Dani Alves denied bail after being arrested in Spain over sexual abuse allegation

A Spanish judge on Friday ordered that Brazil footballer Dani Alves be jailed on remand without bail over an alleged sexual assault of a woman in a Barcelona nightclub, the regional court system said.

A spokesperson for the local Mossos d’Esquadra force said officers had taken Alves, who has denied the allegation, to a court office after his arrest where a judge would decide on his case.

The player has been denied bail and Mexican club Pumas have announced they have terminated his contract. Club president Leopoldo Silva made the announcement at a press conference on Friday.

The public prosecutor has requested that the 39-year-old former Barcelona player be jailed without bail pending trial, said a spokesperson for the local prosecutor’s office, adding that both Alves and the alleged victim had appeared before the judge.

The alleged victim told police that the Brazil and former Barcelona defender touched her under her underwear without her consent at a Barcelona nightclub on the night of December 30.

Accompanied by her friends, the woman reported the incident to the nightclub’s security staff, who then alerted police.

Officers arrived at the scene and took a statement from the woman. She filed an official complaint for sexual assault on January 2.

Alves told Antena 3 in an interview earlier this month that he was at the club with other people but denied any such behaviour.

“I was dancing and having a good time without invading anyone’s space,” he said. “I dont know who this lady is. How could I do that to a woman? No.”

Alves played for Barcelona from 2008- to 2016 and briefly returned to the Spanish team for the 2021/22 season.

He has played for the Brazil national team since 2006, making 126 appearances and scoring eight goals.

The 39-year-old footballer is Brazil’s second-most-capped player, having made 126 appearances for his country.

Alves spent almost a decade at Barcelona from 2008 to 2016 before moving to Juventus.

Over the past five years, he has played for the Turin club, Paris Saint-Germain and Sao Paulo before returning to Barcelona for a stint in 2021.

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Liverpool jump above Man Utd in Money League as Man City stay top

Liverpool have climbed four places to third in the Deloitte Football Money League for 2021/22, putting them above Manchester United for the first time in the publication’s 26-year history.

Manchester City retain their place at the top of the Money League, which ranks the 20 highest revenue-generating clubs in world football, with Real Madrid (2nd), Manchester United (4th) and Paris Saint-Germain (5th) making up the rest of the top five.

Liverpool are the biggest movers in this year’s edition thanks to a revenue increase of almost 22 per cent, from £487.4m in 2020/21 to £594.3m in 2021/22.

Deloitte put Liverpool’s rise down to additional broadcast revenue generated by their run to the 2022 Champions League final and a particularly significant increase in matchday revenue.

Transfer fees not included

The Deloitte Football Money League factors revenue from matchday, broadcast and commercial sources and excludes player transfer fees.

This year’s Money League highlights the financial might of the Premier League, with Premier League clubs making up more than half of the 20 included, including two new entries in Leeds United (18th) and Newcastle United (20th).

Arsenal (10th) become the first new club to enter the Money League’s top 10 since 2018/19, rising from 11th thanks to a revenue increase of 13 per cent from £324.5m to £367.1m, but they remain behind Chelsea (8th), who made £481.3m and Tottenham (9th) whose total of £442.8m represents a huge 23 per cent increase on 2020/21.

West Ham (15th) are the next-highest Premier League club, their year-on-year revenue increase of 30 per cent, from £196.1m in 2020/21 to £255.1m in 2021/22, the largest of any club in the Money League.

The Money League’s new Premier League representatives, Leeds and Newcastle, meanwhile, climb into the top 20 having generated revenues of £189.2m and £179.8m respectively in 2021/22.

Leicester City (17th) and Everton (19th) are the only Premier League clubs in the Money League whose revenues have fallen, by roughly six per cent each, to £213.6m and £181m respectively, seeing them drop two places in Leicester’s case and one place in Everton’s.

The picture was less bright for clubs from Europe’s other major leagues.

Bayern Munich (6th) and Barcelona’s (7th) revenues rose slightly, by two per cent and five per cent respectively, to £553.5m and £540.5m, but that modest growth saw them drop three places each in the Money League.

Atletico Madrid (12th) and AC Milan (16th) fared better, revenue increases of 13 per cent and 17 per cent, to £333.6m and £224.4m, seeing them climb a place each, but Juventus (11th) and Inter Milan’s (14th) revenues dropped by roughly 12 and 11 per cent, while Borussia Dortmund’s (13th) only increased fractionally.

