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Indian soccer team players acknowledge the crowd in their World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match against Bangladesh in Kolkata.

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India's Sunil Chhetri, right, dribble past Bangladesh's Biswanath Ghosh in their World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match in Kolkata.

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Indian football team supporters cheer during FIFA World Cup Qatar-2022 Qualifier match between India and Bangladesh, at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

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Italy's Giovanni Di Lorenzo, left, against Liechtenstein's Max Goeppel, during their Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group J soccer match between Liechtenstein and Italy, in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, fights for the ball with Ukraine's Mykola Matviyenko during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and Portugal at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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India's Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu interacts with the media during a practice session for FIFA World 2022 Qualifier match against Bangladesh, in Kolkata.

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Netherlands' Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Northern Ireland at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Iranian women wear their country's flag on their shoulders at the Azadi Stadium for the 2022 World Cup qualifier soccer match between Iran and Cambodia, in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian women cheer during a soccer match between their national team and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Azadi (Freedom) Stadium in Tehran, Iran. Iranian women were freely allowed into the stadium for the first time in decades. The decision follows the death of a young woman who set herself on fire after hearing she could face prison time for sneaking into an Iranian soccer match disguised as a man.

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Argentina's Lucas Ocampos, right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the international friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Signal Iduna Park stadium in Dortmund, Germany.

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane, right, scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League group E soccer match between Liverpool and Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England.

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Liverpool's James Milner celebrates his wining goal with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson during English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Leicester City in Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England.

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino, right, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, left, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), pose for the media at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says a new partnership with the U.N. health agency is a "starting point" to help leverage the global appeal of soccer to improve health outcomes. Infantino says the association with the World Health Organization will work to "elaborate concrete solutions" and insists that FIFA's corporate sponsors, including Coca-Cola and McDonald's, are "progressing" on health.

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group F Champions League soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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The screen shows the final score during the Champions League group B soccer match between Tottenham and Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. Bayern won 7-2.

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Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, center, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Tottenham and Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London.

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Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy

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Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola is shown yellow card during the group C Champions League soccer match between Manchester City and Dinamo Zagreb at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England.

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Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin (R) with Telugu actor Venkatesh Daggubati unveils the jersey of Hyderabad Football Club, in Hydrabad

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America's Henry Martin celebrates scoring his side's 4th goal against Guadalajara during a Mexican soccer league match at Azteca stadium in Mexico City.

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Real Madrid's Raphael Varane jumps to kick the ball before Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, center right, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid

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Burnley's Jay Rodriguez, left, and Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings challenge for an aerial ball during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, Birmingham, England

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PSG's Neymar, left, is challenged by Reims' Hassane Kamara during the French League One soccer match between PSG and Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

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PSG's Angel Di Maria, left, fights for the ball with Reims' Marshall Munetsi during the French League One soccer match between PSG and Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

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PSG's Neymar celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the French League 1 soccer match between Lyon and Paris SG, at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, and Chelsea's Jorginho compete for the ball during the British premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool, at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London.

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale reacts after a missed chance during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain.

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Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane, center, talks to Real Madrid's Karim Benzema after he scored his side's opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain.

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Verona at the Juventus' Stadium in Turin, Italy

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Players of Assam Regimental Center, Shillong (in red) and Sunrise AC (in white) in action during the 66th edition of Bharat Ratna Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Trophy Football Tournament 2019, at Nehru Stadium in Guwahati

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Manchester City's players celebrate after scoring their sides fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England

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Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with Harry Kane during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiakos and Tottenham, at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens.

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Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann, second right, attempts a shot at goal in front of Dortmund's Mats Hummels during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany.

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Dortmund team players pose prior to the start of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona team players pose prior to the start of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's Paco Alcacer, bottom, receives treatment during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi goes for the ball during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Anssumane Fati, center, fights for the ball with Dortmund's Manuel Akanji, left, and Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's head coach Ernesto Valverde gestures during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's Mats Hummels, top, attempts a head at goal during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's Thomas Delaney, right, clears the ball during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi enters the pitch during the second half of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's head coach Lucien Favre shouts out from the touchline during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi challenges for the ball with Dortmund's Manuel Akanji during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund and Barcelona players hug at the end of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona players leave the field end of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi smiles at the end of the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Dortmund's Marco Reus stands in the goal after he missed to score a penalty against Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, left, during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saves a shot by Dortmund's Marco Reus during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann, second right, attempts a shot at goal in front of Dortmund's Mats Hummels during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, fights for the ball with Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019.

