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Liverpool lapses give Roma hope

A stunning display of attacking football, inspired by Mohamed Salah, saw Liverpool score five vs. Roma. However, two late goals gave the Italian side a small chance ahead of the second leg.

Liverpool will see off Roma, can beat Bayern or Madrid

Late concessions may have dampened spirits a little but Liverpool are well placed to reach the Champions League final. What's more, they can win it.

Roma 'made it easy' for Liverpool - Di Francesco

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco said his side "made it easy" for Liverpool to run out to a 5-2 win, though he retained hope of another big comeback.

Liverpool 5-2 Roma: Life yet for Roma


Nicol: The good and bad from Liverpool's win


Gab Marcotti explains Di Francesco's decision to play 3-5-2


WATCH: Fans go crazy in Cairo after Salah scores


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Further Roma Reaction

Klopp: We're Liverpool, we have to do it the hard way

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees the positives from his side's first leg against Roma, even though they gave up two goals in the second half.


Van Dijk, Henderson 'frustrated' after Liverpool concede late

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were left frustrated with the two goals conceded, despite beating Roma 5-2 at Anfield.


Police eye 'serious assault' outside Anfield

Liverpool fans again gave their team a rowdy welcome to Anfield -- without the violence against the opponent's bus that marked their last UCL game.


Salah's big week

WATCH: Fans go crazy in Cairo after Salah scores

Fans at a bar in Cairo, Egypt erupt after local hero Mohamed Salah scores the opener for Liverpool against Roma.


Pienaar weighs in on Salah-Messi comparison

Steven Pienaar had little doubt that the 'Egyptian Messi' and newly crowned PFA Player of the Year would make it to the top.

De Bruyne would've got Pienaar's PFA vote

Everton's International Ambassador believes that the Manchester City man has been the Premier League's outstanding player this term.


News & Insights

Vieira: No contact about replacing Wenger

New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira says that no one from Arsenal has contacted him about replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

Nick Hornby: Why Wenger had to leave Arsenal

"I never walk out of games early but in these circumstances, staying seemed like a form of self-harm." Nick Hornby on the last days of Wenger.

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Wenger: I don't need to die, I've seen my funeral!


How Wenger revolutionised football at Arsenal


How Wenger's legacy was tarnished in recent years


Who will be Arsenal's next manager?




Nigeria skipper Mikel excited about England return

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is relishing a return to England for June's high-profile international friendly against the Three Lions.

NPFL Observations: Ezenwa, Orji and violence

Colin Udoh reflects on a NPFL weekend that was ... one that was dominated by inexplicable violence, and the brilliant return of Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

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Saka extends Lobi Stars' lead

Ayo Saka struck a late winner to extend Lobi Stars' lead to six points, while the ninth Oriental Derby of the season failed to ignite.

EFL Championship

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Derby 3-1 Cardiff: Drama in promotion fight

Derby came from behind to beat Cardiff, moving the Rams into a promotion playoff position while helping Fulham in their chase for second place.


Derby comeback leaves Cardiff beaten

Derby comeback denies Cardiff as Nottingham Forest deepen Barnsley's problems.

Manchester United


De Gea: United players must step up next season

United have recorded victories over Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal this season but have not challenged for the title.

Herrera back in favour under Mourinho

Part technician, part troll, Ander Herrera is Manchester United's warrior. He has recovered from a sloppy spell to become Jose Mourinho's go-to guy.

Mourinho plays down Man United overhaul

Mourinho will improve his Manchester Unitedd squad ahead of next season but he has suggested there will not be major changes at the club.

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Uganda Super League

Shaban bags four as KCCA rout URA FC 7-2

Muhammad Shaban netted four goals as defending Ugandan champions KCCA FC returned to winning ways with a 7-2 demolition of URA FC in the top flight.

Villa, Vipers coaches suspended for four matches

FUFA's Competitions Disciplinary Panel has handed four-match suspensions to the head coaches of two of the league's biggest clubs.

Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: Wenger successor to get £50m budget

As the Arsene Wenger era ends at Arsenal, high-priced recent signings mean the budget is about to get tighter for the next manager.

