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Reds closing in on Balotelli as Rodgers' men prepare for City test on Monday

Lionel Messi pictured in the Copa del Rey defeat to Real Madrid

Barcelona look to Lionel Messi to inspire Champions League comeback against AC Milan

The Catalan side trail 2-0 after the first leg

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Are Inter Milan now better prepared to deal with Tottenham winger Gareth Bale?

A look at the Italian perspective ahead of tonight's Europa League tie

Kevin-Prince Boateng took a stand against racial abuse by walking off the pitch in January

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sepp Blatter for anti-racism talks this month

AC Milan midfielder took a stand against abuse by leaving the pitch in January

When Luis Figo moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid, the Catalonia fans were furious. So when the Portuguese player returned to the Nou Camp with his new team, the home fans threw a pig head onto the pitch. Point made.

Rafael Benitez and the stormiest receptions in sport

The Chelsea interim manager is set to face a barrage of abuse this weekend

Lionel Messi pictured in the Copa del Rey defeat to Real Madrid

Four straight Fifa Ballon d'Or awards, 47 goals in 37 matches this season, and two bad games - has Lionel Messi lost it?

Barcelona talisman's subdued performances in recent defeats have led to questions

John Carew

Former Aston Villa striker John Carew 'to join Inter Milan'

The Norwegian is a free agent having left West Ham in the summer

Mario Balotelli pictured during the Milan derby

Inter Milan fined following racial abuse of Mario Balotelli

The AC Milan striker was subjected to abuse during the weekend's derby

Inter fans wave flags and set off flares at the San Siro

In pictures: Inter Milan vs AC Milan

Inter save a draw in fierce local derby

AC Milan's Mario Balotelli is reported to have suffered racist abuse from Inter fans

Another race row for Italian football: Mario Balotelli 'victim of racial abuse' in Milan derby

Inter Milan could face a fine of at least €15,000 after latest incident of racism in Serie A

FC Sion's new manager Gennaro Gattuso squres up with Bayern Munich's Willy Sagnol in 2002

Gennaro Gattuso takes player-coach role at Swiss side FC Sion

Italian World Cup winner joined the club in the summer

Serie A: Juventus extend lead at the top of the table

Ezequiel Schelotto's second-half equaliser salvaged a point for Inter Milan tonight in the derby as AC Milan had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Mario Balotelli was abused by Internazionale fans

Milan back down to earth as they are held to draw by Inter

After beating Barcelona in the Champions League last Wednesday, Milan's mood was tempered following a 1-1 draw with city neighbours Internazionale in a derby that was a tale of two sharply different halves.

Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night against Milan

Have Europe's elite worked out how to beat Barça?

Messi and Co are almost invincible in La Liga, but shock Milan defeat was more evidence disciplined defence can stop their passing game – and that they lack a Plan B

Boateng and Muntari were the heroes for Milan

'Not bad for someone who does not know ****': The Italian press reaction to AC Milan's victory over Barcelona

A look at the Italian press following AC Milan's shock victory over Barcelona in the Champions League

Lionel Messi pictured in Barcelona's defeat to AC Milan

La Liga quartet flirting with Champions League exits

'Suspense for the Spanish Champions League teams', was the headline in Marca this morning

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