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La Liga: Varane out for a month with Hamstring injury

Real Madrid on Friday announced that defender Rafael Varane is suffering from a hamstring injury.

The French defender was injured on Wednesday in the postponed La Liga match against Valencia at the Mestalla, where Los Blancos lost 1-2, reports Efe.

After undergoing a MRI on Friday to assess his condition, Varane was diagnosed with "a grade 2 muscle strain in his left hamstring", Real Madrid said.

The defender will be off the field for between three to four weeks to recover and miss the second leg of Champions League's last 16 against Napoli on March 7, as well as La Liga games against Villarreal, Las Palmas and Real Betis.

Smalling confident of beating Southampton in League Cup Final

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Manchester United's experience of playing at Wembley stadium should hold the team in good stead ahead of Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton, defender Chris Smalling said.

"I think we can go there with a lot of confidence," Smalling was quoted as saying by ESPNFC on Thurday.


Europa League Round-up: Roma, Lyon advance, Tottenham, Bilbao ousted

Roma and Lyon clinched their respective last-16 berths in the Europa League, while Athletic Bilbao were shocked by APOEL 2-0 to lose 4-3 on aggregate.

With a four-goal advantage going in to the return leg, Roma players slipped in their defence as Thomas Vermaelen's bad touch earned Rafael Borre a clear shot at goal from inside the box to break the deadlock in the 15th minute. However, the hole was too deep for the visitors to climb out. Roma finally made into the next round, despite seeing their 16-game unbeaten home run shattered.


La Liga Round 24 Preview: Atletico vs Barcelona, Villarreal vs Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid will host Barcelona on Sunday in a decisive match of La Liga to define the top places at the table. Both teams will seek to diminish the difference in points to pursue La Liga leader Real Madrid, which recently lost the postponed match against Valencia.

Atletico defeated Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League match, with an impressive performance thanks to French forward Kevin Gameiro.


Canada ends CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship with 2-0 win over Antigua

Canada went out on a winning note at the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship after a 2:0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda. Kris Twardek and Shaan Hundal were the goalscorers in the Thursday win in Costa Rica.

"They showed good professionalism and a good mentality to come out and enjoy football like they can," said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Coach. "They showed that there are players here that can progress towards the Men's National Team."


Leicester City sack Premier League winning Manager Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to the Premier League title last season, has been sacked.

The 65-year-old Italian lost only three matches en route to the league champion last season. This season, Leicester has won just five league games. They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.


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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