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Barcelona needed a debatable penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Rubin Kazan yesterday as the Russian team again caused problems for Pep Guardiola's side.

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Lyons travel to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Champions League on tonight with coach Claude Puel under intense pressure after Saturday's defeat to Saint-Etienne plunged the seven-time former champions into the relegation zone.

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Klaas Jan Huntelaar has become the first big-name player to move clubs on the final day of the current transfer window after joining Bundesliga club Schalke from AC Milan.

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European champions are peaking at the right time and can become kings of the world in what could be the best final since 1986

The final showdown: two great nations united by beautiful game

Johan Cruyff summed up the difference between Spanish and Dutch football cultures from a manager's perspective thus: "It's the Spanish players who are better to work with. Dutch players already start to say 'Yes, but' when you open your mouth to speak."

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Cameroon 1 Holland 2

Van Persie and Huntelaar help Dutch continue winning run

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Sneijder fails to silence Dutch critics

Holland 1 Japan 0: The 'Oranje' purists want more despite Holland becoming the first side to qualify for the last 16 by beating a stubborn Japan

Huntelaar dismisses Tottenham link

Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar maintains he has no intentions of leaving AC Milan, despite being linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

'Humiliated': Italian media reaction to AC Milan defeat

AC Milan's 4-0 drubbing at Manchester United in the Champions League shows the seven-times European champions are now scrabbling in the rubble of their great past, Italian media said today.

United's future burns too brightly for ageing Milan

Manchester United 4 Milan 0 (Manchester United win 7-2 on aggregate)

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Eto'o admits to missing life in Spain

Former Barcelona striker Sauel Eto'o has admitted he is missing life in Spain after making a summer move to Italian side Internazionale.

Ferdinand's form gives cause for concern

It was the win in San Siro which Manchester United had been striving for since 1958 but there was so nearly a sense of deja vu about the club's fifth meeting with Milan in the stadium.

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