City to keep Stones, target Jorginho - sources

Napoli midfielder Jorginho is a top target for Manchester City, with manager Pep Guardiola only wanting to make small changes, sources told ESPN FC.

Buffon targeted by Boca Juniors - coach

Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto has confirmed his club have a desire to sign Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.



Can Dynamos salvage season after woeful start?

Dynamos' miserable start to the season continued this weekend, and it's hard to see how the fallen giants can pull themselves out of their rut.

Newcomers Bulawayo Chiefs stun FC Platinum

Top-flight newcomers Bulawayo Chiefs caused the biggest upset of the season so far after thumping champions FC Platinum 2-0 in the Zimbabwe PSL.

SportsCenter Africa: Can Bayern stop Real's UCL dominance?

The ESPN FC team wonder if Bayern Munich are the side to stop Real Madrid winning a third consecutive Champions League.


Can Bayern stop Real's Champions League three-peat?

The last team to three-peat as champions of Europe, Bayern Munich, take on Real Madrid as they look to complete their own three-peat this season.

Real Madrid have 'special powers' - Kroos

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos says his the Champions League "unleashes special powers" in his side.

Bayern's road to the semifinals


WATCH: Predictions for Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid


Heynckes not keen to swap Lewandowski for Ronaldo


Heynckes: I'm a great admirer of Zidane


UCL semi-finals: Things you need to know


Are Real Madrid underdogs against Bayern?


Premier League

Salah clinches PFA Award

EXCLUSIVE: Roma chairman James Pallotta speaks to ESPN FC


Roma's Pallotta: Salah 'unbelievable bargain'

Liverpool's €42 million purchase of Mohamed Salah from Roma was an "unbelievable bargain," the Italian club's owner James Pallotta told ESPN.

Essien takes pride in fellow African Salah

Former Chelsea star Michael Essien has hailed Mohamed Salah's 'amazing' impact in the Premier League and is proud to see an African star thriving.

FIFA 2018 World Cup

Cahill at World Cup? 'Everything is a possibility'

Gary Cahill has declared "everything is a possibility" in his bid for World Cup selection after winning back his starting berth at Chelsea.

Sweden: Ibra must call to have WC chance

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been told he must pick up the phone and call Sweden coach Janne Andersson if he has any chance of being at the World Cup.

Back injury threatens Biglia World Cup hopes

Biglia had to leave the pitch 20 minutes from time after being hit in the back by Nicolas Viola's knee.

Manchester City

News & Insight

City right to escape punishment for pitch invasion

Man City fans invaded the pitch after their 5-0 win over Swansea but anyone with a problem with that struggles to understand emotion in football.

City stars the big winners in Guardiola philosophy

Nicolas Otamendi, Ederson and Fabian Delph have been arguably the greatest beneficiaries of Pep Guardiola's approach at Manchester City.

Photo by Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images

Rising star Sane potential Ballon d'Or winner

Leroy Sane fully deserved his PFA Young Player of the Year award and under Pep Guardiola, he has the potential for even greater honours.

Serie A

The last days of Juventus?

As the most dominant club in Italy fights for its record seventh straight league title, it is also fighting the forces of time.

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Juve need something extraordinary - Allegri

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says his side are now going to need "something extraordinary" to win their seventh straight league title.

Have Napoli turned the tide in the title race?

The ESPN FC guys discuss the rejuvenated title race in Serie A and debate the quality of the match between Juventus and Napoli.


Weekend Recap

Conte tips Man Utd as favourite in FA Cup final

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said that his team won't be the favourites when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final.


Prem in 90 secs: City caught up in the moment?

The Exploding Heads recap the FA Cup semifinals, PFA Player of the Year awards and more with Premier League in 90 seconds.


Spurs fall short, De Bruyne's super strike

The weekend review has praise for Paul Pogba and Danny Ings, while it was a case of "same old Tottenham".


News & Insight

Elneny suffers ankle ligament damage

Egypt international Elneny was taken off on a stretcher during Sunday's 4-1 over West Ham after landing awkwardly and rolling his ankle.

