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Championship roundup: Blackburn frustrated by dogged Huddersfield

Tony Mowbray described the officiating at Ewood Park as “embarrassing” after Blackburn’s six-match winning run came to an end following a goalless draw with Huddersfield. Nullified by the visitors’ defensive solidarity, Blackburn were restricted to few chances, with Reda Khadra’s strike against the frame of the goal the closest they came. Mowbray was incensed that […]

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Tom Woolstencroft and Maro Itoje help Saracens break Northampton’s spirit

“Same old Sarries, always cheating,” came the chant from a Northampton supporter in the crowd. It is unclear whether he was moaning about the legality of some of their defensive work or perhaps making reference to how their salary-cap scandal has been referenced a lot of late, but he got one thing spot-on: this was […]

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Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3-4-2-1Édouard Mendy Powerless when Liverpool swept into a 2-0 lead, but he still made some stunning saves. 8 Trevoh Chalobah Did well to settle down after giving away Liverpool’s opener. Had made a nervy start. 5 Thiago Silva The Brazilian veteran initially looked uneasy after returning from injury, but he gradually took control. 6 […]

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Glorious chaos at Stamford Bridge shows City are too good for the rest

Well, there goes the league title. Happy new year everyone! But hey, what a way to go. For the second time in two-and-a-half weeks Liverpool came to London and played out a wild, impossibly moreish 2-2 draw against occasionally brilliant, occasionally flawed opponents. This was no doubt an agonising watch for Jürgen Klopp in self‑isolation; […]

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Thomas Tuchel refuses to guarantee Lukaku return to Chelsea team

Thomas Tuchel refused to guarantee that Romelu Lukaku will be given his place back after the striker was dropped for Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea host Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday and Tuchel will decide whether to bring Lukaku back into the […]

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‘I’m back’: Australia’s Alex de Minaur defeats Matteo Berrettini in ATP Cup

Australia are eyeing an unlikely semi-final berth at the ATP Cup after Alex de Minaur downed Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini to spark a 2-1 comeback win. De Minaur bounced back from a 2021 season interrupted by Covid-19 in emphatic style on Sunday, defeating world No 7 Berrettini 6-3 7-6 (7-4). Next up on Tuesday, the […]

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Luuk de Jong lifts ravaged Barcelona after Real Madrid lose unbeaten run

Luuk de Jong’s first-half header and a stunning stoppage-time save by Marc-André ter Stegen gave Barcelona a 1-0 win at Mallorca in a match where Xavi’s side were missing 14 players due to Covid-19, injuries and suspensions. It was vindication time for striker De Jong after several media reports that Barça want to move him […]