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Roy Hodgson says Ruben Loftus-Cheek is always welcome at Crystal Palace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces Crystal Palace for the first time since his return to Chelsea having been told there is still a place for him at Selhurst Park. The 22-year-old midfielder is in contention to feature against the team he excelled with while on loan last season, live on Sky Sports, and who had hoped to re-sign him on either a permanent or temporary basis. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri instead insists he remains in his first-team plans, though after a season of regular Premier League football that concluded with playing for England as they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, Loftus-Cheek...

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Real Madrid 2-0 Real Valladolid: Kiko own goal and Sergio Ramos penalty seal win

Santiago Solari’s first La Liga game in charge of Real Madrid ended in a 2-0 victory against Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu, but they were made to wait for the win. Madrid squandered several chances and lived dangerously at the other end as the visitors twice hit the crossbar in the second half. However, Solari’s side finally made the breakthrough in the 83rd minute through Kiko’s own goal before captain Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty spot two minutes from time. It was Real Madrid’s first win in six league matches and halted a three-game losing run in the...

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Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona: Late goals earn champions dramatic win

Late goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez earned Barcelona a dramatic 3-2 win at struggling Rayo Vallecano on Saturday to keep them four points clear at the top of La Liga. Suarez slotted in a cross from Jordi Alba from close range to give Barca a deserved lead in the 11th minute after they made a flying start at a ground where they had eased to victory in their previous five visits and had not lost since 2002. But Rayo, 19th in the table and with only one win all season, fought their way back into the game and...

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Gray seals emotional win for Leicester

Winger scores only goal as Foxes beat Cardiff in first match since the death of their owner Demarai Gray scored the only goal as Leicester City earned an emotional win at Cardiff City. Before Leicester’s first match since the helicopter crash at their stadium a week ago, in which their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died, a moving minute’s silence was held at Cardiff City Stadium. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who shed tears during the silence, saved early on from Bobby Reid. Cardiff went close again when Victor Camarasa’s free-kick hit the crossbar on the half-hour. However, Leicester broke the deadlock on 55...

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Arsenal’s Lacazette denies Liverpool victory

Striker’s late effort cancels out James Milner’s 50th PL goal as visiting leaders remain unbeaten Alexandre Lacazette’s late strike earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw against unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. In the first half of a high-quality contest, Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed just wide for Arsenal while Virgil van Dijk twice went close to scoring for the visitors. James Milner then put Liverpool ahead on 61 minutes, drilling in his 50th Premier League goal after Sadio Mane’s cross was palmed away by Bernd Leno. But Lacazette beat Alisson to the ball eight minutes from time, before superbly finding the corner of...

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