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Cristiano Ronaldo’s enduring sway gives Juventus and Pirlo timely lift | Nicky Bandini

The pressure on Andrea Pirlo’s team to deliver in the Supercoppa had been intense. Juve’s talisman carried out the delivery Andrea Pirlo used to love winding up Gennaro Gattuso. In his autobiography, the now Juventus manager described his former teamma…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s enduring sway gives Juventus and Pirlo timely lift | Nicky Bandini

The pressure on Andrea Pirlo’s team to deliver in the Supercoppa had been intense. Juve’s talisman carried out the delivery Andrea Pirlo used to love winding up Gennaro Gattuso. In his autobiography, the now Juventus manager described his former teamma…

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European roundup: Bayern edge past Freiburg to extend Bundesliga lead

Robert Lewandowski sets record with 21 goals in 16 matchesNapoli crush Fiorentina 6-0 as Milan report two Covid positivesThomas Müller set up one goal and scored a second-half winner as Bayern Munich edged past Freiburg 2-1 on Sunday to end their oppon…

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European roundup: Conte anger at Inter’s late slip, Dembélé set for Atlético

Mancini scored late on for Roma to make it 2-2Dembélé asks to leave Lyon for La Liga leaderInter Milan head coach Antonio Conte said his players’ anxiety played a part in conceding a late equaliser to Roma in their 2-2 Serie A draw. Related: European r…

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European roundup: Inter hit six as Sancho ends goal drought for Dortmund

Martínez scores hat-trick for Inter in 6-2 thrashing of CrotoneDzeko goal earns Roma narrow victory against SampdoriaJadon Sancho scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season as Borussia Dortmund returned to the top four with a 2-0 victory over VfL W…

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European roundup: Inter hit six as Sancho ends goal drought for Dortmund

Martínez scores hat-trick for Inter in 6-2 thrashing of CrotoneDzeko goal earns Roma narrow victory against SampdoriaJadon Sancho scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season as Borussia Dortmund returned to the top four with a 2-0 victory over VfL W…

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Defeats on and off pitch leave Pirlo and Juventus in scrap for Serie A title | Nicky Bandini

After Juve’s walkover win over Napoli was cancelled and they lost 3-0 to Fiorentina, could it finally be someone else’s year?There have been times in Juventus’s recent history when dropping six points in a month might have been considered as a run of p…

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European roundup: Lionel Messi breaks Pelé’s record for goals at a single club

Messi scores 644th Barcelona goal in win over Real ValladolidJuventus lose 3-0 as Atlético go three points clear at topLionel Messi became the all-time top scorer for a single football club after scoring his 644th goal for Barcelona during their La Lig…

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Europa League: Rangers power past Lech Poznan to take top spot in group

Lech Poznan 0-2 Rangers (Itten 31, Hagi 72)Napoli and Real Sociedad both through after 1-1 drawRangers earned top spot in their Europa League group ahead of Benfica with a comfortable 2-0 win away at Lech Poznan.Goals from Cedric Itten and Ianis Hagi s…

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European roundup: Milan beat Sampdoria and go five clear in Serie A

Franck Kessié and Samu Castillejo score in 2-1 winReal Sociedad draw 0-0 with Alaves in La LigaMilan restored their five-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at Sampdoria on Sunday.Stefano Pioli’s unbeaten side grabbed the lead on the stroke…

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European roundup: Milan beat Sampdoria and go five clear in Serie A

Franck Kessié and Samu Castillejo score in 2-1 winReal Sociedad draw 0-0 with Alaves in La LigaMilan restored their five-point lead at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at Sampdoria on Sunday.Stefano Pioli’s unbeaten side grabbed the lead on the stroke…

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Napoli find truest tribute to Maradona by mirroring his magic against Roma | Nicky Bandini

Naples had struggled to find the right way to say farewell to a player who felt like family but the 4-0 win over Roma was fittingBefore Napoli kicked off against Roma on Sunday night, their captain Lorenzo Insigne went on a lap of the Stadio San Paolo,…

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In Naples, a city steeped in pagan rites, I saw Maradona cast his spell

A personal memoir of the passionate, intense bond between the Argentinian and his adopted city, which saw his triumphs and his tragic downfallOn the evening that Napoli football club won its first ever championship, in May 1987, a graffito was scrawled…

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Europa League: Rangers must wait after losing two-goal lead to Benfica

Steven Gerrard’s side can go through with win over LiegeNapoli beat Rijeka while remembering Diego MaradonaRangers suffered another late collapse against Benfica as Steven Gerrard’s side missed out on the chance to plant one foot in the Europa League’s…

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‘He took us all to heaven’: football fans react to Diego Maradona’s death

Fans across the world – from Buenos Aires to Bedford – have been in touch to explain what Maradona means to themIt is perhaps the strength of feeling for Diego Maradona that sets him apart from other great footballers. Having grown up in poverty and go…

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‘Happiness, sadness, rebellion’: what Maradona meant to his fans – video

‘Yesterday not only he died. Yesterday the entire city of Naples died together with Argentina.’ Fans across the world are mourning the loss of footballing legend Diego Maradona. ‘Diego was rebellion. You had to feel Diego,’ said one fan. Groups of supp…

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Diego Maradona obituary

Prodigiously skilled footballer who captained Argentina to victory in the 1986 World CupReligious faith is a psychological prop for many a footballer, but Diego Maradona, who has died aged 60 after suffering a heart attack, took things further and came…

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Ageless Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to take care of business for Milan | Nicky Bandini

Milan’s senior coaching staff had to watch from home but the 39-year-old did their job for them at NapoliStefano Pioli was working from home last week. A common experience for many people in 2020, but not a straightforward adjustment when your job is t…

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De Zerbi’s keep-ball lays foundations for Sassuolo’s famous win at Napoli

Young manager who studied Bielsa’s methods is gaining admirers after lifting his side up to second with a 2-0 winRoberto De Zerbi sometimes struggles to sleep before a big game. At an online event hosted by sports leaders from his hometown, Brescia, in…

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The cult of Diego Maradona – in pictures

As Maradona turns 60, and 30 years since Napoli’s last Scudetto win, photographer Paolo Vezzoli discovers the cult of the ‘God of Naples’ Continue reading…