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  • Zenit win again to make it three from three

    Zenit win again to make it three from three

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    Zenit win again to make it three from three

    Reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg maintained their perfect start to the new Russian Premier League season with a 3-0 victory at home to Terek Grozny on Saturday. Two early goals from Russian internationals Igor Smolnikov and Oleg Shatov and a precise late finish by Portugal's Danny sealed a third successive win for Andre Villas-Boas's men at the start of the season. The Saint Petersburg-based side -- who've won the Russian title in three of the last five seasons -- now top the table on …

  • Beaten Man City let in four goals in Stuttgart friendly

    Beaten Man City let in four goals in Stuttgart friendly

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    Beaten Man City let in four goals in Stuttgart friendly

    Manchester City conceded four goals in 36 hapless minutes on Saturday as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by VfB Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly. Serbian midfielder Filip Kostic struck after 14 minutes and further goals followed from midfielder Daniel Didavi after 30 and fellow German striker Daniel Ginczek who netted twice in the 35th and 36th. A week before the start of the Premier League season, City manager Manuel Pellegrini selected a strong, if adventurous, lineup in which 20-year-old …

  • City go down in Stuttgart in final friendly

    City go down in Stuttgart in final friendly

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    City go down in Stuttgart in final friendly

    Manchester City were beaten 4-2 by VfB Stuttgart in Germany on Saturday in their final pre-season friendly, with only a late flourish sparked by Raheem Sterling rescuing some pride. The Premier League club's manager Manuel Pellegrini sent out a strong starting line-up, featuring record signing Sterling and with Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and another new recruit, Fabian Delph, the only notable absentees. …

  • Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

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    Mourinho eyes early chance to strike blow on Wenger

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of Sunday's clash with Arsenal in the Community Shield showpiece at Wembley but a chance to strike an early blow against old adversary Arsene Wenger will prove irresistible. The traditional curtain-raiser for the new English season sees Mourinho's Premier League champions take on FA Cup winners Arsenal and it should offer plenty of clues as to what awaits both clubs over the next nine months. Wenger, who …

  • Falcao can play as dual striker, says Mourinho

    Falcao can play as dual striker, says Mourinho

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    Falcao can play as dual striker, says Mourinho

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he could adopt a two-pronged attack with Colombian Radamel Falcao offering more options for the coming season after joining on loan from Monaco. Falcao struggled to impress during a similar spell at Manchester United last season, but Mourinho has great faith in a player who will wear the number nine shirt for Chelsea. Diego Costa shouldered most of the striking burden last season as a lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 system, but …