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Sheffield United desperately need answers at both ends of the pitch | Paul Doyle

Chris Wilder’s side have one point from nine games, with the loss of Jack O’Connell and a lack of goals proving criticalSheffield United conceded two goals in their first six minutes of action this season and have been playing catch-up ever since. Play…

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Jamie Vardy leaves it late to secure knockout place for Leicester

Jamie Vardy struck in the final minute of a see-saw match to confirm Leicester’s progress to the group stages. Brendan Rodgers’ team seemed to have blown their chance of sealing qualification when Fransérgio put the home side ahead in the 90th minute b…

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Liverpool v Atalanta: Champions League – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off in Group DDiego Maradona dies aged 60: tributes and reactionFollow Olympiakos v Manchester City hereAnd you can contact Paul by email or on Twitter 7.48pm GMT “Quick thought: with the short turnaround before Saturday, …

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Rennes v Chelsea: Champions League – live!

Updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-off in Group EGiroud still in Chelsea’s plans but Lampard may not block moveLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Paul by email or on Twitter 5.58pm GMT 2 min: Mendy’s first tou…

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Neto poaches Wolves equaliser after Walcott strikes for Southampton

Fleetingly, it looked like Theo Walcott’s first goal since rejoining Southampton would yield a precious win. Instead it spurred Wolves, who struck back thanks to Pedro Neto and came close to claiming a victory that had looked unlikely for most of the m…

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Leicester’s Barnes learned plenty from Liverpool’s bumper Boxing Day

The Leicester winger absorbs plenty from experiences such as last season’s 4-0 thrashing and criticism from Alan ShearerHarvey Barnes symbolises much of what Leicester are doing right these days. An academy graduate who earned his first senior England …

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David Brooks’ header gives Wales Nations League win over Ireland

Wales will be promoted to the top tier of the Nations League if they avoid defeat at home to Finland on Wednesday, as they remained on top of their group thanks to David Brooks’ second-half winning goal against the Republic of Ireland. Ireland had been…

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Southgate looks forward to Euro 2020 clash with Scotland after friendly win

‘I’d like to congratulate Steve Clarke, he’s a super guy’England ease to 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland at WembleyGareth Southgate says he is looking forward to a “super occasion” after Scotland qualified for Euro 2020 to set up a group stage showdow…

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Stephen Kenny’s new Ireland seek results to match manager’s vision | Paul Doyle

Manager has had a luckless start to his Ireland reign but signs of progress, and a refreshing new flair, are beginning to emergeThe Republic of Ireland wanted to play England at Wembley primarily because the limited travel for a squad based entirely in…

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Rodgers delighted as Vardy penalty secures Leicester win over Wolves

Jamie Vardy scored a penalty and missed another as Leicester edged past Wolves and demonstrated their intention to hang around the top of the table.This was their sixth win from eight league matches and Brendan Rodgers, whose side also have maximum poi…

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Brendan Rodgers brings steel to clash of Midlands powerhouses | Paul Doyle

The Leicester manager’s tactical intelligence will be tested by a more ‘dominant and unpredictable’ Wolves side on SundayA week after Rayan Aït-Nouri illuminated his Wolves debut by scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Nuno Espí…

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Banbury and Canvey Island lead the way for a shot at FA Cup second round

Opening round offers the chance of a TV lifeline for some amid a Covid lockdown which sees 10 lower league clubs being treated as ‘elite’ competitorsWhen the Football Association announced this week that all activities for “non-elite” clubs would be su…

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Leicester make light of absentees and ease to clinical win over AEK Athens

AEK Athens 1-2 LeicesterJamie Vardy penalty and Hamza Choudhury score for visitorsLeicester made it two wins from two Europa League group games as first-half goals from Jamie Vardy and Hamza Choudhury proved enough to secure victory over AEK Athens. Th…

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Manchester United v RB Leipzig: Champions League – live!

Updates from the 8pm GMT kick-off at Old TraffordLive scoreboard | Follow Krasnodar v Chelsea hereAny comments? Email Paul or get in touch via Twitter 7.30pm GMT Julian Nagelsmann wants his team to show what they’re all about today: “We have come here …

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Liverpool v Midtjylland: Champions League – live!

All the latest from the 8pm GMT kick-off at AnfieldAlisson puts quick return down to faith and hard workEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.09pm GMT As you can see from the line-ups below, Klopp has decided to rest his first-choice front three, with Moha…

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The Fiver | Opponents have somehow rumbled his most cunning Big Cup plans

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!On Tuesday morning, Pep Guardiola leapt out of bed, ready to attack the day. But first, breakfast. Oat flakes and milk, the stuff of champions. “But wait,” thought Guardiola, “it’s Big Cup today.” Milk…

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Ross Barkley: ‘I knew I was ready to show how good I am’

Aston Villa’s midfielder on anger in this week’s training, how he satisfies his obsession to improve and his England hopesA masterplan. That is how Ross Barkley describes the approach that helped Aston Villa to thrash Liverpool 7-2 on his debut for the…

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Existentialist players and quarterback coaches: the world of crowd-free football | Paul Doyle

From Coady to Klopp the game’s true voice can be captured by switching off the canned chants and cheers on televisionPlease do not rush there right now, but there is a video on YouTube consisting of eight hours of vacuum cleaner noise. It has been view…

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Fredrik Jensen deflates Ireland’s promise again with winner for Finland

Just as in Dublin last month, Fredrik Jensen scored to give Finland victory over the Republic of Ireland. And just as in all of Stephen Kenny’s five matches in charge, the Irish could find positives amid a disappointing result. Despite being depleted, …

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The Fiver | One firm positive at this time is that Germany looked an absolute shower

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!All those naysayers who like to gripe about how international football has become boring and incomprehensible have suddenly gone very silent since Tuesday’s clash between Germany and Switzerland in Lea…