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Manchester: Pep Guardiola needs a quick response from his side against Arsenal on Sunday to show that Manchester City's challenge for the Premier League title remains intact.

Guardiola can be thankful City will go into the match at the Etihad Stadium only five points behind leaders Liverpool.

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Qatar's forward Hasan Al Haydos (C) raises the cup as the players celebrate their win during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final football match between Japan and Qatar at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1, 2019

Abdudhabi: Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 to win their first Asian Cup on Friday, sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali and after nail-biting late drama.

Sudan-born striker Ali scored with an acrobatic bicycle kick after just 12 minutes before Abdelaziz Hatim curled in a superb second and Akram Afif converted a VAR-assisted penalty to give the 2022 World Cup hosts a famous victory in Abu Dhabi.

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Chennai: A struggling Chennaiyin FC takes on FC Pune City in an Indian Super League game here Saturday, hoping to salvage pride and also gain some momentum prior to the upcoming events like Super Cup and AFC Champions League.

Languishing at the bottom of the points table with a solitary win and 10 defeats, the defending champions (5 points) has endured a nightmarish season while Pune is at seventh spot with 11 points and will look to push forward with six games in hand.

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Japan's head coach Hajime Moriyasu (L) prepares to shake hands with Qatar's head coach Felix Sanchez (R) during a photo session at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 31, 2019 ahead of their Asian Cup's final football match.

Abu Dhabi: Qatar's transformation from also-rans to Asian Cup finalists was meticulously planned and has been years in the making -- and has finally given Qataris some swagger as they prepare to host the World Cup.

The wealthy Gulf state has long projected its power through football, notably by winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup and by buying Paris Saint-Germain, the club of Neymar, the world's most expensive player.

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London: Arsenal, with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, beat Cardiff City 2-1 in the first game of the Welsh team since the disappearance of Argentine striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala, who disappeared last week while flying from Nantes to Cardiff over the English Channel, was honoured at the start of the match on Tuesday with a floral offering and by Arsenal by adding him to their match programme in memory, reports Efe news.

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Paris: Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes on Tuesday signed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for the next four-and-half seasons, the French football club announced.

Paredes arrives at the Parc des Princes from Zenit St. Petersburg player, where he bagged 10 goals and 15 assists in 61 appearances with the current leader of the Russian Premier League, reports Efe news.

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Qatar's players celebrate their forth goal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semi-final football match between Qatar and UAE at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 29, 2019

Abudhabi: Qatar beat hosts United Arab Emirates 4-0 to reach the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Qatar opened the scoring with Boualem Khoukhi in the 22nd minute with Almoez Ali adding a second 15 minutes later.

Hassan al-Haydos added a third in the 80th minute with a chip over the UAE goal-keeper and Ismaeil sealed Qatar's progress with a goal in injury time.

The match was marred by crowd trouble twice where shoes and bottles were thrown at Qatari players celebrating after scoring.

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UAE players greet the fans after their victory during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-final football match between UAE and Australia at Hazaa bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain on January 25, 2019

Abu Dhabi: Hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) dethroned Australia to advance into the Asian Cup semifinal where it will face Qatar, which saw off South Korea.

The UAE, the 1996 runner-up, defeated Australia, the defending champion 1-0 on Friday night on the strength of a second-half goal by Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, which allowed the host to move a step closer to equaling its best run in 1996 when it also was the host.

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Arsenal players reacts as they wait to kick off after going 3-1 behind during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 25, 2019

London: Manchester United has defeated Arsenal 3-1 in a fourth-round FA Cup match to eliminate the Gunners from the tournament.

While United fans could rejoice in an eighth straight win since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as coach, Arsenal saw themselves bounced out of a competition that they have won a record 13 times, most recently in 2017.

Arsenal had more of the ball during the first half at London's Emirates Stadium on Friday night but were unable to translate possession into chances, reports Efe news.

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Paris: Brazilian football superstar Neymar has suffered a recurrence of an injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Thursday.

Neymar was forced off around the hour mark in PSG's 2-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, securing a last 16 spot in the French Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot," PSG said in a statement.

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