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How does the Matildas’ pay deal stack up against the rest? | Megan Maurice

The new collective bargaining agreement provides something approaching pay parity, but is it in line with other sports in Australia?Last week’s announcement of the new Matildas pay deal was a landmark for football in Australia. The new collective barga…

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The Dozen: flares, zorbs and Maddison’s delight – the best Premier League pics

Our picture editors chose their favourite pics from the weekend’s action Continue reading…

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The Dozen: flares, zorbs and Maddison’s delight – the best Premier League pics

Our picture editors chose their favourite pics from the weekend’s action Continue reading…

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Opportunistic Sounders see off Toronto FC for second MLS Cup title in four years

Sounders win second title before 69,274 at CenturyLink Field MLS Cup final: Seattle Sounders 3-1 Toronto FC – as it happenedSometimes cup finals are settled with a moment of brilliance, a sprinkling of stardust that will never be forgotten. And sometim…

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Brendan Rodgers’ vision keeps Leicester in sight of another miracle

Victory over Arsenal keeps Foxes in title hunt and shows how manager has brought light back into a club struck by tragedyIn a side room at the King Power Stadium, Brendan Rodgers was allowing himself to reflect. Only eight and a half months had passed …

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Marco Silva says Michael Keane will be stronger after being dropped

• Defender was a substitute for Everton’s win at Southampton• Keane also left out of England squad for upcoming fixturesMarco Silva has reassured Michael Keane that being dropped for club and country “is not the end of the world” and the Everton manage…

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Phil Neville admits to pressure to end dire run by England Women

• Manager refuses to blame players after defeat by Germany• Neville: ‘My performances haven’t been good enough’Phil Neville refused to lay any blame on his players after defeat against Germany ensured a fifth loss in seven games for the Lionesses and p…

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Cristiano Ronaldo angered by substitution in Juventus win over Milan

• Portuguese walks straight down tunnel after being replaced• Replacement Paulo Dybala scores only goal of match in TurinJuventus stayed top of Serie A with a 1-0 win over AC Milan thanks to Paulo Dybala’s fine strike on Sunday after Cristiano Ronaldo …

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Frankfurt’s captain sent off for knocking over Freiburg coach, sparking chaos

• Christian Streich sent to ground by David Abraham’s shoulder• ‘At 54 you can be run over by a young buffalo,’ says coachEintracht Frankfurt’s captain, David Abraham, was sent off for knocking over Freiburg’s coach, Christian Streich, as their Bundesl…

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Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison sent off for reaction to racist insults

• Brazilian raised finger to Kiev fans then kicked ball into stands• Referee in Ukraine had followed first two steps of Uefa protocolShakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Taison was sent off in a Ukrainian league match against visitors Dynamo Kiev on…

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Pep Guardiola calls on referees’ chief for explanation on handball

• Manchester City manager claimed offence by Alexander-Arnold• Fabinho fired opening goal for Liverpool 22 seconds laterPep Guardiola said the referees’ chief Mike Riley should explain the latest controversy involving VAR as his Manchester City team fe…

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Liverpool’s symmetrical full-backs have turned them into world leaders | Barney Ronay

For all the protests from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, this match was not settled by marginal refereeing decisionsIt is the hardest thing in any sport to make astonishingly difficult things look astonishingly simple. With 13 minutes gone at Anfie…

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Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City: Premier League player ratings | Andy Hunter

Fabinho dazzles for Liverpool while John Stones struggles in the Manchester City defenceAlisson Continue reading…

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MLS Cup final: Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC – live!

Seattle and Toronto meet in final for third time in four yearsTweet Beau at @duresport or email him 7.52pm GMT Toronto starting lineup The irony here is that this Canadian club features two of the most debated players in recent U.S. history, midfielde…

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‘Don’t ask me, ask the referees’: Pep Guardiola on Liverpool defeat – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was visibly upset after his side’s 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool. He was asked about the first goal of the game, a long-range effort from Liverpool’s Fabinho that came after the ball hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s han…

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Fabinho leaves Manchester City fuming and helps Liverpool go eight points clear

There had been little more than millimetres in it during the previous two meetings of English football’s current powerhouses. Remember John Stones’s goalline clearance for Manchester City at the Etihad last January in his team’s 2-1 Premier League win …

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Scottish Premiership: Celtic and Rangers stay neck and neck after wins

• Odsonne Édouard opens scoring as Celtic see off Motherwell 2-0• Rangers win at Livingston to stay level on pointsCeltic ended a historic week with a 2-0 win over Motherwell that kept them top of the Scottish Premiership. The Hoops won on Italian soil…

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Perth Glory scramble to get their spluttering season back on track | Jonathan Howcroft

After 85-and-a-half minutes against Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory’s indifferent start to the season was threatening to become a mini-crisis. Then something brilliant happenedGoalmouth scrambles are brilliant. Brilliant like a Paul Whitehouse Fast Show sk…

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Rúben Neves fires spectacular opener as Wolves triumph over Villa in derby

On Thursday Nuno Espírito Santo ordered Rúben Neves to do extra shooting practice after watching the midfielder fluff a penalty here in the Europa League. In the 41st minute of this Midlands derby, Neves demonstrated the value of that practice by firin…

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Marcus Rashford inspires Manchester United to simple win over Brighton

This was as entertaining a Manchester United display as there has been under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.Midway through the second half the manager was regaled by fans with the song that pleads not to “take my Solskjær away” in recognition of the verve and vib…