Title-chasing Liverpool held at Everton in goalless derby

Liverpool may have to wait a little longer for their Premier League title celebrations after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Everton in the behind closed-doors Merseyside derby on Sunday. But it could have been worse for the leaders after Tom Davies hit the post in the 80th minute for Everton, who will…

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Despite sterile surrounds, City give Premier League positive start

It didn’t look like a football match, it didn’t sound like one and it didn’t smell like one, but the goal of restarting the Premier League was achieved on Wednesday as Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Etihad stadium. Although the absence of spectators, inevitably, meant a strange lack of atmosphere in the ground…

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Klopp urges Liverpool fans to avoid gathering at stadium

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has urged supporters to stay home and not gather at stadiums as the Premier League leaders prepare to resume their quest for a first English top flight title in 30 years.  The league is set to return later on Wednesday following a three-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Liverpool need…

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Bayern clinch Bundesliga title with 1-0 win at Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich claimed their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Werder Bremen 1-0 away thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s first-half strike to open up an unassailable lead at the top of the table on Tuesday. The league’s top scorer latched onto a superb Jerome Boateng cross and fired in his 31st goal of the campaign just…

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Factbox: Who will be inside stadiums when Premier League returns

The English Premier League season will resume on Wednesday without fans after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are the people allowed inside stadiums as well as the protocols and requirements for clubs to host matches:  • All the remaining games will be played without fans.  • A maximum of 300 people…

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Malaysian teams back to training under strict regulations

Following the Malaysian government’s announcement on the Recovery Movement Control Order recently, football activities in the country can now be resumed gradually. This was further boosted by progressive discussions held between government authorities and related sporting organisations to conduct contactless sport training programs. Under improvised strict standard operating procedures (SOP) as regulated by the authorities,…

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State of play in the Premier League

Three months after the last ball was kicked, the Premier League emerges from the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic this week for what will be a 92-match slog to the finish. While the virus is still affecting everyday life in Britain, the return of the Premier League, albeit behind closed doors, will offer a welcome…

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Liverpool thrash Blackburn in warm-up friendly

Liverpool cruised to a 6-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in a friendly behind closed doors at Anfield on Thursday as Juergen Klopp’s side stepped up their preparations for the Premier League restart next week.  First-team regulars Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Joel Matip got their names on the scoresheet along with Takumi Minamino and youngsters…

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Champions League plans to resume soonest

As the football world gradually recovering from the impactful COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) mulls a plan to resume its flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL) as soon as possible, pending necessary procedures and regulations. The 2020 edition was played for a few fixtures sans Chinese clubs, which country suffered heavily…

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McGregor announces his third retirement on Twitter

Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has announced on Twitter that he is retiring from the sport for the third time, citing a lack of exciting options as the reason behind his decision to quit. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been!”…

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