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Biratnagar: India continued its dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship with the team lifting its fifth straight title on Friday in Biratnagar, Nepal with a 3-1 win over the hosts in the final.

The win extends India's unbeaten run in the tournament's history to 23 games as goals from Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei and substitute Anju Tamang saw India lift the trophy in front of a partisan crowd at the Sahid Rangashala Stadium.

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Serbia's Branko Jovicic, left, pushes Germany's Leroy Sane during a international friendly soccer match between Germany and Serbia at the Volkswagen Arena stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Berlin: Leon Goretzka's equalizer secured Germany a 1-1 draw with Serbia in an international friendly ahead of the upcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers. Germany took the reins from the kick off on home soil and created a couple of chances in the opening period.

However, it were the visitors who opened the scoring against the run of the play with nine minutes played when Germany failed to clear a corner allowing Luka Jovic to tap home the opener from close range, reports Xinhua.

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India U-23 coach Derrik Pereira (file photo)

New Delhi:  India will aim for a maiden appearance in the final round of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers when they begin their campaign at the continental football tournament, starting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on March 22.

India have never made it to the final round of the AFC U23 Championship until now and in Tashkent too, the road looks tough as they have been clubbed along side defending champions Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

India U-23 team head coach Derrick Pereira named 10 19-year-olds and even a 16-year-old in the squad.

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Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva celebrates after scoring during the FA Cup quarter-final football match between Swansea City and Manchester City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on March 16, 2019.

Swansea: Bernardo Silva has said he wants to "make history" at Manchester City after helping the Premier League leaders move a step closer to an unprecedented quadruple.

Silva played a key role in keeping City's four-pronged pursuit of honours on track by sparking a thrilling fightback as Pep Guardiola's side overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Swansea City 3-2 in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

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Mumbai: Pipped at the post by a common nemesis in the past, Bengaluru FC and FC Goa will take another shot at glory when they square off in the final of Indian Super League here Sunday.

Both the teams made it to the summit clash, to be played at the Mumbai Football Arean, in rather contrasting manner.

Bengaluru had sealed their place in the final for the second successive year with a 3-0 win against NorthEast United FC in the second leg of the play-off, recovering from a 2-1 defeat in the first leg.

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Miami: The 2022 football Qatar World Cup may see an expansion from 32 to 48 teams, the FIFA President Giovanni Infantino, has said.

"We have published to our council members a feasibility study which is quite a thorough document, where we came to the conclusion that, yes, it is feasible to move the World Cup in 2022 from 32 to 48 teams.

"Provided certain conditions are met," Infantino said here during a meeting of the FIFA Council in Miami.

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Liverpool's Senegalese striker Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the 1-3 goal during the UEFA Champions League, last 16, second leg football match Bayern Munich v Liverpool in Munich, southern Germany, on March 13, 2019. 

Munich: Sadio Mane scored twice to steer Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals after a superb 3-1 win at Bayern Munich dumped out the German giants.

Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk's long pass led to Mane's excellent first-half goal at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

"His first goal was ridiculous, the calmness with how he's finished it off," Liverpool midfielder James Milner told BT Sport.

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Kolkata: Eight I-League clubs on Tuesday decided to withdraw from the upcoming Super Cup set to take place in Bhubaneswar this month after their plea was not heard by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), sources said.

The Super Cup is India's main knockout tournament hosted by the AIFF which pits I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) clubs against each other.

"They have pulled out as their letter to AIFF President Praful Patel did not bear any fruit. They are yet to get any reply," a source close to the development told IANS.

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London: English Premier League giants Manchester City's owners City Football Group (CFG) are planning to invest in an Indian football team by the end of this year, said chief executive Ferran Soriano.

City owner Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi Royal Family, has recently purchased a Chinese third division club Sichuan Jiuniu, a seventh addition to their bouquet of clubs, which also include New York City, Melbourne City, Japan's Yokohama F Marinos, Atletico Torque and Girona.    

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Manchester United's  Norwegian caretaker manager Ole Gunnar

Manchester: Manchester United fans are desperate to deny Liverpool Premier League glory this season, even if it means another title for their cross-town rivals Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-form team have a chance to severely dent Liverpool's chances on Sunday when they host Jurgen Klopp's side in a fixture that has weighty historical importance to go with its significance in the title race.

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