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Lionel Messi scores hat trick to hit 50-goal mark in 2018

Soccer Dec 17, 2018

Lionel Messi scores hat trick to hit 50-goal mark in 2018

Lionel Messi hit the 50-goal mark for club and country in 2018 after scoring his 43rd career hat trick for Barcelona on Sunday. Messi's brilliance powered Barcelona to a 5-0 victory at Levante and kept the defending champions three points ahead of Sevilla and Atletico ...

Southampton strikes in 85th to edge Arsenal

Soccer Dec 17, 2018

Southampton strikes in 85th to edge Arsenal

Nicknamed "The Klopp of the Alps," new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl showed why he has been compared to Liverpool's eccentric boss by running onto the field and leaping into the air in delight after ending Arsenal's long unbeaten run on Sunday. Charlie Austin's 85th-minute goal ...

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe extends contract with Eintracht

Soccer Dec 17, 2018

Ex-Japan captain Makoto Hasebe extends contract with Eintracht

Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has signed a contract extension to remain with Eintracht Frankfurt for another season, the German first-division club announced Sunday. Hasebe, 34, retired from international football this summer after captaining the Samurai Blue to the last 16 at the World Cup ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...

Olympiakos ousts AC Milan from Europa League

Soccer Dec 14, 2018

Olympiakos ousts AC Milan from Europa League

Captain Kostas Fortounis scored late from the penalty spot to help Olympiakos defeat AC Milan 3-1 on Thursday and knock the seven-time European champion out of the Europa League. Sevilla, Villarreal, Genk, Celtic, Rapid Vienna, Malmo, Krasnodar, Rennes, BATE and Slavia Prague also qualified for ...

Reysol bring back Nelsinho for second stint as manager

Soccer / J. League Dec 13, 2018

Reysol bring back Nelsinho for second stint as manager

Kashiwa Reysol, who were recently relegated to the J. League second division, announced Thursday that former manager Nelsinho will take the helm for the second time starting next season. Nelsinho, who left the club in 2014 to manage Vissel Kobe, guided Reysol back to the ...

Manchester United loses chance to top group

Soccer Dec 13, 2018

Manchester United loses chance to top group

Manchester United missed the chance to finish top of its Champions League group as an understrength team lost 2-1 at Valencia on Wednesday, with an embarrassing own goal by Phil Jones proving decisive. With first-place Juventus losing 2-1 at Young Boys, United could have jumped ...