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Barca's Alba to Messi, City's Sane to Sterling among the most unstoppable combos in world football

Harry Winks scored with the final kick of the game to lead Tottenham past Fulham after losing Dele Alli to injury late on.
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combined once again vs. Leganes, showing again their unique understanding of one another.
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combined again vs. Leganes, once more showing their unique understanding of one another.

Do you ever get a sense of deja vu when watching football?

Not just when your side throws away a lead in stoppage time yet again, or loses another derby, or concedes to an ex-player for the third consecutive game.

But more literal deja vu -- when you watch a side scoring a goal they've scored again and again. Whether it's through a deliberate strategy, or because two players' natural characteristics fit together neatly, some teams have a very familiar type of goal. Here are four examples from...

Coutinho is trying to make Messi magic to Barcelona's detriment

Gab Marcotti says an older, more mature Kevin-Prince Boateng should be productive for Barcelona after a solid showing with Sassulo.
Carlos Vela did not rule out a move to Barcelona, despite saying he is happy at LAFC.

Philippe Coutinho should be enjoying 2019. He's started each of Barcelona's past four games, advancing in the Copa del Rey and maintaining that attractive five-point lead at the top of La Liga. The Brazilian has created and scored goals, and now that Ousmane Dembele is out for at least two weeks, chances are that Ernesto Valverde will tap Coutinho on the shoulder and say: "Big opportunity, kid."

But those are the naked stats. There's another, less happy picture.

One year on from becoming the...

Horse breeding, wine making, fishmongering and biotech research -- footballers' interesting side projects

While professional football constitutes the perfect job for many, there are some pro players who use their newfound fortune to bankroll the extra-curricular projects that they've always dreamed of doing.

Here we look at some of the most interesting labours of love adopted by pros as sidelines to their hectic sporting day job.

Dembele earns 9/10 in electric performance as Barca beat Leganes

Ousmane Dembele celebrates after scoring in Barcelona's La Liga win over Leganes.
Ousmane Dembele was electrifying in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Leganes on Sunday.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi came off the bench to score one and create another as Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday to restore their five-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Ousmane Dembele -- who was later forced off with an ankle injury -- gave Barca the lead in the first half, but the visitors equalised after the break through Martin Braithwaite. Barca edged back ahead when substitute Messi's shot was too hot for Ivan Cuellar to handle, with Luis Suarez firing in the rebound...

Luka Modric, Casemiro step up vs. Sevilla, fire Madrid up to third in La Liga

Luka Modric's late goal wrapped up the points for Madrid and capped a strong performance from the Ballon d'Or winner.
Luka Modric's late goal wrapped up the points for Madrid and capped a strong performance from the Ballon d'Or winner.

Real Madrid moved into third place in La Liga thanks to a 2-0 victory over Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, with midfielders Casemiro and Luka Modric getting on the scoresheet in the second half.

Positives

Madrid were the better team in a battle against a direct rival for Champions League qualification -- even if that shows the lowered standards around the Bernabeu at the moment. A clean sheet and improved defensive performance also seemed to be an objective achieved for the coach....

10 year challenge: How have Messi, Pogba, Salah aged since 2009?

Get caught up on the Premier League weekend with the Exploding Heads in a convenient 90-second (plus stoppages) package.

Posting throwback photos my by a regular occurrence on social media -- there is a whole day of the week reserved for it, after all -- but there have been a spate of them this week thanks to the #10yearchallenge.

Toe Poke thought it would have a crack at the social media trend and examine exactly how some of today's most prominent football stars looked a decade ago, back in the halcyon days of 2009.