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Late strikes abound as second-placed sides jockey for position

Poland suffered their first defeat in Russia 2018 qualifying Northern Ireland now find themselves on the brink of a play-off spot Slovakia secured a crucial late victory over Slovenia in Group F THE DAY REPLAYED – The second instalment of the seventh round of European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was notable for a slow start in many ...

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Benitez masterplan goes unfulfilled as Newcastle fail to land transfer targets

A disgruntled Rafael Benitez is rolling up his sleeves and preparing to do what he does best after his Newcastle masterplan failed to materialise. The 57-year-old Spaniard headed for his bed on Thursday evening with the summer transfer window having closed without the level of strengthening he believes was both necessar… Premier League Football News

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Striker Loic Remy leaves Chelsea for Las Palmas

Las Palmas have announced the signing of striker Loic Remy from Chelsea. The 30-year-old, a former France international, has joined the LaLiga outfit on a two-year deal. Remy passed a medical in London on Thursday and will now fly to Gran Canaria and join training on Saturday before his unveiling. Remy has … Premier League Football News

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Costel Pantilimon leaves Watford for Deportivo La Coruna

Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has joined Deportivo La Coruna on a season-long loan. The 6ft 8in Romanian has found first-team action hard to come by with the Premier League club following his move from Sunderland last year. Both Watford and Deportivo confirmed on their official websites that Pantilimon, who … Premier League Football News

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Football heralds return to school in Russia 2018 Host Cities

Returning to school is a big moment for children in Russia: the summer holidays have finally come to an end and it is time to get back to the books with renewed vigour. The Day of Knowledge on 1 September was celebrated with a football-inspired theme this year, as lessons dedicated to the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup™ were held ...

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Japan clear challenging hurdles on road to Russia

The record books will show Japan reached a sixth successive FIFA World Cup™ with a match to spare, after a 2-0 win over Australia in Saitama on Thursday guaranteed top spot in Asia’s Group B qualifying for Russia 2018. But is has been an at times tumultuous campaign with some varied results under Vahid Halilhodzic, with the Bosnian coach appointed ...

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Nacho: Spain must stay relaxed against Italy

Spain take on Italy in a crucial Russia 2018 qualifier Tied on points at the top of Group G, the two are vying for one direct berth Nacho looks ahead to this Saturday’s game at the Bernabeu Nearly every boy dreams of being a goalscorer when they grow up. There are always exceptions, though, and Nacho Fernandez is one of them. ...

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Hat-trick heroes prove the difference-makers

Four hat-tricks scored in World Cup qualifying in less than 24 hours Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier & Chris Wood grab trebles Lukaku and Meunier both score three for Belgium against Gibraltar Hat-tricks are usually a rare occurrence in football. However, in under 24 hours of 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying, four different players bagged trebles, with two even ...

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Serial thief convicted of trying to rob Andy Carroll's £22,000 watch

A serial thief has been convicted of attempting to rob Premier League striker Andy Carroll of his £22,000 wristwatch in a drive-by heist. Motorbike-riding Jack O’Brien, 22, swooped on the England player’s Jeep Wrangler near Hainault, north-east London, as he was driving home from West Ham’s training ground last year. … Premier League Football News

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