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Madrid:  Real Madrid confirmed Santiago Solari as their new permanent first team coach until the end of June 2021 following a successful fortnight in charge since replacing the sacked Julen Lopetegui on October 29.

The 42-year-old Solari was promoted from the Real Madrid B-team (Real Madrid Castilla) on an interim basis and his four games in charge have led to four wins with 15 goals in favour and just two against, which is the best start any Real Madrid coach has ever enjoyed in the club's 116 year history, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Guwahati:  Mumbai City FC are on a roll registering their third consecutive victory, this time a narrow 1-0 win to halt NorthEast United FC's unbeaten run in an Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium here on Friday.

Arnold Issoko's fourth-minute goal was the difference between the two sides as Mumbai climbed to third on the table with 13 points from seven games, the same as FC Goa and Bengaluru FC who sit above them. NorthEast United are stuck at 11 points but have a game in hand.

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Rio de Janeiro: Internacional struck twice in the last 10 minutes to secure a 2-1 home win over Atletico Paranaense in Brazil's Serie A championship.

Atletico on Sunday took the lead through a long-range strike from Guilherme Camacho just after the hour mark at the Beira-Rio stadium, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rodrigo Moledo equalised for the hosts by latching onto a Wellington Silva cross and blasting a shot into the bottom left corner.

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Chennai: Chennaiyin FCs nightmarish start to their Indian Super League (ISL) title defence continued as Mumbai City FC inflicted a 1-0 defeat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday.

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Pune: Kerala Blasters were handed their fourth successive draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) after being held by FC Pune City 1-1 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji stadium here on Friday.

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Osnabrück:  Bayern Munich advanced to the third round of the German Cup with a surprisingly tricky 2-1 win against fourth-division side SV Rödinghausen.

The first 20 minutes unfolded as everyone expected, as mighty Bayern kept the hosts under constant pressure on Tuesday night.

Sandro Wagner put the visitors on the board in the 8th minute with an assist from Renato Sanches and Thomas Müller converted a penalty five minutes later to make it 2-0 for Bayern, reports Efe news.

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Barcelona: Atletico Madrid eked out a 1-0 win against fourth-division club Sant Andreu in the first leg of a Copa del Rey round of 32 contest.

The plucky hosts came close to equalizing in the final minutes of the match in front of 6,400 spectators at the Narcis Sala in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Gelson Martins tested Sant Andreu goalkeeper Jose Segovia in the 7th minute and that was just a taste of the pressure Atleti would bring to bear, reports Efe news.

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Barcelona (Spain):  FC Barcelona came through their first test of how the club would fare without star striker Lionel Messi when goals from Rafinha and Jordi Alba gave them a 2-0 win at home against Inter Milan in the Champions League here.

Wednesday night's game was seen as a test of Barca's potential and morale, just four days before they entertain Real Madrid in the 'El Clasico' on Sunday afternoon, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Paris:  Angel Di Maria's late goal helped Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain register a 2-2 draw at home with Serie A outfit Napoli in the UEFA Champions League third round here.

The visitors were well on track to snatching three points on Wednesday night, before the Argentine winger scored an excellent curling shot outside the penalty area deep in stoppage time, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Dortmund (Germany):  Atletico Madrid suffered a humbling 0-4 away defeat in Champions League Group A action at the hands of German club Borussia Dortmund.

The blowout loss here on Wednesday night was the most lopsided that Atletico has endured in Europe's premier club competition since Diego Simeone took over as head coach in 2011, reports Efe news agency.

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