Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

All level at 0-0 at half-time of the Liga MX 2018 Apertura first leg between Club America and Cruz Azul. Cruz Azul came closest to opening the scoring when Julio Dominguez forced a fine save from Agustin Marchesin in the 10th minute. Not much between these two sides.

Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

All set in Estadio Azteca for the first leg of the 2018 Apertura Liga MX final between Club America and Cruz Azul. Home side America hoping to move clear of Chivas onto 13 titles, while Cruz Azul is looking to break a 21-year title drought. Tickets obviously sold out for the Mexico City derby and they're going for twice the face value outside the stadium.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Liverpool's midfield three that attracted so much criticism for the defeat at Paris Saint-Germain start against Napoli. A much better performance is required this evening. Dropping Fabinho and Naby Keita is particularly harsh after their impressive showings at Bournemouth on the weekend.

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Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah trudges off the pitch at the Vitality Stadium with his well-deserved matchball. It was another incredibly clinical performance from the Egyptian.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Sadio Mane is fit enough to take a spot on Liverpool's bench at Bournemouth this afternoon. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino return to Liverpool's starting XI, but there are question marks about who is going to play right-back -- Fabinho or James Milner, who makes his 500th Premier League appearance today.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Incredible scenes at Anfield after the final whistle. Who would have thought Divock Origi would be the hero? The Belgian striker has not been the same player since suffering an ankle injury against Everton in 2016. But he comes up with a huge goal to ensure Liverpool stay on the coattails of Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Jurgen Klopp strongly dismissed suggestions he has problems in midfield during his news conference on Friday, but the Liverpool manager has opted for a reshuffle in the centre of the pitch for this afternoon's Merseyside derby. Fabinho is handed a start, as is Xherdan Shaqiri. Liverpool's three-man midfield were dominated at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and it looks like they will be operating a 4-2-3-1 formation today.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Just Stanley Park separates Liverpool and Everton in distance. This afternoon's Merseyside derby is the 100th league clash at Anfield between the two sides. Everton have not won here since the turn of the millennium, but Marco Silva's arrival has instilled belief that they can change that today.

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Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala opened their accounts for Argentina tonight in the 2-0 win over Mexico here in Mendoza. Another disappointing night for El Tri, while Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni has surely increased his chances of getting the job on a more permanent basis.

Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for Argentina after just 73 seconds of the game against Mexico here in Mendoza. The score remains 1-0 to Argentina at half-time. El Tri has actually dominated possession, but there's no doubt the home side looks the more dangerous in the final third.

Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Argentina vs. Mexico here in Mendoza. La Albiceleste favorite tonight as both teams close look to close out 2018 with a victory. A real test this for a young Mexico side.

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Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Argentina leading Mexico 1-0 at halftime here in Cordoba. El Tri striker Raul Jimenez hit the bar in the 2nd minute and Marco Fabian was through on goal seconds later, but it's been mainly Argentina since then. Ramiro Funes Mori headed in just before the break. Plenty to think about for El Tri coach Ricardo Ferretti.

Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Argentina leading Mexico 1-0 at halftime here in Cordoba. El Tri striker Raul Jimenez hit the bar in the 2nd minute and Marco Fabian was through on goal seconds later, but it's been mainly Argentina since then. Ramiro Funes Mori headed in just before the break. Plenty to think about for El Tri coach Ricardo Ferretti.