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What's trending: Benteke penalty debate rages on, Lionel Messi sparkles

Here are the latest stories from Monday.

LIVERPOOLChristian Benteke insists he was fouled for the controversial penalty that gave Liverpool a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

- James Milner was saved by his heroic Liverpool teammates, who battled back following his red card to secure all three points at Palace, writes Steven Kelly in his player ratings.

- Benteke came off the bench to score an injury time penalty and reignite Liverpool's push for the top four, writes Tony Evans.

Jurgen Klopp credited the impact of substitute Benteke after his 96th-minute spot kick snatched all three points at Selhurst Park.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney insists he did not make contact with Benteke for the late penalty which handed Liverpool victory.

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BARCELONA: A mesmeric performance from Lionel Messi ensured Barcelona barely noticed the absence of Neymar as they eased to a 4-0 win at Eibar.

- A rampant Messi was labelled "impossible'' to play against by Eibar coach Jose Mendilibar after the Argentina ace inspired Barcelona by creating "goals out of nothing."

- Messi and Luis Suarez didn't need striker partner Neymar in an easy win vs. Eibar that saw the MSN trio's goal tally reach 100 for the season. Player ratings.

REAL MADRID: A man has been charged with murdering his friend after the two had argued over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the world's best footballer, police in India told AFP.

MAN UNITED: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said referees needed to understand the character of players after midfielder Juan Mata was sent off for the first time in his career in the 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

- Mata was sent off for two needless bookings as United's winning run ended at West Brom, writes Nick Ames.

- Mata has said he felt "hurt" after the first red card of his career and believed the decision was harsh.

MLS: Sebastian Giovinco scored on a penalty kick and had an assist in the second half and Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday on Major League Soccer's opening day.

- The two last team's standing in MLS were rusty at times and sharp in others in a rematch of the 2015 MLS Cup that could preview this year's final too, writes Jeff Carlisle.

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CHELSEAJohn Terry is unlikely to be fit for the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League round-of-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain after making slow progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, Guus Hiddink has confirmed.

- Eva Carneiro wants a public apology from former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and no settlement between the parties is imminent, her barrister has said.

ARSENAL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the Premier League title race is "far from over" and dismissed suggestions that he is under more pressure than at any time during his 20-year reign.

LEICESTER: Gab Marcotti, Paul Mariner & Steve Nicol pick the Team of the Weekend, with Riyad Mahrez making the cut yet again following his heroics for Leicester.

JUVENTUS: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri criticised Paul Pogba's performance despite the Bianconeri's 2-0 defeat of Atalanta on Sunday, saying the star midfielder "basically stopped playing" after picking up a first-half yellow card.

NEWCASTLESteve McClaren says he expects Newcastle United to beat the drop regardless of whether he remains in charge amid reports the club is to decide on his future ahead of the meeting with Leicester.



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