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Soccer - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Hat-trick hero Alexis Sanchez inspires Arsenal to win at West Ham

The Gunners moved up to second in the table following today’s victory.

Rivals put their differences aside to stand as one and pay tribute to Chapecoense

There were several touching gestures displayed in fixtures around the world today.

Barca left frustrated as last-gasp Ramos goal earns point for Real

Luis Suarez had headed the Catalan side into a second-half lead.

Sunderland pile more misery on champions as Walters nets his first Stoke goal of the season

James McClean was also involved in a mass brawl during West Brom’s win over Watford.

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'I had some friends there' - David Luiz pays tribute to Chapecoense after Chelsea victory Reaction This post contains videos

'I had some friends there' - David Luiz pays tribute to Chapecoense after Chelsea victory

The defender was integral to his side’s defeat of Man City.

Guardiola refuses to blame De Bruyne for his first home Man City defeat

Kevin De Bruyne missed a glorious opportunity to put Manchester City 2-0 up and his side went on to lose 3-1.

8 wins in a row! Conte trumps Guardiola as Chelsea earn big win at City

Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard were all on target, as the Londoners maintained their recent superb form.

As it happened: Barcelona v Real Madrid, El Clasico

Barcelona took on Real Madrid, with the Catalan side badly needing a win.

As it happened: Man City v Chelsea, Premier League

Guardiola’s side can go top with a win in this mouth-watering clash.

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Bodies of victims of plane crash which wiped out football team flown back to Brazil

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino canceled a trip to Australia to attend the funeral.

Wenger to drop Jenkinson to protect him from social media taunts

Carl Jenkinson is devoid of confidence and taking him out of the Arsenal firing line is the best solution, says Arsene Wenger.

'It’s a fresh start for me because I’ve been out of the game for the guts of two years'

Paul Corry is back in the League of Ireland after a luckless time with injuries and managers in England.

Mourinho: Maybe no Premier League title for United this season

Last week’s 1-1 draw at home to West Ham left Manchester United 11 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea in sixth position.

Planet Earth references and Ken Early's underwear: Second Captains 750 podcasts on

We chat to presenter of the hugely-popular sports show, Eoin McDevitt, ahead of its latest milestone.

Conte and Guardiola face off for the first time and the Premier League talking points

Elsewhere, Alan Pardew looks set for the axe at Crystal Palace while Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan stakes his claim for a starting place.

Randolph to thwart Arsenal, United to be held and other Premier League bets to consider

Plus, Guardiola’s City to get the better of Conte’s Chelsea.

Soccer - Friday 2 December, 2016

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No Messi or Neymar as the final shortlist for FIFA Puskas award is announced

Marlone, Daniuska Rodrigeuz and Mohd Faiz are the players in contention.

Sligo sign Ireland U21 defender from Orlando City, while Galway swoop for former Ipswich youngster

The League of Ireland sides are getting ready for the 2017 season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of using an Irish company to avoid Spanish tax

But a firm connected to the Real Madrid star claims it was the victim of a cyberattack.

Between Eric Bristow and Theo Walcott, we've learned a lot about modern life this week

“Saying whatever you want, or saying nothing at all appears to be the choice on offer,” writes Tommy Martin in this week’s column.

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'And f**k off!' Captain's winning speech gets a little bit lost in translation

Bruno Fornaroli forced to apologise for “unsuitable language.”

Brisbane coach says they're not in the race to bring Robbie Keane to Oz

Ireland’s record goalscorer has been heavily linked with a move to the A-League.

He may be planning for life after playing but Alan Bennett's not finished at Cork City

The 35-year-old has been named SSE Airtricity League/SWAI Player of the Month for November.

Soccer - Thursday 1 December, 2016

Enzo Zidane - the next Jordi Cruyff or a Paolo Maldini?

The French underage player scored as Real Madrid brushed aside third-tier Cultural Leonesa 6-1 in the Copa del Rey.

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Arsenal star Gabriel breaks down in emotional message to Chapecoense

The Gunners defender paid tribute to the 71 lives lost in the plane crash late on Monday.

350 victims report UK child sex abuse by football coaches

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said a “significant” number of calls had been made to them after a number of players spoke out.

Gareth Bale's chances of being fit to face Ireland are looking increasingly unlikely

Madrid sports daily AS reported the Welshman is unlikely to return before April.

Ronaldinho could play for Chapecoense

Club president Ivan Tozzo has raised concerns about fielding a team, although other Brazilian clubs have reportedly offered to loan players.

We'll Leave It There So: Payne's kidney injury, Tiger back on the prowl and today's sport Thursday This post contains videos

We'll Leave It There So: Payne's kidney injury, Tiger back on the prowl and today's sport

Meanwhile, Paul Dunne makes stunning start in South Africa, Conor McGregor gets pro boxing licence and Arsenal star to undergo surgery.

There's a TV blackout on the first El Clasico of the season this weekend

Barcelona’s meeting with Real Madrid this Saturday afternoon won’t be shown live on television in Ireland or Britain.

Santi won't be working this December! Big blow for Arsenal as injured Cazorla to miss another 3 months

Santi Cazorla has already missed six weeks of action, but is now set for another three months out.

'Amazing evening, perfect result': Schweinsteiger thanks Man Utd fans after shock return

The 32-year-old has been ostracised since the arrival of Mourinho but made a surprise appearance against West Ham.

Ireland's ticket allocation for World Cup qualifier in Cardiff revealed

The number would rise in the unlikely event that Wales change venue for the final Group D game, however.

Kane ends speculation over his future by signing six-year contract extension at Tottenham

The deal is reportedly set to make him one of the highest-paid player in the club’s history.

Edinson Cavani was booked for paying an emotional tribute to Chapecoense last night

It was a difficult night for PSG and their Brazilian contingent.

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They don't come much better than this goalkeeper's injury-time bicycle kick

South African stopper Oscarine Masuluke’s world class finish is going viral around the world.

Highly-rated Ireland U21 international commits future to QPR

Olamide Shodipo has penned a new deal to stay at Loftus Road until 2019.