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Manchester City facing Euro squad cut threat

Manchester City's Manager Manuel Pellegrini. Credit: PA

Manchester City are facing UEFA sanctions for breaching financial fair play rules which would see the club limited to a 21-man Champions League squad instead of the usual 25 players next season.

City, who are still strongly challenging the settlement offer from UEFA, are also facing a fine in the region of 60million euro (£49million) over three years, and a cap imposed for next season to ensure there is no rise on this season's Champions League A squad wage bill.

The reduction in the size of the Champions League squad to 21 would potentially hit the club hardest, and City would also have to ensure that there are still eight locally-trained players in that A squad.

City have until the end of the week to reach an agreement with UEFA over the sanctions.

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Everton striker gives England a lifeline

Duggan celebrates her equaliser in last night's match Credit: PA

Everton striker Toni Duggan's injury-time leveller gave England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's European Championship following a draw against Russia in Linkoping, Sweden.

She struck in the third minute of added-on time to cancel out Nelli Korovkina's first-half opener, although Duggan's heroics - after she had been denied by the woodwork seconds earlier - still leaves England's hopes of emerging from Group C hanging by a thread.

Duggan had conflicting emotions after bagging the equaliser as she knows it may not prove enough, in the coming days, to save England in the competition.

She told BBC Sport: "I don't know how I feel. I'm disappointed. We played Russia and we expect to win and we've come away with a draw."

Everton and England striker Toni Duggan Credit: PA

"But I've been waiting to play my part in the team and thankfully today I did that."

"I've been kicking on my heels, I've been dying to get on but Hope's given me the chance and thankfully I've repaid that, so I'm happy."

"Now we just have to move on to the big one against France because I don't think we've shown what we can do in this tournament and there's still a lot more to come from everybody else."

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