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Manchester City respond to setbacks with flaky win over Southampton

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Aleksandar Kolarov put away the game for Man City against Southampton.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner breaks down a mixed day for Manchester City in their 3-1 win over Southampton.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from Manchester City's 3-1 victory against Southampton at the Etihad on Saturday.

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1. De Bruyne helps flaky City get back on track

These were the moments that Manchester City paid £55m for. Kevin De Bruyne was decisive in the win over Southampton, in first scoring the opening goal and then the delicious assist which supplied Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to make it 3-1 and kill off the challenge of a dangerous, resurgent Southampton.

The Belgian is yet to...

 By Jason Dasey

Alex Gersbach catches eye but Sydney FC frustrated by Wellington Phoenix

Newcastle Jets may have exceeded expectations this season, but still need to improve their dismal home record.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was left frustrated by Wellington Phoenix on Thursday.

Last season's Grand Finalists Sydney FC have now gone four games without victory after being held to a 0-0 home draw by Wellington Phoenix in Round 8 of the Australian A-League on Thursday night.

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Here are three thoughts on the match at the Allianz Stadium which was the first draw between the two clubs since 2007 ...

1. Sydney FC struggle post-Janko and Del Piero

During the build-up to the game, Sky Blues' boss Graham Arnold lamented the negativity that he believes has crept into the A-League this...

Sterile Manchester United near Champions League exit after draw

Despite a few key chances for Manchester United, they could not find the breakthrough against PSV in a goalless draw.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop discuss Manchester United's chances against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal laments his side's disappointing effort in front of goal against PSV.
Chris Smalling laments Man United's inability to convert their chances against PSV.
Manchester United supporters light up Old Trafford in remembrance of George Best.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from Manchester United's 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on matchday five in Champions League Group B.

1. Sterile United near the exit

Manchester United's dullness is starting to be damaging. A stalemate with PSV Eindhoven means they probably need to beat Wolfsburg in Germany if they are to remain in the Champions League. In one sense, little happened at Old Trafford. In another, United made life far more difficult for themselves.

Should they...

 By Nick Miller

Manchester City fail their test as Juventus, led by Paul Pogba, win 1-0

Juventus booked their spot in the Champions League round of 16 courtesy of Mario Mandzukic's goal at home against Man City.
The ESPN FC panel share their insight on Manchester City's clash against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says his squad was unlucky to leave Turin with a 1-0 defeat.

TURIN, Italy -- Three thoughts on Man City's 1-0 defeat at Juventus in their UEFA Champions League group stage clash:

1. Man City fail to show progress in Juve loss

Manchester City were already through to the Champions League round of 16 before Wednesday night's 1-0 defeat to Juventus but now they will have to rely on an eliminated Sevilla beating the Italians in a couple of weeks to help them finish atop Group D. Finishing second, and thus potentially facing some of the biggest hitters in the...

Barcelona give complete Champions League performance vs. Roma

In the return of Lionel Messi to the starting lineup Barcelona ran riot against Roma to secure their spot in quarter finals.
The ESPN FC team debate which European power is in better form between Spanish side Barcelona or German side Bayern Munich.
Lionel Messi rounds off a sublime passage of play for Barcelona in their Champions League match against AS Roma.
Carles Alena of Barcelona has scored one of the goals of the season against Roma in their Youth Champions League match.

BARCELONA -- Three quick things from the Camp Nou as it finished Barcelona's 6-1 victory over Roma in Tuesday evening's Champions League Group E clash.

1. Barca buzzing at the moment

Champions League holders Barcelona purred into the knockout rounds of this year's competition with a 6-1 dismantling of Roma in which the scoreline really let the visitors off lightly.

Luis Suarez (two), the again-fit Lionel Messi (two), Gerard Pique and Adriano got the goals in what was another complete performance...

Chelsea's 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv may be their latest false dawn

Chelsea picked up an ever important win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv that puts them on the top of Group G in the Champions League.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti believes that Chelsea have been continuing to improve both domestically and in Europe.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he wanted to show Gary Cahill he has confidence in him by playing him in this important clash against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says the team needs to build from this win.
Jose Mourinho fixes a divot during Chelsea's Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Three thoughts on Chelsea's 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday.

1. Another false dawn for Chelsea?

Back-to-back wins for Chelsea again at last, but also back to so many of the themes and discussions of this season.

That is the one big caveat to this otherwise-comfortable and convincing 4-0 win over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv: They were still dependent on two set pieces to get them going -- the second, of course, coming from another Willian direct free kick -- and still...