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Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England

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Indian national football captain reacts after missing a chance to score against Bangladesh during a FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata in October. Photo: PTI

England's Win Over Bulgaria Marred By Racism (October 15, 2019)

Liverpool Coast Past FC Barcelona At Anfield (May 7, 2019).

Bury FC Expelled From English Football League (August 27, 2019).

Megan Rapinoe Wins Best Women's Footballer Of The Year, Lionel Messi wins Best Men's At The FIFA Awards (September 23, 2019).

US Women's Soccer Team Sues US Soccer For Gender Discrimination Over Pay (Match 9, 2019)

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Jonny, right, challenges for the ball with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England

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Former soccer great Diego Maradona flashes victory signs to fans below at the Casa Rosada government house after meeting with Argentine President Alberto Fernandez in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Decades ago, Maradona held up his team's soccer trophy at this spot on the balcony after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.

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Lazio's goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, right, beats the ball away from Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo, left, during their Super Cup match at King Saud University Stadium, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Leipzig's Patrik Schick, right, celebrates after scoring a goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and FC Augsburg in Leipzig, Germany

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino, center, watches as Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, right, shake hands with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, during the Club World Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar

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PSG's Kylian Mbappe, right, challenge for the ball with Haitam Aleesami of Amiens as Amiens goalkeeper Regis Gurtner tries to save during the Paris: between Paris Saint Germain and Amiens, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris

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PSG's Neymar, right, and Arturo Calabresi of Amiens challenge for the ball during the League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Amiens, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris

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Inter Milan's Sebastiano Esposito, left, and Genoa's Ivan Radovanovic vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Genoa, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy

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From left, Inter Milan's Sebastiano Esposito, Genoa's Paolo Ghiglione and Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni go for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Genoa, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, left, challenges Flamengo's Rafinha, right, during the Club World Cup final soccer match between Liverpool and Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates with his teammate Gonzalo Higuain after scoring his side's second goal during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus, at Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy.

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Bayern's scorer Philippe Coutinho, center, and his teammate David Alaba, front left, celebrate their side's sixth goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and SV Werder Bremen in Munich, Germany.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi kicks the ball in front of Real Sociedad's Mikel Merino, right, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and Barcelona, at Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, Spain.

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Kerala Blasters FC players (in yellow) and Jamshedpur FC in action during the 6th season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2019, at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, in Kochi.

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Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Lazio and Juventus at the Olympic stadium in Rome

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Players of North East United FC (in red) during the Indian Super League match, at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Sarusujai in Guwahati

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Players of North East United FC (in red) and ATK (Black and Grey) during the Indian Super League match, at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Sarusujai in Guwahati.

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Real Madrid's Federico Valverde, second left, duels for the ball against Espanyol's Marc Roca during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands in goal prior to a Juniors girls soccer match between Hazel Grove United JFC and Poynton, as he campaigns in Cheadle Hulme, England. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12.

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PSG's Kylian Mbappe, left, celebrates with PSG's Neymar after scoring his side's opening goal during the French League One soccer match between PSG and Nantes at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford kicks the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Pibe, the mascot of the 2020 Copa America, waves during the draw ceremony for soccer tournament in Cartagena, Colombia. The continental championship will be held in Colombia and Argentina from June 12 to July 12 next year.

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Alejandro Dominguez, the president of Conmebol, holds up the team name of Australia during the draw for the 2020 Copa America soccer tournament in Cartagena, Colombia. Australia will participate in the continental championship to be held in Colombia and Argentina from June 12 to July 12 next year.

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophyes for best Italian Serie A player, during the Gran Gala' soccer awards ceremony, in Milan, Italy.

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, controls the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his opening goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates his goal with teammate Toni Kroos after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Alaves at Mendizorroza stadium, in Vitoria, northern Spain.

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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Brighton at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik meets with FIFA tournament director of the local organising committee (LOC) Roma Khanna and Oliver Vogt, FIFA tournaments and events division ahead of U-17 Women’s World Cup Football 2020, in Bhubaneswar.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with Antoine Griezmann, centre and Luis Suarez during a Champions League soccer match Group F between Barcelona and Dortmund at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi drives the ball past Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek, right, during a Champions League group F soccer match between Barcelona and Dortmund at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Juventus' Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy.

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Real Madrid's Luka Modric is fouled by Real Sociedad's Mikel Merino during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, center, gestures after the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid won the match 3-1.

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Juventus' Paulo Dybala, right, celebrates with teammate Gonzalo Higuain after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Juventus at the Azzurri d'Italia Stadium in Bergamo, Italy.

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Barcelona's Arturo Vidal, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's second goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Leganes and FC Barcelona at the Butarque stadium in Madrid, Spain.

