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Mozambique beat South Africa in FUTSAL opening game

South Africa’s AFCON FUTSAL campaign got off to a bad start when the Joao Pinto-coached side lost 4-7 to Mozambique in the opening game at Standard Bank Arena on Friday.

A hat-trick by captain Ricardo Mendes put the home side on the back foot despite going to the break trailing by a narrow 2-3 scoreline.

South Africa next play Zambia on Sunday afternoon.

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Man City get Real Madrid, Bayern land Atletico in Champions League semis

Manchester City's quest to win their maiden UEFA Champions League title won't be getting any easier as they go deeper in the competition. After winning their battle with fellow nouveau riche club Paris St. Germain in the quarter-finals, the Premier League giants have drawn 10-time European Cup winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Amazingly enough that match pits Manchester City's outgoing Manager Manuel Pellegrini against his former club, Real Madrid, with whom he spent a season. The first leg will take place at the Etihad Stadium in Machester on 26th April, with the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on 4th May.

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Liverpool land Villarreal in Europa League semi-finals

They are the toast of England if not Europe right now, and former European Cup winners Liverpool have drawn Spanish side Villarreal in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League after their stunning comeback last night against Borussia Dortmund earned them a place in the final four of the competition.

Liverpool looked dead and buried, trailing 2-0 inside 10 minutes at home against Borussia Dortmund, and that deficit was 3-1 heading into the last half hour of the game before the Reds produced a dramatic finish with Dejan Lovren's injury time header earning Liverpool a 4-3 win on the night, sending them through 5-4 on aggregate.

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Olympic Draw at Maracana sets out road towards Gold

The stage is now set for the men’s and women’s Olympic Football Tournaments at Rio 2016, following Thursday’s draw at the Maracanã’s auditorium. The Olympic Football Tournaments will have a total of 58 matches, with 32 for the men, and 26 for the women.

The action gets under way on 3 August, with five other cities aside from Rio staging games: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo. Both finals will be played at the Maracanã, with the women going for gold on the 19th and the men doing likewise a day later.

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Chelsea make surprise move for recent Man United and City target

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With their current season being disastrous by their standards, Chelsea surely look desperate to get back to their title-winning ways with them scouring the market for marquee signings for a number of positions. And now, if reports in Don Balon are to be believed, the Blues have tabled a massive £63.5m offer to sign Real Madrid ace Sergio Ramos.

The Spaniard, who is widely considered as one of the most highly rated Spaniards in the world, was the subject of interest for clubs like Manchester United and Man City too last summer. However, he poured cold water on their hopes by eventually signing a fresh deal with his side.

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Chelsea superstar makes revelation about long term future

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Chelsea ace Eden Hazard has quashed reports in the press speculating that he has already agreed to a move to Real Madrid.

The scintillating Belgian was quoted in The Daily Mirror, saying: “Have I signed for Real? No, that’s not true, I do not know who said that.”

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Griezmann brace sends Barcelona crashing out of Champions League

A couple of goals from French forward Antoine Griezmann were just about enough to earn Atletico Madrid a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, at the expense of La Liga leaders and defending champions Barcelona, who after going 39 games unbeaten till very recently, suffered their third defeat in recent weeks, including one each at the hands of the two Madrid giants.

Today's loss was all the more crucial for Barcelona as it denied them a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, despite carrying a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at the Camp Nou.

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