Premier League dominance explained

“For the first time, Premier League clubs fill the lion’s share of positions in Deloitte’s Football Money League,” said Tim Bridge, lead partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.

“The question now is whether other leagues can close the gap, likely by driving the value of future international media rights, or if the Premier League will be virtually untouchable, in revenue terms.

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Manchester City’s Phil Foden celebrates with Erling Haaland against Liverpool

“The Premier League was the only one of the big five European leagues to experience an increase in its media rights value during its most recent rights sale process.

“It continues to appeal to millions of global followers and its member clubs have a greater revenue advantage over international rivals.

“Commercial partner, fan and investor interest in the Premier League appears higher than ever before. While this suggests optimism for further growth, continued calls for greater distribution of the financial wealth of English clubs across the football system and the impact of a cost-of-living crisis makes it all the more important for the game’s stakeholders to keep a clear focus on their responsibility as stewards of leading clubs.”

Sam Boor, director in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, added: “The Premier League’s financial superiority is unlikely to be challenged in the coming seasons.

“This is particularly apparent at a time when these clubs continue to attract international investment which often, in the best examples, encourages a focus on profitability, as well as on-pitch success.”

Man Utd second among women’s teams

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Manchester United’s women’s team ranks second for revenue generated

For the first time, the Money League also reported revenues generated from the women’s teams of the Money League clubs.

Manchester United ranked second behind Barcelona, their women’s side generating £5.1m, followed by Manchester City (£4.3m), Paris Saint-Germain (£3m), Arsenal (£1.9m) and Tottenham (£1.8m).

Bridge added: “The women’s professional game is still near the start of its journey and revenues reported by top clubs at this early stage hint at the significant value women’s sides will generate in future seasons.

“Coupled with long-term and growth-focused decision making, we expect that the development of industry data analysing women’s sport will also support success in the women’s game.

“This will enable clubs and leagues to clearly demonstrate the value of their women’s sides and the fanbase that they’re attracting.”

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Barcelona beat Real Madrid to lift Super Cup | Atleti held by Almeria

Barcelona were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Gavi, Robert Lewandowski and Pedri earned them a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Real Madrid in Saudi Arabia.

Barcelona were dominant in every aspect of the game and took advantage of three mistakes by Real Madrid to score.

They took the lead in the 33rd minute after Real defender Antonio Rudiger passed across his own area to Barca’s Sergio Busquets, who began a move that ended with Gavi all alone inside the box to score with a precise left-foot strike.

Lewandowski extended the lead 12 minutes later on the counter when Frenkie de Jong found Gavi, who ghosted in behind Real’s defensive line. He sprinted through the left channel before putting it on a plate for the Polish striker, who tapped into the back of the empty net.

Real Madrid, who had no shots on target in the first half, spent most of the second in panic mode, trying to avoid a bigger defeat.

Yet, once again a costly mistake allowed Barcelona to score. Substitute Dani Ceballos lost the ball in midfield and Gavi sprinted forward and crossed for Pedri to fire point-blank into the empty net.

Karim Benzema scored a consolation goal for Real in added time, striking home on the rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied his first attempt.

Earlier on Sunday, Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 LaLiga draw by Almeria in another disappointing showing for Diego Simeone’s team.

Atletico started well and Angel Correa gave them the lead in the 18th minute before Almeria equalised with a delightful diving header by El Bilal Toure from a long cross by Lucas Robertone.

Atletico played with 10 men for the last few minutes after substitute Reguilon was shown a second yellow card for raising his forearm to an opponent’s face in an aerial challenge.

Atletico, who have won only one of their last six LaLiga games, are fourth in the standings on 28 points, level with Villarreal and Real Betis. They are now 13 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, who have a game in hand.

Roma, Atalanta and Lazio all win in Serie A

The race for the Champions League qualifying spots is getting tighter in Serie A.

Roma, Atalanta and Lazio all won on Sunday to move within three points of Inter Milan and Juventus, who occupy the final qualifying positions for European football’s top club competition.

Second-placed AC Milan are only another point further ahead, and nine points behind runaway Serie A leaders Napoli.

Roma beat 10-man Fiorentina 2-0, Lazio won at Sassuolo by the same score for their first victory of the new year, and Atalanta destroyed Salernitana 8-2.

PSG suffer surprise loss to Rennes

Paris Saint-Germain suffered their second defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss to Rennes as their Ligue 1 lead was slashed to three points.

Rennes, who have won a club record ninth consecutive home game in the top flight, prevailed thanks to Hamari Traore’s second-half goal as the visitors suffered their second loss in three league outings.

