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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil legend Ronaldo accused Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson of lacking respect by referring to him as "the fat one".

Speaking during a press conference involving Brazil's 2014 World Cup organising committee in Belo Horizonte Wednesday, Ronaldo said he was "disappointed" by Ferguson's comments, reports Xinhua.

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Kochi: Defending champions Services came back from behind through a late goal and struck twice in the extra time to beat Punjab 3-1 in a thrilling semifinal of the 67th Santosh Trophy football championship here Friday night to set up a title clash against hosts Kerala.

Services meet Kerala in the summit clash on Sunday. Kerala had beaten Maharashtra 2-1 in the first semifinal Thursday.

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Kochi: Riding on Shimin Lal's second-half extra-time winner, Kerala defeated Maharashtra 2-1 to enter the summit clash of the 67th Santosh Trophy, on Thursday.

The five-time nationals champions will now face either defending champions Services or Punjab in the final on March 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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Barcelona: Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to the final of Copa del Rey as they qualified with a stunning 3-1 win away to eternal rivals FC Barcelona at Camp Nou stadium here to obtain a 4-2 aggregate triumph following the 1-1 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.

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Kollam: Maharashtra entered the semifinals of the 67th Santosh Trophy national football tournament, beating Tamil Nadu 2-1 in a group B quarterfinal league match here Tuesday.

They qualified for the semis by securing nine points after winning all the three matches in the quarterfinal league. Maharashtra had beaten Jharkhand 4-1 and Goa 3-0 in their earlier matches.

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Yangon: The Indian national football team reached Yangon Tuesday morning for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup which kicks off March 2.

The squad left Mumbai late Monday evening, and landed early morning at the Yangon International Airport here via Singapore.

India are the first team from their group to arrive here. Besides hosts Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam are the other teams in the group.

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Kochi: Kerala has defeated Uttar Pradesh in Santosh Trophy quarter final 3-2 here Sunday. Kerala had defeated Jammu & Kashmir Friday and with the victory against Uttar Pradesh the state has almost confirmed its semi final berth.

For Kerala the first goal was netted by Usman in the15th minute from a penalty kick. Striker Kannan scored the second goal in the 17th minute and Shibin Lal scored the third in the 26th minute.

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Kochi: At a time when it is yearning for recognition in the absence of I-League players, former India captain I M Vijayan says the Santosh Trophy football tournament is the "perfect platform" for youngsters to prove their mettle.

The quarterfinals of the 67th edition of the tournament start here from Thursday.

"It plays the perfect platform for youngsters as the I-League players don't play. It's the perfect grooming ground," Vijayan, one of the finest players to have played the sport in the country, said.

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Madrid: Real Madrid recorded their fourth consecutive home league victory with a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, despite playing for 72 minutes with 10 men.

Alvaro Morata and Sergio Ramos got the goals in the opening 12 minutes but Ramos' night took a turn for the worse just six minutes later when he saw two harsh yellow cards in quick succession.

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Paris: Manchester United edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid, a high-profile showdown watched by an estimated 200 million people worldwide.

England striker Danny Welbeck gave Alex Ferguson's side the lead at the Bernabeu before former Old Trafford star Cristiano Ronaldo levelled later in the first half yesterday.

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