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Van Gaal bemoans United's Liverpool boost LIVERPOOL: Louis van Gaal said Manchester United had encouraged Liverpool in the race for a Champions League place after losing 3-0 to the Merseysiders' near-neighbours Everton on Sunday.Goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas at Goodison Park left United anxiously looking over their shoulders at fifth-placed Liverpool as they aim for the top four finish that will bring Champions League football to Old Trafford next season.Afterwards, van Gaal said he had seen warning signs even before kick-off that his players were not at their best."I think so, yes," said the Dutch manager when asked if this reverse was the most disappointing performance of his United reign. "It was the first time that I see that our motivation, inspiration, aggression was not as high as the opponent.I already had the feeling, as did my colleagues (coaches) Ryan Giggs and Albert Stuivenberg, because warming up today was not as good ...

Chelsea to play Sydney FC in Australia SYDNEY: Chelsea will play a friendly against Sydney FC in June on their first visit to Australia in 50 years, with many of their top players making the trip, the A-League club said Monday.The match, at Sydney's 83,000-capacity Olympic Stadium on June 2, comes just days after the end of the English Premier League season.Chelsea are currently 10 points clear at the top of the table with five games left. Sydney FC remain in the ...
Big hype, huge money for 'fight of the century' LAS VEGAS: The countdown is on to Saturday's showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the $400 million "fight of the century" with a place in boxing's pantheon of greats on the line.More than five years in the making, it's an epic clash of styles and personalities, pitting the craftsmanship and defensive savvy of "Money" Mayweather against explosive southpaw Pacquiao -- an iconic figure in his native Philippines.The welterweight world title unification bout looks set ...
Murray eyes Bayern visit on Munich debut MUNICH: Andy Murray admits he wants to watch Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Bayern Munich play at home as part of his build-up to his debut this week at the Munich ATP tournament.The 27-year-old Olympic champion is the highest ranking player in the field for the Bavarian claycourt tournament.He plays his first match on Thursday at a tournament which also features Australia's Bernard Tomic, France's Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini, the colourful Italian who defeated Rafael Nadal ...
Hernandez stars for Madrid in six-goal thriller MADRID: Javier Hernandez struck twice as Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga by reducing the Catalans' lead to two points with a enthralling 4-2 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday.Nolito fired the hosts into an early lead before goals from Toni Kroos and Hernandez turned the game around.Santi Mina brought Celta level, but James Rodriguez's deflected effort put Madrid in front once more before the break and Hernandez ...
Rampant Lyon back on top PARIS: Lyon refuse to let Paris Saint-Germain run away with the Ligue 1 title after a 4-2 win at Reims on Sunday put them back on top of the table.Corentin Tolisso, leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette and Clinton Njie all scored in the first 20 minutes for OL, with Mickael Tacalfred scoring a late own-goal and Alexi Peuget and Gaetan Charbonnier replying for Reims.It was the perfect return to his former stomping ground for Lyon coach ...
Title party on hold as Juve suffer rare derby defeat MILAN: Juventus will have to wait at least a few more days before they can celebrate winning a fourth consecutive Serie A title as Massimiliano Allegri's side lost 2-1 to city rivals Torino on Sunday.Fresh from winning through to their first Champions League semi-final in 12 years after beating Monaco in midweek, Juve took their eye off the ball domestically and suffered a second defeat in three Serie A matches."All we had to do is ...


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