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Milan’s Pirlo ruled out for a month

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MILAN, Dec 19 (Reuters) - AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been ruled out for around four weeks because of a thigh strain, the Serie A leaders said in a statement on Sunday. Pirlo was injured during the first half of Milan’s 1-0 home defeat by AS Roma on Saturday, the Rossoneri struggling to control the game and conceding the goal after he went off. Serie A now has a mid-season bre...Full Story »

Napoli and Lazio close gap in Serie A

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MILAN (AP)—AC Milan’s league lead was cut to three points Sunday when Napoli and Lazio took advantage of the 17-time Serie A champions’ loss. Edinson Cavani’s stoppage time goal gave Napoli a 1-0 victory over Lecce, and Christian Zapata’s late own goal gave Lazio a 3-2 win over Udinese. AC Milan remains on top with 36 points despite losing to Roma on Saturday, but ...Full Story »

Gomez hits hat trick as Bayern beats Stuttgart

Posted Monday, December 20, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

BERLIN (AP)—Mario Gomez scored a hat trick to lead Bayern Munich to a 5-3 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday in the last round before the winter break. Gomez opened the scoring against his former club in the 31st minute when he was played through by Thomas Mueller. The striker returned the favor five minutes later to allow Mueller poke the ball past the goalkeeper from close ran...Full Story »

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola 'frightened' of Arsenal in Champions League

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by theguardian.com

Pep Guardiola (right) celebrates with his Barcelona players during the first leg of their Champions League win over Arsenal last season. Pep Guardiola, the Barcelona coach, said he was "frightened" of facing Arsenal after the two clubs were once again drawn together in the last 16 of the Champions League. The tie came as no surprise to Arsène Wenger, though, who had predicted his Arsenal s...Full Story »

Chelsea v Manchester United off as snow decimates weekend fixture list

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by theguardian.com

Tomorrow's match between Chelsea and Manchester United had been due to take place at Stamford Bridge.  The Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United has become the highest-profile casualty of the weekend's snow and freezing temperatures as all of tomorrow's three top-flight fixtures were postponed today. Blackpool v Tottenham and West Brom v Wolves were also called off on ...Full Story »

Espanyol 1-5 Barcelona -Barcelona hit five again in derby victory over Espanyol

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by theguardian.com

Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez celebrates after putting his side in front.  Leaders Barcelona scored five goals away at their city rivals Espanyol for the first time as they made light of a potentially tricky city derby on Saturday. Pedro and David Villa scored two apiece and Xavi added the other as Barcelona made it 10 wins in a row, extending their unbeaten run to 22 and notching a rema...Full Story »

Airdrie rally to stun Alloa

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by PA

Airdrie snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a remarkable 3-2 triumph at Alloa.The Wasps were on course for victory until two goals in the last couple of minutes from Jamie Stevenson and Anthony Watt turned the match on its head.Airdrie went ahead after only six minutes when a Rhys Devlin corner was converted by former Alloa man Andrew Ferguson.Kevin McDonald and Scott Walker had chances...Full Story »

Clinical Dundee win again

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by PA

In-form Dundee put the disappointment of losing their appeal against a 25-point penalty behind them by beating Stirling 2-0.Stephen O'Donnell and Leigh Griffiths were on target as Dundee stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches and make ir five consecutive victories.Although the visitors started brightly, the highly-rated Griffiths became a major influence and his fine work led to Scott Chr...Full Story »

Stanislas earns Hammers point

Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 by PA

Substitute Junior Stanislas earned West Ham a priceless point with a 78th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park to deny Blackburn caretaker manager Steve Kean a win in his first game in charge.With West Ham boss Avram Grant enduring another week of speculation about his future, it was an important match for both managers, and, after a woeful first half, it was Blackburn who made the brea...Full Story »

Welbeck wins it for Sunderland

Posted Saturday, December 18, 2010 by PA

Danny Welbeck's fifth goal of the season saw Sunderland leapfrog Barclays Premier League surprise package Bolton and strengthen their claims on Europe with a 1-0 win.The striker, on loan from Manchester United, stooped to head home from close range after Jussi Jaaskelainen had turned away Darren Bent's 32nd-minute shot.However, keeper Craig Gordon had to pull off a superb 45th-minute save to de...Full Story »

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