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Brazil reclaim top spot in FIFA Rankings

Brazil capped a fine fortnight of football by moving to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after a seven-year hiatus.

Not since their elimination from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ at the hands of the Netherlands, when they were usurped in the table by eventual champions Spain and the Oranje, have the Seleção (1st, up 1) held the no. 1 slot. However, recent wins over Uruguay and Paraguay in booking their place at Russia 2018 secured their return to the top.

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Uruguay's Atletico Torque becomes new feeder club to Manchester City

Manchester City have stepped up their presence in South America by adding Uruguay's Atletico Torque to their burgeoning list of international feeder teams.

The Montevideo-based club becomes the fifth subsidiary of City Football Group, the holding company created to oversee a global network of linked clubs.

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Messi burst powers Barcelona past Sevilla 3-0

Leo Messi returned to action to lead FC Barcelona to a comfortable 3-0 victory in their Spanish football league tie at home against Sevilla FC. The Argentinean hadn't played a competitive game for a fortnight, but showed he was hungry for action as early as the third minute when he exchanged passes with Luis Suarez before smashing a 20-yard shot against the Sevilla crossbar.

Steven N' Zonzi had the chance to put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes on Wednesday night, but was denied from a narrow angle as Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen spread himself to block his shot.

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PSG cruise into French Cup semis, Monaco up next

Fueled by Hatem Ben Arfa's two goals and one assist, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) eased past third-tier club US Avranches 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the French Cup football tournament and moved one step further towards defending their title.

PSG's head coach Unai Emery made eight changes to the starting line-up on Wednesday from last Saturday's French League Cup final, with the attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler all rested for the game.

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Premier League season ends early for Tottenham's Harry Winks

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that midfielder Harry Winks will miss the rest of the English football season due to a left ankle injury.

The 21-year-old had to leave the pitch on a stretcher during Tottenham's 2-0 victory against Burnley in the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday, after a collision with defender Stephen Ward.

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La Liga: Atletico Madrid edge Real Sociedad 1-0

Felipe Luis's first half goal was enough to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at home against Real Sociedad in their Spanish football league match here.

Atletico wasted several chances on Tuesday night, but the result was never in doubt against a rival who has slipped to seventh place in the league table.

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Chapecoense take 2-1 lead in first leg of Recopa Sudamericana

A second-half header from Luiz Otavio gave tragedy-hit Chapecoense a 2-1 win over Colombia's Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Recopa Sudamericana final.

Chapecoense's Reinaldo scored from the penalty spot, before Colombia international midfielder Macnelly Torres equalised in front of a capacity crowd at Arena Conda on Tuesday.

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