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Football: City trim Chelsea's lead, Fulham bite back

Manchester City survived the 10th-minute dismissal of captain Vincent Kompany to win 2-0 at Hull City on Saturday and reduce Chelsea's lead in the Premier League to six points. Kompany saw red for a last-man foul on Nikica Jelavic, but David Silva put City ahead with a glorious curling effort just four minutes later and Edin Dzeko made sure of victory at the death. It was City's first league match for three weeks and they still have two games in hand on Chelsea, although the leaders can reassert their nine-point advantage with victory at Aston Villa later on Saturday.

Football: Martinez backs calls for action on racist abuse

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said Thursday it was time for football chiefs to crack down on racist abuse. His comments came after Wednesday's European Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City in the Russian capital where City's Yaya Toure was the latest black player to be subjected to verbal taunts by home fans, with 'monkey' chants heard round the ground.

Football: Kompany ruled out of City's Moscow mission

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League tie at CSKA Moscow after failing to recover from a thigh injury. Kompany missed Saturday's Premier League win at West Ham and Belgium's recent World Cup qualifiers after suffering the thigh problem against Everton earlier this month. City manager Manuel Pellegrini said there was a possibility the 27-year-old defender could return to face the Russian champions this week, but he has now decided against the risk ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

Football: City hold on to end Chelsea's FA Cup defence

Manchester City withstood a valiant fightback from Chelsea to win a gripping FA Cup semi-final 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and knock the holders out of the competition. Goals in each half from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero put City in control, but Chelsea replied through Demba Ba, only for Roberto Mancini's men to resist the holders' desperate search for an equaliser.

Football: Benitez fumes as decisions go against Chelsea

Rafael Benitez insisted two poor decisions from the officials were decisive in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. The holders were unable to reach a fourth final in five years as Chelsea's barrage of pressure in the closing stages failed to produce an equaliser. Benitez's team fell two goals down after strikes from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero.

Football: City hold on to end Chelsea's FA Cup defence

Manchester City withstood a valiant fightback from Chelsea to win a gripping FA Cup semi-final 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and knock the holders out of the competition. Goals in each half from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero put City in control, but Chelsea replied through Demba Ba, only for Roberto Mancini's men to resist the holders' desperate search for an equaliser.

Football: Chelsea v Man City FA Cup semi-final teams

Probable starting line-ups for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium (1500GMT kick-off): Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Bertrand; Mikel, Ramires; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres Manchester City (4-2-2-2) Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Milner, Nasri; Tevez, Aguero Referee: Chris Foy afp13

Football: City crush Newcastle to stay in title picture

Manchester City can cling onto their Premier League title for a few more days after a routine 4-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday brought Manchester United's lead at the top of the table back to 15 points. Roberto Mancini's team had been facing the prospect of falling 21 points behind the league leaders had they lost to Newcastle and then been defeated by United in Monday week's Manchester derby. However, goals from Carlos Tevez, David Silva, returning club captain Vincent Kompany and a James Perch own goal ensured a comfortable win.

Belgium expect fit-again Kompany to start against Macedonia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium captain Vincent Kompany is fit again and should start the World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on Tuesday, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said on Sunday. Wilmots said Kompany, who has been out for two months with a calf injury, had now trained for three days in a row without problems. "I can't say what is going to happen tomorrow, but I expect him to be 100 percent fit," Wilmots told a news conference.

Soccer-Man City's Kompany suffers calf injury

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Manchester City's FA Cup victory at Stoke City on Saturday was not without a price as captain Vincent Kompany suffered a calf injury that will likely rule him out for two matches. "I think we'll lose Vincent Kompany for a little while," assistant manager David Platt told City's website following the 1-0 win in the fourth round at the Britannia Stadium. "It's too early to say how long he will be out but he has a slight pull on his calf and will miss the midweek game."
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