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Archie Thompson proves there's life in the old dog yet

Archie Thompson celebrates after putting his team ahead.

Jesse Hogan Archie Thompson has earned and long-relished his position as the Melbourne Victory fans' favourite upfront.

Soccer

Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.

Football

Sydney FC's season ended by last-gasp goal

Cliffhanger: Melbourne Victory's Gui Finkler celebrates his injury-time strike that ended Sydney FC's season.

Sebastian Hassett After a season which encountered every emotion football can possibly manufacture, it was perhaps fitting Sydney FC would exit the finals following 90 minutes which summed up their whole campaign.

AFL

Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...

Football

Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United: The Lowdown

Clash of styles: The Mariners' direct approach comes up against Adelaide's tiki-taka revolution.

Sebastian Hassett Rarely do goalkeepers get much of the acclaim but it’s hard to fault either Liam Reddy or Eugene Galekovic on form this season.

Soccer

Singapore arrests 14 people in fixing case

Singapore Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday.

A-League finals: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero

Scott Spits It's time for the A-League finals. Glamour clubs Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC clash in an elimination final.

Football

Central Coast Mariners' Kim Seung-yong opens up on perils of stardom

Big signing: Central Coast Marinerr' Korean star Kim Seung-yong.

Dominic Bossi Six years ago, Kim Seung-yong couldn't walk down the streets of Seoul without being mobbed by adoring fans.

Soccer

Crime wave rocks World Cup host city

A woman carries bags of goods out of a supermarket that was looted during a police strike in Salvador.

Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal...

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Football

Manchester City's slip-up is crucial lesson, insists Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

Manchester City's Samir Nasri reacts after spurning a goal-scoring chance against Sunderland.

Chris Bascombe Brendan Rodgers has warned his players not to believe Manchester City's midweek slip-up has opened the door for Liverpool's coronation as Premier League champions.

Football

Mesut Ozil finds English Premier League too tiring: Arsene Wenger

Mesut Ozil.

Matt Law Arsene Wenger admits Mesut Ozil has struggled to live up to his club-record 42.5 million pound (A$76.

Football

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC: The Lowdown

Big Blue: Mark Milligan and James Troisi have their eyes on the trophy.

Dominic Bossi It could well be Alessandro Del Piero's final game in Sky Blue and Sydney fans will be hoping he's saved his best for last.

Manchester City slips further behind in English Premier League title race

soccer Manchester City has slipped further out of Premier League title contention after it was held to a 2-2 draw by bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday night.

Football

Ali Abbas' Sydney FC exploits could help end Iraq exile at 2015 Asian Cup

Heart and soul: Ali Abbas has been a constant and a standout for Sydney FC this season.

Dominic Bossi It's almost irrelevant what happens in this finals series, the A-League has already had its flashpoint moment of the season.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

Football

Sydney FC's Seb Ryall hopes to haunt old club Melbourne Victory

Sebastian Ryall of Sydney FC says jibes from rival fans only serves as motivation.

Sebastian Hassett Etihad Stadium might be a cauldron of vitriol for Sydney FC on Friday night but for defender Sebastian Ryall, the venue only hosts a stream of happy memories.

Soccer

Stuttering Manchester City held by bottom side Sunderland

Manchester City v Sunderland.

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes are dealt a crushing blow.

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Soccer

Gareth Bale stunner gives Real Madrid King's Cup win over Barcelona

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale raced clear to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1.

Football

Central Coast Mariners, the little team that shouldn't

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill The season could be over for Central Coast Mariners by Thursday morning, and then again it might not. Either way we can say it's been a miraculous season by the players and coaching staff.

Football

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona

Christiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona after failing to recover from knee and thigh muscle problems, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.