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Manchester: Everton's David Moyes has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager after the end of the season.

Moyes, whose contract at the Goodison Park ends at the end of the season, is likely to be named Ferguson's successor before United's next game, Sunday, against Swansea.

Everton, however, have played down the rumour of Moyes,50, replacing fellow Scot at Old Trafford.

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New Delhi: A glittering new trophy, designed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), awaits the 2012-13 I-League Champions. The dedicated trophy will be handed over to the champion team later this month.

The trophy, gold-plated with a full-sized silver football on the top, has been designed in Europe. It will do the rounds every year like it happens across the world.

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Madrid: FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Lionel Messi came off the bench with 35 minutes remaining to decide an entertaining game in which Betis had twice taken the lead thanks to goals from Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Garcia Sunday, reports Xinhua.

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JUAN Mata's dramatic late goal earned Chelsea an unlikely three points in their quest for Champions League football as they secured a 1-0 victory at Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday.

The Chelsea midfielder struck at the end of a rare flowing move in the 87th minute -- Ramires' back-heel finding Oscar, whose pass to Mata allowed his teammate to drive the ball home via a deflection -- to lift his team into third place in the table.

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Milan: AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has complained that Serie A match officials are too harsh on him.

The Italy international returned from suspension in the 4-2 win over Catania at San Siro Sunday. He had been banned for verbally abusing an assistant referee in the 2-2 draw at Fiorentina in early April.

He was booked in the 72nd minute for reacting angrily when what he perceived to be a foul on him went unpunished.

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Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was sidelined for this weekend's La Liga match due to a muscle injury, but is expected to be fit for their return leg of Champions League semifinals against Borussia Dortmund.

"We trust he will be with us Tuesday," said Real's assistant coach Aitor Karanka Friday. He did not give details on the injury, reports Xinhua.

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Madrid: A sensational exhibition of goalscoring from Robert Lewandowski drove Borussia Dortmund to a dominant win in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, as they destroyed Real Madrid 4-1 at home to put one foot into the tournament`s final.

The Poland star was on target for all four of his side`s goals as they overcame the Blancos, whose only consolation was an away goal courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo that gives them the faintest of hopes for the return.

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Munich: For once, Barcelona was on the wrong end of the kind of drubbing it so often inflicts on others. And with Bayern Munich in this kind of devastating form, even a fully fit Lionel Messi may not have made much of a difference.

Bayern humbled the Spanish powerhouse Tuesday, taking full advantage of Messi's sub-par performance as it overwhelmed Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their highly anticipated Champions League semifinal.

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Madrid: Barcelona maintained their 13-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish Primera Division football league.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday comfortably to stay as the top two teams, reports Xinhua.

Barcelona have 81 points, having won 21 of their 31 matches, while Real won only 21 of their 31. Third-placed Atletico Madrid are pushing their city rivals hard as the difference between the two remain three points.

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Istanbul: Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 at Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team.

Madrid needed a double from Cristiano Ronaldo to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but only after conceding three goals in a 16-minute span to raise Galatasaray's hopes of pulling off what would have been a remarkable comeback.

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