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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
Lionel Messi on Sunday broke Gerd Mueller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in a calendar year with another brace for FC Barcelona against Real Betis. The Argentine needed just 25 minutes to score his 85th and 86th goals of the year, and 23rd of the 2012/2013 season. And Messi, who set ... Read the whole story
Manchester City has apologized to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after he was struck in the face by a coin thrown from the crowd while he was celebrating Robin van Persie's winning goal in the final minutes of the Manchester derby, which United won 3-2. After the game, the English ... Read the whole story
Over the last 20 years, European clubs are 13-7 in the Club World Cup final and its former incarnation, the Inter-Continental Cup, against South American opposition. As the Independent's Sam Wallace points out, that is hardly a dominating statistic, which is surprising given Europe's financial dominance of the sport. Read the whole story
Bayern Munich extended its lead at the top of the German Bundesliga to 11 points with a comfortable 2-0 win away to Augsberg on Saturday. Second-place Bayer Leverkusen and third-place Borussia Dortmund both lost 3-2 to Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg, respectively, leaving to wonder if anyone can stop ... Read the whole story
Radamel Falcao scored five goals on Sunday as Atletico Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-0 to stay within touching distance of La Liga leader Barcelona, which won 2-1 away to Real Betis. Barca remains six points ahead of second-place Atletico, with Real Madrid a further five points behind their city ... Read the whole story

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