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Spain Tops FIFA Rankings, England up to No. 5

World and European champion Spain stays atop FIFA’s monthly world rankings, despite losing a friendly to England which climbs two places to No. 5.

The Netherlands remains second but third-placed Germany narrowed the gap after winning 3-0 in a friendly between the sides.

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United Held as Elite Progress in Champions League

A finalist in three of the last four years, Manchester United is struggling to even get out of its group in this season's Champions League.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan were joined on Tuesday by two more of Europe's footballing elite, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, in the knockout stage of the game's biggest club competition.

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Barcelona Game Like Any Other for Ibrahimovic

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing meeting his former team Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, but insists it will be just like any other game.

There was no return to the Nou Camp for Ibrahimovic in September as he was injured for the 2-2 opening draw between the sides.

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Djokovic Battles Back to Subdue Berdych

World number one Novak Djokovic recovered from a slow start to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) in his opening match at the ATP Tour Finals on Monday.

Djokovic, who joins David Ferrer at the top of Group A, has enjoyed a remarkably successful season but he had to show all his battling qualities to subdue the big-hitting Czech in over two and a half hours on court at London's O2 Arena.

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Lebanon’s Rida Antar Chosen Best Player by Goal.com

Lebanon’s midfielder Rida Antar who inspired the country’s historic victory against South Korea during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was chosen as Goal.com’s player of the week.

The website recognized the player for his role in the victory, a first by Lebanon against the Asian nation.

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Real Madrid Plays Dinamo Looking to Top Group D

Real Madrid can clinch top spot in Group D of the Champions League with a victory against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday, while Lyon knows a loss against Ajax will see it miss out on the knockout stages for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Madrid has won all four of its group matches without conceding a goal, while its Croatian opponent is winless and still looking for its first goal of the tournament. Madrid's 3-2 win over Valencia on Saturday was its 11th straight in all competitions to stay top of the Spanish league ahead of Barcelona.

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Man City, Napoli Face Champions League Showdown

Back in August, when Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Napoli were drawn into the same Champions League group, a chorus of gasps went up inside the auditorium in Monaco.

Three months later, Bayern is nearly sure of advancing, Villarreal has been eliminated and Tuesday's match between City and Napoli will likely determine the second squad that goes through to the next round.

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Iniesta Ruled out of Milan Match

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League match at AC Milan with a leg injury.

The Spanish champions say Iniesta will miss the Group H contest with a bruised left thigh and will not travel to the San Siro as a precautionary measure.

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Pressure Piling on Villas-Boas at Chelsea

By claiming he is safe from the sack despite Chelsea's worst start to a Premier League season under Roman Abramovich, Andre Villas-Boas is playing a dangerous game considering the notorious impatience of the London club's billionaire owner.

Murmurings of discontent at Stamford Bridge grew Sunday following Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left the team 12 points behind Premier League leader Manchester City.

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Top Olympic Tickets for Sale, But it Will Cost You

There are still tickets on sale for the men's 100-meter finals at the London Olympics — contrary to what most people think. The opening and closing ceremonies too. Even beach volleyball (but not too many.)

As with all things in life, though, there is a catch. It will cost you.

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