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Juventus win Turin Derby but Napoli hold onto Serie A top spot

Juventus secured local bragging rights with a narrow victory over Torino, but their mounting injury concerns deepened after Gonzalo Higuain’s early withdrawal. Juventus secured local bragging rights with a narrow victory over Torino, but their mounting injury concerns deepened after Gonzalo Higuain’s early withdrawal. Gonzalo Higuain was forced off after just 15 minutes, but Alex Sandro’s lone goal held up as Juve inflicted more derby heartbreak on Torino. Alex Sandro scored a derby-winning goal as Juventus bounced back from their Champions League collapse against Tottenham with a 1-0 victory at Torino. Juve, who surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Spurs in the first leg of their round-of-16 clash in midweek, edged Sunday’s Derby della Mole thanks to ...

Atletico Madrid keep pressure on Barcelona with win vs. Athletic Bilbao

12:08 PM ET ESPN staff Atletico Madrid closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona back to seven points with a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Kevin Gameiro came off the bench to break the deadlock with his fourth goal in his last six games before Diego Costa hit Atletico’s second to ensure they reopened the nine-point gap they held over third-placed Valencia going into the weekend. Atletico started the match with Costa, Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correa all in attack, but neither they nor Athletic were able to muster a shot on target in the first half in the Spanish capital. Costa, who has not scored for three games going into the Bilbao clash, was booked late on in the first half for a gesture made toward the referee in a show of frustration at bei...

Chelsea vs. Barcelona: UEFA assigns ref who sent off John Terry in 2012

Barcelona head coach, Ernesto Valverde believes his side’s victory against Eibar was a good test in the build-up to their Champions League game with Chelsea. After a full-strength side downed Eibar, Craig Burley assesses Barcelona’s performance and how it sets them up for their crunch UCL clash with Chelsea. Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were enough for Barcelona to see off 10-man Eibar and equal a club-record 31-match unbeaten run in La Liga. Antonio Conte says Willian’s two-goal night in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Hull City adds to the difficulty of choosing the best lineup to face Barcelona. Cuneyt Cakir will referee the Champions League round-of-16 first leg tie between Chelsea and Barcelona on Tuesday. Cakir, 41, officiated when Chelsea held Barca to a 2...

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured

9:31 AM ET Juventus climbed above Napoli with a 1-0 victory at Torino that maintains their pursuit of the Serie A title. Alex Sandro’s first-half finish proved enough to secure all three points, local bragging rights in the Turin derby, and to take Juve two points ahead of Napoli, but the hosts regardless remain in the relative safety of ninth place. A wider concern for Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri as they balance chasing a seventh successive league title with the Champions League will be the loss, to a suspected ankle injury in the first half, of his striker Gonzalo Higuain after he collided with the hosts’ goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. The Argentina international was soon substituted, and his potential absence comes at a time when Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Blaise...

Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen back in squad for trip to Chelsea

Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored to lead Barcelona past Eibar, as the Blaugrana extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to 31 games, matching a club record. Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored to lead Barcelona past Eibar, as the Blaugrana extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to 31 games, matching a club record. After a full-strength side downed Eibar, Craig Burley assesses Barcelona’s performance and how it sets them up for their crunch UCL clash with Chelsea. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen tells ESPN the difference manager Ernesto Valverde has made to Barcelona. Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were enough for Barcelona to see off 10-man Eibar and equal a club-record 31-match unbeaten run in La Liga. Barcelona head coach, Ernesto Valverde believes his side’s victory against Eibar...

Lionel Messi sets record after hitting woodwork in Barcelona’s win at Eibar

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen tells ESPN the difference manager Ernesto Valverde has made to Barcelona. Barcelona head coach, Ernesto Valverde believes his side’s victory against Eibar was a good test in the build-up to their Champions League game with Chelsea. Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were enough for Barcelona to see off 10-man Eibar and equal a club-record 31-match unbeaten run in La Liga. Lionel Messi set a La Liga record on Saturday when he hit the framework shortly before half-time in Barcelona’s victory against Eibar. Messi’s left-footed attempt from the left side of the box hit the right post in the 37th minute of the 2-0 win. According to Opta, that marked the 14th time Messi has hit a post or the crossbar — the most of any player in one La Liga season ...

