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Joachim Loew mesmerized by quality of Barcelona's Under-10 Team

German head coach Joachim Loew has demanded radical changes to the country's youth coaching programme.

"We've got to improve the cognitive aspects. As for the physical aspects, we've reached the limits in football. But when it comes to the cognitive part there's still a lot of room for improvement," said the 57-year-old in an interview on Wednesday.

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UEFA Champions League: Late Vardy goal gives Leicester lifeline against Sevilla

Sevilla dominated nearly all of their Champions League first-leg football tie against Leicester City before Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a vital equaliser in the away game, which the Spanish club won 2-1.

Watched by coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was in the stands due to his one-match suspension on Wednesday, Sevilla overcame the possible effects of an early penalty miss when Joaquin Correa's spot-kick was saved by Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel.

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UEFA Champions League: Juventus beat 10-man Porto 2-0 in Lisbon

Italian football giants Juventus took a step toward the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 away triumph against Porto, who played with 10 men for more than two-thirds of the match.

Despite the disadvantage, the hosts kept the Italian side off the scoreboard until the last 20 minutes, largely thanks to the solid goalkeeping of Iker Casillas on Wednesday.

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La Liga: Valencia stun Real Madrid 2-1

Riding on a couple of early strikes in the first 10 minutes, Spanish football giants Valencia eked out a 2-1 victory over mighty Real Madrid, who missed a chance to consolidate their hold on first place in La Liga.

The early lead for the hosts conditioned the course of Wednesday's match, with Valencia practically ceding possession to Los Blancos and relying on compact defending to preserve the advantage. Simone Zaza scored for Valencia in the fifth minute and Orellana connected just four minutes later in front of 45,000 fans at the Mestalla.

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Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title with a squad blending experience and youth.   The 24th edition of the invitational 2017 Algarve Cup will take place from 1 to 8 March.  Canada faces Denmark on 1 March, Russia on 3 March, and hosts Portugal on 6 March, with the final match scheduled for 8 March.

“This tournament will be our first opportunity to play consecutive competitive fixtures since the 2016 Rio Olympics and a chance to get our whole squad back together.  The focus will be on winning the tournament, by firstly shaking off some rust and then pushing to recreate the tactical cohesion and off-field chemistry we saw in Rio,” said Head Coach John Herdman.

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USA pummel Haiti 4-1 in 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team rode a strong second half performance and a hat trick from Brooks Lennon to a 4-1 victory against Haiti at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. With the result, the U.S. sits second heading into Friday's Group B finale vs. St. Kitts and Nevis.

The U-20 MNT went down early, surrendering a goal against the run of play when Kenley Dede expertly finished from inside the area in the 15th minute. The USA responded 13 minutes later when Jonathan Lewis drew a penalty kick, setting up Lennon's first goal that sent the teams into the locker rooms knotted at 1-1.

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UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in Germany

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Spanish football club Atletico Madrid put one leg in the quarter-finals after easing past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16.

The visitors from Spain secured a crucial 4-2 away victory on Tuesday night as goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres sealed the deal against a resilient Leverkusen.

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