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Atalanta v Real Madrid: Champions League last 16 – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scores: all the goals from the games around EuropeGet in touch! Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.31pm GMT Since beating Loris Karius’s Liverpool in the 2018 final, Real Madrid have failed to make …

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The Fiver | A fascinating implosion likely to excite cosmic boffins everywhere

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!After travelling more than 126 million miles, Nasa’s Perseverance rover is reporting back to Earth from Mars, where, apparently, it has so far been unable to find anything quite as extraordinary as Liv…

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Ezri Konsa: ‘I haven’t got any secret – it’s about learning my trade’ | Paul Doyle

Aston Villa centre-back reveals how listening to John Terry and watching videos of Paul McGrath has improved his all-round game A weird thing happened on Wednesday during the match between Manchester City and Aston Villa, and it had nothing to do with …

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The Fiver | Seditious prattle about European clubs and a breakaway super league

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It was possibly somewhere between the truffle and foie gras canapés and the glazed aubergines with bang bang cauliflower and braised swordfish with a soupçon of piglet that the head of the world’s most…

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The Fiver | Seditious prattle about European clubs and a breakaway super league

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It was possibly somewhere between the truffle and foie gras canapés and the glazed aubergines with bang bang cauliflower and braised swordfish with a soupçon of piglet that the head of the world’s most…

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The Fiver | Seditious prattle about European clubs and a breakaway super league

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It was possibly somewhere between the truffle and foie gras canapés and the glazed aubergines with bang bang cauliflower and braised swordfish with a soupçon of piglet that the head of the world’s most…

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Dean Smith wants season to continue despite Covid cases at Aston Villa

‘Every time we got tested somebody else was getting it’Villa finally return to action against Manchester CityDean Smith has described the “very scary” scale of the Covid-19 outbreak that forced Aston Villa’s entire squad into isolation this month but s…

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Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at the EmiratesThe Fiver: no more hot and heavy goal celebrationsAnd you can contact Paul by email or on Twitter 7.44pm GMT “The two league games before this one were OK, I thought. They’ve given us four points and I’v…

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Aston Villa ask Premier League to postpone match against Everton

Villa’s first-team squad self-isolating after Covid outbreakEverton are due to visit Villa Park on SundayAston Villa have asked the Premier League to postpone their fixture against Everton on Sunday because of the Covid-19 outbreak at the Midlands club…

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Keane’s fine header keeps Everton’s top-four push on track against Wolves

In a bout between two sides with depleted strikeforces, Everton proved to be the more resourceful. Michael Keane headed his third league goal of the season to lift Carlo Ancelotti’s men into the top four. Wolves, who had responded to Alex Iwobi’s early…

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Sadio Mané double sees Liverpool past bold and youthful Aston Villa

This was supposed to be a walkover, even after the tie got the go-ahead. But for 45 minutes Liverpool were driven to the brink of humiliation by little known but highly impressive upstarts, with Aston Villa forced to field a team of players who had nev…

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Sadio Mané double sees Liverpool past bold and youthful Aston Villa

This was supposed to be a walkover, even after the tie got the go-ahead. But for 45 minutes Liverpool were driven to the brink of humiliation by little known but highly impressive upstarts, with Aston Villa forced to field a team of players who had nev…

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Sadio Mané double sees Liverpool past bold and youthful Aston Villa

This was supposed to be a walkover, even after the tie got the go-ahead. But for 45 minutes Liverpool were driven to the brink of humiliation by little known but highly impressive upstarts, with Aston Villa forced to field a team of players who had nev…

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The Fiver | An exemplary piece of public relations, featuring Didier Lamkel Zé

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver can’t remember whether we ever got round to commissioning a Yaya Touré Award for Services to Diplomacy, but we’ve been meaning to do so ever since 2006. That was when the silver-tongued midfi…

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The Fiver | An exemplary piece of public relations, featuring Didier Lamkel Zé

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver can’t remember whether we ever got round to commissioning a Yaya Touré Award for Services to Diplomacy, but we’ve been meaning to do so ever since 2006. That was when the silver-tongued midfi…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford: Carabao Cup semi-final – live!

Latest updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offThe Fiver: Barry Glendenning on Tuesday’s gameAnd you can contact Paul by email or on Twitter 7.31pm GMT “With White and Hart on the bench for Spurs, couldn’t Jose have had a laugh and asked Kane to put his fe…

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Mauricio Pochettino leaves open chance of Lionel Messi joining PSG

‘Any big player in the world is welcome,’ says PochettinoBarcelona attacker is out of contract in summerMauricio Pochettino has left open the possibility of Lionel Messi joining him at Paris Saint-Germain by saying “any big player in the world is welco…

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Chris Basham says record low fear can spur Sheffield United to great escape

Chris Wilder’s side have only two points from 16 gamesFailure to beat Crystal Palace will set a record winless runChris Basham says the fear of being labelled the worst Premier League team in history could help spur Sheffield United to an extraordinary…

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Chris Basham says record low fear can spur Sheffield United to great escape

Chris Wilder’s side have only two points from 16 gamesFailure to beat Crystal Palace will set a record winless runChris Basham says the fear of being labelled the worst Premier League team in history could help spur Sheffield United to an extraordinary…

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Kolasinac on verge of Schalke loan as Arteta targets Arsenal clearout

Moving players on in January is manager’s priorityArteta says it is important games continue if it is safeMikel Arteta has revealed Arsenal’s priority in January is to trim the numbers in their squad. Sead Kolasinac is one of several players who have b…