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Jan 15 (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late header secured a 1-1 draw against arch-rivals Liverpool in their Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday. Although James Milner’s first-half penalty was not enough to secure all three points, Liverpool remain the only team unbeaten against the other sides in the top six this...

Jan 15 (Reuters) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic noted this week in his own inimitably self-regarding fashion that he had taken just three months to conquer England. On Sunday, it took one second for him to earn the eternal love of his new Manchester United disciples. As Paul Pogba again underachieved, this time in calamitous fashion in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool,...

Jan 15 (Reuters) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down the touchline confrontation that flared up between him and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp near the end of Sunday’s Premier League draw. As both teams looked for a late winner at an increasingly tense Old Trafford, the rival managers squared up to each other but Mourinho reckoned after...

Jan 15 (Reuters) – Pep Guardiola appeared to concede that winning the Premier League title was beyond his Manchester City side after perhaps the most chastening defeat of his managerial career on Sunday. After a 4-0 defeat at Everton, the biggest he has suffered in a league match as manager at Barcelona, Bayern Munich or City, the Spaniard was left to reflect on...

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed top scorer Diego Costa missed Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City through injury but declined to say if he expected his top scorer to be available for their next Premier League match against Hull City. The Italian chose his words carefully in an interview after the game, denying that he...

* Chelsea beat Leicester 3-0 to go seven points clear at the top * Alonso scored twice, six minutes into each half * Pedro headed the third after starting the move with fine flick * Alonso almost scored a hat-trick with a volley past the far post * Chelsea said striker Costa missed the game through injury * Leicester at Southampton next Sunday; Chelsea home to Hull City...

* Arsenal ran riot to beat Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium * The Gunners moved up provisionally into third place * Giroud put Arsenal ahead in the first half from close range * Cork deflected Alex Iwobi’s shot into Swansea’s net * Naughton scored the second own goal of the game * Sanchez got on the scoresheet with a volley in 73rd minute * Swansea...

Following is the draw for the FA Cup fourth-round Tottenham vs Wycombe Derby vs Leicester Oxford vs Newcastle/Birmingham AFC Wimbledon/Sutton United vs Cambridge/Leeds Plymouth/Liverpool vs Wolves Southampton/Norwich vs Arsenal incoln/Ipswich vs Brighton Chelsea vs Brentford Manchester United vs Wigan Millwall vs Watford Rochdale vs Huddersfield Burnley/Sunderland vs...

Jan 10 (Reuters) – Malaysian soccer fans heaped praise on Mohd Faiz Subri on Tuesday after the Penang FA player received the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2016 at a FIFA ceremony in Zurich.Mohd Faiz’s long-range, swerving free kick was overwhelmingly voted goal of the year and will restore some pride in Malaysian football, which has suffered a decline...

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has won the first FIFA ‘The Best’ Award as he was named the best player at FIFA awards ceremony in Zurich Switzerland. Ronaldo beat to the award his rival Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antonie Griezmann, concluding a fine year for the 31 years old.“I tell you 2016 was the best year...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his team selection after their goalless draw against fourth tier Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup. Klopp selected the youngest starling line-up in Liverpool’s history. Liverpool will now face a replay match for the third-round and they will play six more games in January. Reds will also face Manchester United, Swansea...

Gonzalo Higuain netted twice as league leaders Juventus win 3-0 over Bologna in Turin and they set a new Serie A record of 26 straigh home wins. The former Napoli striker Higuain gave Juventus the lead after he scored a wonderful goal assisted by Miralem Pjanic. Paulo Dybala scored the second goal before the half-time with a penalty after Marios Oikonoumou fouled over...

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney admitted he is honored to match Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal scoring record withe Manchester United, but he wants to break that record as soon as possible. His goal against Reading was his 248 goals in 543 appearences, reaching the record 215 matches quicker than Sir Bobby Charlton. “It is a proud moment,” Rooney said...

Nordin Amrabat has been pulled out from the Moroccan national team squad for the African Nations Cup finalsand was replaced by Omar El Kaddouri, according to the Morocco Football Federation.The Watford player got injured in the second half of last week’s 4-1 defeat to Spurs and, after medical test he was pulled out from the squad and he will miss the tournament...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he regrets Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth because he is left with few players in midfield who are available. Wilshere left the Gunners last summer for a season-long deal to Bournemouth in bid to get more match times and prove his fitness level. The England midfielder has savored a run of games at Bournemouth and that...

Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City regain some of their early-season form as they trashed West Ham 5-0 in the third round of the FA Cup. Man City won the first 10 games of this season but their form was inconsistency in recent months and they now lie fourth in the Premier League table, seven points behind the leaders Chelsea. But in his first FA Cup game Guardiola...

Arsene Wenger has contacted Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, to ask him if he would join him at Arsenal. According to The Sun, he Bosnian midfielder has accepted the request and the two men are working to reach a verbal agreement. But Juventus don’t want to sell Pjanic after their target Axel Witsel chose to joing the Chinese Super League instead of joining Bianconeri. Although...

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is nearing at the end of his managerial career. The former Spanish player was in at the helm in Barcelona and Bayern Munich before joining Manchester City last summer. “I will be at Manchester for the next 3 seasons, maybe more,” Guardiola told NBC before his team’s 2-1 win over Burnley. “I will not...

Real Madrid are planning a summer move for Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, according to Daily Mirror. Dele Alli who won the PFA Young Player of the Year was on the Los Blancos radar, who raided Tottenham for Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the past years. Real Madrid are now serving a one window transfer ban, but will be able to buy players in the summer window...

Cesare Prandelli and his agents are negotiating his resignation as manager of Valencia after the Italian boss submitted his resignation letter today. Prandelli, who only arrived at the club three months ago, decided to quit after being told there would be no funds the five players he wanted to sign in January transfer window. The former Italy manager took over Valencia...