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Auckland City
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AET
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Liverpool
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Newcastle United
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Real Sociedad
Real Oviedo
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AC Ajaccio
Paris Saint-Germain
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Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg
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Malaysia
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Western Sydney Wanderers
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Liverpool moved into the semifinal of the Capital One Cup with a mostly commanding, occasionally nervous 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

It might not seem like much in the scheme of things but beforehand this was predicted as the least shocking potential "shock result" in years. Apart from a nervous 15 minutes in the second half Liverpool put such doom-laden talk to bed and often looked assured in possession with a cutting edge rarely seen all season.

Raheem Sterling looked more confident in the striker's...

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Three Points: San Lorenzo struggle to overcome a valiant Auckland City

San Lorenzo needed extra time to beat Auckland City and set up a meeting with Real Madrid in the final if the FIFA Club World Cup.

Substitute Mauro Matos scored a stoppage-time winner as San Lorenzo sealed their place in the final of the Club World Cup following a 2-1 victory over Auckland City.

Here are three talking points from the game.

1. San Lorenzo made heavy work of it

South American sides often struggle at this stage of the competition. Forced to take the initiative and often without the ideas to do so (perhaps because so much of their training before the tournament is concerned with planning for a final in which they'll...

 By Dan Fitch

Tottenham 'reserves' impress in Capital One Cup win over Newcastle

Nabil Bentaleb's first-half strike was all Tottenham would need to beat Newcastle, although Spurs added three more goals for good measure.

Tottenham supporters, and indeed the general world of football, consider Spurs a walking punchline. A club where everything that can go wrong generally does.

Wednesday was one of those rare nights when everything went right, from the match that the team won to the draw for the semifinals in which they drew Sheffield United rather than Chelsea or Liverpool.

The result came at the expense of an under-strength Newcastle team that collapsed in the second-half after an opening 45 minutes in which...

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Humiliation at Tottenham must not turn into derby woe for Newcastle

Humiliation at White Hart Lane is one thing but Newcastle must regain focus before facing Sunderland.

In the end, Newcastle United were not even close. They started nervously at White Hart Lane and finished looking deflated with some players looking like they just wanted to get out of London as quickly as possible.

Before the game the question was if Newcastle finally end all those years of hurt by knocking out Tottenham Hotspur. In short, after a 4-0 hiding, the answer was an emphatic "no".

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