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Hazard penalty puts Chelsea through against Norwich on dramatic Cup night | Football | The Guardian
Eden Hazard scored Chelsea’s decisive penalty in the shootout.

Barcelona lose unbeaten record while PSG fans boo four-goal Neymar | Football | The Guardian
Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as the triple Copa del Rey holders Barcelona endured a surprise 1-0 defeat against Espanyol, while Neymar was booed by PSG supporters despite scoring four in the 8-0 win against Dijon.

Debate rages but VAR’s reckoning nears as football prepares for revolution | Football | The Guardian
The technology has had a mixed start but will become part of the sport forever if its trial is deemed successful on Monday.

Gap between superclubs like Man United, Real Madrid and rivals must be addressed
The gap between rich clubs (Man Utd, Real Madrid) and smaller clubs is only widening. Will football have the stomach to fix the problem?

USL: US Soccer maintains its second-division sanctioning | SI.com
USL will be U.S. Soccer's only second-division league in 2018 after the federation announced its division sanctions for the new year.

Malcom: Arsenal target faces Bordeaux disciplinary after social media video - BBC Sport
Apparently 20 year old kids aren't allowed to have fun.

Why Manchester City look unstoppable under Pep Guardiola
It has taken a season of learning but Pep Guardiola has Manchester City looking like one of the strongest teams in Europe this season.

Tackling mental health: Football isn't a matter of life and death - Planet Football
If you're feeling alone and depressed, you're never more than one phone call from getting help if you need it. 1-800-273-TALK will connect you to resources you need - to listen or to help.