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GUARDIAN – Liverpool unable to cope with Aston Villa’s triangular threat in FA Cup | Michael Cox

Christian Benteke, Jack Grealish and Fabian Delph counteract Brendan Rodgers’ chopping and changing of systems at Wembley• Match report: Aston Villa 2-1 LiverpoolA trio of Aston Villa players were responsible for their consistent attacking threat and they combined for both goals, too. Christian Benteke, Jack Grealish and Fabian Delph were all outstanding and Liverpool never got to grips with this triangle in their right-back zone.Aston Villa were broadly playing in a 4-3-2-1 system, with Grealish and Charles N’Zogbia floating behind the lone striker Benteke. While N’Zogbia played to the right, and was peripheral, the hugely impressive Grealish played with a fearlessness that deserted Liverpool, and was crucial in encouraging Villa to play passes into the final third quickly – he varied his position intelligently and was happy to collect the ball in tight spaces. Continue reading…

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ESPN – Luis Suarez and magical Lionel Messi impress for Barcelona vs. Valencia

ESPN FC's Craig Burley compliments Barcelona's three points against an 'excellent' Valencia side. Goals in the opening and dying seconds gave Barcelona a 2-0 win over Valencia and meant they momentarily stretched their lead to five points over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, ahead of their rivals' game with Malaga on Saturday night. However it was far from a vintage performance from the leaders, who were completely outplayed in the first half and looked nervy and tired after their exploits against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Valencia were undefeated in 10 La Liga games before this one…

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