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Barcelona acquires defender Murillo on loan from Valencia

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona has acquired Colombia center back Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia to help patch up its injury-hit defense.

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Murillo, 26, will join the club after passing a medical exam, Barcelona says. The loan, for the remainder of the season, gives Barcelona the option to buy Murillo for 25 million euros (28.6 million dollars).

He has only played three matches for Valencia this season and played for Inter Milan for two years before leaving at the start of last season.

Barcelona is without injured defenders Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet its only available center backs.

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VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo near tears after questionable sending off

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Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo was shown a straight red card in his first UEFA Champions League appearance for the club.

Ronaldo, 33, got mixed up with Jeison Murillo in the first half of the match with Valencia on Wednesday.

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It’s his first red card in UCL play, and his first in club play since the 2014-15 La Liga season.

The television angles weren’t a lot of help, but the red card may have come from the end line official and not the head referee.

Ronaldo may have made contact with the face of Murillo during the initial jockeying, and then grabbed the prone Valencia player’s hair.

Assuming there are angles unavailable to the broadcast, it seems a prime candidate for protest.

The megastar was near, if not in tears following the sending off.

VIDEO: Jeison Murillo’s incredible bicycle from a corner kick

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Look away now, Andy Carroll. Take a bow, Jeison Murillo.

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Just three days after Carroll scored the bicycle-kick goal of the year (so we thought), here comes Murillo, Inter Milan’s 24-year-old Colombian striker, to steal his thunder (below video). The fact he did it directly from a corner kick, with the ball traveling roughly 40 yards before flinging his body into the air and striking the ball so cleanly, (somehow) trumps Carroll’s accomplishment from Saturday.

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Sensational goals come in twos now, apparently, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Olivier Giroud scored stunning scorpion-kick goals (WATCH HERE and HERE) just days apart earlier in the season.

Inter defeats Chievo Verona 1-0, remain perfect through four in Serie A

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The Serie A table looks like someone took all the teams, stuck them in a dice roller, shook em up, and poured them out.

Atop the table is Inter Milan, who won 1-0 over Chievo Verona this morning as the club has won four straight to start the season, the first time since the 2002/03 season they’ve accomplished that.

Mauro Icardi scored the game’s only goal just before halftime as Roberto Mancini’s squad moved well atop the Serie A table with 12 points – nobody within five points of them, although five teams below them still have yet to play today.

The surprising part of this season has been the back line. Inter has conceded just a single goal in four league matches so far, on the road at Carpi in matchweek two. All four of their wins have come by a one-goal margin, with a clear emphasis on defensive solidity.

Could this mean better things to come for Inter this season? The Milan giants have struggled in recent years – alongside their Milan counterparts – finishing outside the league’s top four for four years running, with an eighth-placed finish last season. The fact both Inter and AC Milan are struggling at the same time has almost pushed the two into a race to see who can recover first, but also has forced the two clubs to be fiscally responsible in their rebuild.

The wildly successful back line that Mancini has used to start the season has been anchored by 23-year-old Columbian center-back Jeison Murillo, new this summer having come over from Granada. He has been partnered with Brazilian veteran Miranda and Chilean Gary Medel, and the combinations have worked wonders.

Can Inter maintain its success and hold off a number of relatively new faces atop the Serie A table? They get a true test over the next few weeks with Fiorentina, Sampdoria, and Juventus in their next three matches, a stretch which will likely signal how their season will truly progress.

2015 Copa America awards: Vargas, Guerrero beat Aguero, Vidal to top scorer

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Eduardo Vargas, Chile

The 2015 Copa America is in the books — Chile are South American champions for the first time in 99 years — and needless to say, it was a tournament to remember.

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Especially for the following stars who picked up post-tournament honors for standout performances:

Top goalscorer: Eduardo Vargas (Chile) and Paolo Guerrero (Peru) — 4 goals scored

Eduardo Vargas scored the goal of the tournament — his second of two against Peru in the semifinals — to go along with another two in the group stage (vs. Ecuador and Mexico).

Paolo Guerrero did most of his damage in a quarterfinal victory over Bolivia (hat trick) before bagging once more as Chile bowed out to the eventual winners in the semis.

Paolo Guerrero, Peru

Best Young Player: Jeison Murillo (Colombia)

23-year-old Jeison Murillo, who will complete his move to Inter Milan ahead of the 2015-16 season, scored just once this tournament — Colombia’s only goal in four games, the game-winner against Brazil in group game no. 2.

Jeison Murillo, Colombia

Golden Gloves: Claudio Bravo (Chile) — 4 goals conceded

Having conceded just once since the group stage (three goals allowed in a 3-3 draw with Mexico in group game no. 2) while making a pair of stops in the tournament-deciding penalty shootout against Argentina, Claudio Bravo was a no-brainer to take home the award for best goalkeeper.

Claudio Bravo, Chile