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Timo Horn extends contract with Cologne

German football club Cologne and goalkeeper Timo Horn have agreed to a contract extension until June 2022.

"Timo Horn is an excellent goalkeeper. His career within the club has been remarkable and it demonstrates his ambition. It is great that he had opted for Cologne and a long-term contract," Cologne head coach Peter Stoeger said.


La Liga: Neymar could miss El Clasico

Brazilian FC Barcelona forward Neymar might miss the El Clásico against Real Madrid as he mocked the fourth official following his red card verdict in a 0-2 loss to Malaga in the La Liga on Saturday.

Referee Jesús Gil Manzano, who booked Neymar for the second time in the match for a rash tackle on Diego Llorente to leave Barcelona down to 10 men for the final 25 minutes, included Neymar's barb while walking off into the tunnel in his post-match report, according to the Guardian.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United not good enough

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels the team is not good enough to be at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) football championship. Manchester United, unbeaten for 20 matches, are currently at the sixth place in the EPL standings with 54 points from 29 games.

They are hoping to qualify for the 2017-18 Champions League by winning the current season's Europa League, which currently is at the quarter-finals stage.


Ligue 1 Round-up: Monaco squeeze out win, Lyon beaten

Radamel Falcao's return to the starting line-up paid off in Monaco's 1-0 away victory over in-form Angers, moving them four points clear in Ligue 1 football championship's top position, while Lyon were shocked by Lorient 4-1.

Having their eyes on next week's Champions League quarter-finals first leg against Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim on Saturday made several changes to the starting XI. It was Falcao's first appearance as a starter during the past six weeks, and he celebrated his comeback from a hip injury with a goal just around the hour-mark.


Bundesliga: Bayern hammer Dortmund, Hamburg shock Hoffenheim

Bayern Munich cruised past Borussia Dortmund 4-1 thanks to a brace from Robert Lewandowski, while Hamburg shocked Hoffenheim 2-1 riding on a couple from Aaron Hunt in the Bundesliga on Satuday.

Bayern returned to winning ways after beating Dortmund 4-1 in a one-sided affair as two goals within 10 minutes on Saturday smoothed the way for the 21st victory of the season. Carlo Ancelotti's men made a bright start in front of 75,000 spectators at the sold-out Allianz Arena as French veteran winger Franck Ribery broke the deadlock with just four minutes into the game after a square pass from Philipp Lahm.


La Liga Round-up: Real held by Atletico, Barcelona lose to Malaga

Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of the Spanish football league standings despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by city rivals Atletico Madrid. Real dominated the Madrid derby on Saturday night but were denied victory by a late goal from Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann finished off a pass from Angel Correa to give Atletico a point they scarcely deserved in the 85th minute after a game in which Real Madrid had the majority of chances, but thanks to a series of fine saves from Atletico keeper, Jan Oblak, all they had to show was a headed goal from Pepe to reward their efforts.


Rafinha ruled out for 4 months with knee injury

FC Barcelona have suffered a setback to their treble hopes with the news that Brazilian midfielder Rafinha will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The versatile player, who is able to perform in several different areas of the pitch, including wing-back, suffered the injury in Barca's 4-1 win away to Granada on Sunday.

First indications were that the injury was not too bad and that Rafinha would be available in around 15 days, but an arthroscope showed on Friday that he has suffered more serious damage to his meniscus ligament than first thought and that he will need an operation.


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