Federici leaves the field in tears after FA Cup howler

Mike Collett   Reading manager Steve Clarke sympathised with Reading's Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici whose horrendous mistake in extra time gifted Alexis Sanchez the winning goal in the FA Cup.

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City close on United after West Ham stroll

Jesus Navas of Manchester City, left, heads the ball under pressure from Carlton Cole.

​Manchester City climbed to within one point of third-placed neighbours United with a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory over West Ham United on Sunday to end a difficult week on a high.

Avoiding spoon all that matters for Wanderers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Tomi Juric of the Wanderers celebrates scoring a goal during the round 26 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi   The lingering reward of a title has always been the motivation for the Wanderers' since their inception, but it was avoiding one that sparked their comeback against Adelaide United on Saturday night.

Dortmund name Tuchel as Klopp's successor

Thomas Tuchel, left, pictured beside Juergen Klopp when the he was coach of Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund have named Thomas Tuchel to succeed Juergen Klopp as their manager on a three-year-deal, the Bundesliga club said on Sunday.

Maclaren hat-trick guides Glory to victory

Jamie Maclaren is congratulated by teammate Michael Thwaite after scoring.

Perth Glory have beaten a 10-man Melbourne City 3-1 at nib Stadium thanks to a Jamie Maclaren hat-trick.

Taliadoros' rise could herald new era

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Michael Cockerill   Buried by salary cap scandals, the news that former Socceroo Kimon Taliadoros was recently elected as the new president of Football Federation Victoria barely rated a mention.

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Federici in tears after FA Cup howler

Adam Federici is consoled by manager Steve Clarke at the end of the match.

Mike Collett   Reading manager Steve Clarke sympathised with Reading's Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici whose horrendous mistake in extra time gifted Alexis Sanchez the winning goal in the FA Cup.

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Penalties 2.0: Introducing the dizzy spot-kick

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Richard Shute 11:45 AM   The rules are simple - players spin around a pole for a nauseating 20 rotations before attempting a regulation penalty kick, and the results are uploaded to social media for the delight of strangers.

Verona pip Fiorentina with last-minute goal

Verona's Mounir Obbadi, left, scores against Fiorentina.

10:11 AM   Mounir Obbadi came off the bench to score his maiden Serie A goal in the final minute as Verona dented Fiorentina's hopes of securing a place in the Europa League next season with a 1-0 victory

Blatter hails Russia's work for World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) meets with FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Sochi.

9:34 AM   FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has hailed Russia's "five star" work to be ready for the 2018 World Cup while President Vladimir Putin vowed his country would not disappoint soccer fans around the globe.

Gerrard denied Wembley fairytale as Liverpool bow out of FA Cup

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says goodbye to Wembley.

Steven Griffiths 11:32 PM   As the minutes ticked down on Steven Gerrard's Wembley farewell, the Liverpool captain's waning influence on his team was painfully clear to see.

Wanderers will have near full squad for Asian Champions League

Back for the Wanderers: Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Dominic Bossi 10:28 PM   Western Sydney Wanderers will have close to a full squad to select from for their crucial Asian Champions League match against Kashima Antlers on Tuesday with only the long-term injured players ruled out of the contest. 

FFA says Sage responsible for Glory salary cap breaches

Lack of awareness: Perth Glory owner Tony Sage.

Dominic Bossi 10:12 PM   Tony Sage "had his hands off the wheel" as Perth Glory crashed through salary cap and were kicked out of the finals.

Napthine weighs in on A-League grand final

Victory's Mark Milligan breaks away from Dimitri Petratos of the Roar on Friday.

Michael Lynch 7:34 PM   The A-League grand final venue has become a political football. Literally as well as metaphorically.

Five things we learned from the A-League

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Tomi Juric of the Wanderers celebrates scoring a goal during the round 26 A-League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United at Pirtek Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi 6:28 PM   Five things we learned from the A-League this weekend.

City need to bounce back against Adelaide

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi makes a save off an effort by Daniel De Silva of Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch 6:25 PM   There's nothing like going into a finals series with momentum.

Perth Glory's unlikely AFL inspiration

Unlikely inspiration: Kevin Sheedy. Digitally altered image.

3:23 PM   AFL great Kevin Sheedy has emerged as the unlikely inspiration behind Perth Glory's defeat of Melbourne City in the A-League on Sunday.

Sevilla's Champions League hopes hit by draw

Sevilla's coach Unai Emery.

Sevilla's Champions League hopes suffered a blow as they were held to 1-1 La Liga draw at lowly Granada, whose defender Diego Mainz scored at both ends on Sunday.

Atalanta dent Roma's Europe hopes

Francesco Totti put Roma ahead in the third minute, but it wasn't enough.

A third-minute penalty by Francesco Totti failed to make the difference as depleted Roma's Champions League hopes suffered a blow in a 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

Muscat delivers as Victory seal Premiership Plate

Mark Milligan of the Victory celebrates after knocking home a penalty against Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch   Only the most neurotic of pedants would now deny that Melbourne Victory has achieved its first goal of the season - winning the Premier's Plate.

Sydney swoop to stage Victory grand final

Sydney FC could host the grand final – even if Melbourne Victory earn hosting rights.

Michael Lynch   The chances of Melbourne Victory hosting the A-League Grand Final have tightened dramatically with its capture of the premiers' plate set to be confirmed next Sunday, when it hosts Central Coast Mariners.

Strugglers battling to get over poor starts

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Michael Lynch   When teams get off to a bad start in any season they often find it almost impossible to catch up, and that familiar story is being repeated at local level in the National Premier League Victoria.

Tevez on target as Juve beat Lazio

Juventus' Carlos Tevez was on target against Lazio.

Carlos Tevez was again on target as Juventus put one hand on their fourth consecutive Serie A title.

Wenger eyes FA Cup record

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger applauds fans at the end of the match with Reading.

By Steven Griffiths   LONDON: Arsene Wenger set his sights on a record-breaking FA Cup triumph after holders Arsenal rode their luck to return to the final with a 2-1 win over Reading.

Messi nets 400th goal for Barcelona

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) has scored 400 goals for Barcelona.

Lionel Messi scored the 400th goal of his Barcelona career as the Catalans beat Champions League-chasing Valencia 2-0 at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Stronger Brisbane Roar squad ready for Beijing

Kosta Barbarouses of the Victory takes on the defence of George Lambadaridis of the Roar.

Beth Newman   Frans Thijssen rang in the changes on Saturday night but it will be a far stronger outfit that heads to Beijing tomorrow.

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City kids get chance to shine

Iain Ramsay is one City youngster who may get a chance to show his wares on Sunday.

Michael Lynch   One man's misfortune is another's opportunity. 

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