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Late goals rescue Cardiff in 2-2 draw at Reading

Late goals rescue Cardiff in 2-2 draw at Reading (Reuters) – Cardiff City struck twice late on through Lee Tomlin and Joe Bennett to salvage a point as the Championship title challengers recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Reading on Monday. Soccer Football – Championship – Reading vs Cardiff City – Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain – December 11, 2017 Reading’s Paul McShane in action with Cardiff City’s Liam Feeney Action Images/Paul Childs Second-placed Cardiff have 44 points from 21 games and now trail leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers by…

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Railway station abuse could get us back on track, says Stoke boss Hughes

Railway station abuse could get us back on track, says Stoke boss Hughes LONDON (Reuters) – Mark Hughes said he does not blame Stoke City fans abusing his players at a railway station on Saturday after a 5-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur and says being exposed to their fury could do them a favour. Soccer Football – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – December 9, 2017 Stoke City manager Mark Hughes Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge Stoke’s players had travelled home from…

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FA asks Manchester rivals for observations after fracas reports

FA asks Manchester rivals for observations after fracas reports LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United and Manchester City have been asked by the Football Association for their observations after reports that United boss Jose Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him by City players after Sunday’s derby. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester United vs Manchester City – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – December 10, 2017 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine British media reported that Mourinho was upset…

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Swansea bank on rejuvenated Bony against Man City

Swansea bank on rejuvenated Bony against Man City (Reuters) – Swansea City manager Paul Clement is counting on a rejuvenated Wilfried Bony to get the Premier League’s second-bottom side a much-needed point when leaders Manchester City come calling on Wednesday. Soccer Football – Premier League – Stoke City vs Swansea City – bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain – December 2, 2017 Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine The Ivory Coast striker moved to Manchester City from the Welsh club in 2015, but returned…

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Hodgson smoothes over Benteke penalty miss

Hodgson smoothes over Benteke penalty miss LONDON (Reuters) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson attempted to play down Christian Benteke’s penalty miss after the club’s former goalkeeper said he would have broken the striker’s nose for the costly blunder. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City vs Crystal Palace – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – September 23, 2017 Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke warms up before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble Belgian striker Benteke went rogue and took the stoppage- time penalty against Bournemouth with the game locked at 2-2, even…

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Real Madrid face formidable PSG test

Real Madrid face formidable PSG test (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid will have to overcome a sizeable obstacle when the Champions League resumes in February after Monday’s draw pitted the 12-times winners against Paris St Germain. Soccer Football – Champions League Group Stage Draw – Monaco – August 24, 2017 General view during the draw REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Bidding for a third successive title in Europe’s elite club competition, Real paid a heavy price for not winning their group as they were drawn with the big-spending Parisians who were tipped as…

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Chelsea must secure top-four finish, says Conte

Chelsea must secure top-four finish, says Conte (Reuters) – Premier League champions Chelsea are targeting a top-four finish this season, manager Antonio Conte said after conceding that his side were out of the title race following their defeat at West Ham United on Saturday. Soccer Football – Champions League – Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid – Stamford Bridge, London, Britain – December 5, 2017 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reacts REUTERS/Toby Melville The 1-0 loss at the London Stadium left Chelsea 14 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City in third position…

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Real Madrid to face PSG in Champions league last 16

Real Madrid to face PSG in Champions league last 16 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid were drawn against Paris St Germain in the standout tie from Monday’s Champions League last-16 draw and Barcelona will take on Chelsea. Soccer Football – Champions League – Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – December 6, 2017 Real Madrid team group REUTERS/Juan Medina Real, bidding for a 13th title and third in a row, finished runners-up in their group and paid the price with an extremely tough draw against the…

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West Ham results more important than Hart selection – Moyes

West Ham results more important than Hart selection – Moyes (Reuters) – West Ham United manager David Moyes is sensitive towards goalkeeper Joe Hart’s situation but adamant that his team selection is based purely on getting results for the club. Soccer Football – Premier League – West Ham United vs Chelsea – London Stadium, London, Britain – December 9, 2017 West Ham United’s Joe Hart warms up before the match REUTERS/David Klein Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City, was replaced by Adrian for West Ham’s defeat by the…

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Palace boss Hodgson defends winger Zaha over penalties

Palace boss Hodgson defends winger Zaha over penalties (Reuters) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes winger Wilfried Zaha is not a cheat, insisting that the Ivorian did not dive to win two penalties during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Bournemouth. Soccer Football – Premier League – Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth – Selhurst Park, London, Britain – December 9, 2017 Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic fouls Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha for a penalty REUTERS/Hannah McKay After Bournemouth took the lead, midfielder Luka Milivojevic equalised for Palace from the spot before…

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