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My Porsche? Forgot I even owned one, says Jermaine Pennant

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Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 18th and 19th La Liga goals of the season as Real Madrid survived some late pressure to win 3-2 at city rivals Getafe on Monday and trim the gap to leaders Barcelona back to two points.

Baird goes from firing blanks to contender for 'goal of the season'

Mark Hughes, the Fulham manager, rated the first of Chris Baird's double strike against Stoke City on Tuesday as a contender for goal of the season – and was surprised to learn how long it had been since the Northern Ireland international had last hit the back of the net.

Stoke sign Jermaine Pennant on permanent deal

Stoke have signed winger Jermaine Pennant on a permanent deal from Real Zaragoza following his loan spell.

Sam Wallace: In a year of World Cup misery at least Bale's brilliance gave us something to smile about

Talking Football: Barcelona love the 'Mes que un club' stuff, but it is starting to wear a bit thin. Their football is excellent, but can they stop all the preachy stuff?

Eurozone: Milan happy with team spirit as Italian leaders crush Bologna

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad 5-0 at the Nou Camp last night to maintain their two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Hodgson admits the Kop's calls for Dalglish are hard to hear

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Euro Zone: Record-breaking Del Piero strike seals Juventus win

Alessandro del Piero became Juventus's all-time top Serie A goalscorer after his strike in their 2-1 win at Milan on Saturday. He fired in after good work from Mohamed Sissoko and in doing so overtook Giampiero Boniperti, with whom he had been level on 178 league goals. "Now my aim is to arrive at 200 goals," the 35-year-old said.

Defeat means Real Madrid players 'will be dead to me' warns Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has invoked an expression common to fictional New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano to remind his players of the importance of Tuesday's King's Cup last 32 first leg against lowly Real Murcia.

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