PSG have 47 points from 19 games while second-placed Lens are on 44 after their 1-0 win against Auxerre on Saturday, with Marseille third two points further adrift following their 3-1 victory against Lorient, also on Saturday.

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Euro round-up: Dembele fires Barca to Atleti win

Barcelona went three points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a 1-0 away win at Atletico Madrid, thanks to a first-half goal from Ousmane Dembele.

Rivals and second-placed Real Madrid suffered a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal on Saturday, giving Barca the chance to seize the advantage in the league after 16 rounds.

The visitors got the only goal of the game after 22 minutes when Dembele was played clear inside the box and sent the ball into the bottom right corner.

The hosts started to wake up at the end of the half, taking over possession and sending Barcelona into defensive mode.

Two minutes into stoppage time Barca’s Ferran Torres and Atletico’s Stefan Savic were sent off for violent conduct as the visitors held on for the narrow win.

Late Abraham goal deals blow to Milan’s title hope

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Roma’s Tammy Abraham celebrates his late equaliser

A goal in stoppage time by Tammy Abraham helped AS Roma snatch a 2-2 draw at AC Milan on Sunday, as Stefano Pioli’s men’s hopes of catching up to Serie A leaders Napoli suffered a blow.

It was a soggy night at the San Siro, creating slippery conditions that affected the play.

Milan’s Pierre Kalulu scored first when he headed in from a corner on the half-hour mark.

Tommaso Pobega doubled the lead in the 77th minute when he was played into space in the box and smashed the ball into the lower right corner with one touch.

Roger Ibanez pulled one back for Roma three minutes before stoppage time when he headed in a corner, and Abraham completed the late comeback six minutes later when he managed to send in a rebound from inside the box.

Milan are now third in the Serie A table with 37 points after 17 games, equal with second-placed Juventus on points and seven behind Napoli.

Napoli bounce back to extend lead at top of table

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Napoli’s Elmas celebrates after scoring against Sampdoria

Despite missing an early penalty, Napoli bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to beat 10-man Sampdoria 2-0.

In an emotional match at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Victor Osimhen opened the scoring in the 19th minute after Matteo Politano had seen his penalty saved.

Any chance Sampdoria had of getting back into the match diminished when Toms Rincon was sent off shortly before half-time and Napoli sealed the result with another penalty.

There were video tributes before the match to former Sampdoria players Gianluca Vialli and Sinisa Mihajlovic, both of whom died recently. There were also plenty of banners in the stands dedicated to them and chants throughout the match.

The Sampdoria players warmed up wearing special jerseys bearing Vialli’s name and the No 9 which he wore when he played for the team. Flowers were also laid by the side of the field by members of the Sampdoria staff and the Italy players from Napoli.

Vialli, who died on Friday, helped Sampdoria to their only Serie A title, three Italian Cups and the European Cup final during an eight-year stint.

Mihajlovic played and coached Sampdoria, and his three children stood on the side of the field holding up a team jersey with his name on the back during a minute’s silence.

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Meet the Nou Camp season ticket holder who scored a hat-trick against Barcelona

It’s not often a current Barcelona season ticket holder scores a hat-trick against them, but that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night.

Oriol Soldevila, a former Birmingham City midfielder who is now playing in the third tier of Spanish football, became the first player to score three against the Catalan club since Kylian Mbappe two years ago.

The 21-year-old former Barcelona youth player was playing for CF Intercity in the Copa del Rey as Xavi’s side scraped through with a 4-3 win after extra-time.

“Wednesday was very special for me and the team,” Soldevila told Sky Sports News. “I was with Barcelona for two years and it was amazing experience.

“All my life I have been a member of Barca. You pay a yearly quote to have a seat in the stadium and when I am back I go to the match with my dad and family.”

Barcelona led on three occasions in normal time thanks to goals from Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha but each time Soldevila hit back. Ansu Fati netted the winner in extra-time to prevent a huge upset.

“When the third goal went in, I could see the reaction in the stands. It was like oh my god, this is amazing,” Soldevila continued.

“In extra-time they were so fresh and we were a little more tired. They were passing the ball and passing the ball.”

One of Soldevila’s close friends is Barcelona goalkeeper Arnau Tenas, who was on the bench for the visitors.

“I played with Ansu Fati, Alejandro Balde and Arnau is one of my best friends. I also know Eric Garcia,” he said.

