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Scotland v Netherlands: World Cup 1978, first group stage — live!

Minute-by-minute retro coverage of Group 4 gameThe Fiver: Ally’s Army on the brink of eliminationGet in touch! Email scott.murray@theguardian.com 2.20pm GMT The pointlessly stubborn Ally MacLeod has finally seen sense, selecting Graeme Souness for the …

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The Fiver | We ran and we ran, and now we’ve found ourselves back in 1978

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!The Fiver woke up late to discover there’s a reasonable chance Dominic Raab will be in temporary control of the country soon. We thought about that for a moment. Then we thought about necking the rest …

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The Joy of Six: Calcutta Cup clashes | Scott Murray

It’s 149 years to the day since Scotland and England played the first rugby union international. From the archive, here are half-a-dozen great stramashesThis article was first published on 3 February 2012 Continue reading…

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The Fiver | Leeds United: not so nasty now

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Say what you like about coronavirus, but it brings out the best in people. Take Nasty Leeds, for example. If the Fiver’s got this right, they earned their reputation back in the 1960s and 1970s, when t…

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Chelsea v Leeds United: 1970 FA Cup final replay – live!

Launching our new twice-weekly reports, kick-off 3pm GMTBoth teams bidding for first FA Cup after Wembley draw Feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 2.20pm GMT Both teams are unchanged from the first match, with one exception: David Harvey re…

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The Fiver | If this was the music hall, the orchestra would start vamping now

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s fair to say the success of the Fiver’s STOP FOOTBALL campaign has proved something of a Pyrrhic victory. We had long assumed a world without soccer would be an excuse to throw our tatty old boots …

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RB Leipzig v Tottenham: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Scott by email here 1.49pm GMT This looks like an uphill battle for Spurs, who at the halfway point of this Champions Leag…

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RB Leipzig v Tottenham: Champions League last 16, second leg – live!

Champions League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd you can get in touch with Scott by email here 1.49pm GMT This looks like an uphill battle for Spurs, who at the halfway point of this Champions Leag…

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The Fiver | It’s doom and gloom squared, on the end of a shiny stick

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Coronavirus. Coronavirus! It’s not the easiest subject from which The Fiver has tried to extract some of its alleged, once-popular trademark whimsy. Then again, we’ve been set up with plenty of open go…

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Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-offLive scores: the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd send your thoughts to Scott by email here 4.31pm GMT Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil, …

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off Live scores: goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd send your thoughts to Scott by email here 12.09pm GMT Cherries boss Eddie Howe throws down the gauntlet. “It’s the ultimate test and that’…

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off Live scores: goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeAnd send your thoughts to Scott by email here 12.09pm GMT Cherries boss Eddie Howe throws down the gauntlet. “It’s the ultimate test and that’…

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Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City: FA Cup fifth round – live!

FA Cup fifth-round updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard! | Quarter-finals draw due at 9.50pm GMTAnd feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 6.51pm GMT Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Fox, Lee, Pelupessy, Bannan, Borner, M…

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The Fiver | Chased across broken glass by Dejan Lovren and 10 other Dejan Lovrens

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It’s never ideal being knocked out of the FA Cup, but the real worry for Liverpool’s Vincibles is the way everyone’s talking about the Premier League being a done deal. Of course they’re going to win i…

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Bournemouth v Chelsea, West Ham v Southampton and more – live!

Follow the 3pm GMT kick-offs in the Premier League and beyondChelsea prescribe rest for Abraham’s troublesome ankleYou can email Scott here about the day’s action 1.49pm GMT So having said nothing much was happening, Leeds nearly make it three in spect…

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Chelsea v Bayern Munich: Champions League last 16 – live!

First-leg updates from Stamford BridgeLive scores | Napoli v Barcelona – live!Send your thoughts to Scott by email here 8.25pm GMT 24 min: Some space for Barkley out on the left. He enters the box and thinks about a curler towards the top right. Instea…

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Chelsea v Bayern Munich: Champions League last 16 – live!

First-leg updates from Stamford BridgeLive scores | Napoli v Barcelona – live!Send your thoughts to Scott by email here 8.25pm GMT 24 min: Some space for Barkley out on the left. He enters the box and thinks about a curler towards the top right. Instea…

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The Fiver | Taunt rival fans with Demba Ba’s Great Ballad of Cognitive Dissonance

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Chelsea’s relationship with Big Cup has often been fraught. They declined to take part in the very first competition, as English champions in 1955, cravenly succumbing to the narrow-minded worldview of…

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Leicester City v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-offLive scores: follow all the goals | Saturday clockwatchAnd feel free to email Scott with your thoughts 5.35pm GMT 4 min: Tielemans looks lively. He wins another midfield battle before driving his team …

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Chelsea v Tottenham: Premier League – live!

Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-offLive scores | 10 things to look out forAnd feel free to email Scott here 11.31am GMT Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Barkley, Mount, Giroud.Subs: Arrizabalaga…