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Canada to face Spain in Algarve Cup 2017 Championship Final

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play Spain in the championship match of the Algarve Cup 2017 after a 0-0 draw against Portugal on 6 March 2017 secured Canada the top spot in Group A. The scoreless draw against home side Portugal was not without its action.  After a difficult first half, Canada found its rhythm in the second and forced Portugal into it’s end for much of the 45 minutes.

“It was a scrappy first half, but Canada found our gear in the second,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We just had to figure out their diamond formation which was a little bit different for us and caused us a few problems at the start, but once we got our rhythm we had some great opportunities.” 

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Arsenal great Gilberto calls for Wenger's ouster

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Former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva has said it is time for the London football club to part ways with long-time chief coach Arsene Wenger.

Calls for Wenger to step down have grown louder after Arsenal's 1-3 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, a result that left the Gunners fifth in the Premier League standings.

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Bayer Leverkusen appoints Tayfun Korkut as new Head Coach

Turkish coach Tayfun Korkut was on Monday named the new coach of German side Bayer Leverkusen until the end of the season, replacing Roger Schmidt who was fired a day earlier.

Korkut has a mission to lead the team to a position in the Bundesliga standings that allows it a place in one of the European competitions, amid a disappointing season so far.

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UEFA Champions League Preview: Napoli vs Real Madrid

Defending champions Real Madrid will be favourites to go through when they defend a 3-1 Champions League pre-quarterfinal first leg lead in the away match against Italian football club Napoli here on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane-coached Real arrives in Italy on the back of a morale boosting 4-1 La Liga win away to Eibar on Saturday in which the coach was able to rest key footballers.

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USA beats Honduras on penalties to win CONCACAF U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team won the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship by defeating Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 draw in Sunday's Final. After going perfect through the first four rounds of the shootout, Danny Acosta slotted the game-winning penalty kick into the lower left corner to earn the U.S. its first CONCACAF title at the U-20 level.

Honduras ceded much of the first-half possession to the USA, but the U-20 MNT's best chances both came on dead-ball opportunities. In the ninth minute, Justen Glad's glancing header off Brooks Lennon's corner kick required a big stop out of Honduras goalkeeper Javier Delgado. In the 27th minute, Lennon's direct free kick from just outside the box forced Delgado into an acrobatic stop.

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Borussia Monchengladbach's defensive stability is the key to their new found success

Germany's best-form football club at the moment is not any of the usual suspects like Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund, but rather Borussia Monchengladbach. After five wins in the six games since the Bundesliga restarted after the winter break, they sit atop the table for the second half of the season.

After a comfortable 4-2 win against FC Schalke 04, coach Dieter Hecking's side is momentarily best in the league, at 15 points ahead of Bayern (14) and Dortmund (13). Things were completely different in the first half of the season, when they finished a lowly 14th. The club reacted by sacking head coach Andre Schubert and replacing him with the 52-year old former policemen Hecking, who immediately turned things around.

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Dutch Eredivisie: Feyenoord lose Rotterdam derby, Ajax held by Groningen

A week after their 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven, Dutch football league leaders Feyenoord suffered their second defeat of the Eredivisie season in the Rotterdam derby at Sparta. But AFC Ajax were held FC Groningen 1-1, failing to reduce the gap to Ajax.

Mathias Pogba, the brother of Manchester United star Paul Pogba, headed in a cross from Jerson Cabral to give Sparta the lead within the first minute on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. 

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