“I swapped my shirt with Raphinha on the pitch. The shirt that I wanted was from Arnau and he gave me it and he also gave me Pedri’s shirt. Pedri was not there but he brought it from Barcelona, so I had three shirts.”

Soldevila left Barcelona for Birmingham before moving to Alicante to play for CF Intercity.

“Birmingham was an amazing experience,” he said. “We won the (youth) league and then moved to the Premier League 2. It was a tough standard.

“I learned a lot in England about life as a footballer but also the physical aspect of the game.”

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Alonso scores and concedes penalty in Barca draw | Real Sociedad go third

Barcelona’s lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga evaporated on after they were held to a 1-1 home draw in an ill-tempered clash with local rivals Espanyol.

Real Madrid had taken top spot on Friday with a 2-0 win at Real Valladolid, putting pressure on Barcelona to respond against an Espanyol side battling to avoid relegation.

Defender Marcos Alonso put Barcelona in front at the Nou Camp, before Joselu converted a second-half penalty to level the game.

Barcelona started strongly, with Gavi stinging the palms of Espanyol goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez in the sixth minute, shortly before Alonso glanced a header into the net following a corner.

After going ahead, Xavi Hernandez’s side dominated possession with their slick passing for the rest of the first half, but struggled to convert any of the numerous goal-scoring chances that fell their way.

They kept up the pressure after the break, but all their good work came undone as Alonso turned from hero to zero, giving away a penalty following a clumsy foul on Joselu.

Joselu picked himself up to convert the spot-kick, calmly rolling it straight down the middle to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute.

Tempers flared in the aftermath of the equaliser, with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba being sent off after receiving back-to-back yellow cards for vociferous protests against the referee.

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Robert Lewandowski was unable to help Barcelona find a late winner

Espanyol’s Vinicius Souza was then shown a second yellow card for a foul on Robert Lewandowski two minutes later.

Defender Leandro Cabrera was also shown a red card for kneeing Lewandowski in the back after he was brought down by Souza, but a VAR review let Espanyol off the hook.

Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who attracted criticism earlier this month after showing 16 yellow cards in Argentina’s quarter-final win over the Netherlands at the World Cup, went to the monitor before overturning his decision.

Espanyol goalkeeper Fernandez kept his side in it with a couple of fine stops towards the end of the match, keeping out a header from Andreas Christensen and a low shot from Lewandowski, as Barcelona were unable to find a winner.

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Real Sociedad beat Osasuna to leapfrog Atletico

Real Sociedad beat Osasuna 2-0 to move past Atletico Madrid and back into third place, at nine points adrift of the front-runners.

Brais Mendez scored in the first half and Alexander Sorloth put the result beyond doubt in the 64th minute.

Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal returned in the win over Osasuna from a long injury lay-off after tearing ligaments in his left knee in March.

Meanwhile, a late goal by Argentina defender Juan Foyth gave Villarreal a 2-1 win over Valencia.

Foyth only made one brief appearance to help his nation win the World Cup.

He went on as a first-half substitute for Villarreal and ended up breaking the deadlock with a header in the 88th minute.

Vinicius Jr hits out at La Liga over racist fans

Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr has accused La Liga of continuing to do nothing about racist fans at matches after videos on social media showed fans shouting abuse and throwing objects at him away at Real Valladolid on Friday night.

La Liga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and saying it was following up on instances of racism at the match.

Vinicius appeared to be subjected to abuse at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid as he walked past fans after being substituted in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win.

“Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and LaLiga continues to do nothing,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.

“I will continue with my head held high and celebrating my victories and those of Madrid.”

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Real Betis

In September Atletico Madrid fans were filmed directing racist chants at the 22-year-old outside their Wanda Metropolitano Stadium ahead of a match against Real.

The league said in a statement that it was looking into the events of Friday’s match.

“LaLiga has detected racist insults from the stands of the Zorrilla stadium, published on social networks,” the Spanish top-flight league said.

“These facts will be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Public Prosecutor’s Office for hate crimes, as has been done on other occasions,” it said.

The league detailed how it had addressed incidents of racist abuse towards players in the past and said it will continue to fight against “the scourge of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport”.

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Chelsea, Barcelona interested in Juranovic | Postecoglou: We’ve had no bids

Chelsea are one of several clubs across Europe looking at Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic.

Sky Sports News have been told internal talks have taken place at Stamford Bridge to assess options in that area as they wait for the full extent of Reece James’ injury.

It was revealed last week Barcelona were also interested in signing Juranovic when the January transfer window opens, with one source telling Sky Sports News he is their number one target at right-back.