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Indonesia fans throws firecrackers toward the Malaysia fan area during the World Cup Asia qualifying match between Malaysia and Indonesia at Bukit Jail Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates with his teammate Diogo Jota after he scored his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Luxembourg and Portugal at the Josy Barthel stadium in Luxembourg

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Mexico's players stand with their second place medals after losing 1-2 against Brazil at the end of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 final soccer match at Arena Bezerrao in Brasilia, Brazil

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Italy's Federico Bernardeschi, left, duels for the ball with Bosnia's Ermin Bicakcic during the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy at the Bilino polje stadium in Zenica, Bosnia.

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France's Kylian Mbappe, in blue, is fouled by Moldova's Artur Cracium, during the Euro 2020 group H qualifying soccer match between France and Moldova at the Stade de France stadium, in Saint Denis, north of Paris.

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India remained at the fourth position in Group E with three points from four matches, while Afghanistan continued to be on the third with four points.

Stimac's decision to bring in Doungel in place of Kotal paid dividends.

The visitors showed urgency and looked desperate for an equaliser. They had a chance in the 58th minute but skipper Sunil Chhetri's header off a cross from right back Pritam Kotal was saved by Azizi. At the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made a diving save.

Afghanistan had taken the lead through Zelfagar Nazary's strike (45+1), putting India on the backfoot.

The result meant the 106-ranked India remained winless in their qualifying campaign so far.

India escaped with a 1-1 draw after an injury-time goal saved them the blushes against lower-ranked Afghanistan in their FIFA World Cup Qualifier match on Thursday.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his side's first goal with a penalty kick, defeating Celta Vigo's goalkeeper Ruben Blanco, rear, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Celta at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts after missing a scoring chance during a Champions League Group F soccer match between Barcelona and Slavia Praha at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew, left, and Leicester City's Caglar Soyuncu battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London.

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Indian Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, center, FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman, right, and FIFA Chairman & LOC Chairman Praful Patel attend the unveiling of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 Official Emblem in Mumbai

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The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 official emblem is launched at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Levante during the Spanish La Liga soccer match in Valencia, Spain

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AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer, bottom, tackles Spal's Sergio Floccari during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Spal at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy.

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Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri during the 3rd edition of Herbalife Nutrition Fit Families Fest 2019, in New Delhi.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi controls the ball past Valladolid's Mohammed Salisu during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, controls the ball past Valladolid's Mohammed Salisu during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

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Players of Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC in action during Indian Super League (ISL) football match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Chennai

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Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul saves from Manchester United's Anthony Martial during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Manchester United, at Carrow Road, Norwich, Britain

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Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) is hit by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (45) during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta.

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Chicago Red Stars' Morgan Brian (13) battles with North Carolina Courage's Lynn Williams, left, during the second half of an NWSL championship soccer game in Cary, N.C.

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, right, celebrates with his teammate Jordan Henderson after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts after a play during the UEFA Champions League group D soccer match against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy.

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Co-owner of ISL franchise ATK Sourav Ganguly holds an umbrella as he stands next to Winner's Trophy during the opening ceremony of The Indian Super League 2019-20, in Kochi.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, breaks away during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Eibar and FC Barcelona at the Ipurua stadium in Eibar, Spain

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PSG's Kylian Mbappe celebrates his goal during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint Germain in Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southern France.

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PSG's Angel Di Maria, right, scores the second goal past Nice's goalkeeper Walter Benitez during the French League One soccer match between Nice and Paris Saint Germain in Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southern France.

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Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi poses for the media after receiving his 6th Golden Boot award in Barcelona, Spain.

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After the equaliser, India began to apply more pressure in search for a winner, but the referee son blew his whistle for full time after five minutes of added time. Both teams left the pitch a point apiece.

In a game where, India was finding it hard to get going, the defender took it upon himself to save the day for India.

India's substitutions in the second half bought in a new dimension to their game. In the 88th-minute, substitute Brandon Fernandes took a corner kick, which landed for the towering Adil Khan, who headed it into goal for his side's equaliser.

Sunil Chhetri began to see more of the ball, and but failed to create any concrete goal-scoring chances.

Igor Stimac's tactical tweaks began to see India use Manvir Singh's height and strength more in the second half.

In the second half, India began to apply more pressure in search for an equaliser.

The visitors looked more threatening with the ball, and could have scored atleast three goals but inexperience prevented them from increasing their lead.

It was Bangladesh, who broke the deadlock in the 44th-minute via a freekick. A Gurpreet Singh Sandhu blunder gifted Saad Uddin an open header, and he put it directly into the net.

Bangladesh were the better side right from the start, putting India under immense pressure with their direct running.

Bangladesh (FIFA ranking: 187) came into the match as underdogs against a team, who were fancied to coast past them.

Ranked higher (104) in the FIFA rankings than Bangladesh, India were expected to easily register three points after courageous displays Vs Oman (a defeat) and Qatar (a draw).

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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