Sport Mario Balotelli is being linked with a big-money move to Liverpool

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

Ajax’s Lasse Schöne celebrates his 51st-minute winner

Ajax 1 Celtic 0 match report: Scottish champions suffer hammer blow from Lasse Schöne in Amsterdam

Celtic’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after they slumped to the bottom of Group H with a narrow defeat to Ajax in Amsterdam.

Emmerson Boyce

Europa League: Wigan player Emmerson Boyce warns of possible walk-off if racially abused in Russia

The FA Cup winners face Rubin Kazan on Thursday

Lionel Messi is suffering his worst goalless run in two years

Barcelona analysis: With no goal in four games, is misfiring Lionel Messi pining for Pep Guardiola?

A Different League: The almighty's dip in form follows on from the end of last season when he was absent or below-par in key games

Lionel Messi trains with Barcelona on Monday

Champions League: Milan v Barcelona match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the San Siro

Mario Balotelli has scored six goals for Italy during their qualifying campaign

World Cup Qualifier: Italy v Armenia match preview

A look ahead to the Group B World Cup Qualifying match in Naples.

Cesc Fabregas (right) said Barcelona were 'in a mess' last season

Cesc Fabregas: Barça will not run out of gas this season

Gerardo Martino’s policy of rotating the Barcelona squad will help prevent the team suffering a similar slump to the one that wrecked last season’s Champions League campaign, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed.

Philippe Mexes walks after bring shown a red card

AC Milan 'furious' at being ordered to play behind closed doors at San Siro after fans 'abuse southern Italians'

Fans chanted 'We are not Neapolitans' at Napoli supporters at the weekend

Brazilian Neymar will assume Lionel Messi's mantle

Celtic v Barcelona: Lionel Messi’s absence from Champions League encounter is bittersweet for Neil Lennon

Barcelona still present a formidable challenge with Neymar taking over the leading role

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal on his Real Madrid debut

Gareth Bale to rent Kaka's mansion in Madrid

Brazilian is on loan at Milan and could make move permanent

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso fired by notoriously trigger happy Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini

The news comes following a string of bad results in Serie B

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Le Tissier, who spent his whole career at Southampton, scored a total 48 out of 49 spot kicks. The only time he ever missed from 12 yards was when Mark Crossley famously saved for Nottingham Forest in Saints' 2-1 defeat at the Dell in the Premier League in March 1994.
Arsene Wenger has praised midfielder Mesut Ozil for his performance against Stoke

Mesut Ozil could be the missing ingredient that ends the wait for a trophy at Arsenal, says Mathieu Flamini

The record signing has made an immediate impact for the Gunners

Celtic 2 St Johnstone 1 match report: Teemu Pukki strikes it lucky for Neil Lennon

Celtic recovered from their European setback with a Scottish Premiership victory over St Johnstone here that should have been more comprehensive.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

Chelsea rolled over by Swiss as Arsenal triumph in France

Milan's Colombian defender Cristian Zapata celebrates his goal

AC Milan 2 Celtic 0 match report: Sickening for Celtic as Emilio Izaguirre's late deflection sparks misfiring Milan

Milan struck twice late on to beat luckless Celtic in their Champions League Group H opener at San Siro tonight.

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