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, left, and midfielder Jordan Henderson meets the media ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Monday.

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Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti attends a press conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the Napoli training center in Castelvolturno, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, and Napoli's Mario Rui fight for the ball during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo, foreground, and Liverpool's James Milner jump for the ball during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Napoli players complain to the German referee Felix Brych during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane, left, controls the ball as Napoli's Mario Rui defends during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, left, heads the ball as Liverpool's Roberto Firmino tries to stop him during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino takes a shot during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp, right, shake shards with Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts after the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Napoli's Dries Mertens celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy.

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Napoli's Dries Mertens scores a penalty during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane reacts during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, leaves the pitch after the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Napoli won 2-0.

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Napoli players celebrate after the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Napoli won 2-0.

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PSG's Neymar celebrates his goal during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, France.

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Barcelona's Luis Suarez, right, celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Barcelona's Gerard Pique, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Barcelona's Ansu Fati, right, celebrates with teammate Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann after scoring the opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, center, is challenged by Lithuania's Mantas Kuklys, left and Lithuania's Karolis Laukzemis during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Lithuania and Portugal at LFF stadium in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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India next play Bangladesh on October 15 in Kolkata.

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The result (0-0) meant that India registered a point.

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Gurpreet's solid display between the sticks continued in the second half as well.

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The second half saw India opening up a bit and they were seeing more of the opposition goal than the first half but still couldn't get a clear goal-bound shot.

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But India defended brilliantly and didn't give space to the speedy Qatari players.

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Qatar, ranked 62nd in the world, had many shots on Indian goal.

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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was a busy man as he was called into action several times but he remained unbeaten.

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England continued to show resistance as Jos Buttler made 34 off 111 balls on his 29th birthday, while Craig Overton and Jack Leach also dug in with the backing of a packed crowd in Manchester.

England's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley stadium in London.

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It became another FIFA World Cup qualification, another defeat for India.

India began the second half on a good note, but couldn't resist continuous pressure with Al Mandhar scoring two goals in the last ten minutes of the match.

Gurpreet saved India from early blushes in the 43rd-minute. A looping cross came in for Al-Mahaijri, who headed it from point-blank range, but Sandhu saved it!

After Jhingan's attempted header, Sunil Chhetri gave India the lead with a 25th-minute strike. The Blue Tigers had received a freekick near the box. Thapa slotted in right at Chhetri, who fired in at goal from the penalty spot.

India had a bright start with Udanta coming close in the 14th minute. It was a poor goal kick by Oman, with the ball falling for Thapa in the middle of the park. The midfielder let in a good ball. Chhetri and Udanta combined well, only for the latter to miss it!

Oman's starting XI for the match was: Faiz Al-Rushaidi; Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Abdulaziz Al Ghailani, Salaah Al-Yahyaei, Al Mundhir Al Alawi, Abdulaziz Al-Muqbali, Mohammed Al-Maslami, Harib Al-Saadi, Saad Al-Mukhaini, Ahmed Mubarak Al-Mahaijri, Ali Al-Busaidi

India's starting XI for the match was: Gurpreet; Bheke, Subhasish, Jhingan, Adil; Rowllin, Thapa, Brandon, Udanta, Ashique, Chhetri

In a match of either halves, India crashed to a disappointing defeat Vs Oman, 1-2, at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.

Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal against Oman in FIFA World Cup' qualifiers match at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, in Guwahati.

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Mohun Bagan fans cheer for the teams during 1st derby match of the season during Calcutta Football League 2019 at Salt Lake Stadium, in Kolkata.

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Roma's Juan Jesus, left, challenges for the ball with Lazio's Luiz Felipe during a Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Roma, at the Rome Olympic stadium.

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Leverkusen's Lucas Alario jumps to head the ball against Hoffenheim's defense during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Leverkusen, Germany. The match ended 0-0.

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AC Milan's Samu Castillejo reaches for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Brescia, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy

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Liverpool's goalkeeper Allison Becker, right, shakes hands with TV presenter Pedro Pinto as he receives the award of the UEFA Champions League goalkeeper of the season 2018/19 during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco.

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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo pose to the photographers before the UEFA Champions League group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco.

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Dutch soccer player Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool holds the award of men's player of the year 2018/19 during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco.

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Tottenham's Harry Kane, left is dejected after missing an opportunity to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, and Barcelona's Luis Suarez sit in the stands prior of the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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FC Barcelona's Carles Perez celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Barcelona's Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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