Much-changed Leicester thrashed 5-0 by Porto

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Leicester City conceded four or more goals in a European game for the first time in their history

Already qualified Leicester City suffered the worst defeat by an English team in the Champions League as Porto recorded an overwhelming victory to join the Foxes in the last 16.

Leicester were already assured of progressing as Group G winners before the game and boss Claudio Ranieri made 10 changes to his starting XI.

Porto needed to win to guarantee their place in the knockout stage and made the ideal start when Andre Silva headed home.

The Portuguese side dominated throughout, with Leicester rarely making it out of their own half, and added a deserved second through Jesus Corona’s stunning volley.

Yacine Brahimi then scored a brilliant third just before half-time, backheeling Maxi Pereira’s cross beyond goalkeeper Ben Hamer, before Silva converted a second-half penalty following Danny Drinkwater’s foul.

Diogo Jota rounded off the scoring late on, slotting home after being put through on goal.

The result took some of the shine off Leicester’s previous performances in the Champions League this season, but they can now look forward to the draw for the last 16, which takes place on Monday at around 11:00 GMT.

Pressure off? Not quite

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Tottenham secure Europa League place

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Dele Alli ended an eight-game run without a goal

Tottenham secured a place in the Europa League knockout stage as their Champions League campaign ended with a convincing victory over CSKA Moscow.

Spurs, who needed to avoid defeat to secure third in Group E, went behind when Alan Dzagoev scored from Zoran Tosic’s headed flick-on.

But Dele Alli, who had already missed two good chances, half-volleyed in Christian Eriksen’s cross to level, before Harry Kane finished a stylish move to put Spurs in front.

CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev gifted Spurs a third when he inadvertently guided Alli’s header into his own net after making an initial save.

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Who can English teams face in Champions League last 16?

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Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City will be in Monday's Champions League draw

Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City will be in Monday’s Champions League draw

Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City will represent England in the knockout stage of the Champions League – but who could each side face?

BBC Sport takes a look at which teams have progressed, who they could face and all the important dates for your diary.

Who’s through to the Champions League last 16?

The winner of each group will be drawn against a runner-up, but teams cannot face a side from their own nation in the last 16, or a club they met in the group stage.

Group winners will play the first leg away and the second leg at home.

What are the key dates?

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‘Several clubs may have silenced abuse victims’

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Confidentiality agreements may have been used by several football clubs to silence players speaking out about abuse, according to a lawyer representing a new body supporting victims.

Speaking to BBC sports editor Dan Roan, Edward Smethurst said a number of victims had come forward saying they had been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements with clubs in return for compensation.

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Ex-QPR employee Chris Gieler named in abuse inquiry

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Chris Gieler worked for QPR for 30 years

QPR football club have said they are aware of historical child abuse allegations made against former employee Chris Gieler.

The Championship club said it “takes these allegations very seriously” and would “co-operate fully in any forthcoming investigation”.

Gieler left the club in 2003 and died the following year.

He was employed by the west London side for 30 years, working in youth development and as chief scout.

Child sex abuse claims: The story so far

More than 20 former footballers – including ex-youth players, trainees and professionals – have come forward with allegations of historical abuse at various clubs.

The Football Association has announced an internal review, to be led by Clive Sheldon QC.

Twenty police forces are investigating claims and a dedicated sexual abuse helpline has been set up by the NSPCC, supported by the FA,

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Newport or Plymouth at Liverpool in FA Cup third round

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Will there be a shock in the FA Cup third round?

League Two Newport County or Plymouth Argyle will travel to Anfield to face Premier League Liverpool in the FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the pick of the all-Premier League ties, with Everton set to welcome Leicester City.

Holders Manchester United will entertain Reading, managed by former United defender Jaap Stam.

National League Sutton United will face neighbours AFC Wimbledon.

The 32 third-round ties will be played from 6-9 January 2017.

Newport are a fan-owned club and chairman Gavin Foxall said of the prospect of a tie at Anfield: “It would absolutely be a massive financial boost for us.

“Certainly for a club like ours it would secure the future for a season or two at least.

“A game at Anfield against Liverpool would rank right up there in the club’s history.”

While Liverpool’s opponents are yet to be decided, the biggest beneficiaries of the definite ties look to be Championship Preston, who welcome 2014 and 2015 winners Arsenal.

“It is great for the football club,” manager Simon Grayson told the North End club website.

“Being at home, it gives your own fans the opportunity to see some world-class players and they don’t come much bigger and better than this Arsenal squad at this time.”

For holders Manchester United, the visit of Reading will see a return to Old Trafford for former defender Stam, who was part of the 1999 treble-winning team.

“I look forward to that,” said Stam’s former United team-mate Andy Cole on BBC Two. “He’s done very well at Reading. I’m really pleased for him.”

The lowest ranked club left in the competition, Stourbridge United, face a potential trip to League Two Wycombe Wanderers, should the seventh-tier Northern Premier League Premier Division club beat Northampton Town in a rearranged fixture.

Of the other non-league sides through to the third round, Barrow will host Rochdale while either Halifax or Eastleigh go to Brentford.

