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Mandzukic stepping up in the absence of goals from Ronaldo

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Milan, Oct 1 (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo might be finding it harder than expected to score in Serie A, but Mario Mandzukic has stepped up his game.
The towering Croatia international weighed in with another two goals on Saturday to help Juventus to a 3-1 victory over Napoli as the Bianconeri maintained their perfect start to the season.
Both goals were set up by Ronaldo, who took his number of assists to five in seven matches.
Mandzukic has four goals in six appearances - he scored only five in...

Messi speaks up amid slump in new role as Barcelona captain

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Barcelona, Oct 1 (AP) - With his actions, and now words, Lionel Messi is embracing a new role as Barcelona captain.
Messi came off the bench to set up a late equalizer by fellow substitute Munir El Haddadi and salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Extremely reticent to...

With leveler at Chelsea, Sturridge shows worth to Liverpool

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London, Sep 30 (AP) - When Daniel Sturridge sent the ball swerving into the roof of the net, it not only recovered a point for Liverpool at Chelsea. It showed Juergen Klopp just how useful the former Chelsea striker can still be.
Since Klopp's arrival in 2015, Sturridge has struggled with...

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