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Valencia shock Barcelona to win Copa del Rey

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, ending the Spanish champions’ four-year winning streak in the competition and denying them a domestic double.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has offered his full backing to head coach Ernesto Valverde, despite widespread calls for his sacking at Camp Nou.

Barcelona president backs Ernesto Valverde amid sack rumours

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has offered his full backing to head coach Ernesto Valverde, despite widespread calls for his sacking at Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde insists he has Barcelona backing

Ernesto Valverde insists he has the full support of the Barcelona board, even though the aftermath of the shock defeat to Liverpool has left him feeling like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.
Jordi Alba's mistakes resulted in Liverpool's first two goals in their Champions League win over Barcelona. AP Photo-Dave Thompson

Liverpool beat Barcelona and the greatest Champions League comebacks in history

Sensational comebacks are increasingly a staple of the modern Champions League and Liverpool arguably topped them all on Tuesday.
And his 600th club goal arrived yesterday, on April 27, 2019 against Inter at the San Siro during his first year at Juventus with the Scudetto already secured

Cristiano Ronaldo hits 600th goal mark as Lionel Messi wins 8th La Liga title

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the 600th goal of his storied club career, ahead of rival Lionel Messi, who scored 598 for Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid delayed Barcelona winning La Liga by a few days at least after Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann each scored in a 3-2 victory over Valencia on Wednesday.

Atletico win five-goal thriller with Valencia to delay Barca title celebrations

Atletico Madrid delayed Barcelona winning La Liga by a few days at least after Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann each scored in a 3-2 victory over Valencia on Wednesday.
FC Barcelona Alaves

Barcelona edge closer to LaLiga title with Alaves win

Barcelona have one hand firmly on the LaLiga title, following their 2-0 victory over Alaves on Tuesday night.
Chelsea Women

Chelsea aiming to end Lyon reign in women’s Champions League

French powerhouse Lyon remains on course to win a fourth consecutive women’s Champions League crown as they prepare to take on Chelsea in the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi

Carles Puyol: Lionel Messi the best in history

Carles Puyol says Lionel Messi is the best player in football history, and credits him for improving “in every way” as Barcelona close in on a treble.
Lionel Messi

Quarter-final curse looms as Barcelona and Lionel Messi look to set record straight

Four years have passed since Lionel Messi last reached a Champions League semi-final and his drought has become a source of unease for Barcelona ahead of their latest attempt on Tuesday.
Manchester United's change of fortune under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reminds Didier Drogba of Chelsea's Champions League win in 2012 under Roberto di Matteo as the Red Devils prepare to take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Didier Drogba: Manchester United can emulate Roberto di Matteo’s Chelsea

Manchester United's change of fortune under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reminds Didier Drogba of Chelsea's Champions League win in 2012 under Roberto di Matteo as the Red Devils prepare to take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu: Barcelona on different level to Manchester United

Watford’s former Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu is convinced the Catalans will win their Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester United, saying the runaway La Liga leaders are on a different level to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Ernesto Valverde knows ‘powerful’ Manchester United can cause Barcelona problems

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is aware of Manchester United's physical threat ahead of their Champions League quarter-final.
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.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez strike late to sink Atletico Madrid

FC Barcelona closed in on the 2018/2019 La Liga title after beating visiting Atletico Madrid 2-0 in Saturday’s top-of-the-table showdown at the Nou Camp.

Andres Iniesta: I wish I’d won more Champions Leagues with Barcelona

Andres Iniesta admits he has some regrets that he did not win the Champions League more often with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi hits hat-trick as Barcelona torment Real Betis

Lionel Messi was lauded by opposition supporters on Sunday after he scored an outstanding hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 win at Real Betis.
Luis Suarez scored twice against Rayo Vallecano, as his recent goal explosion continued. BENJAMIN CREMEL-AFP-Getty Images

Luis Suarez brace downs Real Madrid, sends Barcelona into another Copa del Rey final

A clinical Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-0 away in an intense Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg on Wednesday as a Luis Suarez double helped them secure a 4-1 aggregate victory.
Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi’s form giving Barcelona headache over Denis Suarez

There are strong indications that the hope of Spanish giants, FC Barcelona to push for a permanent move for Denis Suarez at Arsenal may not work out after all following the fine form of Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi.

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Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.

Neymar criticises PSG injury handling after Borussia Dortmund defeat

Neymar has criticised Paris Saint-Germain’s handling of his recent injury after scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, which leaves the French club facing the prospect of another early Champions League exit.
A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

Coronavirus: New research places Nigeria among high risk African countries

The study suggested other countries – among them Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya – would all need support with detecting and handling imported cases of the coronavirus.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook sued by US for $9 billion in unpaid taxes

That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.
Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since 2012, struck the bar and had the best of Barca’s six shots on target.

Lionel Messi speaks out after Barcelona social media scandal

Lionel Messi, in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, has spoken publicly for the first time since reports emerged that Barcelona hired PR firm I3 Ventures for their social media channels which were aimed at tarnishing the images of Gerard Piqué, Messi himself and others associated with the club.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not implement policies that will affect the existence of the poor while raising revenue to fund the nation’s infrastructure projects.

BMO: President Buhari fully in-charge of critical affairs of government

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), says President Muhammadu Buhari is “fully in charge of critical affairs of government” in the country