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December 5, 2018 
Quote of the day – "If you win, of course celebrate and show the fans you're happy -- it's fantastic -- but when you win a trophy, when you win something special." - Mauricio Pochettino doesn't like Arsenal celebrating their north London derby victory on social media
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Premier League: Watford fights but City continues win streak

Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Watford thanks to the magic of Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday. The home side had kept City at bay for most of the first half but Ben Foster's goal was finally breached five minutes before the break when a cross from Algerian Mahrez was edged past the goalkeeper by the chest of Leroy Sane. Mahrez scored himself shortly after half-time by firing in with his devastating left foot from the middle of the area. City were easing to another victory when Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled the ball home after a goal-line scramble five minutes from time to give Pep Guardiola's side a nervy finish. Watford, who have not won since October, pressed in vain for an equalizer but suffered their third successive defeat. (ESPNFC)
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Ligue 1: Monaco escape relegation zone

For the first time in 10 weeks, Thierry Henry's Monaco are out of the relegation zone as the Ligue 1 club moved to 17th with a win over Amiens on Tuesday. Monaco held on for a 2-0 victory over Amiens, who entered the match one spot ahead of the principality club in 18th place. With the victory, Monaco leapfrog Amiens and Dijon on goal differential, temporarily moving into a safe spot in Ligue 1. Now in Week 16 of the Ligue 1 campaign, it's the first time the club has escaped the drop zone since Week 6. The first goal came in the 46th minute of Tuesday's clash at Amiens' ​Stade de la Licorne, with Radamel Falcao providing the game-winner from the penalty spot. Falcao added another from the spot in the 97th minute, capping the win after Amiens' Bakaye Dibassy was sent off in stoppage time. (Goal)

Copa del Rey: Espanyol avoids elimination

Espanyol needed a second-half goal against second-division club Cadiz to avoid becoming the first top-tier team to be eliminated in the Copa del Rey this season. Hernan Perez scored the winner with a shot from inside the area in the 76th minute on Tuesday, giving Espanyol a 1-0 victory and a spot in the competition’s round of 16. The hosts advanced on away goals following a 2-1 first-leg loss in Cadiz last month. Cadiz came close to pulling off an upset when Karim Azamoum scored in stoppage time at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Cadiz upset first-division club Real Betis at this stage last season before being eliminated by Sevilla in the following round. Perez entered the match three minutes before scoring the winning goal for Espanyol, which was coming off three straight losses in the Spanish league. The Catalan club made it to the quarterfinals last season, when it lost to eventual champion Barcelona. (Washington Post)

Wednesday morning transfer talk

Source: ESPNFC
  • Napoli have joined Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Tottenham in the battle to sign Benjamin Pavard. The VfB Stuttgart centre-back starred for France as a right-back during the World Cup and has been on the radars of a number of Europe's elite ever since.
  • Nicolo Barella will not be leaving Cagliari in January, the club president has revealed.
  • After conquering L.A., it appeared Zlatan Ibrahimovic was all set for a return to AC Milan, with suggestions that negotiations had reached advanced stages. But reports in Italy are now saying that talks between the club and the player have broken down, and that a move is no longer in the offing.

Today's top matches (All times EST)

  • Premier League: Manchester United vs Arsenal 3 pm on NBCSN
  • Copa del Rey: Atletico Madrid vs Sant Andreu 1:30 pm on beIN Sports
  • Copa del Rey: Barcelona vs Cultural Leonesa 3:30 pm on beIN Sports

DSD Power Couple of the Day

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Updated tables from around the globe

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