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 By Rob Brooks

Omar inspires UAE to third place Asian Cup finish against Iraq

Forward Ahmed Khalil's two goals helped the UAE defeat Iraq 3-2 to clinch third spot in the playoff game in Newcastle.

UAE claimed third place at an Asian Cup for the first time in their history, notching a 3-2 victory over a 10-man Iraq side on Friday night.

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Here are three points from the game in Newcastle:

1. Plenty to play for

It may be known as the game that nobody wants to play in. But there was no telling that to those representing Iraq and UAE as they vied for third spot.

After a rather dour opening 10 minutes, the competitiveness and natural flair of both sides came out in what was a thoroughly entertaining...

 By Chris Wright

Chelsea star Willian loves Michael Jackson and theatre

Chelsea's Willian says he's a big than of the theatre ... and Michael Jackson.

Seeking to take in the culture in his new home city, Chelsea midfielder Willian has fallen head over heels in love with musical theatre.

Indeed, the Brazilian has admitted he's become slightly obsessed with the West End over the past few months, having paid to see the Michael Jackson "Thriller" musical production more times than is probably necessary since he arrived in London in 2013.

"The first time I went to a musical in London I loved it," Willian told The Sun.

"Now whenever I have free time...

 By Chris Wright

Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan given the boot on his birthday

After "temporarily misplacing" one of his boots during Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday evening, Arda Turan's friends marked the Turkish midfielder's birthday two days later by providing him with a replacement.

Of course, being considerate types, Turan's pals made sure his new boot was made solely of sponge cake and raspberry jam so as to ensure he couldn't injure any poor unfortunate linesmen with it in the near future.

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Premier League fantasy - working injuries and suspensions

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson urges fantasy Premier League managers to search for bargain buys.

With three rounds of fixtures to come in a week and half, many fantasy dreams are going to be made and broken in such a short space of time.

But the loss of some of the game's top performers is going to hit hard.

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been banned for three matches after his needless FA Cup red card at Blackburn Rovers, and Bojan Krkic, the Stoke midfielder who had found his form in the Premier League, has now been ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee injury.

And there was...

 By Kevin Palmer

Chelsea's siege mentality dominates as Man City visit Stamford Bridge

Big, big, big, big game in the Premier League. The boys report from Stamford Bridge, speak to Frank Lampard and play a game of snakes and ladders ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday
Hull City vs. Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Man United vs. Leicester
Stoke City vs. QPR
Sunderland vs. Burnley
West Brom vs. Tottenham
Chelsea vs. Man City

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Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Swansea

Battle of the Weekend: Chelsea v Manchester City

There comes a point in every season when Jose Mourinho deploys the siege mentality phase of his operation and, after many weeks of careful planning and preparation, that emergency button was duly pressed shortly after his side's Capital One Cup semifinal win against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

During his...

50-50 Challenge: Chelsea vs. Man City & Frank Lampard's return

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised the quality of Frank Lampard after the midfielder scored the winner against Sunderland.

Frank Lampard returns to Chelsea for the first time since leaving them for Manchester City this Saturday as the champions take on Jose Mourinho's men in a crucial clash at Stamford Bridge.

It was rather surreal to see Lampard, clad in sky Blue, score against Chelsea for City earlier in the season -- the equaliser in a 1-1 draw that could yet turn out to be pivotal in the title race.

He has netted seven goals for Manuel Pellegrini's men this season and would you really put it past him adding to...