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Sunday 21 January 2018

Celtic boss out to attack Inter

Ronny Deila believes attack will be Celtic's best form of defence against Inter Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie at Parkhead on Thursday night. The Hoops boss was speaking after the 2-1 win over St Johnstone. Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring after 35 seconds and Stefan Johansen doubled Celtic's lead seven minutes after the break before Michael O'Halloran reduced the deficit.

"We always attack, so nothing is changing. Why should we do that? We are at home. "We will be ourselves but we will know their weaknesses and strengths," said Deila.

Murphy double stuns Fulham

Daryl Murphy scored twice to bring Ipswich to within two points of the automatic promotion places as they secured victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Murphy rose highest to head home Jay Tabb's fifth-minute corner and struck his second with just seconds remaining of the first half, curling a superb strike into the bottom left corner. Ross McCormack pulled a goal back on 74 minutes, but it proved too little, too late for Fulham.

Bayern flex their muscles

Bayern Munich routed Hamburg 8-0 for its biggest Bundesliga win in more than 30 years. Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben and Mario Goetze all scored twice, with Robert Lewandowski and substitute Franck Ribery also scoring.

It was Bayern's biggest Bundesliga victory since a 9-0 win against Kickers Offenbach in March 1984.

"We played well. Our build-up was quicker than in the last couple of games. I'm happy that we're back to our way of playing. Now we're focusing on the Champions League," said Pep Guardiola, referring to Tuesday's game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Fans blast Real despite victory

Real Madrid returned to winning ways yesterday after last week's drubbing at Atletico Madrid but failed to convince and were whistled by their own fans during a 2-0 victory at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

Isco curled a shot into the corner of the net to fire the hosts ahead in the 23rd minute before Karim Benzema dinked a shot over onrushing Deportivo 'keeper Fabri and into the net 17 minutes from time.

Barca warned of banana skin

Barcelona may be without midfielder Andres Iniesta for today's La Liga game at home to Levante after the Spain international missed training yesterday due to a bout of 'flu.

The injury is an extra worry for wary Barca boss Luis Enrique. "We are playing a Levante team who are fighting to maintain their place in the top flight," he said. "I don't take teams who are in a difficult situation lightly and it could be a banana skin."

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