“I think the chairman will be really happy, because at least we’re at home,” said Barrow manager Paul Cox.

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Stunning goals from the FA Cup second round

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‘No thoughts, no comments’

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Redcar Junior parkrun

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Fellaini concedes late penalty to gift Everton a draw

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Will it? Won’t it? Everton fans look on in suspense as Ibrahimovic’s shot bounces around on the line

Leighton Baines rescued a late point for Everton against Manchester United after substitute Marouane Fellaini conceded a costly penalty against his former club at Goodison Park.

Fellaini, on his 100th United appearance, was introduced in the 85th minute to help see out the win but his first meaningful action was to commit a clumsy foul on Idrissa Gueye in the area, and Baines made no mistake from 12 yards.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sixth goal in five games had earlier put United on course for just a third Premier League win in 11 matches.

The 35-year-old Swede struck with a sweet first-half lob that hit the bar and post before finally deigning to cross the line – although Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg’s will be unhappy with his decision to rush from his area.

United, with manager Jose Mourinho back on the touchline after his midweek ban, also saw Ander Herrera crash a shot off the frame of the goal in the second half.

However, it might have been a different story had referee Michael Oliver shown a red card to United defender Marcos Rojo for a wild, two-footed lunge on Gueye with just 15 minutes gone.

That was the prelude to a bruising encounter for the out-of-form Toffees, who lost Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie to injuries before they rallied for a point late on.

  • How Sunday’s Premier League action unfolded
  • Angry Mourinho defends Fellaini decision
  • Special once? Lower points tally than Moyes

United fail to see out the game – again

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Bournemouth earn dramatic first win over Liverpool

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Match-winner Nathan Ake is on loan at Bournemouth from Liverpool’s title rivals Chelsea

Bournemouth completed one of the comebacks of the season to beat Liverpool for the first time in a sensational Premier League game.

The Cherries battled back from 2-0 down at half-time and 3-1 behind with 15 minutes to go, with Nathan Ake’s 93rd-minute winner sealing a famous win.

Sadio Mane scored the Reds’ opener when he controlled Emre Can’s ball over the top, held off Ake and poked home.

The visitors looked in control when Divock Origi went past Artur Boruc and curled home their second from a narrow angle.

Bournemouth brought on Ryan Fraser in the 55th minute and that proved to be the turning point of the game. Seconds later James Milner brought him down in the area and Callum Wilson scored the penalty.

Can put the Reds 3-1 up with a 20-yard curling effort but Fraser scored his first Premier League goal when he tucked home after Wilson’s cross had hit the heels of Benik Afobe.

Centre-back Steve Cook got Bournemouth level when he controlled Fraser’s cross, swivelled and volleyed home.

It looked like the drama was over until the third minute of injury time when Loris Karius spilled Cook’s shot and Ake tapped home into an empty net.

How the comeback unfolded

20 mins (0-1): Liverpool open the scoring through Mane, who pokes the ball past Boruc

22 mins (0-2): Surely game over already, as Mane wins the ball off Harry Arter and finds Jordan Henderson, who plays in Origi, with the Belgian guiding the ball into an empty net after Boruc came flying out of his box

45 mins: At half-time, Liverpool are cruising and look set to make it 12 Premier League games unbeaten

56 mins (1-2): Bournemouth are back in this, as Fraser takes the ball past Milner with his first touch and gets brought down. Wilson sends Karius the wrong way from the spot

64 mins (1-3): The threat of a comeback is short-lived, as Mane takes the ball off Ake and pulls it back to Can to curl home. Five minutes later, Mane comes off with the job seemingly done

72 mins: Liverpool are inches away from going 4-1 up, as Boruc holds Milner’s corner, but almost takes it back past his line. Goal-line technology shows it was millimetres from being 100% across the line.

76 mins (2-3): Fraser gets Bournemouth back in it, as he converts Wilson’s cross, which had been mis-controlled into his path by Afobe

78 mins (3-3): Cook scores a brilliant goal, as he takes the ball with his back to goal, before turning and smashing home

90 mins: Origi almost wins it for Liverpool, but he fires over from close range

90+3 mins (4-3): Absolute scenes. Bournemouth win it as Karius makes a total mess of Cook’s shot and Ake has an open net to tap into

Howe for England?

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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: We never gave up – Eddie Howe

Before the game, Football Association panel member Howard Wilkinson told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe had been considered for the England job.

Results like this will do nothing to harm his chances when newly appointed Gareth Southgate eventually goes, although that is if Howe is not too successful for international management next time it comes around.

Having said that, he could not have imagined his introduction of Fraser, an uncapped 22-year-old Scottish winger, early in the second half could have worked out so well.

The Cherries could have been forgiven for crumbling when they went 2-0, and especially 3-1, down. History was not on their side.

In all previous nine games against the Reds, stretching back to 1927, they had drawn two – in the FA Cup in 1927 and 1968 – and lost the other seven, including the replays to those games.

But they never gave up, and move into the top half of the table with these three points.

Liverpool implosion will be demoralising blow

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Chapecoense plane crash: Arsenal’s Gabriel’s heartfelt message after loss of friend

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Pretty peddlers

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