'Serious issue' over Salah Egypt image rights

Salah's standalone image appears on the Egypt team plane, which is sponsored by mobile network WE.


News & Insight

Appiah goes on UK scouting mission

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is considering Huddesfield Town striker Collin Quaner for Black Stars duty after meeting with the player in England.

GPL: Hearts of Oak's wobble continues

Hearts of Oak continue to wobble from one poor result to the other in Ghana Premier League action following an intriguing matchday.

Transfer Talk

Transfer Talk: Martial ready to quit United

Anthony Martial's days at Manchester United may be numbered, but Paul Pogba is not counting down to anything himself. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Transfer Rater: Jan Oblak to Liverpool

Jan Oblak to Liverpool and Clement Lenglet to Manchester United are two of today's transfer rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers.

Extra Time: Morata or Lukaku? Sarri or Allegri for Chelsea?


UEFA Europa League

Mkhitaryan out of Atletico first leg - Wenger

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the first leg of Arsenal's Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

'Tired' Atleti will be ready for Arsenal - Oblak

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak admitted his team were tired after Sunday evening's goalless La Liga draw at home to Real Betis.

Costa unlikely for UEL first leg vs. Arsenal

Diego Costa is unlikely to be fit for the first leg of Atletico Madrid's Europa League semifinal against Arsenal but could return for the second.

Tottenham Hotspur

Still Nearly Men?

Poch struggling to rid nearly men tag

Mauricio Pochettino might have got his team selection wrong but his inability to instil a winning mentality at Tottenham is the real problem.

Spurs kids would solve Cup criticism - Poch

Mauricio Pochettino has said he would earn less criticism by disregarding the FA Cup and playing Tottenham's young players next season.

Tottenham approaching a crossroads

Tottenham have tons of talent but nothing tangible to show for it. As such, Mauricio Pochettino & Co. are approaching a critical junction.

Kaizer Chiefs

Khoza promises beefed up PSL security

Premier Soccer League chairman Irvin Khoza has promised to beef up security in the future in the wake of Saturday's fan violence.

Chiefs call out fans after Durban violence

Kaizer Chiefs have condemned the violence that occurred in their name at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Chiefs' decline must not overshadow stadium violence

Steve Komphela's early exit from Kaizer Chiefs mustn't overshadow further acts of hooligan violence among Amakhosi fans.

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Spanish Copa del Rey

Barcelona Lift Trophy

How Barca righted their wrongs to win the Copa del Rey


Iniesta's touch priceless to Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he'd have "given his arm" for the touch of Andres Iniesta after a Copa del Rey finals win against Sevilla.

Iniesta, Barca deliver Copa masterclass

Barcelona picked a poor Sevilla apart in the Copa del Rey final, as Andres Iniesta turned back the clock to treat the fans to one final masterpiece.


Stoger: Sancho is better off in the Bundesliga

Dortmund boss Peter Stoger discusses Jadon Sancho's potential and why the England starlet has benefitted from being away from the Premier League.


BVB's Sancho better than me at 18 - Reus

Marco Reus has praised England youth international Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen.

BVB have bright future despite tough season

Dortmund have endured a rough season of change and disappointment, but they'll still be in the Champions League next season. There is hope.

Manchester United

News and Insight

Fans happy but FA Cup final ticket woe looms

Saturday was a day to remember and a sign of Man United's improvement, but not everyone present will be able to attend May's decider vs. Chelsea.

United could lose keeper Henderson - sources

Henderson, on loan at Shrewsbury, is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Carrick making transition to coach - Smalling

Michael Carrick has the respect of the Manchester United dressing room to make a smooth transition to a coaching staff, according to Chris Smalling.

La Liga

Perez: Navas can stay at Madrid for many years

The future of Navas, 31, has been a topic of speculation during four seasons at Madrid, with the club having tried to sign David De Gea.

Alaves' Medran cries during interview

Alvaro Medran, on loan from Valencia, showed his frustration over his lack of playing time at Alaves by crying during a postgame interview.

