Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

A memorable night for 21-year-old Chivas striker Alexis Vega, whose hat trick inspired a 3-0 win vs. Guadalajara rivals Atlas here inside Estadio Akron.

EXCLUSIVE - Neuer hopes Germany will learn from 2018 mistakes (1:41)
EXCLUSIVE - Giuseppe Rossi's 'fond memories' with Italy (1:56)
EXCLUSIVE - Giuseppe Rossi's 'fond memories' with Italy (1:56)
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14dAssociated Press

FIFA president is only candidate for election

Gianni Infantino had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

What an opportunity for Adam Lallana. He's a shock starter for Liverpool, due to injuries for Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Liverpool can feel Manchester City on the back of their necks. The current gap is two points, but a win here for Jurgen Klopp's side can restore it to five again. Recent results would suggest Liverpool enjoy playing at the London Stadium more than West Ham.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Jurgen Klopp punched the air in front of the Kop after a thrilling win that will have Liverpool and their fans believing it really could be their year.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

It's a huge game here at the AMEX Stadium for Liverpool this afternoon. Liverpool are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats in the Premier League for the first time since September 2015. There are concerns at centre-half for Jurgen Klopp, but Liverpool won here 5-1 last season with a three-man defence consisting of Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

An encounter that will draw attention from all corners of the globe. There is the potential for a six-point swing tonight in the Premier League title race.

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49dJonathan Johnson

France World Cup heroes to receive honour

France's 2018 World Cup-winning squad and coaching staff will receive the French Legion of Honour later this year.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Some leaving Anfield can barely believe it. Liverpool are nine points clear at the top and show no sign of feeling the pressure.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

There were cheers around Anfield when Tottenham's shock defeat to Wolves was announced. With Manchester City not in action until Sunday, Liverpool can move nine points clear at the top of the table with a win over Arsenal.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Liverpool's one change sees Fabinho replace Jordan Henderson. The summer signing struggled in November's 1-1 draw vs. Arsenal, when he was fortunate not to be sent off.

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54dChris Wright

It's the Toe Poke review of 2018!

It's time to look back on another year of ridiculousness in the world of football. That means bad statues, awful hairdos and World Cup shenanigans!

The Exploding Heads' review of 2018 (4:48)
Best moments of the 2018 Calendar year (1:29)

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

Liverpool players salute their jubilant fans after the win over Wolves confirms Jurgen Klopp's side will top the Premier League on Christmas Day.

Glenn Price Liverpool correspondent 

A win at Wolves would see Liverpool spend Christmas on top of the Premier League. A potential good omen is that each of the last four sides to top the table on Dec. 25 have gone on to become champions. In fact, Brendan Rodgers' 2013-14 Liverpool team were the last to buck this trend.

2:03

Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

"Jimmy" Lozano was confirmed as Mexico Under-23 coach through to the 2020 Olympics, while we also got a hint as to when the full national team's new boss - expected to be Gerardo Martino - will be named.

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Tom Marshall Mexico correspondent 

Club America and U.S. national team midfielder Joe Corona describes lifting the Liga MX title in Estadio Azteca as a "dream come true."

WC Ladder

Group AGPWDLGDP
Uruguay3300+59
Russia3201+46
Saudi Arabia3102-53
Egypt3003-40
Group BGPWDLGDP
Spain3120+15
Portugal3120+15
Iran311104
Morocco3012-21
Group CGPWDLGDP
France3210+27
Denmark3120+15
Peru310203
Australia3012-31
Group DGPWDLGDP
Croatia3300+69
Argentina3111-24
Nigeria3102-13
Iceland3012-31
Group EGPWDLGDP
Brazil3210+47
Switzerland3120+15
Serbia3102-23
Costa Rica3012-31
Group FGPWDLGDP
Sweden3201+36
Mexico3201-16
South Korea310203
Germany3102-23
Group GGPWDLGDP
Belgium3300+79
England3201+56
Tunisia3102-33
Panama3003-90
Group HGPWDLGDP
Colombia3201+36
Japan311104
Senegal311104
Poland3102-33