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Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit

WT24 Desk Barcelona — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend’s Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester United, AP reports. Messi and Sergio Busquets were both dropped by Valverde for Saturday’s match at Huesca, which is in last place in La Liga. Messi had his nose ...

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Football camp for young girls held in Dhaka

WT24 Desk A football camp for young girls was held on Friday at Fortis Sports Ground here, UNB reports. Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and K-Sports jointly organised the camp for the young female booters as part of the campaign to promote Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup as well as celebrating Women’s Football Day 2019.   The girls met former ...

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Messi left bloodied as United gets physical in loss to Barca

WT24 Desk Manchester — Lionel Messi first felt the thud of Chris Smalling’s shoulder into his back. Then the Manchester United defender’s flailing right arm swiped across Messi’s face, and blood poured from the Barcelona forward’s nose, AP reports. Already trailing against a dominating Barcelona side, United had to resort to physicality after 30 minutes to try to thwart the ...

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‘New kids on the block’

Juventus next up for rising Ajax WT24 Desk Ajax already knocked off one European power in the Champions League by taking out 13-time champion Real Madrid, AP reports. Now the rising Dutch club has its sights set on eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. “We really showed everyone what we can do. And hopefully we can show that again against Juventus,” ...

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Argentina coach Scaloni injured in bike accident in Spain

WT24 Desk Madrid — Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was briefly hospitalized in Spain after being injured in a bicycle accident, AP reports. The Argentine soccer federation says Scaloni did not sustain serious injuries in Tuesday’s accident in Mallorca. The federation says on Twitter the coach was on his way home after being released from the hospital. Scaloni has been with ...

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Barca, Juve focus on Europe, CL rivals face home challenges

WT24 Desk London — With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League, AP reports. For the rest of the quarterfinalists it’s a far more challenging period that will stretch their squads while ambitions at home and abroad are juggled. Here is a look at this week’s first ...

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Messi, Suarez lead Barca past 10-man Atletico to boost lead

WT24 Desk Spain — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday, AP reports. “We know that that we have taken not one, but two steps (toward the title),” Suarez said. Second-placed Atletico played one man ...

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Salah ends goal drought, helps Liverpool back to top of EPL

WT24 Desk Mohamed Salah chose the perfect moment to end the longest goal drought of his Liverpool career, AP reports. It helped to lift his team back to the top of the Premier League. Salah scored for the first time in nine games — a barren streak stretching back nearly two months — as Liverpool came from behind to beat ...

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Atletico visits Barcelona with last chance to make title run

WT24 Desk Madrid — Just days before a game that could save Atletico Madrid’s season, players got together for a barbecue at the team’s training camp, AP reports. They gathered after a practice session to unwind and share a relaxed meal by one of the training fields in the outskirts of Madrid. It was time to unite the group and ...

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Bangladesh move 4 notches up in FIFA ranking

44th in AFC ranking WT24 Desk Bangladesh moved up four places to 188th from 192nd slot in the FIFA International Ranking, Agencies report. The apex body of the world football published their latest ranking containing 211 member countries on Thursday.  The ranking of Bangladesh was upgraded with 909 points, two points better than their previous score of 907.  Besides, Bangladesh ...

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