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The Week in Football

Catch up with all the major stories from around the globe

27 November 2017

Brentford news

Dean Smith’s side extended their run in the Sky Bet Championship to just one defeat in 11 with a point at home to Burton Albion last Tuesday. Leading late on thanks to a Florian Jozefzoon free-kick, The Bees would have been hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Cardiff City in style but Ben Turner headed home a late equaliser to deny a third home win in four.

It was a tough week for Kevin O’Connor and the B Team as they suffered a pair of defeats against strong Premier League outfits. On Tuesday, Swansea City ran out 6-2 victors in South Wales, the Brentford goals coming from a trialist and Marcus Forss, while AFC Bournemouth proved too strong on Saturday following a 3-0 win at Jersey Road.

Sky Bet Championship news

Nine goals scored, two conceded, six points from six, and four points clear: the numbers are in Wolverhampton Wanderers' favour as they continue to set the pace at the head of the Championship after wins on Tuesday night and Saturday. Cardiff City are keeping pace in second after a perfect week but defeat to Fulham and a draw against Birmingham City mean that Sheffield United have slipped to third, seven points behind Wolves.

Aston Villa, Bristol City, and Derby County all won over the weekend to stay in the Play-Off places while Sunderland, who appointed former Wales boss Chris Coleman as manager on Tuesday, leapfrogged Bolton Wanderers and Burton Albion, and off the foot of the table, with a win over The Brewers.

World Football news

Breaking news out of Italy this morning has seen AC Milan sack Vincenzo Montella as manager and place Gennaro Gattuso in charge of the first team. The club are seventh in Serie A on 20 points, 18 behind leaders Napoli, after a run of only two league victories in their past nine games.

In Spain, the top two met in a controversial encounter at the Mestalla on Sunday as Valencia held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw. That doesn’t tell the full story as Lionel Messi, who signed a new long-term contract last week with a reported £600 million buyout clause, saw his shot cross the line only for the referee not to award the goal. In the end, Jordi Alba had to net late on to retain Barca’s four point lead at the top of La Liga.

Europe’s other three big leagues are turning into processions with PSG opening up a nine point lead in Ligue 1 after a 2-1 win over Monaco while Manchester City’s win over Huddersfield, by the same scoreline, means they have still dropped just two points all season to lead by eight. In Germany, Bayern Munich were beaten 2-1 by Borussia Munchengladbach but they still hold a comfortable three point lead at the head of affairs. 

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