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Neymar, Brazil dazzle against Bolivia; Uruguay cruise; Argentina held

Tite was full of praise for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Manchester City new boy Gabriel Jesus.
Gianluigi Buffon admitted that his indecisiveness led to his mistake which allowed Spain winger Vitolo to score the opener.

A five-star Brazil continued their impressive start under new boss Tite with a 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

The Neymar-led Brazilians scored four goals in the first half -- each more delightful than the next -- to secure the former Corinthians coach his third straight qualifying victory since taking over the national team.

And it was the Barcelona superstar who opened the scoring in the 11th minute. The Brazil No. 10, with one defender back, traded passes...

Chile among 11 federations fined by FIFA for crowd trouble

Chile celebrates after Francisco Silva hit the decisive penalty in a penalty win vs. Argentina at the Copa America.
Chile have been issued a second stadium ban for repeated unsporting conduct.

ZURICH -- FIFA said Chile have been banned from playing a World Cup qualifier at their national stadium and the country's football federation has been fined because of the repeated discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans.

In a statement on Tuesday, FIFA said the ban applies for the March 28 game against Venezuela at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in Santiago.

The federation was fined 65,000 Swiss francs ($66,300) for two unspecified cases.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee...

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Chilean goalkeeper gets 4-year ban for breaking player's jaw with kick

The Chile Football Association (ANFA) dealt a four-year ban to Claudio Abarca after the General Velazquez goalkeeper kicked the face of Estacion Central's Diego Diaz and fractured the forward's jaw in three places.

The kick was so violent that Chilean police came onto the field to detain Abarca, who spent the night in jail while Diaz was stretchered off to the hospital on Monday.

Abarca was released the following day under a restraining order. ANFA dealt him a four-year ban on Thursday. 


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Alexis Sanchez says he has same skills as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

The ESPN FC crew react to Alexis Sanchez's claim that he's on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
ESPN FC's Brian McBride assesses rumours surrounding the possibility of Eddie Howe one day taking over Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez kissing trophy
Alexis Sanchez helped Chile capture the Copa America this summer.

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez says he is on the same level as superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Quoted by Spanish daily newspaper Sport, Sanchez said: "I have reached a level where I can compete with great players. I do not feel inferior to anybody.

"I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them."

Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in a £30 million deal two years ago and has since gone on to lift the FA Cup as well as finishing second in the...

 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan Matias Fernandez out at least two weeks with thigh injury

Matias Fernandez and Fiorentina had little time over the ball against Tottenham.
Matias Fernandez's AC Milan debut has been delayed due to injury.

Matias Fernandez will not be able to make his AC Milan debut at the weekend after clinical tests carried out on his return from international duty confirmed he had torn his thigh muscle.

The Chilean midfielder, who moved to the Rossoneri from Serie A rivals Fiorentina on transfer deadline day, picked up the injury while on international duty over the past week.

The full extent of the injury has not been revealed, however, with Italian media reporting that he could be out for a month.

Milan have...