Berlin: German football is taking up a desperate fight against bad behaviour. In advance of the second half of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season, the association Deutscher Fussball Bund has advised its referees to act more strictly and uncompromised.

After the first match day following the winter break, German football is in the middle of a controversial debate about a growing number of yellow cards and game bans, reports Xinhua news agency.


Turin (Italy): Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri complimented Cristiano Ronaldo's mother as the Portuguese star extended his scoring streak in a 3-1 win over Roma to advance to the Italian Cup semi-finals.

The Portuguese star picked up a Gonzalo Higuain cross after 26 minutes, finishing off from an angle in the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday.

It was the 34-year-old's 12th goal in eight consecutive games in which he has played in all competitions for the Turin giants but his first in the Italian Cup.


Manchester: Burnley pulled off the biggest surprise in Premier League action, scoring once in each half to defeat Manchester United 2-0 at the Old Trafford.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Tottenham snapped a three-game English-league scoring drought in a 2-1 home victory over last-place Norwich City, coming away with three points thanks to a late goal by South Korean winger Son Heung-min, reports Efe news.

Struggling Leicester City also got back on track with an easy win over West Ham United.


Srinagar:  Real Kashmir held Punjab FC to a 1-1 draw in an I-League encounter here on Friday. With the draw, Punjab FC are now placed third on the table with 10 points from seven games. Real Kashmir FC remain eighth with six points from five games.

Confusion in the Real Kashmir box because of a long ball from Punjab opened up an opportunity for Makan Winkle Chothe, the U-22 forward, and he made no mistake and smashed the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors an early lead in the match.


Jeddah: Real Madrid put on a dominant display as they reached the final of the Spanish Super Cup, overwhelming Valencia 3-1 on the strength of goals by Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric.

The Blancos, who qualified for this expanded four-team tournament by virtue of their third-place finish in the 2018-2019 La Liga, showed the strides they have made since these squads' hard-fought draw three weeks ago in Spanish-league action at Mestalla Stadium on Wednesday night in Valencia, reports Efe news.


Glyfada (Greece):  Former Serbia striker Darko Kovacevic was shot at on Tuesday evening outside his home in the Athens suburb of Glyfada, the Athens News Agency reported.

According to the report the 46-year-old former Serbia and Montenegro national team player suffered a knee injury and was taken to a local hospital, but it was not clear whether he was struck by a bullet or hurt himself falling.

Police are investigating the attack. They say unknown assailants shot from a car at Kovacevic as he was getting out of his car.


In this file photo taken on December 21, 2019 The fans wait for the start of the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup Final football match between England's Liverpool and Brazil's Flamengo at the Khalifa International Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha

Los Angeles: The US Soccer Federation said Friday it had cancelled plans for the men's national team to train in Doha, Qatar, this month "due to the developing situation in the region."        

The decision was announced after the United States assassinated top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in an air attack in Iraq's capital Baghdad.

The federation said it was seeking a new site for the training camp, scheduled for January 5-25, in the United States.



Malappuram: Footballer Dhanarajan Radhakrishnan, who represented Kolkata heavyweights Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, died while playing a match in Perintalmanna, Kerala after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.

Playing a Sevens (seven-a-side) match for FC Perintalmanna against Sastha Medicals FC Thrissur on Sunday evening, the defender collapsed midway during the game and was immediately rushed to a hospital nearby. The 39-year-old died at 10.20 pm, hospital sources said.


Kuala Lumpur: The 10 host cities for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 were on Saturday announced by the Chinese Football Association (CFA).

The cities include China's capital, Beijing as well as Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou.

The full details will be reported to the Organising Committee of the Asian Cup (OCAC) at its next meeting in 2020 which will also discuss the overarching vision, key milestones and timelines of Asian football's most prestigious tournament.


In this file photo taken on September 28, 2011, AC Milan's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic jumps for the ball against Viktoria Plzen during their Champions League matchday 2 , Group D match at San Siro Stadium In Milan

Milan: Same look, same impressive build and same oversized ego: Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to AC Milan for a final challenge seeking to prove that he remains the superstar he claims to be.

The 38-year-old Swedish striker signed a six-month contract with the struggling Italian giants on Friday vowing to help rescue their season.

"I'm coming back to a club I hugely respect and to the city of Milan I love," he said.