Paris Saint-Germain

News & Insights

Neymar must quit PSG to be best - Rivaldo

Former Barcelona player and Brazil international Rivaldo believes that PSG's Neymar should return to Spain to become the best player in the world.

PSG showed 'character' - Emery

PSG manager Unai Emery praised his players' character after a Giovani Lo Celso goal and a string of Alphonse Areola saves secured a 1-0 win.

Areola preserves PSG victory at Bordeaux

Paris Saint-Germain were well below their best, and if not for the heroics of Alphonse Areola, they likely would've dropped points at Bordeaux.

Mou: People will 'kill me' if Utd lose FA Cup

Jose Mourinho says people will be out to "kill'' him if Manchester United do not win the FA Cup this season.

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Tottenham may need new approach - Kane

Harry Kane has conceded Tottenham players may have to adopt a fresh approach to big games after they suffered an eighth successive FA Cup semi loss.

United lack consistency to win title - Lukaku

United trail champions Manchester City by 13 points and that has led to reports that United boss Jose Mourinho could overhaul his squad.

Fan division behind Arsenal exit - Wenger

Wenger said he was unhappy that fans had not shown the unity he wants Arsenal to be known for globally and that resentment towards him was hurtful.

Wenger reception shows relationship with fans is broken

It should have been a celebration of Arsene Wenger's tenure, but it was just another Sunday morning in North London and it was weird.

WATCH: Wenger talks Emirates reception & life after Arsenal


Arsenal 4-1 West Ham: Gunners pull away late


Nedbank Cup

Maritzburg stun Sundowns to reach final

Maritzburg United provided a second stunning upset of the weekend as they defeated fancied Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup semis.

Chiefs beaten by Stars in Nedbank Cup semi

Kaizer Chiefs' wretched season hit a new low on Saturday when they were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup following a 2-0 semifinal loss to Free State Stars.

Premier League

Allardyce mediocre but fans want more

Everton need more from a man whose greatest achievement is not being one of the worst three teams in the division each season.

Sanchez hails 'legend, master' Wenger

Alexis Sanchez expressed thanks to Arsene Wenger, calling the Arsenal manager a "football master" the day after he said he was leaving the club.

Pep not 'so friendly' with players next year

Pep Guardiola has warned his title-winning Manchester City players he will be tougher and demand more from them next season.

CAF Confederation Cup

CAF CC: Group stage line-up decided

The 16 teams set to compete in the group stage of Africa's secondary club competition were decided on Wednesday night.

Loss of CAF places is a NPFL wake-up call

Only one of Nigeria's four continental representatives will remain in African competition beyond this week, and failure has consequences.

USM Alger at Confed Cup disadvantage, says Gor Mahia's Aduda

USM Alger could be at a disadvantage in the CAF Confederation Cup after being pitted alongside three East African teams, according to Gor Mahia.

Klopp called out for 'petty' comments

The FC crew take issue with Jurgen Klopp's comments regarding the officiating and state of West Brom's pitch in Liverpool's draw at The Hawthorns.


Salah equals record in West Brom draw

Three thoughts as Liverpool threw away a 2-0 lead, despite Mohamed Salah's 31st Premier League goal, as West Brom hit back for a draw.

Ings 7/10, Moreno 4/10 as Reds drop points

Liverpool's draw at West Brom was a tale of two fringe players: Danny Ings scored his first goal since 2015 while Alberto Moreno failed to impress.

Thanks For The Memories

Wenger's Best and Worst

Wenger's top five African success stories at Arsenal

The outgoing French coach relied heavily on African players during his 22-year tenure in North London, but who were his top five?

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Now supporters must get behind Wenger

It's the right time for Arsene Wenger to leave and the hope is that Arsenal fans change their attitude towards him and give him a rousing send off.

WATCH: Exploding Heads lay Wenger's coat to rest


WATCH: Wenger is a fraud


Arsenal Fan TV host reacts to Wenger leaving


Conte: Wenger one of the best in the world


Klopp: Football will be different without Wenger


Hughes: Wenger moved goalposts for everybody


Gazidis: Wenger made art out of football


Gazidis: Wenger is self-critical, thoughtful & intelligent


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