Other Premier League clubs and Atletico Madrid are also looking at the Croatia international.

Celtic have wanted to keep Juranovic in Glasgow and held talks over an improved new contract. However, neither party could reach an agreement before he departed for the World Cup in Qatar.

The 27-year-old still has more than three-and-a-half years left on his current deal and it’s understood Celtic will look to sit down with Juranovic again when he returns from his post-World Cup break, but the Scottish champions are braced for bids amid interest from the Premier League and clubs in Europe.

Juranovic was given a week off following Croatia’s World Cup campaign and will be assessed for the injury, which kept him out of the third-place play-off win over Morocco.

Celtic have already announced the signing of Canada right-back Alistair Johnston on a five-year deal.

The Hoops paid an initial fee of £3.5m for the CF Montreal defender, who will officially join the club in January.

‘We don’t have an offer for any player’

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou gives the latest on the future of Josip Juranovic and Stephen Welsh who have been linked with moves away from the club.

While Juranovic is in demand and there are suggestions defender Stephen Welsh could also leave in January, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou insisted last week there have been no approaches for any of his players.

“All this speculation, let me tell you right now; we don’t have an offer for any player,” the Australian said.

“People can talk about offers and clubs wanting them but I can’t spend my time chasing shadows or what’s in the press every morning, because I’d be spending my whole day talking to players.

“As I keep saying to people, what I see is what’s before me every day here at training. If there’s an issue or players have things put in front of them about their future, I’m sure they’ll come and see me and Michael (Nicholson, CEO) will speak to their representatives.

“But right now, there’s nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Nothing going on.”

Can Barcelona sign Juranovic?

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Juranovic impressed for Croatia as they finished third at the World Cup in Qatar

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said last month that the club will still find it difficult to make January signings despite improving the health of their finances.

“We had to make some levers, which were economic operations that saved the club from ruin, and now the club is in economic recovery,” he said.

“But despite that, according to the rules of financial fair play of the Spanish league, we cannot sign.

“Us and some other La Liga clubs are also trying to convince La Liga to be more flexible, and allow us other types of interpretations that can make Barcelona even stronger.”

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Barcelona interested in Juranovic | Two PL clubs monitoring Celtic right-back

Barcelona are interested in signing Celtic’s Josip Juranovic in January, with one source telling Sky Sports News he is their number one target to fill the right-back position.

Two Premier League clubs and Barca’s La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid are also looking at the Croatia international.

Celtic have wanted to keep Juranovic in Glasgow and held talks over an improved new contract. However, neither party could reach an agreement before he departed for the World Cup in Qatar.

The 27-year-old still has more than three-and-a-half years left on his current deal and it’s understood Celtic will look to sit down with Juranovic again when he returns from his post-World Cup break next week, but the Scottish champions are braced for bids amid interest from the Premier League and clubs in Europe.

Juranovic was given a week off following Croatia’s World Cup campaign and will be assessed for the injury, which kept him out of the third-place play-off win over Morocco on Saturday.

Celtic have already announced the signing of Canada right-back Alistair Johnston on a five-year deal.

The Hoops paid an initial fee of £3.5m for the CF Montreal defender, who will officially join the club in January.

‘It is great he is getting noticed’

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Juranovic impressed for Croatia as they finished third at the World Cup in Qatar

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou also has Anthony Ralston to call upon at right-back, so when asked if the club would consider selling Juranovic, he said: “We want clubs looking at our players, we want people talking about our football club and I think they are all positive things.

“It is great he is getting noticed. I want our players getting noticed. If they weren’t getting noticed they wouldn’t be doing well.

“I don’t even think about it. At the end of the day, I hope all of our players are getting the attention because it means we have good players here.

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Juranovic scored his only goal of the season in Celtic’s 9-0 win at Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership

“From my perspective, I think all our boys did really well at the World Cup and that’s a reflection of how they are developing as footballers at our football club.

“I think that is the most important thing. I’m sure a lot of our players are getting attention and will continue to get attention and that’s what we want.”

Can Barcelona sign Juranovic?

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Barcelona have encountered some financial difficulties in recent years

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said last month that the club will still find it difficult to make January signings despite improving the health of their finances.

“We had to make some levers, which were economic operations that saved the club from ruin, and now the club is in economic recovery,” he said.

“But despite that, according to the rules of financial fair play of the Spanish league, we cannot sign.

