Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has not ruled out his side’s chances just yet. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Manchester City mentally fatigued, says Pellegrini

Title contenders slumped to a 2-2 draw with Sunderland days after defeat to leaders Liverpool

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after winning the Copa del Rey, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Barcelona in which he scored a sublime winner. Photograph: Sergio Perez / Reuters Gareth Bale hailed as Real Madrid hero

‘The goal was incredible, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it’ - Xabi Alonso

Connor Wickham of Sunderland scores his  second under pressure from Fernandinho of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images Manchester City’s title tilt derailed by Sunderland

Draw hands Chelsea back full control of their own destiny ahead of Liverpool clash

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid after scoring the winner  in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla in Valencia, Spain. Photogrpah:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images Gareth Bale bags Copa del Rey winner against Barcelona

Welshman races down the touchline before poking home late winner for Real Madrid

FAI CEO John Delaney at yesterday’s Irish Sports Council Field Sports Investment announcement at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho FAI in shoot-out with Scotland to host Euro 2020 games

Association’s formal bid is to be lodged with Uefa by next week’s deadline

Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon (right) scored his fourth goal in three games at Goodison Park. Photograph: Barry Coombs/PA Wire. Crystal Palace put brakes on Everton’s Champions League chase

Tony Pulis’s side end Toffees’ 7-game winning streak and extend their own to four

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge may face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA Liverpool buoyed by Sturridge prognosis ahead of Norwich clash

Anfield striker may make trip to Carrow Road despite suffering hamstring strain

 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert (left) with Chief Executive Paul Faulkner.   Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. Villa chairman Lerner permits suspension of two coaches

Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given temporarily promoted to first team coaching staff

Fulham winger Damien Duff is currently recovering from a knee operation and does not expect to play in the Premier League again. Photograph: Getty. Damien Duff to travel further afield before returning to Ireland

Fulham winger still intends to wind career down playing in his native land

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