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Roundup: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores in every group game

• Real Madrid forward makes history with latest goal in competition• Napoli’s slim hopes of reaching knockout stage ended at FeyenoordCristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in every Champions League group stage match as Real Madrid beat Bor…

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Napoli go missing against Juventus as Higuáin seals a victory for ‘Maxism’

With no Italy in the World Cup draw Neapolitans were looking for a little joy and Friday night escapism but were left feeling blue by their former striker againIf Italians were looking to be distracted from a World Cup draw taking place without them on…

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Juventus close gap at the top as Gonzalo Higuaín returns to haunt Napoli

Gonzalo Higuaín returned to haunt his former club as his early goal proved enough to earn Juventus a 1-0 win at Napoli that leaves the Serie A title race wide open.The Argentinian striker, who swapped Naples for Turin in July 2016, latched on to compat…

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Barcelona draw in Valencia after Lionel Messi controversially denied clear goal

• Argentinian’s shot clearly crossed the line but not given by officials• Serie A: Napoli return to top of the table with win over UdineseLionel Messi was controversially denied a perfectly good goal as La Liga pacesetters Barcelona hit back to earn a …

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Champions League roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo sets record in Real romp

• Madrid forward scores his 18th Champions League goal of 2017• Napoli keep alive hopes of Champions League progressCristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record as the holders Real Madrid sealed their place in the knockout stages with a 6-0 wi…

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Insigne runs Napoli show on uplifting Serie A weekend laced with regret | Paolo Bandini

The striker granted just 15 minutes of Italy’s play-off defeat against Sweden continued the scintillating club form that made his omission so controversialIt was a weekend for gallows humour in Italy. “Goals from [Ciro] Immobile and [Lorenzo] Insigne y…

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Serie A roundup: Juventus survive scare as Napoli are held at Chievo

• Juventus forced to fight back from a goal down against Benevento• Napoli’s lead at top closed to a point after draw at ChievoJuventus were given an almighty scare by table-propping Benevento before the champions came from behind to win 2-1 to hand th…

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Sergio Agüero enters Manchester City record books after helping sink Napoli

It was a night that will go down in history in more ways than one as Sergio Agüero wrote his name into the record books by registering his 178th goal for Manchester City to move one ahead of Eric Brook and become the club’s all-time leading scorer. Co…

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Napoli v Manchester City: Champions League – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at Stadio San PaoloFollow Tottenham v Real Madrid | Follow Liverpool v MariborScott’s new book, The Title, containing plenty of hot City actionEmail scott.murray@theguardian.com 6.55pm GMT Manchester City make fo…

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Silva revels in Manchester City’s Barça comparisons as Napoli expect ‘the best’

• Spaniard feels City are playing best football since he arrived in England• Maurizio Sarri: we should ask Uefa if they can come on after 21 minutesThe last time Manchester City visited the Stadio San Paolo, back in November 2011, Mario Balotelli had a…

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Manchester City: Guardiola on ‘incredible performance’ to beat Napoli – video

Speaking after watching his Manchester City side beat Serie A leaders Napoli, Pep Guardiola spoke of his pride at his players beat ‘one of the best teams in Europe’. City won 2-1 thanks to early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, before Amad…

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Kevin De Bruyne in no rush to sign new contract with Manchester City

• Agent will begin talks with City over improved terms in coming months• Midfielder has been in brilliant form in opening period of the seasonKevin De Bruyne insists there is no rush to sign a new contract with Manchester City. The Belgian midfielder h…

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Manchester City rely on early goals to overcome Napoli in Champions League

Manchester City extended their perfect record in Group F with a display that saw them purring up though the attacking gears before finding themselves reeled in by high-class, fast-breaking opponents. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus inside …

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Manchester City v Napoli: Champions League – live!

Latest updates from the Group F game at the Etihad StadiumMertens, Napoli’s street dog striker, sets sights on Manchester CityEmail Jacob | or tweet @JacobSteinberg 2.35pm BST Jacob will be here shortly. Continue reading…

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Dries Mertens, Napoli’s street dog striker, sets sights on Manchester City | Nick Ames

A striker crisis a year ago gave the Belgian winger his chance up front and the goals have not stopped since for the man Maurizio Sarri calls a ‘little animal’In isolation there was nothing special about the goal, almost exactly a year ago, that gave N…

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Dries Mertens, Napoli’s street dog striker, sets sights on Manchester City | Nick Ames

A striker crisis a year ago gave the Belgian winger his chance up front and the goals have not stopped since for the man Maurizio Sarri calls a ‘little animal’In isolation there was nothing special about the goal, almost exactly a year ago, that gave N…

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Napoli’s perfect start continues after compelling Serie A weekend | Paolo Bandini

It was ‘Everyone Against Everyone’, as Gazzetta had billed it, but after a Juve shock and Mauro Icardi’s decisive hat-trick, Napoli remained out in frontSooner or later, the wheels had to come off. Napoli set an impossible pace through the first seven …

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale score as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund

• Portuguese on target twice in 150th European club match in 3-1 win
• Wissam Ben Yedder is first Sevilla player to hit hat-trick in European game

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his 150th European club match as Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund for the first time in Germany. His goals wrapped up a 3-1 win after Gareth Bale had put them ahead with a superb volley in the 18th minute.

Ronaldo doubled Real’s lead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled a goal back in the 54th minute but the Portuguese international confirmed the holders’ victory when he fired past Dortmund’s keeper Roman Buerki in the 79th minute.

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Champions League: fans from all 32 clubs share their previews and predictions

We asked fans from across Europe how their clubs will fare this season. Only one of them is expecting his team to win itPrediction: Group stage Continue reading…

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Napoli see off Nice with Mario Balotelli distracted by argument with officials

Napoli cruised into the Champions League group stage with a 2-0 win at Nice on Tuesday, scoring their first goal as the Ligue 1 side’s striker Mario Balotelli was arguing with match officials on the touchline.

José Callejòn took advantage of Balotelli’s absence in the 48th minute of the play-off round second-leg tie, handing them an away goal which, added to their 2-0 win from the first leg, effectively ended Nice’s challenge as it left the French side needing to score four. Lorenzo Insigne added another goal as the Serie A side completed a comfortable 4-0 aggregate win.

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