“Us and some other La Liga clubs are also trying to convince La Liga to be more flexible, and allow us other types of interpretations that can make Barcelona even stronger.”

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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Euro round-up: Mane suffers WC scare | Pique sent off in final game

Sadio Mane suffered an injury scare less than two weeks before the start of the World Cup after being forced off during Bayern Munich’s 6-1 demolition of Werder Bremen.

Mane limped off with a leg injury after just 20 minutes of the game, with only 13 days to go before Senegal’s opening match of the tournament against the Netherlands.

But champions Bayern put that blow behind them to thrash Werder and open up a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern’s goalscoring began in the sixth minute when in-form Germany international Jamal Musiala showed outstanding composure to pick up the ball in the box, sidestep an opponent and slot home with his left foot.

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Jamal Musiala (left) and Serge Gnabry scored four of Bayern’s six goals

The visitors struck against the run of play only four minutes later, with Anthony Jung wrongfooting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a low shot, but Bayern’s pressure was relentless and they went on to score three times in six dizzying minutes to kill off the game.

Gnabry curled in a superb shot in the 22nd minute before fellow Germany international Leon Goretzka added another four minutes later. Gnabry then tapped in his second goal of the evening in the 28th minute from a perfect Leroy Sane assist as Werder were unable to stop Bayern’s runs through the centre.

Gnabry then bagged his hat-trick in the 82nd minute after weaving past four Werder players before France youth international Mathys Tel made it half a dozen goals for Bayern with a solo effort two minutes later.

There was joy for Bayern earlier in the evening when rivals Borussia Dortmund suffered a 2-0 defeat at Wolfsburg, who stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches.

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Lukas Nmecha (centre) and Wolfburg team-mates celebrate his late goal

The hosts shot out of the blocks, forcing a good save from Gregor Kobel in the third minute before Micky van de Ven nodded in at the far post from a corner three minutes later.

Wolfsburg, who had managed just one point against Dortmund in their last 14 league matches prior to Tuesday, sealed their first win over Dortmund in seven years with a Lukas Nmecha tap-in in stoppage time.

The results leaves Dortmund fourth in the Bundesliga – six points behind leaders Bayern – while Wolfsburg are eighth, one place below Werder Bremen.

Barca fight back after Pique and Lewandowski reds

Barcelona fought back to win 2-1 at Osasuna despite Robert Lewandowski and Gerard Pique – in his final match before retirement – receiving red cards.

Second-half goals from Pedri and Raphinha rescued Xavi’s side after David Garcia had headed Osasuna into the lead from a corner in the sixth minute.

Lewandowski saw red following a second booking in the 31st minute, after which Pique – who was on the bench – was also dismissed after complaining to the referee at half-time.

Yet Pedri equalised from a rebound right after the break and Raphinha came off the bench to score Barca’s winner five minutes from time with a brilliant dipping header from outside the box that looped into the net.

The result means Barcelona go into the World Cup break top of La Liga, five points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid, who host second-bottom Cadiz on Thursday. Osasuna are sixth.

Napoli extend lead after Milan stumble

Napoli's Hirving Lozano celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal of the game during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Empoli at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)
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Hirving Lozano (second right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring Napoli’s first

Serie A leaders Napoli extended their winning streak to 10 games and their lead at the top of Serie A to eight points when they beat visitors Empoli 2-0 thanks to a goal and an assist from substitute Hirving Lozano.

The sides were locked at 0-0 at half-time despite the hosts dominating the first 45 minutes, while Empoli never came close to any real chances.

Napoli finally broke the deadlock when Lozano converted a penalty in the 70th minute after Razvan Marin tripped Victor Osimhen inside the box.

Empoli’s luck had clearly run out when Sebastiano Luperto was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for tripping Lozano in the 74th minute.

Lozano then crossed for Piotr Zielinski, who found the net with one touch in the 88th minute.

Meanwhile, second-placed AC Milan were held to a 0-0 draw at Cremonese as Stefano Pioli’s men wasted several clear-cut chances.

Milan's Junior Messias, left, and Cremonese's Emanuele Valeri battle for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Cremonese and AC Milan at the Zini Stadium in Cremona, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)
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Junior Messias and co were unable to help Milan to a win

Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Divock Origi all missed opportunities for the champions, while Cremonese could have snatched victory four minutes into stoppage time when Cristian Buonaiuto shot straight at Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Milan lie second in the standings, eight adrift of leaders Napoli, while Empoli are 14th and Cremonese are 18th, two points from safety.

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