Wanderers fail to put Jets to the sword

Sebastian Hassett 11:16 PM   If ever the Western Sydney Wanderers were going to make up ground on the rest of the competition, playing the A-League stragglers should have been a lay down misere.

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City fall again as Sydney march on

Brace: Sky Blues frontman Mark Janko.

Michael Lynch 11:18 PM   Errors by Melbourne City goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and defender Rob Wielaert gifted Sydney striker Mark Janko a goal in each half and ensured the Sky Blues returned home with all three points.

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Teens arrested as flare injures A-League fans

Feeling the heat: Melbourne Victory fans let off flares at Friday nights A-League match against Brisbane Roar.

Deborah Gough and Goya Dmytryshchak 4:19 PM   A woman and a child received burns after flares were set off at the Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar game on Friday night.

Victory have luck on their side against Roar

Melbourne Victory celebrate getting on the scoreboard, even though none of them scored.

Michael Lynch   In a game of few real chances, it was appropriate Melbourne should overcome Brisbane in fortunate fashion.

Wenger almost signed Messi from Barcelona

Brothers in arms: Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi during their time together at Barcelona.

Jeremy Wilson 5:18 PM   Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he came close to signing Lionel Messi as part of an attempted triple swoop that would also have seen Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas join Arsenal.

Ten-man Glory beat Phoenix

Early bird: Daniel de Silva celebrates his goal in the second minute of the clash.

Rising star Danny De Silva scored his first A-League goal and Andy Keogh continued his hot form to inspire 10-man Perth Glory to a 2-1 triumph over Wellington Phoenix in Friday night's clash at nib Stadium.

Fortune favours the brave in 'shabby game'

'We found another way to win tonight'.

Michael Lynch   Kevin Muscat was the first to admit his side did not perform with the style it could in their triumph over Brisbane Roar.

Smeltz not happy with demotion

"I can't lie, I'm not happy about it, it's frustrating and that's probably a natural feeling": Smeltz.

Dominic Bossi   Sydney FC striker Shane Smeltz is unhappy about being benched for Saturday night's clash against Melbourne City in what he says is the first time he's been dropped from a starting line-up while fully fit.

A-League needs more marquee players

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Michael Cockerill   The A-League needs to make the most of its marquee players - something it's failing to do at present.

Rukavytsya promises better return

Warming up: Wanderers winger Nikita Rukavytsya.

Sebastian Hassett   New Western Sydney Wanderers signing Nikita Rukavytsya says it will take him a little while to hit top gear but he has no doubts he can reproduce top form.

No panic needed, says Topor-Stanley

"We know we can perform better and we're looking really to push for three points": Topor-Stanley.

Sebastian Hassett   They might have acquired just the single point from their first five A-League matches but there's no mood for panic inside the Western Sydney Wanderers' dressing room, according to their captain.

City look to seal the deal

Melbounre City vs Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch   Much has changed in the fortunes of the two clubs since they last met seven weeks ago.

Melbourne City v Sydney FC: The Lowdown

Under pressure to perform: Graham Arnold.

Dominic Bossi   Can Graham Arnold's side give supporters hope there is a way out of this hole?

Wanderers v Jets: The Lowdown

Time to shine: Tomi Juric

Sebastian Hassett   Popovic insists his team are getting better and better but until they start winning, it's hard to quantify the supposed improvement.

Valencia accused of Robin DC trademark

Bat signal: Valencia's logo overlooks the city.

Dominic Bossi   Spanish football giants Valencia are on course for a battle with Batman after being sued by DC Comics for an alleged infringement over the trademark of a bat image appearing on their logo. 

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Mulvey reportedly sacked but it's news to him

Mike Mulvey was named A-League Coach of the Year last season.

Sebastian Hassett 1:40 PM   Mike Mulvey has reportedly been sensationally sacked as coach of Brisbane Roar barely six months after being named coach of the year and guiding the Roar to their third A-League title.

Lyon miss chance to go second in Ligue 1

Bastia's keeper Alphonse Areola vies with Lyon's forward Yassine Benzia.

12:13 PM   Lyon extended their unbeaten Ligue 1 streak to ten matches on Saturday, with a 0-0 draw at Bastia, but wasted the opportunity to climb above Marseille into second spot.

Juve restore Serie A lead with Lazio win

Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba celebrate a goal.

11:55 AM   Ten-man Juventus restored their three-point lead on Roma with a brace of goals in either half from Paul Pogba and a Carlos Tevez strike underlining the champions' credentials in a 3-0 win at Lazio.

Man United edge Arsenal, Chelsea pull away

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring Manchester United's second goal against Arsenal.

Tom Williams 10:37 AM   A Kieran Gibbs own goal and a Wayne Rooney strike saw Manchester United return to the Premier League's top four with a bruising 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Saturday.

Messi breaks La Liga scoring record

Messi celebrates after scoring.

7:57 AM   Lionel Messi broke Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record as the leading goalscorer in the history of La Liga with a stunning hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday.

Raheem Sterling makes an impression at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling

Chris Bascombe 12:38 AM   Walk into Liverpool's academy and you are confronted with a row of shirts acknowledging the club's most famous graduates. Those of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher now hang alongside that of the latest teenager carrying the hopes of club and country, Raheem Sterling.

Melbourne City's fear factor keeping them down

'We are in a phase now that the errors we make we are constantly getting punished': John Van't Schip.

Michael Lynch 11:20 PM   Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip believes his side are playing with too much fear.

No fear for Neill after rocky road out of recovery ward

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Dominic Bossi 11:19 PM   Season-ending injuries happened in succession and there were times Michael Neill thought a professional career would never eventuate.

Asian engagement the way forward for A-League

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Craig Foster 11:19 PM   Inviting an Indonesian and Malaysian team into the A-League could be the key to accelerating the growth of football in Australia

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Mariners' home form crucial, says skipper

11:19 PM   After tasting defeat in their past two home games, Mariners skipper John Hutchinson says his side must make Central Coast Stadium a fortress once again.

Melbourne City v Sydney FC

Man of the moment: Marc Janko is fast becoming a hero in Sky Blue colours.

7:17 PM   Live scores and stats as Graham Arnold's side head to Melbourne looking to keep pace with the top three.

Winning ugly has a beauty of its own

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Michael Lynch 4:28 PM   If the sign of a good side is that it can win when it's not playing well, then Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has plenty to be pleased about.

Teens held in flare scare at A-League match

Feeling the heat: Melbourne Victory fans let off flares at Friday nights A-League match against Brisbane Roar.

Two teenagers have been arrested after a woman and a boy suffered burns as flares were ignited at an A-League match in Melbourne on Friday.

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FIFA financial monitor faces Cayman Islands fraud charge

A guard stands at the entrance of the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Dominic Bossi   The integrity of FIFA's financial monitoring panel which will assess a secret report into corruption has been brought into question after a key member was charged with fraud in a non-football related criminal investigation in the Cayman Islands.

Victory bag scrappy A-League win over Roar

Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha is challenged by Brisbane Roar defender Jade North on Friday night.

Besart Berisha helped Melbourne Victory to a scrappy 1-0 victory on Friday night and a temporary return to the top of the A-League ladder.

Closure of NSL a factor in Socceroos' current struggles

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Michael Lynch   Australia's performance on Tuesday night shows the national team still has ground to make up.

Crunch time for Arsenal and United

Tom Williams   Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck's reunion with former club Manchester United supplies one of the sub-plots as the Premier League resumes this weekend following the international break.

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