Tite still does not realize that with the players he has, a pragmatic approach would fetch him nothing.”   Venezuela were on...

World Champions reach the final

In one of the thrilling contests of this year, the World Cup Champions – France made it through to the final of UEFA Nations League by beating the number 1 team according to FIFA Ranking – Belgium. It was a fightback that would be etched in the memories of fans who watched the match live. When you fight, you don’t lose – France deservingly would meet Spain in the final.

A new era starts for Newcastle United

“My two grandsons are 30 now, they come here and they’ve never seen them win anything. The hurt on these big lads’ faces, it breaks your heart,” said Jean Sproul, 80, a lifelong fan who remembers drinking out of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup when Newcastle won the European competition in 1969.

Young Spain reach the final

It was time for revenge against the Euro Champions for a Spanish unit that is still young but bustling with energy and motivation. The opportunity came in the semifinal of the UEFA Nations League. The Italians failed to reach the final as young Spain would feature in the final.

AC Milan survive late scare from Atalanta

It was time to enjoy the clash between AC Milan and Atalanta after the breathtaking display at Anfield. Milan put up a fantastic show, but Atlanta struck too late to spoil the party. Thankfully, Milan held firm till the end and earned full points.

Magic at Anfield

Lastly, Guardiola and Klopp embrace warmly after the end of the match. Pep had calmed down a bit since his blistering meltdown, and both teams would be happy enough with a point - Liverpool because they were totally outplayed in the first half, City because they went behind twice. It was the most exhilarating second half that fulfilled the expectations of the fans across the globe.

Real Madrid beaten by Espanyol

Since that thumping victory against Mallorca, it seems, Real Madrid have lost the steam to a great extent. Villarreal stopped them, Sherrif shocked them and today the Los Blancos were left stunned by a spirited Espanyol.

Atletico Madrid deepens Barcelona crisis

It's too easy to blame the situation surrounding Barcelona right now but the truth is that both their coach and players can and should be offering more than they are right now. More work and fewer excuses are what Barcelona need if they are to perform to their potential.

Manchester United disappoint

Manchester United is blessed with talents and the best player in the world, still, they are found wanting and until and unless there are any late dramas, the team is not clicking. After the dramatic victory against Villarreal last week, Old Trafford hosted Everton and after the final whistle, the crowd went back home after witnessing a toothless display from the Red Devils.

7 sins of Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman's future as Barcelona coach is hanging by a thread with Joan Laporta and the rest of the club's board considering just what to do.

Cristiano Ronaldo does it again!

There has to be a touch of charisma in a legendary character. There has to be the Midas touch. There has to be magical supremacy in him. He has to elevate himself beyond others and prove again and again that he is the best in the world. There should be no doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player of this era – he has redefined this era like no one else. At Old Trafford, last night, he scripted yet another epic by netting the winner against a compact Villarreal unit. Of Course, Cristiano Ronaldo did it again!

Yet another nightmare for Barcelona at Lisbon

Barcelona returned to Lisbon again, but this time around, the opposition was not Bayern Munich – Benfica faced Barca and they had not beaten the Catalans since 1961. Well, last night they broke the jinx by thrashing the visitors by 3-0. Sadly, Barca experienced yet another nightmare at Lisbon.

Juventus beat Chelsea

After being beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge it was time for Thomas Tuchel to bounce back at Turin by beating Juventus. Well, Tuchel experienced another setback as Juventus hung on to a slender lead and bagged full points.

Brutal Bayern Munich

After gunning down Barcelona at Camp Nou it was time for having fun at Munich for Bayern Munich. They started punching Dynamo Kyiv and when the match ended, Kyiv were left bruised and shattered. Bayern Munich had scored fives as there is no stopping to the brute force.

Real Madrid dominate but lose

At the Santiago Bernabeu, it was time for Real Madrid to have fun rather than hanging around for a tight finish against a lower-ranked team, who were supposed to be treated like a punching bag. While Liverpool opened the floodgates at Porto, the Madridistas expected the same at Bernabeu – well, they were left shell shocked and as a matter of fact, Sheriff sent shockwaves not only in Madrid but throughout the football world.

Manchester City lose despite playing well

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tamed Thoms Tuchel’s brilliant Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the game of tactical mastery and then it was time for Pep to beat Pochettino at Paris. Let us remind you again, Pochettino is the manager of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at present and not Tottenham Hotspur, who have all the elements to be the best, still, a big flop. So, it would not be a tough task for Pep to kick them hard in Paris – well, football was crazy last night in Europe – City lost against PSG, which was surprising.

Liverpool thrash FC Porto

The venue was Porto. The team was FC Porto. And, Liverpool had fun again. The floodgates opened as the Red machine mauled the home side and reminded everyone that they mean business this season.

10-men AC Milan test Atletico Madrid

The night of the Champions League was back at San Siro after a long time and despite one man down, the Rossoneri gave the La Liga Champions – Atletico Madrid a tough time before losing by 2-1. Milan fought hard and kept close to defend their lead – but perhaps they were let down by the star power of Atleti who bounced back courtesy of Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez.

Don’t write off Antoine Griezmann

But don’t write off Griezmann yet, especially with El Cholo in charge as he knows how to get the best out of him, but it's been a disappointing start to his comeback and the seeds of doubt are beginning to be sown about whether Atleti has signed the Griezmann they remember or the Griezmann that played for Barcelona.

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