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Why Guardian US is supporting Mexico, North America’s team, at the World Cup

As kick-off approaches for Russia 2018, only one team is the logical choice for Americans to cheer Léelo en español As the World Cup kicks off this week without the US men’s national team, American fans are choosing who to put their support behind. Will it be the world champions Germany, the jogo bonito of Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina or …

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Tiki-taxi for Spain as style becomes vice against Russia’s rearguard | Barney Ronay

Finesse was no match for the World Cup hosts tenacity in their Moscow last16 showdown Tiki-taxi for Spain. On a slow-burn, increasingly wild afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium the outstanding team of the age produced a quietly extraordinary performance, exiting the World Cup with surely the most statistically dominant losing game ever mustered up. At the end Spain’s players sat …

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England’s Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris score to earn draw with USA

Englands Steph Houghton and Nikita Parris scored high-quality goals in a 2-2 draw with the World Cup holders USA in Nashville “A chess match first half and a boxing match second,” said England manager Phil Neville of “an unbelievable advert for women’s football”. A stunning Steph Houghton free-kick had cancelled out an equally impressive Megan Rapinoe strike before Nikita Parris …

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Liverpool and Manchester City set for battle in front of Anfield wall of noise

The home crowd will play its part in a hotly anticipated first leg where neither manager will compromise his attacking belief Before the cameras started rolling, Jürgen Klopp could be found in a quieter moment, leaning against the wall inside the tunnel, with the backdrop proclaiming Liverpool’s crowd as the “12th man” and several verses of prose depicting what the …

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The Premier League teams’ ineptitude index 2017-18

Its once again time to appreciate the most incompetent teams in the Premier League, from those who throw the ball straight to opposition to goalkeepers who cant keep goal Welcome to the Guardian’s fourth annual index of ineptitude, its directory of disappointment and catalogue of clumsiness. Towards the end of the season, it is traditional to pick out the best …

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Marcos Alonso strikes late as Chelsea beat Arsenal in five-goal thriller

Chelseas blushes were spared when Marcos Alonso struck an 81st-minute winner against Arsenal to seal a 3-2 Premier League victory, having earlier given up a two-goal lead This was thrilling and excruciating in equal measures, a derby to have the juices flowing, but also a vindication of all the downbeat caution expressed publicly by Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery through …

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Pedro’s extra-time header takes Chelsea past Leicester into semi-finals

Pedros goal halfway through extra-time secured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea over Leicester in a closely fought FA Cup quarter-final So much of Chelsea’s campaign has been tempestuous, a season played out to the grumbling of a disenchanted head coach, but it could yet produce a trophy. It took a header in extra time, scored by one of the smallest …

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