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Berlin: Sergis Adamyan and Andrej Kramaric scored late goals as Hoffenheim fought back for a 2-1 win to stop Borussia Dortmund from moving within a point of Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig on Friday.

Adamyan and Kramaric responded following the break after Mario Goetze, who was making his first start in over a month, opened the scoring in the first half.

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Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Manchester City FC at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb on December 11, 2019

London: Manchester City's Premier League title defence appears over before Christmas, with Pep Guardiola's men travelling to Arsenal on Sunday already 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.

City have made the extraordinary routine, winning five of the past six major domestic trophies in England but have dropped as many points in 16 league games this season as in the whole of last season.

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Mesut Ozil

Istanbul: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them.

"Korans are being burnt... Mosques are being shut down ... Muslim schools are being banned ... Religious scholars are being killed one by one ... Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps," Ozil wrote in Turkish on his Twitter account.

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Mumbai: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-FIFA roadmap that will see the emergence of a single league that unifies the best elements of the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL) will propel Indian football forward and lead to the development of a vibrant football ecosystem in the county.

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Saudi's coach Herve Renard reacts during the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup Group B football match between Oman and Saudi Arabia at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on December 2, 2019.

Doha: Head coach Herve Renard is relishing Saudi Arabia's Gulf Cup football tournament encounter against Qatar on Thursday, describing it as a meeting between "two big teams."

"It is good to face a strong team who are the Asian champions. We (also) have an excellent team and good players.

"I know Qatar are doing well and are a capable team. I congratulate Qatar head coach Felix Sanchez for his good work," Renard was quoted as saying by www.the-afc.com

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino (2L), Japan's national team and Olympique Lyonnais football player Saki Kumagai, winner of AFC Women's Player of the Year (C), and Al Sadd SC Manager Xavier Hernández Creus, also known as Xavi (2R), who receives an award of AFC Men's player of the Year in place of absentee Akram Afif, pose during the Annual Awards ceremony of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Barcelona legend and Al Sadd coach Xavi backed hosts Qatar to make an impression at the next World Cup after exciting forward Akram Afif was named Asian player of the year on Monday.

Doha-based Xavi, who collected the award on Afif's behalf at the Asian Football Confederation awards in Hong Kong, said the Qataris would be competitive in 2022 "for sure".

Japan's Saki Kumagai was rewarded for a glittering career for club and country as she was named women's player of the year at the ceremony in protest-hit Hong Kong.

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Mumbai: English Premier League champions Manchester City's parent company City Football Group on Thursday bought a majority 65 percent stake in Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC.

News of the acquisition was revealed in front of the club's fans by CFG Chief Executive Officer, Ferran Soriano together with chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited and Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani.

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Madrid:  Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in his 700th appearance for the Catalan giants to ensure they finish top of Champions League Group F. It also guaranteed that the Catalan club will be among the top seeds in the 2018-2019 Champions League knockout stage.

Luis Suarez put the hosts up 1-0 in the 29th minute with an assist from Messi, who doubled the lead four minutes later with a goal of his own and went on to set up Antoine Griezmann's marker in the 67th minute.

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Aston Villa players jubilant after a goal

London: Football club Aston Villa beat Newcastle United 2-0 to end their streak of three consecutive English Premier League defeats.

Conor Hourihane curled in a free-kick to give Villa the lead on Monday night, before setting up Anwar El Ghazi from a free kick to finish from close range four minutes later, as per a BBC report.

The victory takes Villa up to 15th place in the points table.

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Pep Guardiola

Manchester: Pep Guardiola has issued a defiant message to runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, saying his Manchester City side are not going to give up despite the yawning points gap.

The City boss acknowledges that his team have it all to do, in fourth place and trailing the leaders by nine points after just 12 games.

But they were 10 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp's team in late December last year before pipping the Reds to the title on the final day by a single point.

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