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Madrid: FC Barcelona will face up to "life without Leo" when they entertain Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Ernesto Valverde's side go into the game without star man Lionel Messi, after the Argentinian fractured a bone in his right arm during Saturday's 4-2 win at home to Sevilla, reports Xinhua news agency.

Valverde not only has to find a suitable replacement, but also has to ensure Messi's absence doesn't damage his side's confidence.

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Vigo (Spain): Celta Vigo's unbeaten record at home in the 2018-2019 La Liga season ended with a 0-1 loss to Deportivo Alaves, who took provisional possession of first place.

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Buenos Aires: Brazil routed Russia 4-1 in the men's futsal final at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games while Egypt stunned hosts Argentina to take the bronze medal.

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Queretaro (Mexico): Hugo Gonzalez, a goalkeeper for Mexico's national football team, avoided a bone injury in a collision with Chilean forward Nicolas Castillo during a friendly in this central city.

"Gonzalez was kneed in the area of his right shoulder and pectoral muscle, causing him severe pain and making it impossible for him to continue playing; he was taken to the hospital, where X-rays and CT scans were taken, but no bone injury that might compromise an organ was found," Mexico's football federation said in a statement.

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Antoine Griezmann  (file photo)

Paris:  Antoine Griezmann had a double to lead World Cup champions France to a 2-1 win over Germany in a UEFA Nations League match here.

The result leaves Les Bleus atop League A Group 1 with 7 points from three matches, while struggling Germany have just 1 point after three games and are sure to be relegated if they don't beat the second-place Dutch, reports Efe.

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Kuala Lumpur:  The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that a fourth substitution will be permitted in the extra time of knock-out matches at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

AFC's Executive Committee on Friday approved the recommendation to align the AFC's national teams competitions with the latest amendments to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) announced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the Asian football governing body said in a statement.

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Madrid: Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa sustained a left thigh injury during the Rojiblancos' UEFA Champions League 3-1 win over Club Brugge, the La Liga club has announced.

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New Delhi: Football legend Pele on Friday picked up Argentina's star striker Lionel Messi over Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo to play for his team.

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London: Lionel Messi had a brace in Barcelona's 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on match-day 2 of the 2018-2019 Champions League.

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Milan: Spanish midfielder Suso scored a brace to end his Serie A goal drought as AC Milan got back to winning ways after three consecutive draws with a 4-1 success which thwarted Sassuolo's bid to go second in Serie A on Sunday.

Champions Juventus had maintained their perfect start to the season on Saturday with a 3-1 win in their top-of-the-table clash with Napoli who remain in second place.

Juventus, with a maximum 21 points after seven games, are six points ahead of Carlo Ancelotti's team.

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