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Aubameyang extends Dortmund deal to 2021 – reports

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s prolific Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has extended his contract with the club until 2021, German media reported on Sunday. The 28-year-old finished as the leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals, one ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and he has netted 13 times in 15 matches this term. His previous deal was due to run until June 2020. Kicker magazine said Aubameyang’s extension included an increase in his salary. Aubameyang, who was born in France, joined Dortmund in 2013 from Saint-Etienne.

Leipzig slump to defeat by 10-man Hertha

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig dropped out of the Bundesliga top four on Sunday after Davie Selke fired 10-man Hertha Berlin to a shock 3-2 victory at the Red Bull Arena. Former RB striker Selke grabbed a brace on his return to Leipzig, as Hertha battled to an astonishing triumph, despite going down to 10 men early in the game. Selke curled in the opener for Hertha in the fifth minute, but his joy was short-lived as Hertha defender Jordan Torunarigha was controversially sent off for colliding with Timo Werner just minutes later. Hertha refused to buckle, and Salomon Kalou ... Read more

Manchester United down Albion, Reds rock Bournemouth

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London (AFP) – Manchester United kept their faint Premier League titles hopes alive with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool moved back into the top four with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Sunday. With Manchester City romping away with the title race, United had to win at the Hawthorns to have any chance of reeling in their local rivals. Romelu Lukaku put Jose Mourinho’s side in front with a 27th-minute header and Jesse Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors’ lead in the 35th minute.  But what looked destined to be ... Read more

United down Albion, Reds rock Bournemouth

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London (AFP) – Manchester United kept their faint Premier League titles hopes alive with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Liverpool moved back into the top four with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Sunday. With Manchester City romping away with the title race, United had to win at the Hawthorns to have any chance of reeling in their local rivals. Romelu Lukaku put Jose Mourinho’s side in front with a 27th-minute header and Jesse Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors’ lead in the 35th minute.  But what looked destined to be ... Read more

Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards. “I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner told Globo television. “I would like to take part in a club in a role more like… a manager, a sporting director — someone between the field and the club.” Kaka, 35, said AC Milan “recently made ... Read more

Rampant Liverpool crush Bournemouth

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho inspired Liverpool to a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth as the Reds powered back into the Premier League’s top four on Sunday.  Egyptian winger Salah is the first Liverpool player since Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in 2013-14 to hit the 20-goal mark in all competitions, and he has done it in only 26 matches. Brazil forward Coutinho moved into double figures for the campaign despite only playing his first game of the season in mid-September because of injury. Both Salah and Coutinho scored wonderful individual goals to put Liverpool in ... Read more

Ranieri apologises after manhandling official

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Paris (AFP) – Nantes head coach Claudio Ranieri admitted he “deserved” to be sent to the stands after his dismissal during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Angers for putting his hands on the fourth official. With the Italian’s side leading in the 50th minute, Ranieri was sent off for remonstrating with the official on the sidelines. “The sanction was fair because I touched the fourth official to show the foul I saw,” Ranieri explained after appearing to attempt to replicate an on-field challenge on the unassuming official. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. This is the first time I’ve touched a referee, but ... Read more

Pjanic stars as Juventus rise to second with win at Bologna

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus climbed to second in Serie A after a star turn from Miralem Pjanic led the reigning champions to a comfortable win at Bologna on Sunday, while AC Milan sunk further into crisis with a loss at lowly Hellas Verona. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are on 41 points, just a point behind leaders Napoli after leapfrogging Inter Milan, who suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-1 to Udinese, on Saturday. Juventus won 3-0. Pjanic opened the scoring with a stunning 27th-minute free-kick. The Bosnian turned provider nine minutes later, clipping a beautiful pass to Mario Mandzukic that ... Read more