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David Lafata hits hat-rick for Sparta

David Lafata's hat-trick carried Sparta Prague to a 4-2 win over Swedish champions Malmo in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday.

Czech champions Sparta fell behind twice at home, but Lafata managed to equalise both times. Lafata already has eight Champions League goals this season, after tallying five in the first leg of the previous round against Levadia Tallinn.

After Emil Forsberg gave Malmo the lead, Lafata equalised in the 23rd minute. Isaac Kiese Thelin...

Celtic reach third qualifying round

Debrecen keeper Nenad Novakovic makes a save in front of Stephen Garrett, left, of Cliftonville as the Hungarian side advanced in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Celtic eased through to the Champions League third qualifying round with an emphatic 4-0 win over KR Reykjavik at the BT Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh.

Leading 1-0 from the first-leg in Iceland and starting the match in top gear, Celtic wasted little time as defender Virgil van Dijk helped himself to a brace within 20 minutes to ensure a comfortable night for the Scottish champions.

Striker Teemu Pukki grabbed a third before the break as Celtic played with impressive pace and purpose to confirm...

Celtic win first leg of UCL qualifier

Ronny Deila won his debut as Celtic manager on Tuesday.

Ronny Deila's tenure as Celtic boss began with a narrow but deserved 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League second round qualifier against KR Reykjavik, thanks to a late goal from debutant Callum McGregor.

The Norwegian's first competitive game since taking over from Neil Lennon last month took place in the somewhat surreal surroundings of the KR-vollur stadium in Iceland, which housed only around 1,500 fans in its one stand, approximately 200 of whom were away supporters.

Leigh Griffiths...

By ESPN Staff
Nov 8, 2013

AVB: Defoe has achieved a great honour

Andre Villas-Boas says he is honoured for Jermain Defoe after the Tottenham striker became the club's leading scorer in Europe after scoring in Thursday's 2-1 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol.

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 By PA Sport

Jermain Defoe reveals Chivers chat

Jermain Defoe revealed he had been given words of encouragement by Martin Chivers before he surpassed his European goalscoring record in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.

Jermain Defoe celebrates after becoming Tottenham's all-time top scorer in European competition.
Jermain Defoe celebrates after becoming Tottenham's all-time top scorer in European competition.

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Defoe, 31, converted a penalty to claim his 23rd European goal for the club -- one more than Chivers managed during his time at...