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Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balance

Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland: Green and White Army's World Cup hopes hang in balance

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Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup play-off as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.Eight years after Henry handled in the build-up to the goal which sent France through against the Republic of Ireland, referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty in Belfast when he ruled Xherdan Shaqiri's volley struck Corry Evans' arm, which was tucked into his side, as he turned his body from close range.Ricardo Rodriguez converted the spot-kick in the 58th minute to give the visitors an away goal and a 1-0 lead ahead of Sunday's return leg in Basel, where Michael O'Neill's men have it all to do. They will be driven on there by a sense of injustice because of a decision that may well have been overturned had a video ...
Manchester City news: A Premier League assessment after eleven games

Manchester City news: A Premier League assessment after eleven games

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Things have gone swimmingly for Manchester City in the Premier League this season Thursday, November 9, 2017This season has seen City live up to the expectation of having Pep Guardiola as manager and some have even suggested they could go an entire season unbeaten in the league. League position: 1st (31 points)Best game: Manchester City 5-0 Liverpool Worst game: Manchester City 1-1 Everton Best player: Kevin De Bruyne The Belgian showed signs of brilliance last season, but De Bruyne has really taken his game to the next level this term. If he carries on like this it will be hard to look at anyone else as the Premier League's star man. ReportManchester City have been streets ahead of any other side and look unstoppable at present with t...
Lee Dixon claims Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would have been shown the door at Arsenal in the past

Lee Dixon claims Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would have been shown the door at Arsenal in the past

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Lee Dixon insists that the Arsenal teams he played in would have "shown the door" to Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in response to their refusal to commit to the club.Concerns persist that the highest-profile players in Arsene Wenger's squad will leave as free agents when their contracts expire at the end of the season.Both continue to feature regularly despite the fact their futures have long been uncertain, and after reports Sanchez attempted to leave for Manchester City before the summer transfer window's conclusion and that Ozil will eventually join Manchester United.Dixon, 53, was influential in some of Arsenal's finest teams under Wenger and George Graham, and for the latter when football was significantly different to what it has become."We'd have just shown them the door. 'If you do...
Mesut Ozil 'demands Jack Wilshere's No 10 shirt' as part of deal to extend Arsenal career

Mesut Ozil 'demands Jack Wilshere's No 10 shirt' as part of deal to extend Arsenal career

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Ozil's contract has just seven months to run at the EmiratesWednesday, November 8, 2017Mesut Ozil has demanded Jack Wilshere's No 10 shirt as part of a package to remain at Arsenal.The Germany international is in the final seven months of his contract and is allowed to talk to foreign clubs about a switch in January.Ozil also wants a sizeable increase on current £150,000-a-week wages to extend his stay at the Emirates, according to The Sun. The contract issues have been rumbling on for months, with no resolution in sight and his performances this season have And the desire to wrench the coveted No 10 shirt is part of a move to expand his worldwide brand.His Instagram handle is m10_official and he wears the No 10 jersey when on international duty.Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Pers
Andy Murray confident of successful comeback from hip injury

Andy Murray confident of successful comeback from hip injury

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Andy Murray believes he will get back to his best after targeting a new year comeback from a hip injury.However, the 30-year-old will not rush his body and admitted there was always a doubt following an injury.The two-time Wimbledon champion has not played competitively since labouring his way through this year's tournament at SW19 and limping out at the quarter-final stage to Sam Querrey.However, the Scot hopes to be fit for the season kick-off with an appearance at the Brisbane International, which starts on December 31.And he intends to get back to challenging for major honours, although he conceded the Australian Open might be an ambitious quest.Ahead of an exhibition match against Roger Federer at his Andy Murray Live charity event in Glasgow, he was asked whether he could get back to...