Paul Pogba didn’t deserve Man United place when he left for Juve – Scholes

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho jokes he should win the ‘best behaved manager in the league’ award as he reacted to his sides disallowed goal against Huddersfield. Jose Mourinho reflects on Man United’s overall performance against Huddersfield, Romelu Lukaku’s brace and more VAR controversy. Jose Mourinho explains why Paul Pogba did not play in Manchester United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield and won’t commit to him being in the squad against Sevilla or Chelsea. Paul Pogba was not playing well enough for Manchester United’s reserves to warrant a place in the first team before Paul Scholes’ comeback, according to the former midfielder. Scholes’ return to Old Trafford in January 2012 — six months after retiring — has bee...

Ryan Mason open to coaching role at Tottenham after retiring

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Tottenham learned a lesson by going to a replay against Newport in the previous FA Cup round. With Real Madrid and PSG circling, Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson explain how important it is for Tottenham to tie Mauricio Pochettino down to a long-term deal. Alejandro Moreno discusses Toby Alderweireld’s growth at Tottenham and where he fits among the top centre-backs in world football. Ryan Mason has told Sky Sports he would be open to returning to Tottenham in a coaching role. Mason, who came through Spurs’ academy system before leaving to join Hull in 2016, announced his retirement earlier this week when he was unable to recover from a skull fracture sustained in a Premier League game against Chelsea a year ago. “I’m going to see what I fal...

African nations finalise World Cup warm-up matches

All of Africa’s World Cup bound teams have finalised warm-up friendlies for next month, as they seek to get in potentially vital preparation ahead of their trip to Russia in mid-year. Senegal were the last of the five countries to fix games for the international window between March 19-28, but all now have a decent diet to give themselves a solid test in the last window of opportunity while the players are still at their respective clubs. Nigeria will go to Poland and then take on Serbia in London while Egypt are basing themselves in Switzerland for friendlies against Portugal and Bulgaria. Morocco and Tunisia will play one match each at home and then another in Europe. Morocco start against Serbia on Friday, 23 March, with the game set for Turin in Italy, and then go home to Casabla...

Melbourne City claim historic third W-League title

Melbourne City’s Jess Fishlock netted a first-half goal before assisting Jodie Taylor in the second-half to secure their third W-League title in a row. Melbourne City have clinched a historic W-League three-peat with a 2-0 triumph over Sydney FC. Jess Fishlock was the difference between the grand finalists on Sunday, netting a first-half screamer and then a dazzling second-half free kick to set up Jodie Taylor in front of a record crowd of 6,025 at Allianz Stadium. It is the second-straight season City have come from a fourth-placed finish to clinch the main prize following their 2016 whitewash in the club’s debut campaign.

Man United deny Jose Mourinho row with Paul Pogba, Phil Jones – sources

Jose Mourinho explains why Paul Pogba did not play in Manchester United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield and won’t commit to him being in the squad against Sevilla or Chelsea. The FC crew examine Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United amid reports of a rift with Jose Mourinho and interest from Real Madrid. A controversial VAR decision didn’t stop Manchester United from reaching the FA Cup quarterfinals, as Romelu Lukaku scored twice to see them past Huddersfield Town. ESPN FC’s Craig Burley examines Juan Mata’s disallowed goal from Man United’s FA Cup win and labels the use of VAR an ‘unmitigated shambles.’ Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho jokes he should win the ‘best behaved manager in the league’ award as he reacted ...

Neymar exit has made Barcelona stronger as a team – Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen tells ESPN the difference manager Ernesto Valverde has made to Barcelona. ESPN FC’s Layla Anna-Lee takes to the pitch with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen where he reveals some of his penalty-saving secrets. Check out Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s accuracy as he attempts the crossbar challenge. BARCELONA — Marc-Andre ter Stegen has told ESPN FC that Barcelona’s response to losing Neymar last summer has helped them become an even better team this season. Barca’s prospects for the season took a hit in August when, after seeing Neymar move to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record €222 million deal, they were beaten 5-1 by Real Madrid over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup. However, they have defied expectations sinc...