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Barcelona loans France defender Umtiti to Serie A club Lecce

World Cup-winning France defender Samuel Umtiti will prepare for this year's tournament in Italy instead of Barcelona after moving on loan to Lecce.

Barcelona said Thursday the newly promoted Serie A club had taken Umtiti for one season with no option to buy.

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Swift return for Dybala as he travels to Juventus with Roma

When former Juventus player Paulo Dybala joined Roma last month he knew his return to Turin would be swift.

The Serie A calendar had been outlined the previous week and threw up Juventus against Roma in the third round of fixtures.

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Spanish league: Madrid tries to keep road momentum going

It's been a fun road trip for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season.

Madrid is playing its first three matches away from home because of construction work at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. But so far so good for the defending champions after two wins.

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Saudi Arabia to grant visas to World Cup ticket holders

Saudi Arabia will grant visas to those holding tickets to the World Cup in neighboring Qatar, the kingdom has announced.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday those registered for Qatar's Hayya fan card will be able to apply for multiple-entry visas 10 days before the tournament starts. Those granted visas will be able to stay for up to 60 days in Saudi Arabia.

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Sadio Mané scores 2 as Bayern Munich routs Bochum 7-0 again

Bayern Munich clearly doesn't need Robert Lewandowski.

Sadio Mané scored two more goals and Bayern avenged a rare defeat last season by routing Bochum 7-0 again in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

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Mbappe scores in 8 seconds, ties French league record

Kylian Mbappe scored after just eight seconds of play to claim the joint-fastest goal in the history of the French league on Sunday.

Mbappe found the net at the start of a 7-1 win for defending champion Paris Saint-Germain over Lille on Sunday.

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Atalanta holds Milan 1-1, Napoli beats Monza 4-0 in Serie A

Atalanta held defending champion AC Milan 1-1 in their Serie A clash on Sunday, while Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored twice to lead Napoli to a 4-0 win over promoted Monza.

The 21-year-old Kvaratskhelia, who also scored on his league debut in Napoli's 5-2 win at Hellas Verona, took his tally to three goals in two games since joining from Dinamo Batumi. Kvaratskhelia had been playing for Russian team Rubin Kazan up to March, but joined Batumi following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Lewandowski's birthday double leads Barça to 1st league win

Robert Lewandowski left his mark with a pair of goals on his 34th birthday, and Barcelona saw its high-profile attack finally click in a 4-1 win at Real Sociedad for its first victory of the season on Sunday.

Lewandowski also set up Ansu Fati's goal as Barcelona quickly rebounded from a scoreless opening draw at home in the Spanish league against Rayo Vallecano in which the attack was ineffective.

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Qatar detains workers protesting late pay before World Cup

Qatar recently arrested at least 60 foreign workers who protested going months without pay and deported some of them, an advocacy group said, just three months before Doha hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The move comes as Qatar faces intense international scrutiny over its labor practices ahead of the tournament. Like other Gulf Arab nations, Qatar heavily relies on foreign labor. The workers' protest a week ago — and Qatar's reaction to it — could further fuel the concern.

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Ancelotti says Casemiro wants to leave Real Madrid

Brazil midfielder Casemiro wants to leave Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti said Friday, amid reported interest from Manchester United.

Speaking at a news conference, Ancelotti said Casemiro is in negotiations for a move. He didn't specifically mention United.

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