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<b>CHELSEA v Juventus, 2012</b><br/>
21-year-old Oscar marked his Champions League debut and first start for Chelsea with two goals, the second of which was an exquisit curled effort around the outstretched Juventus goalkeeper Gianlucca Buffon, to announce his arrival at the European Champions.

Oscar arrives at Chelsea: Football's most memorable debuts

Brazilian playmaker Oscar made his first start for Chelsea last night and marked his Champions League debut with a goal of the highest order.

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Damien Duff deflated by Republic of Ireland defeat to Spain

Damien Duff was today reflecting on the end of a dream after the Republic of Ireland's bruising defeat by Spain.

David Silva (left) outfoxes
the Ireland defence to score
Spain's second last night

Spain's 'orchestra' play Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 exit march

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Carlos Tevez has to rebuild trust after his five-month absence

Mancini offers hand to Tevez but compatriot steals show

Welcome (back) to Manchester, Carlos; the Etihad Stadium on its feet, singing the name of an Argentine who had propelled their football club into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Manchester City: Man-for-man marking

Joe Hart

Mancini's short notice when it comes to training is his way of preventing his players from drifting off into a fog of complacency

Mancini mind games keep City top

Manager uses psychological tricks, from 11pm texts to surprise tactics in training, to keep his players on their toes

Roberto Martinez saw his team claim a draw against Chelsea

Roberto Martinez targeting Wigan victory over Liverpool

Wigan cannot afford to approach tomorrow's clash with Liverpool looking for anything other than a victory, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

City's stars, particularly Sergio Aguero (centre) and Silva, threatened to run wild

Wenger: We are out of title race

Arsène Wenger last night conceded that his Arsenal team were out of the Premier League title race after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City left them 12 points behind the leaders.

David Silva celebrates with Sergio Aguero (far
left) after scoring Manchester City's winner

We are out of title race, says Wenger

City top the table after 1-0 win – and 12-point gap over Gunners is 'too much'

Mancini was happy to see Chelsea so delighted

James Lawton: Mancini is still the envy of all his rivals

A strange old memory came into the head at Stamford Bridge. It was of the misguided rush to dash off obituaries of Ernest Hemingway, the great analyst of grace under pressure, when his aircraft crashed and burned in the African bush.

Mario Balotelli continues to provide moments of stunning redemption

James Lawton: Mancini still the envy of all his rivals

City remain the best, most talented team in England and one that is likely to remain so

Victory on the night for Mancini but the Italians Napoli go through

James Lawton: Blue half of city learn how far they still have to travel

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Roberto Soldado (left) and Juan Mata during the latter’s Valencia days

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