European roundup: Modric stuns Sevilla with late winner for Real Madrid

  • Croatia midfielder scores in 81st minute for La Liga leaders
  • Lautaro Martínez hits double as Inter win 4-0

Luka Modric scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid beat Sevilla 1-0 in La Liga. The Croatia international fired home from the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute to maintain Real’s five-point lead over Barcelona at the summit.

Sixth-placed Real Betis are now seven points behind fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao in the table after beating the 10-man Lions 3-1. Ezequiel Avila’s strike and Yuri Berchiche’s own goal sent Betis ahead before Nico Williams was sent off in the 40th minute. Gorka Guruzeta pulled one back for the Basque side, but Johnny Cardoso wrapped up victory for Betis in the 67th minute.

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Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened

Newcastle were unable to cope with Arsenal’s quality at the Emirates

The teams are out! Live prime-time Saturday night football always feels a bit odd, but at least the kick-off time has given everyone plenty of opportunity to source lubricant, and the atmosphere on Ashburton Grove is wonderful as a result. Arsenal in their red and white, Newcastle in black and white. We’ll be off in a minute or two!

More hot line-up chat, this time from the other side. Charles Antaki writes: “Go on then, if we’re allowing ourselves comments on the line-ups - always a pleasure until reality strikes. My ha’porth: in spite of some lovely recent games Trossard was near invisible against Porto, so plugging in Jorginho and shuttling Rice a bit more forward sounds good. Cue collapse of midfield, blankness at left inside forward and general gah.”

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Championship roundup: Millwall stun Southampton while Ipswich win again

  • Saints stumble while Ipswich seal fourth straight victory
  • Three of division’s bottom five clubs secure vital wins

Japhet Tanganga and Zian Flemming gave Neil Harris the perfect start to his fourth spell at Millwall as they upset Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s.

Harris returned to the Den this week for his second stint as manager, having become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer over two spells as a player, after Joe Edwards was sacked, and began this tenure by ending a run of just one point in seven games thanks to Tanganga’s header and Flemming’s penalty.

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Alex Iwobi’s late reply stuns Manchester United as Fulham conquer Old Trafford

On this showing the “perch” Sir Jim Ratcliffe wishes Manchester United to knock Manchester City off is atop a kilometre-high skyscraper and the new 27.7% owner’s side is peering up from ground level as, from 88 minutes here, chaos ensued. It was bookended by Alex Iwobi’s 97th-minute winner after the Harry Maguire equaliser that had cancelled out Calvin Bassey’s opener.

Iwobi’s strike came from the latest Fulham break to punch through Erik ten Hag’s side. Adama Traoré, on as a substitute, skipped infield from the right and tapped to Iwobi. With no United defenders anywhere near, he teased André Onana with a dawdle, then beat the goalkeeper to his right to send Fulham into raptures.

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Manchester United 1-2 Fulham, Brighton 1-1 Everton, and more: clockwatch – as it happened

Alex Iwobi’s injury-time goal gave Fulham a famous victory, while Lewis Dunk snatched a point for 10-man Brighton at the Amex

Meanwhile, in Scotland (aka if we’re not careful Simon McMahon will have employmenr rights by the end of the season)

“Interest at both ends of the Scottish Premiership today, Rob,” writes Simon McMahon. “Celtic, who don’t play until tomorrow, could find themselves five points behind Rangers, who play third place Hearts at Ibrox, by 5pm.

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The story of FA Cup ‘miracle’ makers Maidstone – in their own words

Before fifth-round tie at Coventry we hear from people inside and close to the club, including about the 6am queue for tickets

George Elokobi’s Maidstone United side are about to make history but he is not a happy man. “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and, as a manager, I start with myself,” the usually mild-mannered Elokobi says after a costly 2-0 defeat at Aveley on Monday in National League South, English football’s sixth tier. “Did I pick the right team? Did I pick the right personnel? Have I been too loyal? I have to look at that.”

This Monday Maidstone will become the first team from outside the top five divisions since Blyth Spartans in 1978 to play in the FA Cup fifth round. They have never made it this far and a trip to Coventry, who have Championship playoff aspirations, awaits. At Aveley a healthy proportion of the 709 spectators were Maidstone fans but 5,000 of them will be at Coventry. For the club that went bankrupt in 1992 and was forced to start again in the fourth division of the Kent County League, the tie will be another proud moment in a long journey back from oblivion. In the words of some of those who made it possible, here is their remarkable story.

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Bamford seals stirring comeback win as Leeds cut Leicester’s lead to six points

Not so long ago Leeds were a receding speck in Leicester’s rear-view mirror but, suddenly, Daniel Farke’s second-placed team are tailgating the Championship leaders.

A once seemingly unassailable gap has been cut to six points. That is far too close for comfort for Enzo Maresca and his players who will doubtless have headed back down the M1 cursing their inability to see out a game they dominated until substitute full-back Connor Roberts equalised for Leeds in the 80th minute.

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