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Unai Emery unsure if Aaron Ramsey will play again for Arsenal after injury

• The midfielder went off in Italy with a hamstring injury• Arsenal reached the semi-final with victory over NapoliAaron Ramsey’s endgame at Arsenal is in the balance as he limped out of the Stadio San Paulo with hamstring damage suffered during his te…

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James Milner confident Liverpool’s style will cause Barcelona problems

• Liverpool midfielder backs team’s European knowhow• Milner: ‘We know how to get results in Europe’James Milner has said Liverpool’s European experience and style of play give them every confidence of beating Barcelona in the Champions League semi-fin…

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James Milner confident Liverpool’s style will cause Barcelona problems

• Liverpool midfielder backs team’s European knowhow• Milner: ‘We know how to get results in Europe’James Milner has said Liverpool’s European experience and style of play give them every confidence of beating Barcelona in the Champions League semi-fin…

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Pedro leads Chelsea into Europa League last four despite Slavia Prague scare

This was the Europa League’s attempt to replicate all the drama, if not necessarily the quality, of the Champions League’s glitzier midweek humdinger. Chelsea emerged from a thrillingly frenetic contest having eventually seen off the threat of Slavia P…

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Arsenal in Europa League semi-finals after Alexandre Lacazette sinks Napoli

For all the moments this season when critics have scratched their heads struggling to put their finger on what the identity of Unai Emery’s Arsenal is, a masterclass of a European quarter-final showcased everything they are capable of. This was a respo…

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Why a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy Bolton Wanderers | David Conn

Laurence Bassini claims to have £20m to keep Bolton afloat after the paucity of the Ken Anderson yearsOne of many sad elements in Bolton’s financial crisis and other current indignities is that for years they were supported by an owner most clubs would…

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Daniel Farke in the saddle as Norwich gallop to the finishing line | Stuart James

Despite a limited budget, Norwich top an unpredictable Championship and are heading for promotionThe standout line in a story about Daniel Farke, the Norwich City manager, on the Pink ’Un website this week was found in the penultimate paragraph. “A Ban…

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Napoli v Arsenal: Europa League quarter-final, second leg – live!

Live updates from the 8pm kick-offYou can email Scott here with your thoughtsEmery urges Arsenal to seize the momentLive scoreboard: the latest from all the quarter-finals 7.37pm BST Unai Emery speaks. He wanted to score more goals last week, but it wa…

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Mauricio Pochettino still buzzing after Tottenham’s dramatic win

Spurs manager had hardly any sleep after ‘an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night’ but is ready to do it all again at Manchester City on SaturdayIt was a gloriously warm afternoon in Enfield. The sun was out and the air was still, and it made for a pa…

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Chelsea v Slavia Prague: Europa League quarter-final, second leg – live!

Live updates from the 8pm BST kick-offYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsLive scoreboard: the latest from all the quarter-finalsPlay me more or I will leave in summer, says Giroud 7.11pm BST Meanwhile, in Naples Related: Napoli v Arsenal: Europa …

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Premier League players to boycott social media in protest at racist abuse

• PFA organises 24-hour boycott after series of incidents• Players encouraged to start boycott at 9am on FridayLeading Premier League players will undertake a 24-hour social media boycott on Friday in protest at recent high-profile incidents of racist …

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‘Spurs are still in a dream,’ says Mauricio Pochettino after triumph over City

• Manager hails win but urges side to focus on Etihad league game• Pochettino ‘optimistic’ for semi-final but says Ajax favouritesThe day after the night before, Mauricio Pochettino claimed his players were “still in a dream” and had yet to fully come …

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Substitute poked in eye by teammate in touchline high five, then goes off injured – video

The Degerfors substitute Mattias Özgun was instantly injured after a high five with his teammate went wrong as he was being brought on. The departing Axel Lindahl accidentally poked the 21-year-old in the eye as he left the field during the Swedish sec…

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The vibe of Brazil v Uruguay at the 1950 World Cup: the Etihadaço

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!If managing Manchester United is hard, something we scientifically proved beyond all doubt yesterday by equating Ole Gunnar Solskjær with Frank O’Farrell on the basis of five results, then managing Man…

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Football cannot be picky about where and when VAR is applied – but is one angle enough? | Paul Wilson

Without the intervention of technology, Manchester City would be through to a Champions League semi-final and Spurs would have been robbedThere is always the chance, when English clubs meet in European knockout football, that players who know each othe…

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Champions League semi-finals: how the ties shape up and could be decided | Sachin Nakrani

We look at Tottenham’s meeting with Ajax and Barcelona versus Liverpool, plus key dates and oddsThe tie that nobody expected. It should have been Manchester City v Juventus but then football – beautiful, wild, unpredictable football – happened and now …

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Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland head coach after 12 matches in charge

‘Performances, results … did not indicate the progress expected’Defeat in Kazakhstan the decisive result for SFAAlex McLeish has been sacked as Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association has announced.The Scottish Football Association annou…

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The best goalscoring partnerships across Europe this season

Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson are closing in on a Premier League record but they are not the only prolific pair this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWho springs to mind when you think about great Premier League strike partnerships? Alan Shearer a…

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Pep Guardiola will be seen as a Champions League failure. But is it fair?

Manchester City manager’s last final was in 2011. Away goals, missed penalties and a volcano have helped to trip himThis will be the eighth Champions League final in a row not to feature Pep Guardiola – which perhaps should feel as extraordinary as it …

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Jofra Archer hits the target, own-goals and Richie Benaud’s road safety tips | Classic YouTube

This week also features a goal of the season contender, Victor Campanaerts’s hour heroics and Fed Cup highlights1) It’s been quite the week for spectacular goals, and some pretty striking own-goals too. There was heartache for Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriks…