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Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring the winning goal

Six things we learnt this weekend: Liverpool will be fine without Gerrard; Gabriel Paulista has ousted Mertesacker; Wayne Rooney role

Manchester City's title defence is now surely over, Tim Sherwood might be regretting taking the Aston Villa job and the usual contenders are falling into place

Dimitar Berbatov celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Dimitar Berbatov: 'Who should we be worried about?' Arsenal pay price for mocking Monaco team ahead of 3-1 defeat

Bulgarian striker scored second goal in Champions League tie at the Emirates

Dimitar Berbatov celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Dimitar Berbatov: Arsenal suffer as former Tottenham striker scores on return to north London - the internet reacts

Bulgarian scores second goal in Champions League tie

David Ospina sees Monaco score the opening goal
A view of the Monaco fans at Arsenal

Arsenal vs Monaco: PSG post video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

Arsenal and Monaco are competing for a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Louis van Gaal is expecting a tough match against Cambridge tonight

Manchester United 'can't' sack Louis van Gaal - even if they fail to finish in top four, says Gary Neville

Former captain says Red Devils must stick by the Dutchman no matter what

Fabio Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro given jail sentence: World Cup winning captain gets 10-months for swimming in pool

41-year-old breached orders keeping him out a property seized by authorities

Qatar 2022: Christmas shopping just got easier and your liver will be thankful - reasons for fans to welcome a winter World Cup

And a few reason why combining football with Christmas isn't a great idea

Brooklyn Beckham to be released: Why Arsenal could regret letting David Beckham's son depart

Reports suggest the 15-year-old will not be retained by the Gunners beyond this season

The moment Kingstonian goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey jumps into the crowd to confront a fan

Goalkeeper jumps into crowd to confront fan - mass brawl ensues at non-league match

Police called after Kingstonian stopper hops over the hoardings at the final whistle

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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable