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capitalonecup Championship side Bournemouth will play Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup. The south coast side have reached the last eight before, but they get their reward for beating West Brom as they will now host eight-time winners Liverpool at the Goldsands Stadium in what will be a tricky test for Brendan Rodgers side. The trip to the coast comes in the middle of a tough run of games for Liverpool as they will face Manchester United (A) and then Arsenal (H) in between the league cup tie.

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Ronaldo-Ballon-DoRFIFA has announced the candidates for the Ballon d’Or and once again the list is dominated by players from La Liga and the Bundesliga as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were represented with six players each.

The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The 23 shortlist will be reduced to three in December before the winners are announced on 12 January, 2015 in Zurich.

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RVP Saves United While Spurs Lose Again

RVPvCFSRobin van Persie’s injury-time strike denied Chelsea all three points against Manchester United at Old Trafford as the teams finished level at 1-1. Chelsea had been leading through Didier Drogba’s header but Branislav Ivanovic’s foul on Angel di Maria saw the defender sent off for two bookable offences and from the free-kick Van Persie slammed home after Thibaut Courtois had parried Marouane Fellaini’s bullet header. The result kept Chelsea’s gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League to four points.

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MLS Cup 2014 Playoffs Set

After 323 regular-season matches, the field for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs is set.

The Seattle Sounders wrapped up the supporters shield at the weekend for having the best regular season record in Major League Soccer, but will that count for anything if they don’t win the MLS Cup this season?

The Sounders, as Shield winners, have home-field advantage through the playoffs, including the MLS Cup final, if they reach it. Their first opponents won’t be known until late on Wednesday, after FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps compete in the West Knockout Round match down in Texas.

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El_ClasicoReal Madrid arrived having at the Clasico having had one day less of rest, but it was Real who got stronger as the game progressed as they dominated the game in the second half.

Barça once again failed to live up to expectations. They have lost both their big games this season, the Champions League defeat in Paris and Saturday night at the Bernabéu.

Once again it was Barça’s defence that looked shaky under pressure and it was three defensive mistakes that gifted Real their goals. Barca has spent the last two summers spending big to add world class strikers, all but ignoring their defense, Once again, in a big game, Barca defensive problems were exposed and ruthlessly punished.

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SamAllardyceSouthampton beat Stoke 1-0 to jump into second place in the Premier League table as Manchester City lost 2-1 to West Ham. Elsewhere, Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez scored twice as they beat Sunderland 2-0 and Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw with Hull with Mario Balotelli missing a sitter in the final minute.

Morgan Amalfitano gave Sam Allardyce’s men a deserved first-half lead and Diafra Sakho, signed from Metz in the summer, made it 2-0 with the assistance of the Goal Decision System. A downward header by the Senegal forward, who went off with a shoulder injury, dropped over the line and was awarded after City goalkeeper Joe Hart had clawed the ball out inside the far post.

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Now Arsenal Have A Goalkeeping Crisis?

Emirates_NightThis is getting ridiculous. First a poor summer transfer policy left Arsenal woefully short of defenders, and now we hear that Arsenal will be forced to play their third choice goalkeeper in Wednesday’s Champions League match with Anderlecht.

With first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended for getting sent off in MatchDay 2 against Galatasaray, and his backup David Ospina unavailable due to injury, U21 goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will be thrown into the first-team firing line in Belgium with academy goalkeeper Ryan Huddart likely to be named on the bench.

How can this be happening at Arsenal?

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lvg-newReally interesting comments from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal about his young English stars playing in the European Under 21 Championships this summer.

The Manchester United boss wants Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and other United youngsters to be picked in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the finals in the Czech Republic at the end of the season believing it will help further their careers.

‘That tournament is a very good education and I said that as the coach of the Dutch national team as well,’ said Van Gaal.

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Barca And Real Warm Up For Classico With Wins

El_ClasicoBarcelona maintained their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga ahead of next weekend’s first El Clasico of the season with a 3-0 win over Eibar.

Madrid cruised to victory earlier in the day as they secured a seventh consecutive win in all competitions with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in a 5-0 rout away to Levante. After a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Barça finally went in front when Xavi Hernandez dinked home his first goal of the season from Lionel Messi’s slide rule pass on the hour mark.

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SouthamptonCesc Fabregas scored early in the second half as Chelsea maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero scored all four in a 4-1 win for Manchester City over Tottenham in the lunchtime kick-off, while Danny Welbeck netted in injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Arsenal at home to Hull.

But the headlines will go to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who obliterated Sunderland with five second-half goals on the south coast. A 12th-minute own goal from Santiago Vergini set the tone for an afternoon Black Cats boss Gus Poyet will wish to forget, before Graziano Pelle and Jack Cork put the game out of sight before the break.

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