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Amsterdam Arena to be renamed in honour of Johan Cruyff Arena

Dutch football club Ajax has announced that the Amsterdam Arena is to be renamed in honour of the legendary Johan Cruyff.

Ajax, the stadium management, the Amsterdam mayor and the city council reached an accord to re-baptize the venue as Johan Cruyff Arena, the club said on Tuesday.

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The Magic of Messi lights up yet another El Clasico

The Argentine media has heaped praise on star footballer Lionel Messi for his match winning performance for FC Barcelona in the 'El Clasico' against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

The Argentine star scored two goals, including a sublime curling strike in the last minute of the second half added time as Barcelona clinched a thrilling 3-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Sunday night.

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La Liga: Messi's late winner sees Barcelona prevail in El Clasico

Lionel Messi scored a goal in virtually the last second of the game to give FC Barcelona a thrilling 3-2 win away to Real Madrid and blow the race for the Spanish football league title wide open. The result on Sunday night leaves Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table, although Madrid have played a game less.

A win for the home side would have virtually assured them the league title with five matches left to play, and as early as the first minute there was controversy as Ral Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo went down after a challenge from Samuel Umtiti in the Barcelona penalty area. However, television replays showed that the Real Madrid striker greatly exaggerating the contact.

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Ligue 1: Monaco beat Lyon 2-1 to reclaim top spot

AS Monaco went back to the top spot on goal difference after winning 2-1 at Olympique Lyon while third-placed Nice dropped crucial points in the Ligue 1 title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Toulous.

Strikers Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe earned Monaco a two-goal lead going into halftime late on Sunday night before Lyon's midfielder Lucas Tousart pulled one back shortly after the interval.

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Dutch Eredivisie: Feyenoord inch closer to the title as Ajax lose to PSV

With AFC Ajax losing 0-1 to PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord need only one victory to clinch their first Dutch football championship since 1999 as the Rotterdam club inched closer to the title beating Vitesse 2-0.

Three days after reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League after an extra time match against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Ajax on Sunday had to be at their best to beat PSV in Eindhoven. The team was not at its best and looked tired. Jurgen Locadia handed PSV the 1-0 win with a stunning free-kick in the 25th minute.

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Bundesliga Round-up: Bayern held by Mainz, Dortmund edge Gladbach

Bayern Munich dropped points for the second time in a row as they were held to a 2-2 draw by FSV Mainz 05 while Raphael Guerreiro's late winner helped Dortmund to edge Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 at the 30th round in Bundesliga.

Carlo Ancelotti's men bounced back twice to secure a two-all draw against spirited Mainz on Saturday, who extended Bayern's winless run to two consecutive games.

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Lique 1: Cavani nets his 44th goal of the season to sent PSG top

Edinson Cavani's 31st league goal of the season earned defending champions Paris Saint-Germain a 2-0 home win against Montpellier, sending the club to the top of Ligue 1 table three points clear of AS Monaco, who have two games in hand.

It was also Cavani's 44th goal in all competitions this season. The Uruguayan striker put Blaise Matuidi's left-flank cross into the net in the 29th minute on Saturday. Three minutes into the second half, Cavani back-heeled released Angel Di Maria, who fired a powerful shot from outside the box for his fifth goal in his last five games.

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