Malaysia Cup: Terengganu FC out to maintain unbeaten run in group stage

Unbeaten Terengganu FC (TFC) will not take it easy against Kuching City FC (KCFC) in their Malaysia Cup Group B match in Kuching tomorrow despite having already qualified for the quarter-finals. TFC chief coach Nafuzi Zain said the team would be aiming for a win in their sixth and final group match to bring their unbeaten record into the knock-out stage of the tournament. He said the match also holds a special meaning for him as The Cats are coached by Irfan Bakti Abu Salim, the most senior coach in…

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Punished but not finished

It’s demoralising to be sent back home after failure to meet one’s target. But that’s exactly what has happened to singles shuttler Cheam June Wei after he lost in the quarter-finals of the Czech Open and limped out of the Belgium International with an ankle injury last month. He lost 19-21, 21-15, 17-21 to world No. 97 Siril Verma of India in the quarter-finals of the Czech Open and retired after 23-25, 2-11 against Kim Bruun of Denmark in the first round of the Belgium meet. In the same two…

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Injured Messi misses out for PSG again

Lionel Messi will again be missing due to injury for Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 game at Bordeaux this weekend, but coach Mauricio Pochettino said today he is hopeful the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be able to feature for Argentina in the upcoming international window. PSG said Messi would miss the trip to Bordeaux due to “knee and hamstring pains”, the same problems that saw him sit out the 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek. “Tomorrow he won’t be available to play for the team.…

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Liverpool dismiss Atletico to reach Champions League last 16

Liverpool cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League by exacting revenge on 10-man Atletico Madrid to win 2-0 at Anfield today and qualify with two games to spare. Goals inside the first 21 minutes from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane gave the Spanish champions a mountain to climb even before Felipe was sent off before half-time for a cynical hack on Mane. Maximum points from four games is enough to win Liverpool Group B and guarantee home advantage in the second leg of their last-16 tie come the…

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Ibrahimovic tells Mbappe to ‘taste blood, walk on fire’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic used the platform of Halloween to tell French superstar striker Kylian Mbappe that he needs to “taste blood” if he is truly to become a football legend. Mbappe is already a World Cup winner and plays alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain. However, Ibrahimovic, still playing at 40 with AC Milan, accused 22-year-old Mbappe of being in a “comfort zone” at the French club. “I love Mbappe, but what he is doing is not enough. He is too comfortable, he is in his ‘zone’,” the Swedish…

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Cristiano Ronaldo announces partner expecting twins

Cristiano Ronaldo announced on social media on Thursday that his partner Georgina Rodriguez is expecting twins. “Delighted to announce we are expecting twins. Our hearts are full of love — we can’t wait to meet you,” the 37-year-old Manchester United and Portugal star, who is already the father of four children, wrote on Instagram. The post was accompanied by a photo of the couple lying in bed with Ronaldo holding up a double ultrasound for the camera. The footballer’s eldest son, Cristiano Junior, was born in June 2010 to a…

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Messi misses PSG training ahead of Lille clash

Lionel Messi missed Paris St Germain’s training session on Thursday with the Ligue 1 club saying the team’s medical update would be released later in the day. France striker Kylian Mbappe also missed the session with what sports daily L’Equipe reported as an ORL (ear, nose or throat) infection. Argentine forward Messi has had a mixed start to life at PSG since he joined as a free agent from Barcelona during the close season, scoring three goals in the Champions League but failing to find the back of the net…

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FAM denies rumours that National Football Development Programme shutting down

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have denied rumours that the National Football Development Programme (NFDP), including the Mokhtar Dahari Football Academy (AMD), in Gambang, Pahang will be closed down. FAM secretary-general Mohd Saifuddin Abu Bakar the NFDP, which was launched in 2014 with the vision of producing more world-class footballers consistently, would continue to operate. “If there are stories of NFDP being shut down, they are not true. We (FAM) are always thinking of the issue of development. From this development project, we will not see the result now.…

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5 candidates to replace Solskjaer as manager of Man Utd

Manchester United’s historic 5-0 thrashing at the hands of fierce rivals Liverpool has left manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clinging to his job despite signing a new three-year deal just three months ago. Solskjaer has failed to win a trophy in nearly three years in charge at Old Trafford and tangible signs of progress after finishing second in the Premier League last season have been blown away amid a run of five defeats in their last nine games. AFP Sport looks at five of the candidates to replace the 48-year-old if…

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Solskjaer says Liverpool thrashing was his ‘darkest day’

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer labelled Sunday’s 5-0 hammering at home to Liverpool the “darkest day” he has had as manager of the club but said he had no intention of quitting his role. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now,” he said. However, he conceded that he now has a difficult task in getting the team back on the right track. “It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low…

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