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Mueller helps Germany fight back against Romania

Thomas Mueller rescued Germany with a late winner as the hosts came from behind to earn a nervous 2-1 win over Romania in Friday's World Cup qualifier to open a six point lead at the top of their group. Romania took a shock ninth-minute lead in Hamburg when Rangers winger …

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Mahrez scores twice as Algeria crush Niger

Riyad Mahrez celebrated being included on Friday among 30 Ballon d'Or nominees by scoring twice as he captained Algeria to a 6-1 thrashing of Niger in World Cup qualifying. The result in Blida kept the reigning African champions top of Group A, ahead of Burkina Faso on goal difference in …

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France pit restored pride against Spain

France have got their groove back as they prepare for the Nations League final against Spain on the back of a thrilling comeback win over Belgium which helped ease the pain of a poor Euro 2020. Down by two goals at half-time on Thursday following quickfire strikes from Yannick Carrasco …

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Raducanu loses opener at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu crashed out of the WTA Indian Wells tournament in the second round on Friday, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first match since her stunning US Open triumph in September. On September 11, the British 18-year-old shocked the tennis world at Flushing Meadows by becoming the …

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I hoped Messi would offer to play for free: Laporta

Barcelona president Joan Laporta admitted on Friday he hoped Lionel Messi would change his mind about leaving the club and offer to play for free. Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain in August after Barca decided not to renew the Argentinian's contract due to La Liga's strict salary limits. "There came a …

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Yoshida accuses Saudi fans of ‘discriminatory gestures’

Maya Yoshida confronted Saudi Arabia fans and later accused them of making "discriminatory gestures" after defeat left Japan in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1994. Japan's captain had angry words with a section of the home fans following the qualifying defeat in Jeddah on …

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Hamilton dominates Turkish GP practice

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions for the Turkish Grand Prix but has to take a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday's race having had the engine replaced on his Mercedes. Championship leader Hamilton was quickest in the second practice with a time of …

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Mbappe has ‘winner’s mentality’: Lloris

Hugo Lloris on Thursday hailed Kylian Mbappe's superb performance which pushed France to bounce back from two goals down at half-time to beat Belgium 3-2 and reach the Nations League final. Theo Hernandez struck the late winner which set-up a clash with Spain at the San Siro on Sunday but …

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New Newcastle owners target title within 10 years

Newcastle United director Amanda Staveley on Thursday said the club's new Saudi-led ownership aims to win the Premier League within 10 years after a £300 million ($408 million) takeover. A consortium headed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund passed the Premier League's owners' and directors' test to become the club's …

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