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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Italy’s top soap opera returns with Juventus and Lazio in leading roles | Nicky Bandini

Juventus lead the table but the knives are out for Maurizio Sarri and Lazio sense an opportunity to clinch a surprise titleItaly’s favourite soap opera returns on Saturday. After three and a half months away, Serie A’s unlikely yarn of sporting feuds, …

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Napoli fans flood streets in ‘reckless’ Coppa Italia celebrations – video

The World Health Organization has condemned as ‘reckless’ celebrations on the streets of Naples after Napoli’s 4-2 penalty win over Juventus in the Coppa Italia. Large crowds of fans congregated in the city, ignoring social distancing rules in place to…

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Napoli hold nerve to sink Juventus in shootout after goalless Coppa Italia final

Napoli 0-0 Juventus; Napoli win 4-2 on penaltiesMilik scores decisive penalty after Dybala and Danilo missArkadiusz Milik converted the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout as Napoli won the Coppa Italia following a goalless draw with Juventus in W…

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Dries Mertens agrees new contract at Napoli to disappoint Chelsea and Inter

Belgian could have left on a free transfer in the summerSerie A’s return has been delayed until 14 JuneDries Martens has agreed a new three-year extension with Napoli, ending Chelsea and Internazionale’s hopes of signing the 33-year-old on a free trans…

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My favourite game: Chelsea v Napoli 2012 | Luke McLaughlin

As this unforgettable night wore on, the teams abandoned their tactical systems and went for the jugular Eamon Dunphy once described a hectic, high-scoring Premier League encounter as “like watching two drunks fighting in an alley”. He wasn’t being who…

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Napoli fans in coronavirus quarantine sing ‘Un Giorno All’Improvviso’ from balconies – video

With Italy in lockdown and Serie A suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Napoli asked quarantined fans on Twitter to gather on their balconies and sing ‘Un Giorno All’Improvviso’, the song popularised during their 2016 title challenge. This is how…

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Barcelona to play Napoli behind closed doors amid coronavirus fears

Three Champions League fixtures played without fansEFL clubs fear for a future of games behind closed doorsBarcelona’s Champions League last-16 second leg match with Napoli, scheduled for 18 March, will take place without spectators due to fears over t…

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Griezmann rescues Barcelona after Mertens levels Napoli scoring record

Antoine Griezmann’s second-half equaliser cancelled out a fine opener from Napoli’s Dries Mertens to give Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Naples and the upper hand in their Champions League last-16 tie.Mertens had made the most of the Italian club’s solid star…

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Napoli v Barcelona: Champions League last 16 – live!

Updates from the first leg at the Stadio San Paolo (8pm GMT kick-off)Live scores: all the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeEmail Simon here or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.08pm GMT If you don’t currently have a headache and for some reason would l…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Maradona, the ‘God of Naples’

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. This shot of the legendary Diego Maradona was taken by Mark Leech in 1987When Diego Armando Maradona joined Napoli in 1984, 70,000 people flocked to see him arrive at the San P…

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Maradona, the ‘God of Naples’

The latest in a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images. This shot of the legendary Diego Maradona was taken by Mark Leech in 1987When Diego Armando Maradona joined Napoli in 1984, 70,000 people flocked to see him arrive at the San P…

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Chelsea make inquiry about Napoli’s Dries Mertens in hunt for forward

Napoli may not be willing to let 32-year-old leaveChelsea finding it hard to land their main targetsChelsea have made an inquiry about the availability of the Napoli forward Dries Mertens as Frank Lampard seeks to solve his side’s goalscoring problems….

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Ashley Young makes rapid Inter impact as Serie A title race heats up

Internazionale were held at home, but Lazio failed to capitalise in the Rome derby before Juve were rocked in NaplesOn his first weekend playing in Serie A, Ashley Young brought Inter back within touching distance of league leaders Juventus. OK, maybe …

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Juventus shocked by Napoli while Real Madrid go clear in La Liga

• Zielinski and Insigne score in Napoli’s 2-1 win over Juve• Real Madrid win 1-0 at Real ValladolidSerie A leaders Juventus suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Napoli, with coach Maurizio Sarri returning to his former club for the first time, though Cristia…

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European roundup: Ashley Young notches assist on dramatic Inter debut

Ex-Manchester United winger supplies pinpoint cross for openerRadja Nainggolan equalises for Cagliari against parent clubInter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw in Serie A after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this s…

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Champions League last 16 draw: tie-by-tie analysis

PSG may have got it right at last, Frank Lampard returns to Munich – and it’s now or never for Cristiano Ronaldo and JuveCould this, finally, be Paris Saint-Germain’s year? Although their domestic form has been indifferent (they lead Ligue 1 by just se…

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Rapid ruin of Ancelotti’s Napoli leaves Gattuso with a mighty repair job

The outgoing coach oversaw a wretched half-season but the club’s problems run deep – as his replacement soon found outGennaro Gattuso’s debut as Napoli manager had to be delayed by half an hour on Saturday after pieces of the Stadio San Paolo’s roof br…

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Rapid ruin of Ancelotti’s Napoli leaves Gattuso with a mighty repair job

The outgoing coach oversaw a wretched half-season but the club’s problems run deep – as his replacement soon found outGennaro Gattuso’s debut as Napoli manager had to be delayed by half an hour on Saturday after pieces of the Stadio San Paolo’s roof br…