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Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-Eight red cards, fireworks mar Libertadores Cup return

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – The Libertadores Cup followed a familiar script on the opening night of the group phase on Tuesday with eight players sent off and Universidad de Chile fans putting their team at risk of sanctions for using fireworks.

Referee Raul Orozco brandished his red card at five players in Montevideo, where Wanderers rallied to beat Venezuelan champions Zamora 3-2 at Parque Central in Group Five.

Feb 16, 2015

Sanction hangs over San Lorenzo in Libertadores defence

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – San Lorenzo must keep a tight rein on the behaviour of their fans if the Argentine club are to successfully defend the Libertadores Cup which kicks off with the group phase this week.

Not only were they drawn in a tough section but they also have to play their first home match against 2012 champions Corinthians of Brazil on March 4 behind closed doors after crowd trouble at last year’s final.

Feb 15, 2015

San Lorenzo begin 30-team championship with 2-0 win

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Libertadores Cup holders San Lorenzo began their Argentine league championship campaign with a convincing 2-0 win over promoted Colon at the Nuevo Gasometro on Saturday.

Their opening goal after half an hour came from a classic quick break launched by former Atletico Madrid and Argentina goalkeeper Leo Franco who sent full back Emmanuel Mas on a surging run down the left.

Feb 12, 2015

Soccer-Italy striker Osvaldo joins Boca on loan

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Hot-headed Italy striker Daniel Osvaldo signed for Boca Juniors on loan from Southampton on Wednesday, making the Argentine club his fourth in 13 months and 11th in all.

Having ended a loan spell at Inter Milan after falling out with coach Roberto Mancini last month and flown into Buenos Aires on Wednesday, the Argentine-born Osvaldo confirmed he had signed for the team he supported as a boy.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Striker Osvaldo set to sign for Boca after quitting Inter

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Hot-headed Italy striker Daniel Osvaldo arrived in Buenos Aires on Wednesday and is set to make Boca Juniors, where he hopes to sign a loan deal from Southampton, his fourth club in 13 months.

If the Argentine-born Osvaldo, who has ended a loan spell at Inter Milan after falling out with coach Roberto Mancini, passes a medical later on Wednesday, the team he supported as a kid will become his 11th club.

Jan 17, 2015

Falcao back in favour, but outshone by Fellaini

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao shrugged off his missed chances saying he was glad to have been given a full match in their 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday.

United scored second half goals through substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson while Falcao, controversially left out of the side that lost 1-0 at Southampton last weekend, was busy throughout but failed to get on the scoresheet.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Falcao back in favour, but outshone by Fellaini

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao shrugged off his missed chances saying he was glad to have been given a full match in their 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday.

United scored second half goals through substitutes Marouane Felaini and James Wilson while Falcao, controversially left out of the side that lost 1-0 at Southampton last weekend, was busy throughout but failed to get on the scoresheet.

Dec 18, 2014

Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni

LONDON (Reuters) – From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni.

There are regrets for the Crystal Palace goalkeeper like being overlooked by Argentina’s national team but they are outweighed by the benefits of his loyalty to his club in a career in Britain now in its 14th year.

Dec 18, 2014

Soccer-Sitting at the top table with Argentine Speroni

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – From regular Premier League football to being turned away from his own restaurant which is doing so well at weekends there are no free tables, life is good for Julian Speroni.

There are regrets for the Crystal Palace goalkeeper like being overlooked by Argentina’s national team but they are outweighed by the benefits of his loyalty to his club in a career in Britain now in its 14th year.

Dec 13, 2014

Barca graduate lights up dull Palace affair

LONDON (Reuters) – Crystal Palace on a cold English winter’s day is a world away from the Nou Camp, but the few moments that illuminated Stoke City’s 1-1 draw on Saturday came from Barcelona old boy Bojan Krkic.

Bojan, the youngest ever Barca debutant after graduating from their La Masia academy, is finding his feet in the Premier League as mid-table Stoke look to lift their game a notch to match his skilled attacking play.

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